Meet Cassandra Trustees and Staff

Chairperson, Richard Pittman Weekes II

Richard has worked in the voluntary sector and as an educator for many years. He knows that domestic violence and sexual abuse permeates all walks of life and sections of society, so he wants to share the, “why” about what we do at Cassandra Centre to increase new supporter engagement. Joining as Chairperson in January 2019, his transferable skills are just that – transferable. People centred and community driven, Richard is enthusiastic and innovative. He believes in giving back to the community, and non-profit organisations hold a special place in his heart.

Being confident about the long-term strategic and operational plans that the Cassandra Centre Board is implementing, and as Chairperson he wants to build a growth culture through Partnering for Performance, to create side-by-side leadership relationships.  Richard believes that by knowing “why” we do what we do, the Trustees and staff can work closely together to determine “how best” to do what we should, to keep the charity’s aims and its organisational values and principles, at the forefront of everything we do for our clients and their families.


Charity Secretary, Katherine Oliver


Katherine joined the Cassandra Centre Board in mid 2019.  She brings a commercial and strategic perspective, as well as organisational prowess and heaps of enthusiasm, to her role as Charity Secretary.  Working as a research consultant, Katherine has spent the last 12 years designing and leading complex research projects that identify insights into people’s needs and apply them to meet their strategic priorities.  This has given her a deep understanding of what’s needed for organisations, products and services to really make a difference across the private, public and third sector.

She is currently participating in the prestigious On Purpose Associate programme – a leadership programme for those focused on creating positive social impact in purpose led organisations.  Here, she’s particularly focusing on issues around widening access to education and healthcare.  Domestic violence is an issue close to her heart – not least as a feminist with a passion for reducing social inequalities.  Having lived in South London for over 10 years (just down the road from the centre) she was drawn to Cassandra Centre’s holistic way of thinking around the issues that lie behind domestic violence and the resulting systemic approach the charity takes.


Non Executive Member

Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer McDermott