Good Governance isn’t an end in itself; it’s about delivering the charity’s purpose as effectively as possible, and understanding the need the charity is meeting. It’s about demonstrating leadership, integrity, accountability and sound judgement.

Our Trustees work is underpinned by the Nolan Principles of Public Life



Paul Bevan

Paul has worked in the housing, care and support sector for over 30 years. He is Assistant Head of Partnerships for Pobl, a third sector group of care, support and social housing organisations in south Wales and south west England. His role involves securing and developing services to support older people, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, ‘challenging behaviour’ and services to prevent homelessness. For 10 years he was a senior manager of Reach (a member of Pobl), which provides care and support services for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and older people.

He has worked for homelessness organisations in Newport and London in roles covering support work, resettlement, management, training, service development and research. This included working as the Welsh Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisor. He is a member of Welsh Government’s Homelessness Working Groups, is a Trustee of a charitable community café and a volunteer on a ‘breakfast run’ providing food to people sleeping rough in Cardiff.



Rachel Minto

Dr Rachel Minto is a feminist academic, with a background in women’s rights and gender equality, as well as governance.  Currently, Rachel is working as a Researcher at the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, where she is undertaking analysis into the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), with particular reference to UK devolved politics in general and Wales in particular.

Rachel has always been keen to apply her academic expertise and research skills beyond academia.  To this end, she has developed experience of policy-focused and strategy-focused research, and is actively involved in extensive knowledge exchange activity, including with Government, civil society stakeholders and the general public.  She has worked at Welsh, UK and EU-levels.

During her PhD, Rachel worked as an intern at the European Women’s Lobby Secretariat in Brussels, where she was involved in advocacy work including in the areas of women’s human rights.


Board member

Margherita Carucci

Margherita is a Clinical Trial Manager at Cardiff University.  She has worked previously in academic research in Humanities and Social Sciences, with a particular interest in the daily experience of ancient Roman women.

She has volunteered in a number of charities across Italy, Finland, and UK for over 30 years: in a local parish, arranging recreational activities for groups of children aged 4 to 14; in a primary school as a teaching assistant for children with difficult social backgrounds; for the Tanzania book project which sends books collected from local secondary schools to schools in East Africa; for Kassandra, an international art centre which promotes interaction between Finnish people and immigrants, with a special focus on women, through artistic events.


Peggy Jackson

Peggy Jackson is an Anglican priest, working as Archdeacon of Llandaff, for the Church in Wales.  She is a member of the senior staff of the Diocese of Llandaff, with oversight responsibility for clergy and parishes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, as well as being a trustee of Llandaff Cathedral and parish priest of St Fagans.

She was among the first women to be ordained as priests, over twenty years ago.  Since then, she has been involved with groups and individual survivors of abuse, and has campaigned constantly in the churches to raise awareness of violence against women, and to combat gender discrimination.  She is a trustee of MAECymru, a new organisation, working to help women realise their full potential at every level of church life, and to make churches into better places of healing and safety for all people.

In an earlier life, she worked as a chartered accountant in London and Edinburgh, before changing direction to train for ministry.


Board member

Deborah Perkin

Deborah is an award-winning documentary film maker with a passion for social justice. She has investigated paedophilia in the Catholic Church, racism in the British Army, abusive parenting, violent offenders and sharia law. In a long BBC career in London and Cardiff, she enjoyed strategy and policy roles: as BBC Wales Head of Development she spearheaded the increase in Welsh radio and television output UK-wide.

Alongside her professional life, she has always made time for public service, in school and university governance, and women’s and children’s charities and lobby groups. She is currently a Welsh Government appointed Member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.


Safeguarding Lead

Sam Taylor

Sam is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Over the past few years, she has been providing Psychotherapy in different agency settings and in Private Practice in south Wales dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues including specialist psychotherapy in trauma and sexual abuse. She currently is a volunteer psychotherapist at the NHS Traumatic Stress Service, which specializes in the Treatment of Chronic PTSD.

She also had a career working in South Wales Police (SWP) and spent the majority of her 24-year career specialising in child abuse and family liaison. In 1998 she was seconded to the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the International Police Task Force involved in Human Rights Investigations. For the last seven years with SWP she was an Investigative trainer. She has also been involved in training other agencies including on the Local Safeguarding Children Board. She was a member of the National Working Party for Specialist Child Abuse Investigators Development Programme until 2012.

Becoming a CWA Trustee


To begin the application process, please complete the Application Form and return to Harriet Horn (Harriet.Horn@cardiffwomensaid.org.uk).


The next stages are as follows:

Interview => Meet the Board => Board decision on appointment


Please note, all Trustees are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (police) Check.


Contact point for application process:

Ms Harriet Horn

Address: Cardiff Women’s Aid, 16 Moira Terrace, Cardiff CF24 0EJ

Phone: 02920 460566

E-mail: harriet.horn@cardiffwomensaid.org.uk


Cardiff Women's Aid is a Registered Charity (Number: 518608) and Company Limited by Guarantee (Number: 2065201).  Cardiff Women's Aid is affiliated to Welsh Women’s Aid (WWA), an umbrella organisation for independent Women’s Aid Groups throughout Wales.  For more information, please see the WWA website: http://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/.

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