About Us

We’re Brighton Women’s Centre and we’ve been supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for 50 years. We help women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives.

Women dealing with bereavement or trauma, women who have been through homelessness or the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse or discrimination – we’ve welcomed them all.

Find out more about how we make a positive difference to the lives of women and children in the South East in our Business Plan.

Board of Trustees

The BWC Trustee Board consists of the Director and six Trustees. They meet regularly and are responsible for ensuring we operate legally and meet Charity Commission requirements. Trustees undertake training on specific areas of development, including fundraising, financial responsibilities and strategic planning.

Our current trustees are:

    • Melissa Drayson (Chair)
    • Elaine Bowler (Treasurer)
    • Rachel Beck
    • Mary D’Arcy
    • Amy MacConnachie
    • Devna Vickerman
    • Amber Woodward-Brown

Meet the Team

The Director of BWC is Lisa Dando, who has worked with women’s organisations in the community and voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove for over 20 years and has a background in mental health service provision.

BWC employs a small team of 26 members of full and part time staff. The core staff members are supported by a team of invaluable volunteers who are involved in every level of the organisation and in all services. Volunteers come from all sections of the community and with a commitment to support other women.

Annual reports and accounts

Copies of our current and previous annual reports are available to download below.

2022-2023 Annual Report

2021-2022 Annual Report

2020-2021 Annual Report


2019-2020 Annual Report