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 A Change of Direction at Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge

Dee Golder, the longstanding Manager at Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge (WHWR), retired earlier this month after 23 years at the helm.  Dee was a very active campaigner in the field of domestic violence and Liz Needham, Chair of Trustees at WHWR, said that her experience and knowledge would be greatly missed.  All of the staff and trustees at the Refuge wish her a long and happy retirement.

Dee’s departure has opened the door for the Refuge to take things in a new direction.  A new CEO, Denise Fenn, has taken the reins with enthusiasm and will be looking to strengthen and solidify the relationship with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and with the wider Welwyn Hatfield community.  One of the lessons of 2020 has been how important these connections are, with local donations helping to keep the Refuge going.  Dee Golder said, “I feel very confident that I am leaving the Refuge in good hands with Denise.”

Denise Fenn, the new CEO, said, “We are looking forward to taking the Refuge in a new direction. In recent times, the allocation of Refuge places has become more centralised and impersonal and we feel that we would like to offer a more personalised and supportive service to survivors of domestic abuse”. 

As part of the new setup, the Refuge will soon be able to take direct referrals from strategic partners.




Denise Fenn  and Dee Golder