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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’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 2022/23 are;

Sarah Hewitt

Sue Key – Chair

Jayne Daglish – Vice Chair

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.