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Our Trustees

Trustees have a vital role. They set the strategic direction of the charity and ensure it delivers on its responsibilities. This requires a group of committed people from many walks of life with a mix of skills and experience; they all share an interest in domestic abuse, a desire to help the charity and an enquiring mind.


Our board of trustees are extremely committed and take an active role in the organisation.

Elaine McDonald
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Elaine is now retired but has a background of over 25 years working in Careers, Connexions and most recently Children’s Services. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with young people’s issues and multiple agency work. She also has extensive experience of delivering Training & Development and managing a satellite Assessment Centre.

Elaine combines being a Trustee with her other interest of Soroptimism.

Elaine McDonald, Chair of Trustees

Karen Mitchell
Treasurer & Vice Chair

Karen has always worked in social housing in both operational and strategic roles for local councils and housing associations. Currently she works for a housing association in Manchester which provides affordable homes for rent and a range of community and support services across the south of the city. She has a strong belief in the right of everyone to a safe and secure home.


Karen has lived in the Glossop area for over 25 years and became a of Trustee of High Peak Women’s Aid, now known as Crossroads, in 2012. She is proud to be involved with this local charity which provides essential services across the High Peak.

Michelle Simpson

Michelle is a Family Law specialist with over 25 years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of Family Law issues. She is an Associate with Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors and is based in New Mills. Michelle is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a Resolution accredited specialist in Children Law and Domestic Abuse.


She has lived in the High Peak for over 25 years.

Meera Senior

Meera has been working in the field of monitoring and evaluation with the NGO sector for a number of years in international development and youth leadership & development.

Meera moved to the High Peak from London, and has travelled extensively with her work in international development to East and West Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Central America.

She is particularly interested in gender based violence and is an advocate of engaging with men in this field to overcome patterns of violence, and improve and increase the opportunities in the lives of men, women and children.

Cilla Hollman

Cilla has always worked in education and is still working at the University of Sheffield, but in semi-retirement. Many years of working abroad have given her insights into cultural differences and human relations. She has lived in the High Peak since 1986 and is also a primary school governor.


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Abbie Kirkham

Abbie has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, L+D and HR. She also is lucky enough to be able to teach HR and business at graduate level which she enjoys immensely.

She is originally from Liverpool but now lives in Wilmslow with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 schnauzers and her cat.

She became a trustee of Crossroads as she is passionate about ending domestic violence and believes everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe environment.

She is currently the minutes secretary for the board.  

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