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AVA Trustees

Trustees are the people who ensure that a charity works in the best interests of its mission and beneficiaries. At AVA our trustees are also company directors, as we are a company limited under guarantee as well as a registered charity.

AVA currently has 10 trustees.

Joanna Kelly

Jo has been on the board of trustees since September 2015 and became our Chair in September 2017.  Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls is a cause that is close to her heart as she understands from personal experience the devastating effects it can have on survivors and their families.  Jo works in senior management within the private sector and specialises in business strategy and intelligence, maximising commercial opportunities and managing large projects – including many website redesigns and digital marketing campaigns.  Jo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her private sector career to AVA which ensures the effective governance and running of the charity.  She is currently focused on supporting AVA’s management and staff team develop their new Strategic Framework to ensure AVA stays true to its core mission whilst evolving to meet the needs of changing times.

Ade Solarin

Ade has extensive experience in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector, including development and strategic work, commissioning and multi-agency partnership. He has a MA in Applied Criminology, Community Safety and Youth Justice, and experience in policy research, crime reduction and analysis. Ade is currently the Community Safety Manager at Waltham Forest Council, after almost 10 years leading on VAWG and safeguarding children policy at Lewisham Borough Council.

Alessandro Pascale

Alessandro is a senior manager in consulting at PwC. He specialises in finance and finance transformation in financial services. Alessandro is a chartered accountant (ACCA) in the U.K.

Pauline Giroux

Pauline specialises in developing and implementing business strategies with a societal and sustainable purpose at their core. Her key interests cover community investment, environmental sustainability, diversity & inclusion and workplace wellbeing. She runs the Leeds Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability network and is on the Steering Group of Lean in Leeds, a personal and professional development network of over 300 women. She’s worked most of her career in the Financial Services sector and is currently Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager at Yorkshire Building Society Group.

Jessica Lishak

Jess is an experienced communications and public affairs professional who has worked in campaigning and policy-influencing roles in the charity and higher education sectors. She is also qualified as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor. Jess currently works for the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, handling their communications and external affairs activities.

Ciara Bergman

Ciara has spent her entire career developing and delivering innovative support services for people with complex needs and vulnerabilities. She started her career working on a series of pioneering forensic mental health projects, and in 2009 joined DVIP – where she ran treatment groups for domestic violence perpetrators and went on to manage the Family Courts Team. Ciara later became a National Practice Lead at Pause, and is currently a Development Manager at Respect, where she is working on an innovative, community-based early response to domestic violence perpetrators, in partnership with Women’s Aid. Drawing on her experience working both as a registered expert witness and on domestic violence perpetrator programmes, Ciara regularly writes and lectures about coercive control and related programme issues.

Deborah Fulcher Cornah

Deborah has over twenty years working in the field of mental health. She works as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and runs a mental health consultancy that supports those working in the homelessness sector. Her research and evaluation focuses on understanding and preventing the root causes of homelessness and making access to mental health care easier for those who are multiply disadvantaged. She has a passion for ensuring that individuals with lived experience contribute to research and evaluation so that their voices are heard and valued in policy and practice.

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