Welcome Donna Cullimore, our new CEO

We’re excited to announce that Donna Cullimore has been appointed our new CEO.

Donna previously lived in the Highlands of Scotland and worked for Women‘s Aid setting up a purpose-built refuge for Caithness and Sutherland. Moving back to Southampton following a bereavement in the family, she started working for The Medaille Trust, setting up a safe house for women who were human trafficked into the sex industry.

For the last 10 years, Donna has worked for Stonham as a Business Contract Manager overseeing all their domestic abuse services, young people services and family intervention services for Hampshire. Donna has also acted as chair of the New Forest and Eastleigh Domestic Abuse forums and is currently a trustee for Southern Domestic Abuse services and a volunteer with Yellow Door.

Donna has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family. She had this to say:

“I have always had a passion to help vulnerable people to live a life free from abuse. I welcome the opportunity to continue the wonderful work The Waterfall offer to vulnerable women.”

A note from Tricia

“The vision for The Waterfall came to me 23 years ago while reaching out to women in prostitution on the streets in Southampton, some of whom wanted to leave but were stuck; not knowing how and held back by their addictions. We have made a start in these first few years of running a programme and had the privilege of walking alongside brave women confronting fears and changing their destinies, but there is so much more to do to fulfil that vision and I’m really pleased to be handing over now to Donna to take The Waterfall to the next level of fruitfulness.

I’m very thankful to God for all the great people who have helped us to get The Waterfall off the ground. I’ll continue to be involved as a trustee and Genesis volunteer but am looking forward to having more time freed up to get involved in my local church and in developing The Rose Garden.”

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