Our management team
Maggie Parks OBE - Chief Executive
Maggie has a background in the statutory sector having worked for the Probation Service for 8 years. She has been working with issues of violence against women since the early 1980s when she was on the Management Committee of Nuneaton Women’s Refuge. She was a founding member and Coordinator of Worcestershire Rape Crisis Centre where she developed and delivered numerous training courses on issues of sexual violence and abuse. She has managed The Women's Centre Cornwall since 1998 and led it from its early inception as a completely voluntary organisation to become a professional third sector agency. She is a member of various local, regional and national boards and forums and is a recognised trainer and conference speaker. She was previously a Trustee and Board Member of Rape Crisis England and Wales and is currently a Board Member of the Ending Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW).
Catherine Chilcott – Finance Manager
Cath obtained her degree in Business Administration and Marketing from UWE before emigrating to Australia where she studied for her Masters in Professional Accounting. She returned to Cornwall in January 2014 and has been working as Finance Manager for The Women's Centre Cornwall ever since. She is currently the treasurer for the End Violence Against Women's & Girls Coalition in London and is studying for a Diploma in fundraising.
Dina Holder – Community Engagement Manager
Throughout her career Dina has managed and led a number of high performing services. She re-joined the management team at The Women's Centre Cornwall in October 2017 as the Community Engagement Manager. She has previously managed at a senior level in both the statutory (criminal justice sector) and the voluntary sector (domestic abuse & sexual violence sector). She has also worked as an independent management consultant in the criminal justice and community safety sector.
She has a BA Hons in applied Social Science and a Masters in Social Work. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Throughout her career she has championed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion holding specialist strategic and supervisory "E, D & I" roles in different organisations. She is the current chair of the VCS Equality and Diversity Group for Cornwall. Her Community Engagement role at The Women's Centre Cornwall will utilise all her skill set to ensure that more women and girls from diverse backgrounds are able to access the organisation's services.
Kasey Kistle – Support Service Manager
Kasey has been part of the organisation for 19 years, initially training in 1999 as a volunteer supporting women and girls in Cornwall around issues of sexual violence and domestic abuse. Kasey gained further experience working in a number of roles, as a women’s safety worker on a perpetrator programme, a volunteer co-ordinator for 7 years and for the past 4 years as Support Service Manager. Kasey is passionate about women’s empowerment and equality and working towards ending violence against women and girls.
Ilona Smith - Programme Development Manager
Ilona has worked within the Health and Social Care sector for over 22 years. She has worked as a Senior Mental Health Nurse, an NVQ Assessor and is a qualified counsellor. Ilona has worked in the VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) sector for the past 12 years and has worked for the Women’s Centre Cornwall for the last 8 years. She has had various roles within the organisation including the Young Women’s Counsellor, the Pattern Changing Facilitator, Volunteer Coordinator, Body Work Coordinator and Group Work Lead. Her current role is the Training and Programme Development Manager. She is passionate about writing and delivering group work and training programmes which support women to feel empowered.
Melanie Das – HR Manager
Melanie has over 18 years' experience working as an HR professional in both the voluntary and private sectors. Her love of Cornwall brought her here from London in 2011 when she joined The Women's Centre Cornwall as HR Manager. Melanie also provides HR consultancy services to two other charities in the county and is a qualified therapist.