Respect’s Research and Services Development Manager appointed Welsh Women’s Aid CEO

Respect’s Research and Services Development Manager, Sara Kirkpatrick, has been offered and accepted an exciting opportunity to lead Welsh Women’s Aid from April 2020.

Sara has contributed greatly to the growth of Respect in recent years, leading on multiple projects such as Accreditation,  Ascent , Advance  and not least our Change that Lasts  partnership with Welsh Women’s Aid.

As CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid, Sara will be driving forward their  5 year strategic plan Still We Rise and strengthening and building on relationships across the VAWDASV sector.  We at Respect wish her every success in this exciting new role.

Jo Todd CEO of Respect says: 

“I am delighted that Sara’s talents have been recognised and that she’s moving on to lead such a fabulous organisation.  She has been a real asset to Respect, and I’m sure she’ll continue to be so for Welsh Women’s Aid, building on the work of her predecessor, Eleri Butler.

Respect has been fortunate to work closely with all our colleagues at Welsh Women’s Aid, particularly over the last few years with our joint work on the Change that Lasts Perpetrator Response in South Wales, which Sara has led for Respect.  It’s a ground-breaking project and brilliant partnership which I greatly value.

On a personal note, I’ll miss Sara hugely, but look forward to continuing to work closely with her and Welsh Women’s Aid in the future.”

Sara Kirkpatrick Research & Services Development manager says: 

“It has been an incredible 4 years with Respect, watching the organisation grow and meeting so many colleagues and members who are truly committed to ending violence against women by holding perpetrators to account. I will continue to champion Respect and their leadership in demanding safe, effective accountable responses to perpetrators.

I have learnt so much from my colleagues on the two helplines, but particularly the Men’s Advice line with their understanding of the needs of Male Victims and the compassion, advice and specialist support they which they offer.

I am truly delighted to be joining Welsh Women’s Aid and look forward to working with my sister federations and our allies to continue to build a safer more equal world where violence against women and girls is eradicated.”

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