Prior to joining DVIP as CEO in 2016, Marianna worked for over 20 years in women’s organisations working with violence against women in the UK, New Zealand and Malta. Much of her work has focused on domestic violence and sexual violence, within which previous roles include Co-ordinator in an independent, community-based sexual violence organisation in New Zealand, LB Lambeth DV Co-ordinator, Performance Co-ordinator at Rape Crisis England & Wales and Deputy Chief Executive at nia. Marianna’s past and current work is firmly grounded within a gendered feminist analysis of, and response to, VAWG, including work with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Marianna has also worked with LGBT rights, including as Interim CEO at Galop and as a Trustee and past Chair at Stonewall Housing. While working as an independent consultant, Marianna established new VAWG services, carried out organisational and service reviews and provided expert reports for the courts in immigration cases involving sexual violence, domestic violence and LGBT identity. She also spent 8 years as a Respect accreditation assessor for the National Service Standards for organisations working with domestic violence perpetrators.
Marianna gained her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2001 with research into women’s organisations working with sexual violence against women in Aotearoa/New Zealand.