MEET THE TEAM
The women behind the organisation
Meave DarrouxManaging Director
Parenting is Meave’s passion and, as our Managing Director, Meave founded the Brilliant Parents programme. As a fully trained Parent Advisor, Meave also spent three years as the Manager of the Pro-Parenting Programme at Bell Farm Christian Centre in Hillingdon. Meave has over twenty years’ experience in PR and Corporate Social Responsibility. However, it is her personal connection to the issue of parenting that makes her dedication so strong; as a mother of two girls, her interest in parenting came about indirectly via her own experiences and in her quest to become a better parent herself, she found she was able to support and help other parents deal with crises within their families.
Yvonne was also one of the founding members of the organisation and has her own business. Yvonne founded The Branding Workshop in 2000 in order to bring corporate brand strategies to small and medium-sized businesses. She works with creatives and designers as a mentor and business adviser and is an energetic speaker on leadership, branding and creativity in commercial and social enterprises. Yvonne was an early pioneer in the social enterprise world and has established herself as a leading adviser on the successful application of business and branding strategies to third sector organisations. She is also a talented artist as well as coach and has written several books on Art Therapy and Wellbeing.
Desiree MahonyPolicy Director
Desiree started her career as an outreach worker and sports worker in Brixton, progressing to a Sports Development Manager for Watford Council where she dedicated ten years of developing skills and programmes of activity for people with disabilities, women, young people and the 50 plus. She gained national recognition for her work with Watford Football Club ‘Watford on the Ball’ kick racism out of football campaign. In 2000 Desiree took up the post as Sport Action Zone Manager for the Luton Sport Action Zone (SAZ). She featured on many Sport England-East Region working groups and was on the Board of Directors for successful charity ‘Street Games’. She has worked for seven different local authorities, worked in Policy, developing strategies for community engagement and is now Principal Community Engagement Ofﬁcer for Harrow Council. She is now working directly with Meave on the operational side of our business.
Angela BarstBusiness Director
Along with Meave and Yvonne, Angela has also been involved with the organisation since its inception and has been key to supporting its evolution. Angela is passionate about clear, honest, direct and respectful communication and loves working with others to help them raise their self-esteem. She is a qualiﬁed nutritional therapist and is keen to show people how they can experience the life-changing beneﬁts of optimum nutrition. Angela has over 30 years’ experience as a business consultant, running management development and business start-up training programmes. She currently works as a business manager in the NHS and works directly with Meave on the business aspects of Brilliant Women.
Meave Darroux, Managing Director, Brilliant Women
Brilliant Women is grateful to the following donors and organisations that support our work