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 8 trustees.
Guddy started her career as a volunteer on the National Domestic Violence Helpline and then worked at Refuge. She is now a Senior Business Partner (Domestic Abuse) at Peabody, where she works on improving their response to domestic abuse. Guddy has trained over 41 Housing Providers nationally and given input to numerous government bodies to strengthen domestic abuse interventions. Guddy also cofounded the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) scheme which is a national accreditation for housing providers to improve their response to domestic abuse.
Suja has a PhD and Chartered FCIPD. She is an academic and senior human resources practitioner with expertise in strategic human resource management and organisational development. Her main interests are in the relationship between people and performance and employee engagement. Suja runs her own human resources and research consultancy and sits on employment tribunals as a non-legal member. She has worked as an international expert for the Council of Europe.
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.
Sarah is Professor of Adult Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University. A social worker by profession, Sarah’s practice experience included working with homeless women and men, people with alcohol and other drug problems, as well as with those who suffered domestic violence and mental ill health.
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
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.
Frank started a charity Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) after the murder of his sister and nephew in domestic violence followed by the suicide of the perpetrator. The charity helps other families and brings the victim perspective to the shaping of initiatives to combat domestic violence. Frank is a member of the government’s Victims’ Advisory Panel and has a role advising the Home Office on the development of the new homicide review model. He is a qualified accountant and a former senior project manager with experience of leading teams and implementing change.
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 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.