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. Since November 2015 Cynthia has been Chair of the Board of Trustees, having previously been in the role of Vice Chair for a few 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.
Margaret Parry – Vice 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. 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.
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.
Jane was brought up in Ipswich, moving to London when she was 18 to work as a PA with the Times Newspaper. After trying a few different private and public sector roles, Jane qualified in Personnel/Human Resources Management and worked for various London Hospitals and Lambeth Council. She found the work to be fascinating, exhilarating and stressful too! Following a move to Essex in 1987, Jane studied for a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and was subsequently employed in a Director’s role with an Essex NHS Trust.
Jane says she always felt a strong pull to return to Suffolk and in 2007 she moved with her family to Woodbridge, where she loves the sense of community, the wonderful countryside and proximity to the sea, as well as being able to support the team at Portman Road (though that can be a tough experience!).
Between 2009-2014 Jane volunteered as a Samaritan in Ipswich and became aware of the effects of domestic violence and the work Lighthouse Women’s Aid was doing in Suffolk, and she joined Lighthouse as a trustee at the end of 2015. She feels proud to be part of an organisation which provides such a valuable and needed service, and to be one of the trustees of such a hard-working and committed team of managers, staff and volunteers. Having trained for a diploma in coaching, Jane also now works part-time as a management coach.
In her leisure time Jane enjoys spending time with her family, writing short stories (with some occasional success in magazines and competitions), and she is currently working on a novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen is the newest member of the Board. She was keen to become involved after seeing presentations about the charity’s important work in preventative and therapeutic services in relation to domestic abuse.
After obtaining a degree in Accounting at Liverpool University, Karen’s career started with a firm of Chartered Accountants in Ipswich. After qualification, she moved to the commercial sector for many years before joining University Campus Suffolk (now University of Suffolk) in 2007. Her role at the University was as the Director of Finance and Planning, where she gained invaluable experience in financial management, strategic planning and institutional governance.
Now semi-retired, Karen enjoys being able to spend more time with her family, as well as walking, cycling and travelling.