DRASACS is fortunate to have a fantastic, dynamic board of trustees who volunteer their time and expertise to support the organisation. The Board is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the charity.
David-James Lister: Chair
As a family law solicitor experienced in advising on all areas of relationship breakdown, David was approached to join the Board at DRASACS in early 2012. He is a specialist family law solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP, whose Yorkshire Family Law department is Ranked No. 1 in Chambers & Partners UK Legal Directory and regularly advises clients in cases involving domestic violence and abuse.
David works as a freelance journalist for a handful of legal publications and sits on the Senior Committee for Resolution, a national organisation dedicated to resolving family disputes in a constructive and dignified way. He also works with local schools in disadvantaged areas giving talks on commercial awareness, careers and time management to children hoping for a career in law.
From the age of 15 and prior to qualifying as a solicitor, David worked as a senior commercial, visual and creative manager for one of the world’s largest young fashion retailers alongside obtaining his degree in Law with Honours. Outlines David:
"In a time where vital services are perpetually under threat from cuts and lack of money, it’s imperative that support for organisations such as DRASACS is readily available to guarantee they are here in the years to come to carry on with the outstanding work they are doing."
Kirsten Howells: Trustee
Kirsten joined the DRASACS board in 2011 after hearing all about the organisation at a local networking event. The more she heard about DRASACS, the more she felt compelled to get involved and support marketing and communications for the charity.
A former Head of PR at Doncaster-based communications agency, Public, and Sheffield-based advertising and design company, The Black Eye Project, Kirsten has over 18 years experience working in PR and marketing, in the UK and abroad. After prising herself away from The Black Eye Project, Kirsten recently launched her own communications consultancy. Her clients have included both private and public sector businesses such as Netto, Keepmoat, Northern Foods, Sheffield City Council, Paramount Hotels, Merchant Gourmet, Fragata, Henry Boot Construction and the Gilder Group.
A Modern Languages graduate, Kirsten is also a keen age-group triathlete and when she’s not working can be found either swimming, biking or running somewhere in Yorkshire or Derbyshire!
Dianne Graham: Secretary
Dianne works as Assistant Director, Adult Mental Health Services (RDaSH) and has worked previously as a Service Manager in Barnsely PCT (Adult Mental Health & Substance Misuse) and RDaSH.
Dianne has a background in leadership development and coaching as well as volunteering as an alcohol counsellor, through work Dianne has links with Criminal Justice and Health services across Rotherham, Doncaster and Scunthorpe and works closely with South Yorkshire and Humberside Police on mental health issues.
When not working and volunteering Dianne enjoys reeading, bird watching and walking the family dog.
Nazia Sattar: Trustee
Nazia heard of DRASACS whilst working at Doncaster CVS, and met a number of employees and board members - when the opportunity arose from DRASACS, Nazia had no doubt that this was an organisation she wanted to support.
Nazia has worked/volunteered in the Voluntary and Community Sector for the past 14 years through various roles. Nazia was Equalities & Engagement officer in the Community Empowerment Network, then Community Development Worker both at Doncaster CVS. Nazia has worked at Sheffield YWCA, and for the past few years has been team leader for National Citizen Service - a development programme for 15-17year olds through the summer.
Nazia is currently teaching Religious Education at a secondary school in Sheffield. Nazia runs a local youth group called Young Muslimahs, for young women aged 13-18, and has recently trained to become a Scouts Leader to support a local scouts Group. Nazia is also a volunteer at The Real Junk Food Project, a charity which aims to reduce food waste and educate people about this issue.
Nazia has lots of interests, and therefore try to balance out working life with volunteering and supporting local projects/organisations. Nazia is particularly passionate about supporting young people.
Kelly Richards: Trustee
Kelly joined the DRASACS board in November 2014 after becoming aware of the organisation and the fantastic services it offered in her role as Doncaster Advice Services Partnership (DASP) Project Coordinator.
Kelly’s background is in the Local Authority where she has managed various public health projects and initiatives. She worked at a Strategic and Operational Level primarily focusing on citywide initiatives to support vulnerable adults and key target groups to improve their health & wellbeing, e.g. those living in deprived areas of the city, older people, people with disabilities, as well as working with adults and children with chronic and debilitating conditions such as; coronary heart disease, diabetes, obese, stroke, dementia. She also worked with businesses across the city to support their employees. Kelly has led and supported various citywide events e.g. Sheffield Half Marathon and the Care Home Olympics, and has delivered regional / national presentations and workshops in this field.
Kelly currently works as a School Business Manager with key management roles for finance, sites and premises management, health and safety, staff management and organisational change management. Kelly is a Governor on the schools board of Governors, and also supports Doncaster and Bassetlaw Kidney Association (DaBKA), a charity very close to her heart.
Kelly is married, due her first child in December, and enjoys recreational walking and biking as she loves being out and about in the fresh air. As well as enjoying her holidays in the sun she’s partial to a bit of camping in the Lakes or Yorkshire Dales.