After 8 years as CEO of Jewish Women’s Aid, Naomi Dickson will be leaving in December 2022 to take up the position of CEO at the learning disabilities and autism charity Norwood.

 As well as serving as CEO, Naomi previously spent an additional 14 years in a range of voluntary and professional roles at JWA, including Refuge Manager and Communications & Awareness Manager. Under her leadership as CEO she oversaw the expansion of JWA’s services to include a specialist sexual violence support service in 2019, ensured high professional standards in frontline work, and expanded the organisation’s education and training programmes.

She also served as a trustee of Women’s Aid Federation of England for three years until September 2021, and played a crucial role in getting faith-based domestic abuse and Get refusal recognised in UK statutory guidance to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

 JWA Co-Chairs Madeleine Abramson and Caroline Ratner said:

“Naomi has been an outstanding leader and has grown Jewish Women’s Aid not just in size, professionalism and scope of activities and services, but in impact across our community. Her relentless dedication to speaking up about domestic abuse and ability to inspire those around her has shaped the strong organisation she leaves behind. We wish her every success in her new role.”

Naomi Dickson said:

 “It has been an enormous privilege to lead Jewish Women’s Aid. In the eight years I’ve been CEO, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, diversifying services and offering practical and therapeutic support to thousands of women and children.  As a crucial lifeline, particularly during the Covid crisis, Jewish Women’s Aid has enabled women to move forward after domestic abuse and sexual violence.  We have led the way in education on consent, healthy relationships and sexual harassment and I am glad that this is now a community priority. I am leaving with a heavy heart but with immense pride in a robust and strong organisation, safe in the hands of the outstanding staff, volunteers and trustees.” 

Plans are underway to recruit a new CEO to take Jewish Women’s Aid forward in 2023.