Margaret Parry – Chair
Following several years working for the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Margaret returned to the UK in the 1970s, where she married and had three sons. She settled in Ipswich in 1982 and has remained here ever since. Margaret was employed in various roles throughout her career, at the same time studying as a mature student to achieve a post graduate HR qualification. Subsequently she became a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
After working for many years in human resources management, for private, public and not-for-profit organisations, Margaret’s working relationship with Lighthouse Women’s Aid led to her becoming a trustee in 2014, followed by appointment as Vice Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2019. She has always found working with the LWA Team to be a challenging, inspiring experience, and considers herself privileged to be able to contribute and be involved.
Now retired, Margaret enjoys her garden, walks with her crazy spaniel, spending time with her family in various areas of the UK and abroad, and holidays in the sun.
Sarah Harvey – Vice Chair
Sarah became a trustee in 2007 after seeing a presentation about the work of Lighthouse Women’s Aid. She became chair in 2009 and served in this role until 2015. Sarah regularly volunteers in the office at the Women’s Centre, where she also co-facilitates courses and supports some of Lighthouse Women’s Aid clients in court. Following some changes on the Board, Sarah was appointed as Vice Chair in 2019.
Sarah’s career as a Civil Servant and Local Government Officer spanned many years and during her working life she gained an Open University Degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s in Public and Social Administration. Sarah retired in 2017 and enjoys travelling with her husband and 2 greyhounds in their caravan, and spending time with family locally and in Australia and America. Sarah also enjoys archery and shoots regularly with a local club.
Rebecca Martin – Treasurer
Rebecca joined the Board of Trustees in the role of Treasurer in 2015, following many years working in financial and accountancy roles.
As a trustee, Rebecca regularly liaises with the Chief Executive and the Finance Manager, to monitor and ensure safe management of funds as well as the approval of a realistic budget at the commencement of each financial year.
Cath became a trustee in 2011. Cath’s working life began in Retail and then a career change found her working for the NHS in London gaining vast experience in project management of non-clinical support services.
Cath, now self employed, can juggle her work around her children and other commitments. She loves spending time with her young daughters making the most of their beach hut in all weathers.
Sandra became a trustee in 2012, prompted by the work she had heard that the charity does to support women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
Sandra has always worked in the public sector and studied for her Masters degree in Public Sector Management which she feels has given her a much deeper understanding of the reasons why it is essential for us all to support and nurture the most vulnerable around us.
In May 2013 Sandra was elected as the Rushmere County Councillor and again as one of the Ipswich Borough Councillors for the same ward in May 2014. Her role takes her all over Suffolk and beyond but she still finds time to enjoy time out with her two grown up children.
Cynthia saw the effects of Domestic Violence through her role as a Magistrate which led her to apply to become a trustee with Lighthouse Women’s Aid in 2004. From November 2015 until November 2019 Cynthia was Chair of the Board of Trustees, having previously occupied the role of Vice Chair for several years.
Cynthia worked for many years with Eastern Electricity, in several different roles, followed by some time at Suffolk County Council in programme and project management. She currently works for another local charity, ActivLives, helping to run the organisation and managing the finances. Cynthia’s varied experience gives her a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to our Board of Trustees.
In her spare time Cynthia enjoys scuba diving, but prefers the warmer, clearer waters of the Caribbean and Indian Oceans to the more local North Sea.
Judith joined the board in 2009. Judith has learnt a lot supporting Lighthouse Women’s Aid with visits to the Refuge and volunteering regularly at the Women’s Centre. She finds the work at Lighthouse truly inspiring and is proud to be associated with our work.
Judith has previously worked with Suffolk College teaching and supporting students with additional needs such as disabilities or learning difficulties, her final post there was Director of Student Support.
Since retiring Judith has joined two very different dance classes and studies part time for a research degree.