who we are

The Trustees

Mary Roche – Chair

Mary joined the Board of Trustees in August 2018.  Mary brings her experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wakefield for over 25 years to this role. The majority of her work has been in education and the delivery of projects designed to remove social barriers to participation in everyday life. Mary currently works at Nova Wakefield District, the support agency for the third sector, providing tailored development support to voluntary and community organisations to enable organisational growth and quality of service delivery to meet the needs of Wakefield people.

Sharon Dominey – Treasurer

Sharon is a qualified accountant, who has worked in Internal Audit and Risk Management in the Finance and Banking sector for 20 years in the UK and Australia. She has recently had a career change and now runs her own business as a Voice Over. Sharon has previously been the Treasurer for the charity Music and the Deaf.

Jane Byrant

Jane became a Trustee of the Well Women Centre in 2007, having previously been on the board of an educational charity in York. She runs her own art gallery and is a partner in a small, all women, architecture practice based in the centre of Wakefield; not surprising then that one of her interests at well Women includes the charity’s premises needs, as well as the ongoing work of the Trustees to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation.

Kathy Fisher

Kathy joined the board of trustees in February 2017.  Kathy’s experience is predominantly in human resources, having worked in the field since 1998.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a strong knowledge of employment law and a broad range of experience in topics relating to people management and employee development.  Kathy’s HR career has been undertaken predominantly within the public sector, having previously worked within the NHS and more recently within education.  Kathy’s roles have enabled her to work with a diverse group of people and for which, amongst other things, well-being has always been of prime importance.

Jane Walton

Jane joined the board of trustees in July 2018. She has a background in education, local government and cultural heritage. For the past 20 years, Jane has been involved in local, regional, and national campaigns and projects aimed at increasing young people’s entrepreneurial awareness, skills and aspirations. She is currently the Chair of Education Policy of the Federation of Small Businesses, as well as being a trustee of the Thackray Museum in Leeds, and also the Castleford Heritage Trust. Jane is a qualified teacher, a WEA tutor, and Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, CIPD and the RSA.

Dr. Tolu Adedipe

Tolu has a seasoned background in excellent healthcare delivery particularly in Women’s Health spanning a few decades, mostly on the NHS. She is an ardent medical educator, holding a postgraduate diploma and has received a regional award of excellence and several commendations. Her interest in research has led to many publications. She is a member of several bodies, some of which are RCOG, BSCCP, ISSVD. She currently sits on several international committees. She has honed her business management skills post-MBA with work on SMEs focusing on implementing growth strategies.

Claire Woodhead

Claire brings over 24 years’ experience of working within the third sector, predominantly in supported housing, managing services for a wide variety of vulnerable individuals. Claire currently works for Community Links, a Mental Health Charity managing services across Kirklees in Chart (drug & alcohol service) WY-FI (multiple & complex needs) Dual Diagnosis and Changes (women with personality disorder). Claire is the current Mayor of Featherstone 2018/19 and chose Featherstone Foodbank as her charity.

Rachel Massey – Vice Chair

Rachel brings over twenty years’ experience of working creatively with communities. She is a wellbeing specialist and artist who began her career working creatively with health visitors to reach new mothers who were not engaging with health services. Since then she has coproduced many projects with marginalised individuals and communities, in partnership with health and social care, universities, museums and galleries and the voluntary and community sector. Rachel plays an active role in the field of Arts and Wellbeing, contributing to regional and national networks including The Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance. She is a member of the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Group. She specialises in using creativity, mindfulness and nature connection to improve wellbeing.

Leanne Gelsthorpe – Vice Chair

Leanne runs a growing property management company and has been involved in setting up assisted living for vulnerable young adults, supporting them to live independently with the help of Social Services. Leanne enjoys running a local junior football team and has taken on the role as Welfare/Safeguarding Officer for the Huddersfield Junior football league involving over 1000 children.

The Senior Team

Lisa Kaye – Acting Chief Executive Officer


Lisa,  Acting CEO, started working at WWC as a counselling volunteer in 2005. She completed her placement hours and qualification at the Centre, before gaining a paid role as community counsellor in 2008. Lisa has held various management roles at the Centre since 2013 and is now leading the organisation to deliver services that bring together a range of effective ways of supporting women.

Lisa has a dedicated focus on enhancing service user experience and ensuring the Centre is equipped to identify the right service or treatment at the right time for women. During her time at the Centre Lisa has continued to develop services and treatments in compliance with best practice and ensured a robust and effective Safeguarding system is in place, ensuring the centre offers appropriate, beneficial and safe services. With oversight of the whole Centre, Lisa is keen to maintain the cohesion between services, staff, volunteers and service users; ensuring that we produce joined up and individual care pathways that optimise funding and provide holistic care. Within the district, Lisa works to promote joined up working between mental health services, enhancing Wakefield’s service offer, preventing duplication and bringing greater benefits to women and their communities.

Ruth Alborough – Counselling Manager

Ruth has been at the Well Women Centre since 2008, working in Clinical Services. Ruth holds a small Counselling case load, and her specialist areas are working with trauma, EMDR therapy and Couples Therapy. Ruth also works as a clinical supervisor, and has previously worked as a lecturer, and with young people in Rotherham.

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