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


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.


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.


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.

Chair of HR & Governance Sub-Group

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.

She has also been a Trustee member and Honorary Secretary of the Broxtowe Women’s Project in Nottingham, which is a charity company member of the Women’s Aid Federation of England supporting services for women experiencing or having experienced domestic abuse.

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.

Board member

Joanna Parry

Jo currently works with National Trust and as Volunteering Innovation Manager supports over 63,000 people who regularly volunteer with the charity, to have a person centred and positive experience. Jo focuses on responding to opportunities and challenges to create new ways for people to participate as well as recognising, celebrating and scaling the inspiring work that already exists. Previous to her current role, Jo was the strategic lead for volunteering in Swansea Bay University NHS Health Trust and within this role co-produced and implemented a strategy to grow and diversify volunteering.

Her career to date also includes an extensive experience in Health and Social care charities and organisations. Over the last 15 years this has included setting up a volunteer service to support individuals living with terminal conditions with Marie Curie, developing and delivering training with the National Autistic Society and supporting to adults with a range of complex needs in clinical and residential settings. Jo has a particular interest in intersectional diversity and co-developed a gender equality network including a mentoring scheme whilst in the NHS.

Board member

Ron Mayers

Ron is a retired housing professional and chartered town planner who worked in the social housing sector in London and the South West for over 35 years.  His main tasks included managing homelessness and advice services, running council housing, doing policy work, supervising housing development and negotiating affordable housing.  During this time he was instrumental in getting funding for women’s refuges and other hostels. Having been out-of-hours homeless officer, he also understands the importance of women and children accessing support and suitable accommodation during times of crisis.

Since retirement he’s been a charity trustee for a domestic violence charity in Exeter for over four years and helped found a new charity there to help young people with mental health issues access creative therapies. Inspired by the need for equality and to build a fairer society, throughout his career he’s worked with fellow professionals and carers to alleviate poor housing conditions, improve people’s welfare and raise their self-esteem.  He says it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to use his skills and knowledge to help people through CWA.

Board member

Jennifer Donald

Dr Jennie Donald joined Cardiff University as Head of Strategic Partnerships in October 2017.

Prior to that Jennie was Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations for four years, leading an ambitious agenda to create the best possible policy and funding environment for the sector.

Other previous roles include three years as Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and several years in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Civil Service, including as Private Secretary to the Minister for Communities.

Jennie has held a number of non-executive director positions, with Helm Housing, Groundwork NI and Depaul Ireland and also led the introduction of a new regulatory framework for housing bodies in the Republic of Ireland as Chair of the interim Regulatory Committee. She recently joined the Board of Choice Housing Group.

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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