Our Board of Directors

As a small charitable organisation, the skills and knowledge of our Board of Directors plays an important part in the successful operation of all our services and the strategic management of North Ayrshire Women’s Aid. Outline CVs for the current Board are shown below:

Anne Clarke (Chair since October 2017)

Anne recently retired from NHS A&A where, among other duties, she was the organisational lead for Gender Based Violence. This involved supporting the operational delivery of Routine Enquiry of domestic and sexual abuse, evaluating and measuring its implementation and impact, ensuring links with the three Violence Against Women partnerships in Ayrshire, undertaking and overseeing local research in relation to GBV in Ayrshire and fulfilling public health functions for GBV. Anne has lived in North Ayrshire since 1987 and has been on the Board of NAWA since 2009.

Justina Murray

Justina is the CEO of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, a national charity supporting anyone concerned with someone else’s alcohol or drug use. She has been a member of the NAWA Board since September 2014 and is currently Chair of the Finance Sub-Group. She has lived in North Ayrshire since 2004, when she became the Coordinator of North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership. From 2010-17 she was Chief Officer of South West Scotland Community Justice Authority, a partnership body focused on reducing reoffending. This role included chairing the CJA’s Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Group which aimed to ensure perpetrators of domestic abuse are accountable for their actions. Justina’s previous experience is primarily in research, strategic planning, policy making and partnership working in Scotland and New Zealand. She is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and is a member of the Governance Group for the Centre for Young and Criminal Justice at the University of Strathclyde

Gillian Croan

Gillian’s background is in HR with the public and private sectors and she now works as a consultancy practitioner advising on all areas of employment. Her company specialises in working with the Voluntary Sector as well as public and private sectors.

Yvonne Orr

Yvonne works for a shipping Company who own and operate a fleet of tugs and workboats working internationally. Amongst other things, Yvonne is responsible for all regulatory compliance and QHSE of the organisation and travels worldwide to deliver training to their staff and audit the fleet. Yvonne sits on various industry and regulatory committees and is also qualified as an ISO 9001 auditor. Yvonne has lived in North Ayrshire all her life, apart from 3 years, she has also been a panel member for North Ayrshire Children’s Hearing System.

Jenna Merry

Jenna joined local law firm Jas Campbell & Co. in Saltcoats as a trainee solicitor in September 2008 after completing an LLB at the University of Glasgow and then the Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde. She completed her training in September 2010 and has been working with Jas Campbell & Co. as a fully qualified solicitor since this time. Jenna advises on all aspects of family law including providing advice to women who have suffered domestic violence. Jenna also has an MA (Hons) in Politics and Social Policy from the University of Glasgow which included a module on violence in the family lectured by Kate Cavanagh and a module on feminist politics. Jenna has been on the NAWA Board since 2011

Fiona Garven

Fiona grew up in North Ayrshire and lives locally. She is Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre, which also hosts the Community Health Exchange, Scottish Co-production Network and Participatory Budgeting Scotland. Fiona has a long term interest in equality issues. Her work focuses on community empowerment, social justice and democratic participation. She is a non-executive Director of the Poverty Alliance.

Margaret Burgess

Margaret has over 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, previously managing a large Citizens Advice Bureau. She was also a director of the national charity, Citizens Advice Scotland. Margaret has extensive experience working with vulnerable groups throughout Ayrshire. She has also served as an MSP minister of Scottish Government. Margaret is now retired.

Maureen Kater

Maureen has recently retired from a busy job in the NHS where she was heavily involved in supporting the GBV work, especially with GPs and in local communities. Maureen joined the Board of NAWA in 2016 and is keen to use her expertise to support NAWA as it addresses the issue of domestic abuse in the local area.

Marguerite Roos

Marguerite grew up in North Ayrshire and lives locally. She joined the board in 2019. She is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in Galbraith Pritchards, a firm of accountants who are based in Ayr. Marguerite is involved with many charities professionally as auditor or independent examiner and has also been involved personally with several charities over the years. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1984 and has sat on a number of their committees including the Audit Registration Committee.

Mary Walsh

Mary is a Chartered Accountant who currently works for a private sector company where she is heavily involved in the social and charity committee. Previously, Mary worked as a financial auditor on both public and private sector clients, including a number of Scottish charities. She is from North Ayrshire and lives locally. Mary joined the NAWA Board in 2019, and hopes to use her financial and local expertise to help support both the Board and finance sub-group.