Chair: Marianne

Marianne took on the role of WAND Chair in November 2021. She is recently retired from a career of Leadership and Management in the Charity sector and Health & Social Care in Dorset. As well as leading the Women’s Action Network Dorset she is a personal coach to Women and leads Women’s Action Learning Sets that offer spaces for Women to learn and grow through peer support.


Secretary: Laura

Laura grew up in Gillingham, in north Dorset. She has been volunteering with WAND for about 4 years, and is currently the secretary and volunteer recruitment lead. Laura also works at a national homelessness charity that has a focus on young people, and in her spare time enjoys running, cooking, and reading.

Treasurer: Ali

Ali has been volunteering with WAND since 2018 and is currently the Secretary. She has a lead role for finance and fundraising. Ali lives in Wareham, works in a library setting and enjoys reading, walking and anything ‘nature’.

Events : Charly

Charly is the WAND lead for events. She keeps our website upt to date and coordinates all our events activities. Charly lives in Dorchester and loves to travel.

Networks: Lizanne

Lizanne has recently returned to the beautiful isle of Portland with her partner and 2 fur babies Roxy and Marsha. Lizanne was a mental health nurse specialising in substance misuse and HIV and is now a complementary therapist and priestess of sacred sound. She loves working with groups of women and spending time with family and friends and enjoy taking off into nature with my camper van.

Safeguarding: Julie

Julie has lived in North Dorset for over 50 years. She is retiring from a career in insurance, and is the WAND committee member responsible for safeguarding. Julie was a Guide Leader for several years and loved working with an organisation that empowers girls to be their best and become confident women. She loves hiking and cycling around Dorset’s beautiful countryside and she is a keen beekeeper.