Alison Bourne

Chief Executive

Alison joined the Board in 2008 and took over as CEO in September 2019 after being a champion of The Dash Charity for 15 years.

Alison has over 30 years of experience in talent management. Recently,
Alison has managed and delivered Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) projects for
a number of multi-national companies, including De Beers Diamond Jewellers and
Siemens PLC.
Prior to working with the charity, Alison headed up Executive Development for Associated British Foods (ABF) for 8 years. Alison became the primary mover in addressing Diversity &Inclusion for the company. She set up the Business Education Forum, designed to educate senior and high potential women about the wider business, give career management advice, provide access to senior mentors and enhance members’ networks.

Alison is passionate about women’s and children’s issues and the need to take positive action to keep them safe in today’s society. She has also driven charitable projects in Malawi, India and Thailand.

Alison can also  be seen walking her 2 dogs in Sonning trying to spot George Clooney!

To hear from Alison, take a look at this short video!


Kiran Pathak         

Head of Finance

Kiran holds the purse-strings and loves a spreadsheet - our Excel queen!

Kiran loves to 'play devil's advocate', 'look at the bigger picture' and 'speculate to accumulate' - some of our favourite Kiranisms!

Claire Batchelor

Advocacy Team Manager

One of the bubbliest members of our team, with an infectious laugh - Claire has been with Dash for 12 years.

Fun fact: Claire continues to practice her midwifery through her own practice

Eleanor Heywood-Bourne

Schools Domestic Abuse Prevention Worker

Eleanor recently graduated from St. Andrew's University with a 1st!

Eleanor has been with us for over 2 years, she's passionate about promoting women's positive body image, self-confidence and gender equality. She loves the water and loves to scuba dive or play water polo when she gets the chance!

Caron Kipping

Community Engagement Manager

Caron is our resident Northener, can talk for England and is often heard telling staff off in the kitchen for not putting the milk in first!

Caron started as a volunteer over 12 years ago - has done practically every role going - from IDVA to Trainer and now Community Fundraiser; she's passionate about making a difference to those in need.

To hear more from Caron take a look at this short video:

Mirka Naplavova


Mirka - her middle name is 'above and beyond'; she is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and she can often be seen within our community helping the homeless with our partner agencies.

Mirka is fluent in 5 languages!

The Dash Charity is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1127126 and company number 06758907 at 551 Fairlie Rd, SL1 4PY. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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