Angela started her working career as a Registered General Nurse in 1981 in Dorset and went on to train as a Social Worker in 1985. Since qualifying in 1987 she has worked in Calderdale as a Child Care Social Worker and as a Probation Officer, and for the last 13 years she has worked in the voluntary and community sector.
Her first role in the sector, as a seconded Probation Officer, was to set up a specialist Domestic Violence Support Service in Calderdale, and for the past 9 years, Angela has worked for WomenCentre and is now the Joint CEO of Women Centre Ltd.
WomenCentre is the largest Women’s Centre in the United Kingdom and has received national awards for it’s work with Women Offenders by demonstrating the value of women centres as resources through the model of one stop shop provision. WomenCentre has been an influential partner with the Ministry of Justice to further develop this work across the country.
In 2007 WomenCentre were chosen as one of 12 national pilots to work with Adults Facing Chronic Social Exclusion and this has involved Angela’s role extending to working with collaborative partners at a national level and attending meetings with Government Ministers. This work has been evaluated by MATRIX and the University of Huddersfield and in particular has highlighted the value of an approach of this nature around the safeguarding of women and children.
Angela’s day to day work includes partnership working at both operational and strategic levels across Calderdale and Kirklees, with regional and national partners and her particular areas of expertise are in the fields of Domestic Abuse and the Children and Young People’s agenda’s.
Apart form her work at WomenCentre Angela has been a trustee of several local charities including the Calderdale Domestic Violence Forum and the Calderdale Community Forum. In her representational role for the VCS Angela currently attends the Calderdale Children’s Trust Executive and the Calderdale Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Boards.
Angela is passionate about the work of WomenCentre and recognises the influence it has on wider partners at all levels in the support of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised women and their children