Our Board Members

Rajma Begum

Chair

A Trustee since 2014, of Bangladeshi origin. She has worked in the public and third sector in many capacities, whilst working in Cardiff Council she worked tirelessly to create access to sports and culture to BAME communities. She currently sits in the board of Sports Wales and Project Manager, BME Sports Cymru at WCVA

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Margaret

Margaret McLaughlin

Vice Chair

A trustee since 2015, she has worked in the third sector for more than 30 years in Scotland, London and Wales, including 15 years working for Welsh County Voluntary Councils. She was an Independent Member on Cardiff and Vale Health Board (third sector) and chair of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Sub Committee from 2007-2016. Margaret is also a Trusted Charity Mark (TCM) (formerly PQASSO) mentor and assessor.

Areatha Comanescu

A trustee for over 2 years of African-Caribbean origin, born and bred in Cardiff. She is the Manager of an established after school club.

She has worked in Childcare for 31 years – as a Nanny, Activity Leader, Childcare Worker in a Women’s Refuge and as a Senior Playworker.

Volunteer work with children and families has included working in a Paediatric Hospital, Maternity Hospital and Orphanage in Romania in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She has also volunteered in Goa and Peru. She is a Romanian Interpreter for WITS and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board and was an advocate for women and children as an employee of ESOL and Barnardos Neville Street.

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Hannah

Hannah Wharf

A trustee for 4 years who has extensive experience in ending Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and promoting the rights of women. This includes working with and supporting women’s organisations around the world, developing a strong understanding of the political and social context in which they operate.

She worked with International Development NGO Womankind Worldwide sharing learning on women’s rights and organisational development with partner organisations in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Afghanistan and Peru. As consultant she has worked with UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to inform international principles on the prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls.

In Wales she was a trustee for WEN Wales supporting the network to grow. Recently she led the policy and communications team at the Welsh Refugee Council where she gained a deeper understanding of the experiences of migrant women in Wales and currently works as Principal, External Affairs at Equality and Human Rights Commission, Wales.

Korina Tsioni

Originally from Greece, she is Quality Mark Development Officer with WCVA.  She was previously Project Support Officer of Social Investment Cymru with WCVA, working with a wide variety of social enterprises and businesses in Wales. Her background is in community and youth projects management, teaching and youth work help.

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Daxa

Daxa Varsani

Treasurer

A Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive experience of working in finance and audit environment in Wales. She works for the Health Board as a Financial Accountant. Previously worked for the Wales Audit Office as a Financial Auditor.  Familiar and proficient in understand funding, reporting and governance arrangements within the Welsh Public Sector and any funded organisations/charities. An independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Social Care Wales.  

A member of Unison’s self-organised Black Members’ Group and a Black Member’s Officer she is the branch’s Treasurer and been involved in setting-up a BAME Network at my Health Board.

She passionately challenges patriarchy and inequality and provides support, advice and mentoring to women from her community.  Acutely aware of the matters such as child/forced marriages, domestic abuse and mental health issues.

Dr. Justna Muhith (Phd)

First generation ethnic minority, first family member going to University and being the first Muslim/Bengali, first woman or first black woman in numerous circumstances, facing the cultural pushback and overcoming it is her strength; and helping people find a voice and fighting to bring equity to society is her passion.

She works in the private sector but has always devoted spare time and energy in pursuits that progress BAME children, women and family and their integration into British society. During her Phd studies she conducted private tutoring and coaching for young, under privileged and under-represented families helping them prepare for university, exams and into work post education, particularly in STEM where her expertise lies.

She has worked as a professional development/life coach for women of ethnic minority backgrounds recently arrived in the UK to support them to integrate into British society; teaching the basics in English, sciences, history and other core topics, making doctor’s and other appointments, and filling out forms etc. In 2018 she participated in ‘Women’s Equality Network’ mentorship. In 2019 she won the ‘Ethnic Minority Welsh Women’s Achievement Association, contributions to science and technology award. In 2020 she joined the Women in STEM education subcommittee, to provide input from an ethnic minority perspective, to ensure BAME voices are heard and addressed in plans to grow the sector. She is currently driving a project in work to tackle inequalities around race and ethnicity in Europe, and she is a Justice of Peace at Cardiff Family Magistrates Court.

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Isabel Robledo

Isabel comes from Spain, trained as accountant and has the experience of being an immigrant to Wales. She came here trying to find a better life during the economic crisis. She has participated in activities offered by WCF and has volunteered for the organisation

Gwendoline Chi Ngum

A qualified teacher from Cameroon with a higher Diploma and a Master’s Degree. She has been the Director of a Marketing organisation; and was the regional/zonal coordinator of a Cameroonian based NGO called FGM supporting vulnerable women especially from War torn Countries. She has a Master’s Degree research on Commonwealth Studies, (Gender studies) on the marginalisation of women and advocating for women’s rights.

She worked for WCF organisation for six years in different projects in the capacity of Volunteer Development Officer and Advocacy Officer in the Golden Years Project.

Most recently she obtained a Master’s degree from Cardiff University as a qualified social worker and is presently practising as a frontline child protection social worker in the RCT Local authority. She supports Cameroonian Welsh Women in the capacity of their Advice, Advocacy and communication officer.

Gwendolin
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