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)
  • 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 7 Trustees who bring a variety of skills, knowledge and experience to the Board:

Kristen Paterson – Chair

Kevin Corbett – Deputy Chair

Angela Painter

Jan Berry

Jane Campbell

Julie Conalty

Merle Bigden

Veronica Knight


Henu Cummins – CEO

Prem Konieczny – Deputy Operations Manager

Zoe – Support to Court Manager

Sam – Helpline Manager

Tina – Assistant referrals coordinator

Ali – Assistant referrals coordinator

Mandy – Admin Assistant

Paul – Accounting Project Manager


Elaine – Secretary to the board (Volunteer)

Carol – PA to the CEO (Volunteer)

Rory – Communications expert (Volunteer)