24 years after starting as a volunteer for Swansea Women’s Aid, Lynne became our Chief Executive. Over the past 12 years, under Lynne’s management and guidance, the organisation has seen vast growth, both in size and expertise, providing a range of specialist accommodation, community and outreach services across Swansea for women and children experiencing Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV).

Her passion to ensure women and children are heard, believed, empowered, valued and safe has no limit. She works tirelessly, challenging practice when necessary and working closely with a range of agencies, statutory and voluntary, to promote  women and children’s voices and ensure that service design, delivery and development considers their needs, removes any barriers to access and focuses on how best to support them in a strengths based, needs led, trauma informed way.

Lastly, Lynne is the epitome of the organisation’s Vision, Mission and Values, leading by example and is regarded with the utmost respect by all of her team at Swansea Women’s Aid.

Lynne Sanders, CEO of Swansea Women’s Aid commented:

“I am honoured to have worked with amazing women and children over the years who despite the abuse they have experienced have survived and changed their lives for the better, be that in a small or major way. Their strength and courage drives me on to ensure we do the very best we can to enable them to live free from abuse. The MBE, whilst awarded to me, also belongs to our wonderful team of trustees, staff and volunteers who, over the years, have shown true dedication and commitment and without whom, I would be lost. Well done to us all!”