Board of Directors

The Current Women's Aid Board of Directors are: 

Rachel Mullen Rachel

Rachel is an independent consultant on equality and diversity issues with over twenty-five years’ experience working with and leading organisations to address inequality, gender-based violence and human rights concerns.

She is a Fellow with the Social Change Initiative and co-founder of Values Lab, an initiative supporting values-led institutional and social change.

Rachel has a particular interest and passion for supporting organisations and coalitions to develop a values-led approach to their work.


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Maura is a partner in a Dublin law firm, and has 20 years’ experience advising public and private companies, as well as public sector bodies, on all aspects of company law and a wide range of commercial matters, including investments, financings and acquisition/disposal transactions.




Ursula Regan (Chairperson) Ursula Regan

Ursula is a solicitor and partner in the firm Regan Law. She deals exclusively in the area of Family Law and has worked extensively in the area of domestic violence.

Ursula is the current chair of the Women’s Aid Board of Directors.


Nusha Yonkova

Dr Nusha Yonkova is Gender, Migration and Anti-trafficking expert. She oversees policy, research, advocacy and campaigns relating to anti-trafficking and gender-related migration issues for the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Originally from Bulgaria, Nusha is a qualified engineer and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University. She became a Doctor of Philosophy at University College Dublin with her work ‘A Study of Gender Specific Approaches to Assistance of Trafficked, Sexually Exploited Women in Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia and the UK’. Nusha was the first migrant woman elected onto the board of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. She was also elected as chair of the European Network of Migrant Women, a pan-European network. Nusha is presently serving on the boards of Ruhama and Women’s Aid. 


Ailbhe SmythAilbhe Smyth Photo Mark Stedman

Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time campaigner on feminist, LGBT and other social issues. Most recently, she played a leading role in the marriage equality referendum campaign in 2015, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment.

She was the founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD where she lectured for many years.