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Watford Women's Centre was established in 1989 by a group of exceptional women who came together to volunteer their time and support to victims of sexual violence and rape. Over the past 30 years the charity has developed a needs-led service, shaped by what women tell us makes a real and lasting difference in their lives. We recognise that the challenges women face can often be complex and overwhelming, and we strive to reduce gender inequality, build trusting relationships and empower women to become independent, productive and healthy.



Our Mission and vision


We provide life-changing services for women to lead independent, productive and healthier lives, and also support our wider community.


We aim to create a community-wide culture that has zero tolerance for family or partner abuse and that fosters healthy relationships based on mutual respect and equality.


Our Team 


Our Charity is governed by a board of trustees who have a range of expertise across key areas of the organisation.  Day to day management of the charity is delegated to the Chief Executive with support from a team of dedicated and experienced Service Leads and delivery staff.


Our volunteers are highly valued and over 50 volunteers bring passion and experience to support the delivery of services such as teaching, administration, reception, and counselling.


We are connected to a wide range of local partners whose support is invaluable in helping us deliver high quality integrated support to our clients.  

I love this sanctuary: A place to confide, overcome challenges and grow!



Fiona Miller CEO Watford Women's Centre

Fiona Miller - CEO


Fiona Miller joined the organisation in March of this year as the CEO responsible for leading the charity towards a sustainable future.  Fiona has worked in a variety of leadership roles within Further Education and also as an Adult Learning consultant. Fiona is a strong supporter of Gender Equality and women's rights and believes the charity is a crucial and unique service providing integrated support for all women and our community.

Alison Thomas

Alison Thomas - DA Services Lead


Alison Thomas has been involved with WWC since the day it opened and worked for the centre for 21 years in various roles. She is currently our Specialist Domestic Abuse Services Co-ordinator with over 14 years' experience of delivering support and training to women affected by domestic abuse as well as staff from external agencies. She feels strongly that all women experiencing domestic abuse should feel supported and informed to make the right choices for them to move forward to more positive outcomes. Alison is Chair of Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Abuse Forum and the representative of WWCplus on the Sunflower Subgroup.

Dirin Hamakarim

Dirin Hamakarim - Education & Training Manager


Dirin Hamakarim is a qualified teacher and career advisor, she has worked at WWC for 15 years.  A passionate and determined service area lead, Dirin ensures that every person who makes the decision to learn with us achieves and thrives.  Dirin has supported many volunteers over the years, to develop skills and confidence, gain qualifications, and move into work both at the centre as tutors and the wider local labour market.

Jenner McStravick

Jennifer McStravick


Jennifer McStravick has been working with local families for over 20 years, successfully developing large scale projects including health centres and children’s centres. She is a trained Ofsted early-years inspector and adult learning tutor, specialising in parenting and safeguarding children. Jennifer is responsible for the efficient running of the building; managing the HR, marketing and finance duties; and ensuring the services are safe for all of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and counsellors. Jennifer is the nominated staff member for health & safety, fire marshal and the nominated ‘information data controller’.

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Debra Clay & Amanda King (job share)

Clinical Services Managers



Laxmi Curwen

Laxmi Curwen - Chair of Trustees


Laxmi Curwen has been a trustee of the Centre for over 10 years. She is a management consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector. Her skills include change management, project management, strategy, and HR. Laxmi lives in Watford with her husband and two teenage boys. Laxmi is the Chair of trustees and also part of the Governance working group and Resources subcommittee.





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