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Donna Covey CBE, Chief Executive

Donna has been Director of AVA since December 2014. She started her career in the Trade Union movement, specialising in equality and diversity issues, and spent 10 years as a member of the TUC General Council. She has run a number of third sector organisations, including Asthma UK and the Refugee Council. She has written extensively on health, equality and human rights issues. In 2013 Donna was awarded the CBE for services to equality and human rights.

Eva Kestner, Resource Director

Eva joined AVA in March 2017 after several years working in front line politics in Scotland and London. In these roles she predominantly worked on issues around inequalities and health, including leading on a consultation on achieving women's equality. She has previously ran a parliamentary office and enjoys developing her skills in financial management. She holds a MSc in public communication management and is currently undertaking a Diploma in economics.

Georgina Wells, Development Director

George joined AVA in June 2018 seasoned by a 15-year career in strategy and business development across the private, public and charitable sectors.  Throughout her paid and voluntary roles George has been an engaging advocate demonstrating a lifelong dedication to improving the lives of children and young people; creating meaningful partnerships, enthusing supporters and evidencing impact.

Joanna Sharpen, Policy Manager

Jo is a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training.  She is a qualified trainer with a BSc (hons) in Psychology and an MA in Women and Child Abuse. She has worked at AVA since 2006 and is a nationally recognised leader in the field of children and young people affected by gender based violence and abuse. She has written national guidance for the home office and numerous toolkits and training packages.

Jennifer Holly, Project Manager

From 2004 to 2010 Jennifer worked for Women's Aid in frontline, policy and strategic roles. During this time she acquired extensive knowledge and experience of developing and delivering a range of services to victims of domestic violence and their children. She has also worked in central Europe supporting the delivery of harm reduction services to women involved in prostitution. Jennifer is a qualified trainer and has an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.