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What is a trustee?

 A trustee's role in a charity is to be the 'guardians of purpose', making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first. Our trustees safeguard the charity's assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation.

Current Opportunities

Have you ever considered becoming a trustee for NDAS?  We are currently looking for a dynamic and committed trustee to join our Board. Knowledge around domestic abuse is not required. 

We want our Board to be representative of our local community and so would welcome approaches from people from under-represented groups, particularly people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ but also a broad age-range and people living with disabilities. 

We are looking for trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Higher or Further education

  • Fundraising and income generation

  • Communications and PR, particularly digital marketing

  • Audit

  • Disability


If this is of interest to you or you would like further information, please email:

Come and meet out current Trustees

All come with a wealth of experience from diverse sectors. Click on the links to find out more about them

NDAS Trustee - Beverley McConnell
NDAS Trustee Dave Lloyd-Hearn
NDAS Trustee Jo Burns
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Bev McConnell Bev joined the NDAS board of trustees in 2013.  She is a qualified social worker and has a background in multiagency safeguarding and currently works as an independent safeguarding consultant. She provides services to local authorities, education settings and private providers as well as acting as an Independent Social Worker in private law cases and as a review author.

Dave Lloyd-Hearn Dave has been a Trustee of NDAS since September 2019.  He has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership across the UK and internationally in commerce, social care and currently is an NHS commissioner. Dave also is an associate lecturer in ethics, legal and safeguarding practice to mental health nursing students. The diversity of support for domestic abuse survivors of all genders and orientations has drawn his support to ensure equity and compassion for anyone who experiences DA and needs help.

Felicity Lister Felicity has worked in family law her entire career, and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010. She has always worked in Northamptonshire, and has been aware of the important work undertaken by NDAS. Having experienced the impact of domestic abuse on family law cases throughout her career, she is keen to try and make a difference by supporting NDAS and their work.

Andrea Gomm Andrea is a qualified and experienced Human Resources professional with a strategic mindset and strong commercial background across all HR specialisms.  She focuses on aligning the people agenda with business strategy, empowering people to believe in their potential and perform beyond.  Supporting NDAS provides Andrea the opportunity to support a local charity that delivers invaluable services to the local community. Living locally to Northamptonshire she has a passion to help people make a difference in their lives.

Jo Burns Jo currently leads a local charity which operates a variety of programmes for those experiencing homelessness, addiction and poverty. She regularly sees and supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse, and witnesses the incredibly unfair and difficult situations they are in because of this. There are a multitude of barriers to individuals being able to receive adequate support for what they have faced. Prior to her current role, Jo managed the regional operations of a ​children's charity, and gained an understanding of the impact domestic abuse can have on children, but also the positive outcomes that some dedicated, specialist support can provide to those children. Charities like NDAS help break down the barriers, myths and challenges for individuals facing crisis and their families.

What is your area of expertise?

Could you make a difference?

NDAS Trustee Lynda Cox
NDAS Trustee Rufia Ashraf
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Sarah Woodward Sarah has a background in English Language assessment and training. After beginning her career teaching in Spain, she returned to the UK, and for over a decade has worked as head of Pearson’s Young Learners’ English Language Tests, where she holds senior responsibility for standards, examiner training and assessment material development. Alongside this Sarah works in academia, and is currently undertaking a PhD at Wolfson College Cambridge. Her research examines the language and narratives of coercive control and how these influence public policy, legislation, and the criminal justice system.

Lynda Cox Lynda is an experienced manager and works at all levels within public sector organisations.  She has a wealth of experience both strategically and operationally across the public sector and has worked for central and local government, the NHS and higher education. She is experienced in managing complex change programmes with multiple stakeholders and believes that her experiences will be beneficial to NDAS. ​ I have an interest in and am extremely supportive of NDAS’ invaluable work and in particular the charity’s work in regard to mental health and the links to mental health services, including one system approaches and care pathways. I am also on the Council of Governors for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust as a public governor for Northampton.

Rufia Ashraf Rufia is a local Councillor and and is proud to have been the very first Northampton Town Council Mayor in 2019.   She was born and educated in Northampton and is a qualified social worker and a community activist.  As a passionate environmentalist she enjoys working in the community by organising walkabouts, litter picks and looking at ways to improve our local neighbourhood.  For many years she has been organising food aid collections for food banks and fundraising.     She was keen to become a trustee of NDAS, because having worked as domestic abuse officer, she saw many challenges facing the service.  She also has a family member who was subjected to abuse for years and found many local women with language barriers approach her to seek help.

Glynis Bliss Glynis has a career background in working with victims and witnesses of crime, specialising in working with victims of sexual, domestic and child abuse.  She established and managed the Witness Services in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts in Northamptonshire for 6 years and pioneered those services for child victims and witnesses before moving on to become the CEO for Victim Support Northamptonshire for 10 years.  She then developed the project for the County’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), which she managed for 6 years.  Since retirement she has been a trustee for NDAS, including several years as its Chair.  She also chairs Referral Order Panels for the Youth Offending Service and sits on the consultative group for violence against women and girls for the East Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.

Eric Lennox Eric is a qualified chartered accountant with a variety of financial and management experience. He is Treasurer of the NDAS board and has been a member of the Rotary club since 2003. Eric took early retirement to allow him to spend more time doing charitable activities including supporting NDAS.

Mark Behan Mark has recently retired as a detective chief superintendent, head of crime in Northamptonshire Police following 32 years service.  Public protection policing including tackling domestic abuse which was a consistent and significant element of his career. He introduced a number of initiatives to improve the Police and multi-agency response to domestic abuse including risk assessment, specialist rape teams, an expanded resource dedicated to domestic abuse and a domestic homicide review.  He remains appalled at the harm caused by domestic abuse. Being an NDAS trustee gives me the opportunity to continue this work and bring a substantial criminal justice perspective to the work of the Board.

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