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Dr Lucy Allwright, Project Manager

Lucy has been working in the Violence Against Women and Girls sector since 2008 in a variety of frontline, training and policy roles in both the charity and public sector. She has developed a range of training packages and curricula on gender-based violence and lectures on gender based violence and abuse. She holds a PhD from University of Warwick. Lucy is currently on maternity leave.

Ruth Atkinson, Project Manager

Ruth joined AVA in March 2018. Prior to this, Ruth was a researcher at the International Center: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, where she specialised in peer-on-peer abuse and Contextual Safeguarding. She is committed to challenging gender inequalities taking an intersectional approach, and has led a project on developing women’s equal health policy. She holds an MA in Human Rights.

Karen Lingwood, Trainer

Karen joined AVA in November 2017 after many years in the public sector. During this time she gained extensive experience supporting survivors of domestic abuse before moving into a strategic role. Karen is a qualified trainer with experience writing and delivering domestic abuse training programmes. She has worked closely with statutory and voluntary partners on the prevention strategy for many years with a particular focus on survivors, children and families.

Ellie Cox, Training, Administration & Marketing Officer

Ellie joined AVA in November 2018 after interning in various women's and education charities. For the last two years she was managing a charity shop in North London, transforming it into one of Time Out's 10 best charity shops in London through developing its marketing, social media and events. She holds a Masters in English Literature with specialisms in Feminist Theory and Children's Literature.

Amber Henry, Training Administrator

Amber joined AVA in January 2017 after several years teaching English and organising language and cultural courses. She continues to participate in community volunteering and is currently studying towards further training qualifications.