Our trustees have an important role in helping to shape the future developments of Acorns


Our board of trustees bring together a wide range of skills and experiences to ensure that Acorns is working towards our aims and objectives and continuing to meet the needs of the community.

Our current board members are:

Ruth Lewis

Ruth is a sociologist at Northumbria University, having researched and taught about domestic violence for decades. Ruth has been involved with other organisations in the past, such as Women's Aid and DIVA, but as a North Tyneside resident she was particularly keen to offer support to Acorns.

Helen Woods-Waters

Helen brings over 30 years experience working within public and voluntary sector services for children and young people. Prior to her current role in adult care, Helen was responsible for early help services with a focus on early years, family support and prevention.

Jo Curry

Jo Curry runs the Sir James Knott Trust and is Vice Chair of the Virgin Money Foundation. Jo previously led VONNE and was the Executive Director of Changing Lives. Jo lives in Tynemouth and has 2 grown up children.

Caz Lawson

Caz lives locally in Whitley Bay and has years of experience supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse. Caz is a longstanding volunteer for an agency that supports women and children both in refuge and via a helpline.

Anita Lord

Anita has extensive experience in the field of domestic abuse and is currently employed by Wearside Women in need, where she oversees the delivery of a number of key services. Anita has previously worked for the Northumbria Police & Crime Commisioner as the VAWG Project Manager.