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

I joined the Acorns Trustees because I wanted to help a great organisation continue to do its great work. I work as an academic - I'm a sociologist at Northumbria University -and have researched and taught about domestic violence for decades. Educating people about the harms of domestic violence is part of my day job, but I also want to support organisations, like Acorns, that can provide a lifeline for people affected by domestic violence. I've been involved with other organisations in the past, such as Women's Aid and DIVA, but am particularly keen to support Acorns as I live in North Tyneside.

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 the Northumbria Police & Crime Commisioner as the VAWG Project Manager. Anita has previously worked for Wearside Women in Need where she oversaw the delivery of a number of key services including a women's refuge.