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Meet Our Team

Our staff team is made up of women with a range of skills and experience who are all equally committed to a clear and shared goal: to help women to feel valued and to regain control of their lives and wellbeing.

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Alisha Jamil
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Has extensive experience of customer service having worked in the retail industry for over 15 years.   With good interpersonal and communication skills developed during a period volunteering at a charity Alisha is ideally suited to supporting women that come through the probation service.

Brianna Tabor-Broadbent
Senior Personal Navigator

Over 10 years experience working with a wide variety of people including young children, children with disabilities, male offenders and female offenders. Qualified at NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Caroline Baker
Project Manager

Qualifications include a NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care, ECDL Levels 1 and 2, Introduction to Counselling, Counselling Skills for non counsellors, and a certificate in Transactional Analysis. NVQ Level 3 in Volunteer Management.

Christine Earle
Domestic Assistant

Christine holds certificates in Fire Training and Instruction, Control of Infection and Food Hygiene

Debbie Jinks
Office Manager

Debbie has over 30 years experience working for social care organisations in Administration and/or Management roles.  She has experience of working for older people’s services in both public and private sector and children and young people’s services within the public sector.  Debbie holds the Level 5 Institute of Leadership & Management and NVQ Level 4 in Management qualifications.

Diane Whitehead
Development Manager

Diane has worked as a civil servant for over 25 years, managing projects in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  She has extensive experience in partnership working, cultivation of relationships and monitoring of performance.

Dionne Birkinshaw
Senior Personal Navigator

Dionne has over 17 years experience working for Women’s Aid in the voluntary sector supporting women and children in refuges who were experiencing domestic abuse. She gained a BA(Hons) in Social Work at the University of Derby before joining the Women’s Work team in August 2017.

Karen Powell
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Having over 15 years experience of working with children and families, including eight years working in a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse, Karen has gained a 2:1 BA(Hons) in Social Work, is a trained facilitator for the Freedom Programme and has recently completed Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Kaysha Atkinson
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Obtained a BA(Honours) in Health, Community and Social Care Studies from the University of Derby in 2008, Kaysha has over 10 years experience of working with vulnerable children and families.  Has experience in mental health, housing, refuge work with complex women fleeing domestic violence as well as supervising contact sessions with children looked after by local authority care before joining the Women’s Work team in 2018.

Linda Marshall
Personal Navigator

Linda holds a B A Hons in Applied Social work and has previously worked with Vulnerable adults experiencing mental health difficulties.  For the last 11 years Linda has worked within the Local Authority  Children’s services specialising in ‘Trauma based approach to practice’ with LAC in local authority care.

Lyndsey Rook
Senior Project Worker

Counselling skills, NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, NVQ Level 2 in Health and Safety, vocational qualification in Business Development, Registered First Aider. Qualified facilitator of the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’, Parenting Programme and ‘The Freedom Programme’.

Marvet Simpson
Counselling Co-ordinator

An Integrative Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor, with over 30 years experience in management and co-ordinating in the voluntary, as well as statutory, sector.  Marvet has over 20 years teaching experience, and has taught counselling skills from basic up to CPCAB L3 for Derby Adult Learning Services.  Marvet also has her own private practice in Counselling Psychotherapy.

Michelle Martin
Finance Manager 

Worked in finance for twenty years, mainly in manufacturing, up to an annual turnover of £25 million. Experience covers producing monthly accounts and forecasts, preparing budgets, standard costing, job costing, asset and stock management up to £3 million and payroll. Qualified to the management level of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Nada Giuffrida
Fundraising and Communications Officer

PR and communications consultant with over 25 years’ experience in events and fundraising. Has worked for small, medium and large organisations, as well as running her own communication agency. Nada holds BA Hons PR Degree from Accademia, Milan, Italy, where she lived before she moved to the UK nearly 30 years ago.

Rachel Sandford
Volunteer & Workshop Co-ordinator

NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Administration. ECDL computer course parts 1 and 2, a City and Guilds in IT. NVQ Level 2 in Health and Safety in the workplace, Human Resources Business Practice Certificate.

Sally Morton
Project Administrator

Bringing a wealth of experience from working abroad with specialities in numerical, quality control and a vast experience with members of the public and all staff levels within large organisations.

Sarah Falivena
Project Administrator

Has many years’ worth of experience within HR, leading and managing teams in previous roles.  Has a wealth of experience within administration, auditing and implementation of core business strategies.  Sarah has a degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, and is currently looking to complete her basic counselling skills qualification.

Sian Goodeve
Senior Project Worker

Sian has previously worked at Nottingham Women’s Centre helping vulnerable women get back into education, employment and training.  Prior to this, she was a volunteer at Women’s Work from 2015-2017. Sian achieved a 2:1 in Disaster Management from Coventry University in which her dissertation investigated how disasters affected women in comparison to men.

Simona Gambirasi
Project Worker (Children and Family Services)

Simona has previous experiences in adult health care and in childcare. Following her passion for children wellbeing, she first worked for a nursery and then joined Women’s Work in March 2018. Here, Simona offers support to children and their mums during difficult periods of their life. Simona achieved a 1:1 in Educational and Child Psychology and is now a qualified facilitator of the Care for the Family ‘Positive Parenting Programme’. Simona is also our paediatric registered first aider.

Tessa Myerscough
Project Worker

Tessa has worked with people with complex issues for over 20 years in the Derby Area. This includes working in Local Authority Children’s Homes, Youth Offending Service and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team. Tessa holds an Advanced Level 3 BTEC in Case Working in Nuisance Neighbourhoods and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Our Patron
Our Ambassadors
Kim Morgan

Kim Morgan is the CEO of Barefoot Coaching, a leading supplier of coaching and coach training, and is an ICF Master Certified Coach.  She became an Ambassador for Women’s Work in 2020. With over 30 years’ experience in people development, across all sectors of public and private business, Kim can draw extensively on her experience of what universally works to make great leaders, successful individual, productive teams, happy families, outstanding organisations and brilliant coaches.  

Milly Holder

Milly has been involved with Women’s Work since 2006 and was Chair of the Trustees for ten years.  Her working life was entirely in education and community work, teaching, devising and managing learning programmes for adults, often from the most disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds – from drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prison, or very complex family situations.

Our Trustees
Elaine Hobson
Gillian Foxcroft
Heather Ingram
Vice Chair
Hilary Coyle
Ingrid Sanfey
Lee Outhwaite
Marianne Connelly
Melissa Dean
Ros Kershaw