Providing support to people in the Leeds District whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and abuse
Our Trustees are responsible for the governance and efficiency of our service. Their mix of knowledge and skills supports our work and helps drive the organisation forward at a strategic level. We are currently looking for new members who can bring key skills to the Board; legal, business, change management, finance, HR and statistics. If you think you could help make a difference, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the names below to find out more about our current Trustees
DAVE MOORE - TRUSTEE
Dave has worked in banking since leaving school at 16, supporting owner-managed businesses across the Yorkshire region and currently based in Leeds. Married to Angela with two daughters, Dave also supports Angela and Rebecca, their eldest daughter, run the family business based in Harrogate. Spare time is spent listening to music, jogging, gardening and walking their two King Charles spaniels, Ella and Beau.
DAVID RUDDIMAN - TRUSTEE
David has spent 35 years in the furniture business, selling his business in 2009 and is now semi retired. He now splits his time between 4 charities and is a consultant for The Cranfield Trust, a charity that places business people into charities that are struggling or have a specific project to complete.
David was drawn to BCD having been approached by a colleague and has been inspired by the great work the charity does quietly and Behind Closed Doors.
GILL CROFTON - TREASURER
Gill is an FCA. Gill is currently a stay at home mum with two young children.
Gill's job prior to having a family was as Financial Controller in a retail environment. Prior to this Gill worked over 10 years supporting OMBs as Audit Manager and business advisor.
Gill became involved with BCD when the treasurer vacancy arose. Gill has loved learning about the amazing work done by BCD and enjoys working alongside and supporting the operational team.
JACQUI WITHNELL - TRUSTEE
Jacqui Withnell brings a wealth of experience to the Board of BCD. Jacqui has over 35 years’ experience in the commercial interiors industry having worked in design, sales strategy and marketing. The last 18 years have been spent as either a business owner or in senior managerial and leadership roles.
Jacqui now runs her own commercial furniture practice working primarily with growing and changing SME’s.
She has an MSc in Leadership and Change management and through her skills and interest in health and wellbeing assists clients to create a better day at work. She does this by working with a business and its teams to enhance the working environment to ensure people are happy, motivated and engaged. The research Jacqui has been involved in with leading organisations shows that the biggest cost to a business is its people but more crucially, it’s a bottom line issue where profits are being lost through presenteeism, this is where staff are present but disengaged for a variety of reasons.
Jacqui creates environments that generate comfort, function and emotional wellbeing which inspire people to do their best work as well as increase productivity, satisfaction and engagement.
In her spare time, Jacqui teaches pilates, nutrition and weight management on a pro bono basis with wives of farmers in the small village where she lives with her husband and 3 working dogs.
RUTH DAVISON - CHAIR
Ruth first became a trustee of Behind Closed Doors in 2005. At that time she worked as a family solicitor with a specialism in supporting victims of domestic abuse. Ruth served as Chair of the organisation between 2006 and 2012 and then left the board to spend time with her young family and has rejoined as a trustee in 2017.
Ruth's particular focus is supporting the development of the trustee board and she has also spent some time running a charity as CEO and is currently working in a Local Authority in the area of supported housing commissioning and policy development.
SHARON MILNER - TRUSTEE
As well as being a Trustee at Behind Closed Doors, Sharon also works for a Yorkshire based Charity, holding over a decades experience in managing and leading. She also has some past corporate experience working in Sales and Marketing for Leeds Chamber of Commerce.
Originally from Leeds, Sharon now lives in Ilkley with her husband. Her two daughters work in London and Manchester, which is a great excuse to visit two great cities.
Sharon's hobbies are going to the theatre, cinema, running, racquetball and cycling (in good weather).
Her initial interest in becoming a Trustee of Behind Closed Doors comes from being able to support two very different, worthwhile charities.
Sharon is a new Trustee to BCD, yet feels she has already felt a sense of fulfilment from volunteering her own time to such a worthwhile and meaningful cause.