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Today we have the following Refuge vacancies:




Lucy has spent ten years working in the third sector and is Charity Director of Communications at the Royal National College for the Blind.Lucy Proctor

Her experience includes fundraising and general income generation, marketing, PR, communications, lobbying, partnership working, business development, change management and organisational restructures.

Lucy is a committed feminist and is proud to have joined the Board of WMWA in January 2013. 


Joanna LiddleJoanna has been active in the women’s movement since the 1970s.  She campaigned for a women’s refuge in Hereford and helped to run it as a volunteer.  She has campaigned against sexual violence and sexual harassment, and for civil liberties and women’s rights in the workplace.  Her working life was spent teaching and researching women in employment and in politics.  Joanna taught at Warwick University in the Business School and the Sociology Department, was a founder member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and was an active member of her trade union.  The principles underlying her activism, voluntary and paid work are to develop an understanding of gender relations in society and how to change them.  Her aim in West Mercia Women’s Aid is to improve governance and democratic accountability while maintaining the values of the organisation.



Nikki has spent Nikki Griffiths27 years working for the public sector, the latter 10 years working as the Corporate Support Manager for Herefordshire Housing, the largest social housing provider in Herefordshire. Nikki manages a team who provide support to the senior management team and the board in addition to carrying out governance, compliance, company secretary duties and complaint handling.

Nikki is dedicated to working with an organisation assisting people who can at times in their lives find themselves in difficult circumstances.  She has a particular dedication to women and children affected by domestic violence. Nikki joined the WMWA board in January 2013.


sue gorbingSue was involved in campaigning for the first Women’s Aid refuge in Birmingham many years ago, was a founder member of the Women’s Self Defence Group that emerged from that campaign and worked for 6 years as a Women’s Officer for Birmingham City Council.

Since then she has been mainly self-employed as a trainer, researcher, evaluator and consultant, always aiming to work in ways that are empowering, whether with organisations, groups or individuals. A particular strand of work that she is proud to be involved with is a ‘leadership’ programme that has been developed over the past 15 years, aimed at working with women to empower themselves and each other to makes choices and influence the decisions that impact on their lives.

As a passionate feminist Sue joined the board in January 2013 and is keen to make sure that issues around violence against women and girls remains high on the agenda, at both national and local level.


Carol Dover

Carol Dover joined the Board of Trustees in November 2015.  She is a commercially focused finance professional with 20 years experience across both private and not for profit sectors and within retail and manufacturing industries. 

Carol is a qualified accountant and her current role is Head of Finance for the Herefordshire Housing Group. She has spent the majority of her career working in Herefordshire and is keen to use her knowledge and experience to support to West Mercia Women’s Aid.


Stephanie CopeStephanie Cope

Stephanie has spent over 10 years working in Sales and Marketing and for the past 4 years has been working with her father on their own business which specialises in software for magazine publishers.  She has run several half marathon's and in 2015 ran the London Marathon.

Stephanie is eager to use her skills and experience to support West Mercia Women's Aid and help them succeed their vision.      


Stephanie Stanesby  

Stephanie is really passionate about the third sector.  She has spent over 18 years working with charities and voluntary organisations in one capacity or anotherStephanie Stanesby and is proud to be on the board of trustees for WMWA, an organisation that is a lifeline to so many and aligns with her strong feminist values.   

She originally studied Neuroscience at University, but found a way to combine her scientific and creative mind in marketing and comms, leading to more recent postgraduate study in PR and Marketing.  With over 9 years of experience in communications, Stephanie is looking forward to using her expertise and skills to contribute strategically and in particular to help work with staff to fundraise so that WMWA can continue to help those who need it.

Stephanie really enjoys working with WMWA and seeing the enthusiasm and passion that our staff have and the difference we make to the lives of women and children, every day.


 Lin Pedrick   

 Lin developed her interest in women's issues while working in the criminal justice system; first as a police officer and then as a probation officer.  During her twenty Lin Pedrickfive year career in the Probation Service she held various roles.  Before retiring she was Local Delivery Unit Director with county responsibility for offender management, courts, seven prisons, programme delivery and community payback.    She was also the women's lead for the Probation Trust and sat on a number of multi-agency boards including Youth Justice, the Strategic Case Review Group and the Domestic Abuse Strategy Group and was member of a number of Domestic Homicide Panels. 

Having moved to Herefordshire in 2013 she is very pleased to be able to use her skills and knowledge to support the import work of West Mercia Women's Aid.

Lin became a trustee in November 2017                


Rachel cotterill  Rachel Cotterill

Rachel Cotterill is a career researcher with a PhD in computer Science.     As a woman working in technical roles over the past 12 years, she's spent a lot of time supporting minority groups within the technical community.  Joining the WMWA board feels like a natural extension of her personal dedication to improving the world for women; she plans to bring her professional experience as a line manager, project manager, and union rep to assist the Board with employment and governance issues.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys learning new skills, making and fixing things, and running somewhat further than anyone could really consider sensible.