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 Chilcot – 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.
Jayne Zito – Service Development Manager
Jayne joined The Women's Centre Cornwall in August 2017 as the Service Development Manager. Following her husband’s murder in an unprovoked attack in 1992, Jayne co-founded The Zito Trust which offered support for families bereaved through murder and manslaughter. The Zito Trust successfully campaigned for legislative changes for the support for secondary victims of crime and mentally disordered offenders. Since moving to Cornwall in 2009 Jayne has worked strategically and operationally within the Voluntary Sector in Cornwall. In 2014, Jayne co-founded The Zito Partnership CIC, to support victims of serious violent crime and families affected by NHS serious incidents. The Zito Partnership is a pathway service on the Devon and Cornwall OPCC Victims Directory. Jayne is a qualified art therapist and counsellor, and has extensive experience of working with and for people who have experienced harm.
Jayne received recognition for her work in mental health at a national level when she was awarded an OBE in 2001 and in 2007 Portsmouth University awarded Jayne an Honorary Doctorate in Law. Jayne has been a member of the Strategic Board for Victim Commissioning for the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and the MOJ Learning Group for Victims Commissioning. She currently represents the VCSE on Devon and Cornwall LCJB and Safer Cornwall Partnership Board.
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.
Lizzie Matthews – Open Service Manager
Lizzie has worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years. Whilst working with homeless people at the start of her career, Lizzie identified a need for a specific provision for women and set up ‘Women’s Space’ within a day centre providing homeless women with a dedicated service to meet their specific needs. Moving to Cornwall in 1996, Lizzie was Refuge Manager for Women’s Aid and then went on to manage an innovative new domestic violence initiative which proactively engaged with women and their children. After joining The Women's Centre Cornwall in 2011 as Development Manager, Lizzie then took over management of the Open Service. The service was commissioned by the (then) Probation Trust to work with women who had offended and those at risk of offending, following a report by Baroness Corston highlighting the link between women who offend and domestic abuse/sexual violence. Since Lizzie took on the role of Service Manager, the service has grown and spans 3 counties. It also, now, provides a Partner Link Work Service to women whose ex/partners are subject to the Building Better Relationships Programme.
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.