As a Registered Charity we have a Board of Trustees who are committed to overseeing our organisation
Diane Roberts (Chair)
Diane started as a volunteer with DASU in 2005 supporting the organisation with the out of hours service. She then became a Trustee. Diane works for Flintshire County Council as a support worker with mental health services. She is a Registered Counsellor and a member of the BACP.
Katherine has been a trustee with DASU since August 2015. Prior to this she volunteered as a trustee for Nottinghamshire Women's Aid. Katherine used to work in China where she studied Mandarin Chinese and financial business management. Originally from Southampton Katherine now lives near Ruthin and is learning Welsh. As well as working locally as a teacher, Katherine has a particular interest in feminism and gender equality.
Cllr Chris Bithell
Chris was born and raised in Mold. He is a graduate of Bangor University with a BA Hons in History and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He taught History and Politics for 30 years at Holywell High School, Deeside High School and Flint High School where he was Deputy Headteacher for 16 years until he retired.
He has been a Councillor for over 45 years having served on Mold Urban District Council, Delyn Borough Council, Mold Town Council and Flintshire County Council. He served as Cabinet Member for Education and Youth for 14 years on Flintshire CC and is currently Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection. He is a member of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Panel, a member of the North Wales Safer Communities Board and a member of the Board of Theatr Clwyd
His other interests include St. Mary’s Parish Church, Mold, where he is a Worship Leader, a former Secretary and member of the Parochial Church Council and is a member of the Church Committee. He was a former Secretary and Chair of the local branch of Scope. He is an Executive Member and former Treasurer of the Mold and District Civic Society. He has been a Trustee and Board Member of the Daniel Owen Community Association, Mold, a registered Charity, for 22 years and is a Trustee of The Friends of Bailey Hill/ Ffrindiau Bryn Beili a newly formed and registered Charity in the town of Mold. He has been a Trustee and Board member of the DASU Charity for 10 years.
Natasha joined Domestic Abuse Safety Unit as a Trustee in September 2008 when the organisation was previously known as Deeside Women's Aid. She has been the Treasurer for 8 years. Natasha is a qualified accountant and brings with her over 12 years finance experience working in local authority and private businesses. She holds a Certificate and Diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Natasha went on to work on a four year project as a Regional Project Officer for Beat, an eating disorders charity, helping to develop awareness of eating disorders amongst medical and educational professionals across North Wales and creating peer support groups. She is currently taking a career break to raise her young family and is actively involved in several local groups and organisations.
Katharine has over 20 years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families across a range of practice contexts, including youth and community work, alternative education, early intervention, crime prevention and community safety. She has held strategic leadership positions across multiple sectors spanning voluntary and community services, children’s services, community safety and policing. In more recent years, Katharine has worked in academia as a Senior Lecturer in Education (Liverpool John Moores University) and as Director of Safeguarding Programmes (University of Chester). She is currently involved with academic research, writing and publication in the areas of policing, safeguarding children and youth justice. She also holds appointment as a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice.