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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 6 trustees.

Joanna Kelly

Jo works in senior management within the private sector. She specialises in business strategy, maximising commercial opportunities and managing large projects, including many website redesigns and digital marketing. Jo currently is the E Commerce Director for BT Expedite.

Danielle Davis

Danielle works nationally to support organisations and partnerships strengthen their response to violence against women and girls. In her current role as a consultant for the national domestic abuse charity SafeLives, she works with clients such as police, health services and local government to provide expertise in commissioning, policy, evaluation and research. Additionally she works across the country as a freelance trainer for Safe and Sound, specialising in child sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking, trauma and recovery. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of West London and volunteers as a Trustee for the local Women’s Aid service in Luton.

John Graham

John has worked in a number of central government departments including the Department of Trade and Industry, the Office of Fair Trading and HM Treasury. He has also worked for the Serious Fraud Office and was Finance Director for the Crown Prosecution Service. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Ian Powell

After many years working for the Probation Service, Ian founded the pan-London crime reduction charity, London Action Trust, in 1994. As part of a range of programmes, he helped to set up the Greater London Domestic Violence Project, which flourished under the London Action Trust umbrella. In 2005, he moved to become Chief Executive of east London community charity, Aston-Mansfield. In 2008 Ian became Head of Member Services for the national community charity Bassac. Three years later, that organisation merged with DTA to form Locality and Ian became the Director of Integration. Having helped to ensure a smooth transition to the new organisation he retired in 2012.

Ade Solarin

Ade has extensive experience in the Violence Against Women and Girls 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 Violence Against Women and Girls Programme Manager 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.