Retna Thevarajah, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, I lead on the Finance, HR and Resources functions and provide infrastructure support, embed best practices and build capacity for this amazing charity which improves the lives of more than 11,000 women and girls annually.  I support the charity’s campaigns to ensure long term financial security for our refuges and services, as well as establish new financial models to reinforce our growing breadth of services.   My background was in international professional services and management roles in the City of London and Singapore.  An opportunity to work in a national UK charity sparked my passion for the voluntary sector and I am committed to strengthening the sector’s goals of creating a fairer society for women, young girls and children.  On a voluntary basis, I sit on the Audit Committee for the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Family life is busy and in my spare time, I enjoy travelling, gardening and classical concerts.