Calan Domestic Violence Services, the South Wales based domestic violence charity which merged with Amman Valley Women’s Aid back in 2016, has appointed Rachael Eagles as the new Chief Executive.

Rachael has been acting as interim CEO since December of last year whilst the recruitment process for the charity’s new head has been underway.

Rachael has more than 10 years’ experience working at a strategic, senior level for both voluntary and private sector organisations across the UK. This experience includes the recent position of Managing Director at the West Wales Domestic Abuse Service. She is also a trustee of Welsh Women’s Aid.

In her role as Calan’s CEO, Rachael will provide continued strategic direction and leadership to the organisation to ensure that it continues to provide professional and appropriate services for individuals, families and communities across Wales. She will also be following the path that the team at Calan has taken over the last five years by working to develop and grow these services extending the range and accessibility for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Commenting on her appointment Rachael said, “I am absolutely delighted and very excited to take on this role. I can't wait to work with such an experienced and skilled team of staff and Trustees at Calan. I am passionate about the services that Calan DVS provides and am excited about building on the already solid foundations and reputation to raise the issues surrounding domestic violence, providing support and services to those affected, particularly children, and playing an important role in shaping national, regional and local policies and strategies.”

Rachael will be supporting the Calan DVS team in Amman Valley and other areas of operation to ensure the continuation of a culture of professionalism, quality, delivery and performance to meet the needs of service users.