Staff and Management Committee
Mary-Ann Stephenson has worked for women’s equality and human rights for over twenty years as a campaigner, researcher and trainer. She was previously Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She is a founder member of Coventry Women’s Voices and a board member at Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick.
Pam Cole is the Current Chair of the WBG. Pam has been an active member of the Women’s Budget Group for over 12 years, serving on the management committee, participating in the policy sub-group and contributing to analysis and responses on public sector and employment issues. Following an earlier career in public libraries, Pam worked for 14 years in research, policy and equality officer roles for a public sector trade union. In this role she worked closely with the TUC, the EHRC and other organisations in developing policy and good practice guidance on a wide range of gender equality issues, including equal pay, flexible working, family rights, health and well-being.
Co-Chair for Policy
Dr Jerome De Henau is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Open University. He joined the Women’s Budget Group in 2010 and its management committee in 2013. His areas of expertise include quantitative analysis of between and within-household gender inequalities in income and employment and the impact of work-family and tax-benefit policies across European countries.
Co-Chair for Strategy and Fundraising
Prof Ruth Pearson is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at Leeds University. Her research focus has been on gender and work in the global economy.
Co-Chairs for Communication
Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi is a reporter and writer living in London. Rebecca’s freelance work has been published by the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Washington Post, the New Internationalist, the Independent and others. She is currently writer in residence at Lacuna magazine, a human rights magazine based at the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick University.
Polly Trenow is a campaigner on gender, economics and education. Polly has worked in women’s rights and gender equality since 2005, most recently at the Fawcett Society and as a Clore Social Fellow.
Management Committee Members
Angela O’Hagan is Convenor of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and has been engaged in the process of securing equality analysis in the Scottish Budget process since its inception in 1999/2000. She is also a member of the European Gender Budgeting Network, aiming to support development exchange of practice in gender budgeting in Europe. Angela is a member of the Scottish Government’s Equality and Budgets Advisory Group (EBAG) and has regularly given evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament – and elsewhere – on improvements in gender analysis of budget processes. Angela is a Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Annalise Johns has a background in Architecture and Urban sociology. Through the WBG, Annelise has been able to combine her interest in feminist economics and experience in housing policy. The policy division of the Women’s Budget Group is relatively new and has created the ideal platform to merge the economic and urban realms. As a member of the Management Committee she provides housing and heath related input.
Diane Elson has been a member of the UK Women’s Budget Group for more than 10 years, and was Chair of the Group until September 2016. She is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Diane has published widely on women’s rights and government budgets, and acted as advisor on gender responsive budgeting to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the government of Iceland.
Iman Achara is a consultant with a focus on gender equality.
Jackie Longworth brings to WBG experience of working on women’s equality issues in a voluntary capacity. Her paid career was as an engineer in the electricity industry experiencing gender stereotyping first hand! She joined the Women’s Engineering Society, becoming its President shortly before she retired. She was active in her male dominated engineers’ Trade Union, becoming its President in the mid 1990s. Since retiring she has Chaired the regional women’s equality network Fair Play South West and represented the SW TUC on the now abolished Regional Assembly, which she chaired for two years. Her mission on the WBG management committee is to develop strategy and plans for spreading the “Gender Budgeting” message into regions and localities of England, so that local budget decisions might further women’s equality, rather than widen disparity. In 2015 she received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of England for services to women’s equality.
Janet Veitch worked as a civil servant for 30 years, for the last 10 years working for the Ministers for Women on a wide range of women’s policy issues, and as Director of the UK Women’s National Commission. She was a founder member and for 10 years served on the Management Committee of the End Violence Against Women coalition. She now works as a consultant on women’s equality and is a trustee of the Equality and Diversity Forum. She was awarded an OBE for services to women’s rights in 2011.
June Douglas is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Lifelong Family Link and the CEO of Pamela Douglas Foundation Worldwide. She is also a Safeguarding Officer of St Mary Newington Church London and the immediate past Secretary of the PCC. June has a Degree in Law from the University of Westminster, a Postgraduate in Social Welfare Law from the University of Leicester and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Roehampton. She was the Chair of Parents Advisory Group in Lambeth. June has worked with Governments, inter-governmental and Local Organisations. She has also worked with various groups on Social Inclusion, Human Rights and Equality.
Roxanne Mashari is a Councillor with Brent Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills. She has also worked as a parliamentary advisor specialising in gender and equalities.
Sue Cohen is Chief Executive of the Single Parent Action Network (SPAN). Sue has responsibility for SPAN’s overall strategic development at a national and European level including policy development and managing major partnerships, working on anti-poverty and anti-discrimination strategies. She is also a Research Associate of the School of Law, University of Bristol.
Susan Himmelweit is a British economist, emeritus professor of economics for the Open University in the UK, and was the 2009 president of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE).
Sarah Marie Hall is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research sits in the broad field of feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference. Sarah has been a member of the WBG Management Committee since 2014, and is particularly involved in conducting and advising on qualitative research strategy and public engagement activities.