We have a voluntary Board of Trustees who have the ultimate responsibility for directing nia and ensuring that the organisation is well-run.

Our trustees include women with a wide range of skills and include women who have experienced gender-based violence and ex-service users of nia:

Helen Lewis (Chair) is a journalist. She is deputy editor of the political magazine the New Statesman, a panellist on the BBC's Sunday Politics and deputy chair of Women in Journalism. She writes on feminism, comedy, politics and videogames for outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Saga magazine, the Financial Times and Cosmo. She is currently researching the phenomenon of online abuse and trolling, and the effect it has on women's participation in public life.

Esther Campbell (Treasurer) Esther Campbell is a qualified accountant working at a London Arm's Length Management Organisation.  She has worked in a variety of Finance roles over the last nine years and currently manages a combined housing budget of £15m. Esther is dedicated to increasing children's life chances though quality family based care provision and has been actively working with Haringey's Fostering Service over the last 12 years.

Jo Murphy is Deputy Chief Executive of a London Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) before which she was Group Director of one of the largest pan London Housing Groups. She has over twenty years experience in social housing with around 10 years as a senior manager and as a Board Member or Trustee.

Sophia Antoniazzi was a Youth Campaigner on raising awareness and campaigning against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People with The Children's Society. She was a 'Young Trainer' on a project run by nia in partnership with The Children's Society which trained professionals on the sexual exploitation of young people.

Ruth Tweedale is a Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women. She is a qualified solicitor with experience of representing clients in all aspects of family law. She has written a range of legal publications on family law such as a series of legal information on children and the law for women prisoners and non-abusive parents of children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Grace Banks works in advertising and journalism. Her areas of interest are cultural, social and economic politics and their effect on women – her writing centres around these topics and she is a regular contributor to the website where she writes about issues affecting women and young girls. She also has a background in advertising and creates campaigns for a wide range of brands.

Joy Goh-Mah is a writer and activist on issues pertaining to gender and racial equality. She runs a feminist blog and is a part of Media Diversified, a charity set up to tackle the lack of racial diversity in the UK media. She has recently attained a Master’s degree in Management and Human Resources, and aims to undertake further research in gender and employment.

Lola Okolosie is a long-standing member of the organisation Black Feminists and teaches English at an all-boys comprehensive school located in the heart of London. A columnist on the Guardian’s Comment is Free, her work focuses on issues ranging from: social inequality; feminism; race; education and parenting.

Becoming a trustee can help bring new skills to the board of nia and also help you to develop new skills, gain experience and learn more about providing services to women and children who have experienced gender-based violence. Please click here if you are interested in finding out more and considering joining our board of Trustees Email Us

Senior Management

Karen Ingala Smith (Chief Executive) brings over 23 years experience in the women’s sector, encompassing frontline delivery, operational and strategic management. Her career has included frontline service delivery, management, senior management and governance. Karen’s leadership maintains an undaunted feminist commitment to championing an integrated approach to addressing all forms of male violence against women and girls as a cause and consequence of inequality between women and men. She blogs at

Jodie Woodward (Head of Operations) has expertise including homelessness and substance use. In 2008 she set up The Emma Project at nia, a pioneering specialist service for women escaping male violence who have problematic substance use. She sits on the board of Rape Crisis England and Wales and the expert advisory group of the End Violence Against Women coalition. Jodie is an abolitionist who strives for a world where women are not bought and sold.

Rahni Kaur Binjie (Head of Operations) has over 25 years’ experience of working to end male violence against women, girls and children. Her roles have included working as a frontline practitioner, team leader, senior manager and executive. Prior to nia she has specialised in working with trafficked women & girls, young people who are HIV positive, black rights, sexual violence, community development, women with incarcerated partners and homelessness. Rahni is a black feminist activist involved in grassroots movements for change and focusing on human rights and equality.