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Our Board of Trustees

ensuring the highest standards

Meet our Board

Patricia McCabe (MBA Open, Chartered MCIPD, MIoD Diploma in Company Direction (Institute of Directors) is Managing Director of Central Consultancy & Training, with over thirty years’ experience as a senior manager in Social Services, the NHS, charities and the private sector. Patricia is professionally qualified in company direction, general management and Human Resource Development, and works as a consultant specialising in governance and Board development.
Patricia is also a Group Board Member of emh group, a large housing association and care provider based in the East Midlands, and a voluntary board member of Homecome Ltd. based in Leicester. She is also independent Chair of the Birmingham Ageing Better Strategic Partnership.


Patricia McCabe – Chair, BSWA

Caroline Bradbury-Jones is a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a position as Reader in Nursing at the University of Birmingham, UK where she leads the Risk, Abuse and Violence Research Programme. Her research focuses primarily on violence against women and girls, with a specific focus on improving healthcare professionals’ responses to domestic violence.

Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Jo Williams (BSc Hons, Geosciences) has been working for over 30 years in the corporate, public and charity sectors. Having spent 18 years working in the banking sector covering personal, business and corporate banking, Jo moved to work in public sector funding at the Big Lottery Fund. While there, Jo was one of the founding team members who set up the innovative ‘Women and girls initiative’, which ensured funding was directed to gender specific women’s organisations. Jo managed a funding portfolio totalling in excess of £20 million. Jo now enjoys a portfolio career including being a business manager in her family business, a freelance grant assessor for BBC Children in Need and as frontline support in various charities in the safeguarding sector.

Jo Williams

Yvonne Palmer (Newman College of Higher Education/Leicester University FD Arts Voluntary & Community Organisation Development) is a Programme Executive at the Prince’s Trust and has responsibility for the Mosaic Mentoring programme across the Black Country. Yvonne has over 17 years’ experience of working in the Charity and Voluntary Sector and has a range of grant making and community development experience. Yvonne has strong experience and understanding of working in and across the Private, Statutory and Voluntary Sectors that includes people management and interagency working.
A hardworking, enthusiastic individual who is passionate about improving opportunities for young people. Skilled in programme/project management and delivery. Excellent in relationship management, collaborating and partnership working with a range of stakeholders.


Yvonne Palmer

Carol Herity is Locality Director and Head of Partnerships for NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups.  Her current role in the CCG includes a focus of developing strong and mature relationships with partner agencies, with a particulate focus on the Third Sector.  The co-production of partnership initiatives that address inequalities in health outcomes is a key emphasis to her role.  A trained Youth and Community Development worker she has over 25 years’ experience in the health sector.  Ranging from health promotion (sexual health and community development), General Management including development of family support network, organisational development, commissioning and service redesign.

Carol is passionate about working to end domestic abuse.  This was born out of her early community development day’s in Ladywood where she facilitated the Ladywood Domestic Violence Forum. 

Carol Herity


Our Governance

We are a registered charity (1073926) and a company limited by guarantee (3509538).

We are managed by a Board of Volunteer Trustees who are responsible for overseeing the management, financial transactions and decisions, maintenance and development of services and compliance with all duties that a charity and limited company are bound by. Fulfilling the Trustee role involves:

  • participating in regular reviews of the strategy, core values, aims and objectives of BSWA
  • ensuring that the organisation of BSWA is such that the charitable objectives can be achieved
  • monitoring the financial strength of BSWA and ensuring its long-term sustainability including approval of annual budgets
  • reviewing and approving the policies of BSWA
  • recommending the appointment of auditors to the Annual General Meeting
  • ensuring that all published reports adequately reflect the services and financial condition of BSWA
  • assisting in the recruitment and induction of new members of the Board of Trustees

If you are interested in becoming a BSWA Trustee, please Contact Us.

Maureen Connolly is a proud feminist, committed to women for women services as the safest, most appropriate and effective provision for women and children affected by abuse. She has been involved in the specialist, Violence against Women sector for more than 25 years and is currently Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, Birmingham and Solihull’s leading specialist domestic violence agency.
Maureen is committed to multi agency and partnership working and as such is actively involved in a number of local and regional strategic partnerships. She has been instrumental in leading the development of integrated specialist services within BSWA, that address VAWG issues including domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation and the first specialist domestic violence Think Family programme in the UK.

Maureen Connolly – Chief Executive, BSWA

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