Spotlight on…… Fi, our Finance and Admin Manager!

We like to give people the chance to get to know the team, this time it’s lovely Fi’s turn to be under the spotlight.

 

What does your role involve?

All bookkeeping and accounting tasks, payroll, budgeting, planning and fundraising.  Managing the admin role of the organisation and being a member of the management team.

 

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

The amazing women who work here and being part of a team that makes a difference in women’s lives.

 

What are 3 things that you enjoy going?

Walking with dogs, listening and dancing to music, hard sums.

 

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

Bring in a basic income for all! So that everyone had enough money to live on and what you chose to do beyond that is up to you and your individual situation.  Work, study, be a musician, start your own business, care for others.  I know it’s all a bit pie in the sky but they have tried it out in other European countries with some success.

 

Spotlight on our team – Hannah and Naffie

This ‘Spotlight On’ we hear from Hannah W and Naffie, our newest Trustee.

 

Hannah – Wellbeing Case Worker for Rainbow Hearts

What does your role involve?

I work alongside the Rainbow Hearts group providing 1-1 support to asylum seeking women. I support women with their mental health and reducing loneliness and isolation.

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

The people – everyone is friendly and supportive. I am enjoying being part of WHM, I have been welcomed into the team and feel like I have been here ages now! It is inspiring to be around so many passionate, committed women.

What are 3 things you enjoy doing?

Running, camping and Lego

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

I would magic away all weapons, ammunition, bombs and bullets and make people talk out their problems rather than fighting. I would also magic myself a beautiful campsite on a beach in Scotland and I would spend my days baking cakes and running up and down hills surrounded by cats.

 

 

Naffie –

Why did you become a Trustee for Womens Health Matters?

A work colleague who is also a Trustee at Womens Health Matters approached me. My colleague stated that they needed a Treasurer on the board. At that point I had never heard of Womens Health Matters.  I then read about the organisation and the positive difference it makes to the lives of women.  This sparked my interest and made me want to be part of the charity.

What is your favourite thing about Womens Health Matters?

My favourite thing about WHM is how the WHM annual event gives women we support an opportunity and courage to voice out their experiences and how the organisation has positively impacted their lives to enable them to realise that they are not alone and they have more control over their lives and health.

What do you do outside of Womens Health Matters?

I work for Leeds City council Childrens and Families. My role entails working closely with the Commissioning Team and Local elected members for Children and Young people.

I have a BSc degree in International Accounting, certified in SAP financials, at the Professional Level of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) certification and also completed more than eight years of public and private accounting experience where attention to detail is essential when managing client flies and proof reading financial statements. I am able to contribute these skills to WHM as a Treasurer.

Outside of all of the above and WHM, I enjoy going to the gym and Arabic classes.

If you had a magic wand what would you do with it?

I will make sure that every woman has justice, respect, care and compassion.

Meet more of our Trustees!

A few months ago we got to know some of our trustees a little more, here we meet the fabulous Hannah and Tracey!

Hannah

Why did you become a Trustee for Womens Health Matters?

I applied to be a trustee for WHM because I had known about the organisation since I was a child in Leeds, and so had an understanding of the impact the charity has. I moved from a job in a charity to one in the local authority and wanted to stay connected to the third sector in some way. As I had time and hopefully useful skills to offer, WHM felt like a natural choice to approach about volunteering as a Trustee.

What is your favourite thing about Womens Health Matters?

My favourite thing about WHM is the fact that every time I read a report or speak to the staff about the work they are doing with women, I am overwhelmed yet again with what an incredibly important service WHM delivers. And that all the staff and all the trustees have a uniting belief that women can and should be in control of their own lives and health. It’s a great team to be part of.

What do you do outside of Womens Health Matters? 

I work for Leeds City Council Children’s Services, in the Voice and Influence Team. I coordinate participation, consultation and involvement activities specifically for children who are looked after or care leavers, including running two young people’s Council’s. My job also involves working closely with senior leadership, service leads and councillors related to Children’s Social Care Services.

If you had a magic wand what would you do with it?  

I’d give every little girl in the world unshakable self-confidence. And I’d make houses self cleaning – no more wasted hours scrubbing the bathroom!

 

Tracey

Why did you become a Trustee for Womens Health Matters?

I first became aware of WHM though the joint work with the Maternity Liaison Services Committee (now Maternity Voices Partnership). I am a doctor who works in the maternity units in Leeds. I am passionate about empowering women to make the right choices for them during their pregnancies. I have particular interests in supporting vulnerable women and supporting those women who may face challenges accessing services. I run a specialist clinic for those women who have had female genital mutilation to ensure they have the right information during their pregnancies and at the time of their births. As WHM also supports those groups of women, I wanted to be able to provide my own support by volunteering to become a trustee.

What is your favourite thing about Womens Health Matters?

Whenever I hear the stories and journeys of women who have been helped by WHM, it reiterates the importance of the work the charity does. Attending the AGM always makes me be proud of what women can achieve, despite often extreme adverse situations. It is so positive to see how women’s lives can change, given the right support and help through WHM.

What do you do outside of Womens Health Matters?

I am a consultant working in the two maternity units in Leeds. I always knew that when I qualified as a doctor that I wanted to work in Obstetrics. I am passionate the care that is provided to women allowing them to make and be supported in the choices for birth.

If you had a magic wand what would you do with it?

I would want all women worldwide to be able to access safe and free health care during pregnancy.

 

 

 

Spotlight on……Karen!

This ‘Spotlight On’ focuses on Karen who works on our LDVS project and The Key.  We asked her our usual questions so you can get to know her better!

What does your role involve?

I’ve been working at Women’s Health Matters since December 2017. My role involves working with women and young girls that have experienced domestic abuse.

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

My favourite things about WHM are the women that I work with, I am always in awe at their strength and resolve and feel that it’s a real privilege to be part of their journey. My other favourite thing is the staff team, everybody is fab and really supportive.

What are 3 things you enjoy doing?

Out of work I really enjoy socialising (a lot!!!!) and love spending time with my amazing family.

If you had a magic wand what would you do with it?

Ooh big question, there’s lots I could do, give myself millions (I’d obviously share), travel around the world (flick of the wand and I’m there). I think I would make mean people good!