The Team


Vicki Morris


Penny Gane

Chair of Board of Trustees

Diane Bunyan


Sophie Shirt


Ifeoma Fox


Clare Meraz

Vice Chair

Alison Pallett

Company Secretary

Nicky Norman


Stephanie Poyntz


Our Staff


Katy Taylor



Community facilitator Bangladeshi Women´s Project

Khairun Miah

Community Facilitator Bangladeshi Women's Project

Volunteer (bangladeshi women´s Project)

Prof. Rekha Rao-Nicholson

A Bristol resident, Rekha Rao-Nicholson, is a Professor of Management at Essex Business School. She is internationally recognised as a leader in interdisciplinary research on Developing and Emerging Markets. Her research addresses complex and emerging problems of importance to policymakers, managers, and academics. She has conducted projects that consider gender and economic differences in healthcare access in developing countries and advocated innovations to reach marginalised communities. She has examined NGOs and Industry's role in the free healthcare camps' uptake by the beneficiaries. Beyond the academy, she participates in grassroots civic activities and community projects. As an independent governor, she also sits on the governing board of two local schools.

Operations Manager

Becky White

I'm excited to join BWV for the opportunity to help amplify the voices and experiences of the women of Bristol.! My background is in criminal justice, with roles in the public and third sector including Serious and Organised Crime at the Home Office, managing services for victims and witnesses with Victim Support and as an independent consultant. I have also just begun a PhD looking at victim participation at the International Criminal Court funded by the ESRC.

(Administration & Projects)

Abi Freathy

Abi is currently working for a reproductive health charity and passionate about reproductive and sexual health rights. studied Gender and International Relations at Bristol University. enthusiastic about practicing yoga and tending to an ever growing plant nursery.

Project coordinator

Charlotte Gage

Charlotte has been working in the women’s sector in the UK and internationally since 2004 with a focus on women’s rights, policy and using human rights instruments. She has campaigned and influenced policy around women’s reproductive rights and funding to women-only services; lobbied the UK Government and led a delegation to the UN CEDAW Committee on behalf of marginalised women; as well as running conferences and training to highlight specific areas of women’s rights. In 2014 she completed an MSc in Gender at the LSE Gender Institute with a focus on debates around sexuality and gender identity and she joined BWV as Partnerships Project Officer for Bristol Zero Tolerance in October 2015 creating a city-wide initiative to address gender-based violence.


Erika Oroszi

Hi, I'm Erika. I came to the UK 21 years ago from Hungary to learn the language and stayed here as I met my husband. I have two sons and am a stay at home mum. Not working and having kids made me realise how differently women are valued and how unbalanced the expectations of duties, responsibilities are between the sexes. This is why I wanted to volunteer with a charity which helped and empowered women.

LAILA GARZON DEGUER Media and Communications Associate

Laila Garzon Deguer

Radio and television producer. Feminist. Argentinian bilingual. Activist fighting inequality, safety and rights for women in Latin America. Activist for Abortion Law around the world. Body image activist. And in love with Bristol since 2019.



Siân has been a volunteer for BWV since October 2020, supporting with various administrative tasks. Siân also works for a publicly-funded organisation called the Knowledge Transfer Network, where she delivers a number of international and development programmes on behalf of the UK government's innovation agency, Innovate UK, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She has an MA in French, Spanish and European Studies from Edinburgh University and an MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice from SOAS University of London.

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