Meet the team


We are supported by a wonderful team of volunteers and we currently have:

  • 27 trained volunteer Domestic Abuse (DA) Advisors (including 1 accredited Volunteer IDVA/ISVA; and 1 IDVA/ISAC)
  • 15 Helpline volunteers
  • 14 other volunteers aiding on a range of DAVSS activities.

Board of Trustees and Management

DAVSS has a strong and committed Board of Trustees who are also the Directors of the charity, drawn from the local community and represent legal, financial, community safety and voluntary sector expertise, with specialist Police and Housing advisers. There are 9 Trustees who bring a variety of skills, knowledge and experience to the Board:

Kristen Paterson – Chair
Jan Berry
Merle Bigden
Kevin Corbett – Deputy Chair
Angela Painter
Veronica Knight

Henu Cummins – CEO
Prem Konieczny – Deputy Operations Manager
Zoe – Support to Court Manager
Sam – Helpline Manager
Tina – Assistant referrals coordinator
Mandy – Admin Assistant

Elaine – Secretary to the board (Volunteer)
Carol – PA to the CEO (Volunteer)
Rory – Communications expert (Volunteer)