Women’s Aid appoints next chief executive

Women’s Aid has appointed Action Aid UK’s deputy director of advocacy Farah Nazeer as its next chief executive.

She joins in March in a role that was vacated by former chief executive Katie Ghose, who resigned two years ago following criticism when she was filmed praising UKIP at a conference.

The role has more recently been covered by two co-acting chief executives, Adina Claire and Nicki Norman, who was awarded an OBE in last October’s Queen’s birthday honours.

Nazeer has more than 20 years experience of senior roles at charities, including stints at Bond UK and MND Association.

“She has worked on women’s rights and gender issues for most of her career and is committed to feminist principles of leadership including courage, sharing of power and accountable collaboration,” said the charity.

Nazeer said: “I am delighted to be joining Women’s Aid as chief executive in March. It is an organisation and federation which I have greatly admired and I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience of working on women’s rights to the role.

“At a time when increasing numbers of women are experiencing domestic abuse, the work of Women’s Aid and the need to champion women’s rights is as urgent as ever.

“I am looking forward to meeting member organisations who deliver the lifesaving work, stakeholders, and survivors of domestic abuse who are at the heart of the organisation.

“Together we will work towards ensuring sustainability for our lifesaving services across the country so every survivor has access to support that truly meets her needs. And, together, we will create the societal change needed to end domestic abuse.”

Women’s Aid chair Sarah Hill added: “Farah will be starting with us at the beginning of March, and, with her, she brings a wealth of experience of working to end violence against women and girls, and commitment to supporting our membership as we experience challenges like no other with the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

“We look forward to Farah meeting our members, survivors and valued supporters as we head into our 47th year.”

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