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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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2019.
Has extensive experience of customer service having worked in the retail industry for over fifteen 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
Project Coordinator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2016.
Over ten 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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2012.
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.

Debbie Jinks
Office Manager

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2018.
Debbie has over thirty 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.

Debra Wilson
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2021.
Debra gained a BA QTS(HONS) English and Education in 1997 at Roehampton University London and worked for 18 years as a teacher in both mainstream and Special Needs schools. Debra was mainly in senior management roles and was a lead for Literacy for many of the schools she worked at. Debra is also a trained facilitator for the Freedom Programme.

Dionne Birkinshaw
Project Coordinator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2017.
Dionne has over seventeen 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.

Ellie Merchant
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2021.
Ellie gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Health, Social Care and Community Studies in 2010. Following this she worked with adults with learning disabilities and then moved to working with homeless adults in the City to support them with finding accommodation and enabling them to manage and sustain their tenancies.

Jacquii Brown
Finance Officer

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2021.
Jacquii has been working in accounts and finance for eight years, and has previously worked as a project accountant in a subsidiary of a global engineering company in Chesterfield. Jacquii has previous experience and knowledge in administration and systems development. Qualified up to AAT Level 3 and NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration, and currently studying towards AAT Level 4.

Julia Hague
Personal Navigator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2021.
Julia gained a 2:1 degree in Psychology BSc (hons) in 2008 and over the past ten years she has gained experience working in mental health services as a recovery worker. She is an experienced facilitator of recovery education workshops and courses, and has completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Julia is a trained facilitator of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Hearing Voices Network peer support groups.

Karen Powell
Senior Criminal Justice Support Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2015.
Having over fifteen 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
Senior Criminal Justice Support Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2018.
Obtained a BA(Honours) in Health, Community and Social Care Studies from the University of Derby in 2008, Kaysha has over ten years experience of working with vulnerable children and families.  Kaysha 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
Project Coordinator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2020.
Linda holds a B A Hons in Applied Social work and has previously worked with Vulnerable adults experiencing mental health difficulties.  For the last eleven 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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2003.
Lyndsey has been part of the Women’s Work team for over eighteen years and has 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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2018.
An Integrative Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor, with over thirty years experience in management and co-ordinating in the voluntary, as well as statutory, sector.  Marvet has over twenty 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 

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2010.
Michelle has 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).

Nadia Graziani
Criminal Justice Support Worker

Joined the Women’s Work Team in 2021.
Nadia holds a 1st class degree in BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapy, 2:1 BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and Music, HNC in Business Management and she is a Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Nadia previously worked as a head of music department at the International School of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, where she staged musical and plays.

Rachel Sandford
Volunteer & Workshop Co-ordinator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2004.
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.

Ruby French
Project Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2021.
Ruby has worked in private special needs schools and residential homes supporting vulnerable young adults and children for over seven years. Ruby has completed a BA (Hons) in Sociology and an MA Education (SEND Pathway) as well as being a volunteer for Women’s Work for over twelve years.

Sally Morton
Project Administrator

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2013.
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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2018.
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

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2018.
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.

Tessa Myerscough
Project Worker

Joined the Women’s Work team in 2017.
Tessa has worked with people with complex issues for over twenty 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.

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