Cynthia Glinos – Chair
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. For the past few years Cynthia has been in the role of Vice Chair and this year she took the role of Chair.
Cynthia has worked with Suffolk County Council in programme and project management and worked for many years with Eastern Electricity. Cynthia’s experience gives her a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to our Board of Trustees.
As well as other volunteering roles for other charities Cynthia enjoys scuba diving in her spare time but prefers the warmer, clearer waters of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean to the more local North Sea.
Margaret Parry – Vice Chair
Margaret became a trustee in 2014 and has recently become Vice Chair. Margaret has worked full time for many years in various roles settling on a career in Human Resources. She studied for a post-graduate qualification at Suffolk College achieving her CIPD qualification. Margaret’s experience spans over public, private and voluntary sector.
Margaret’s involvement with Lighthouse Women’s Aid has spanned over a number of years always happy to contribute and be involved. Now retired Margaret enjoys time with her family and as many sunshine holidays as she can fit in.
Louise Thomas – Vice Chair
Louise joined as a Trustee for Lighthouse Women’s Aid in 2014. She is a Chartered Surveyor and assists with her husband’s property company and does some consultancy work.
Louise spent 8 years as a Magistrate and during this time became aware of the extent and horror of domestic abuse within our society which lead to her becoming a Trustee to support Lighthouse Women’s Aid and contribute to making a difference to the lives of Women and children.
In her spare time Louise likes to travel and enjoys sketching, printmaking and bookbinding.
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.
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.
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 at the Women’s Centre and supports some of Lighthouse Women’s Aid clients in court.
A career as a Civil Servant spanning many years and gained an Open University Degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s in Public and Social Administration. Sarah now semi-retired enjoys travelling with her husband and 2 greyhounds in their caravan, spending time with family.
Sarah finds working with Lighthouse both rewarding and challenging and is proud to be a part Lighthouse Women’s Aid.
Sallyann joined as a Trustee in 2014. She is a director of Talking Talent which is a consultancy specialising in coaching and leadership development for women.
Sallyann’s career started as a solicitor which originally brought her to Suffolk. She has 10 years coaching experience working with clients across many sectors from Financial Services to Retail.
Sallyann believes in life long learning and is currently studying psychotherapy to be able to provide further support to her clients. In her spare time she enjoys running and gardening.
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.
Rebecca Martin and Jane Bailey
Rebecca and Jane our newest members joined the Board of Trustees this year and we look forward to finding out a bit more about them soon.