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Management Committee

WHiST is managed by an elected committee, of women who live and/or work in South Tyneside. The committee is responsible for ensuring that WHiST’s continues to work towards its mission and aims, addresses local need, fulfils contractual agreements and comply with quality standards. WHiST has a PQASSO quality mark for its Governance standards.

WHiST’s team has a broad base of knowledge and skills and years of experience supporting women’s wellbeing services.

Committee Members in alphabetical order for 2020/21 are;

Eve Allan – Chair. Eve joined the Management Committee in 2017. She was involved in our Volunteering project and offers services to other women through this support. She is a qualified nurse specialising in mental health and has been a lay member of the Quality Care Commission.

Sarah Bullock. Sarah became a Trustee in 2020. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management and has worked with organisations in the public, private and not for profit sector. Sarah is keen share her experience, knowledge and network with WHiST to support them in continuing to work with women effectively.

Donna Di Stefano Donna came to WHiST in 2000 seeking help with some problems she was having. She did a reflexology course which she really enjoyed. She then progressed on to college and became a fully qualified therapist. She now offers her therapeutic skills to other women on a voluntary basis. She also does office cover, offers the meet and greet service for new members, helps with fundraising events, attends meetings, gives talks about WHiST for other groups and agencies and helps with whatever needs attending to.

Anna Kozaczek. Anna works in science as a consultant, helping small companies to grow and survive in a competitive market. She joined the WHiST Board in 2020 after becoming interested in social enterprise, and helping charities be self-sufficient.

Anna Shields. Anna joined WHiST to attend a Listening Skills course in 2012. She went on to qualify as a Counsellor and returned to WHiST to volunteer and provide counselling for WHiST members. Anna joined the Board in 2019.

Judith Taylor (Local Authority representative) Cllr Judith Taylor of Simonside and Rekendyke Ward sits on the committee as a representative of the Local Authority. As a local Councillor, Judith is only too aware of the issues faced by female residents across the Borough and the importance of the services offered by WHiST to address these complex issues. Judith is also a Director on the Board of South Tyneside Homes, determining strategic direction of the company and carrying out high-level monitoring and scrutiny of all its functions.

Chris Westbury Chris first came to WHiST in the early days of the project and was involved those discussions that initially set up the group. Chris joined WHiST as a volunteer in 2009 after a successful career in Social Work. She has been a committed volunteer and supporter of the project since then.