Staff Team

Mary-Ann Stephenson

Mary-Ann Stephenson


Mary-Ann Stephenson has been active in the Women’s Budget Group for over twenty years, and was appointed as its first Director in 2017. Prior to this role, she was a freelance consultant specialising in women’s equality and human rights and has been Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She is a trustee of Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and of Just Fair. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick.

Marion Sharples

Marion Sharples

Head of International Partnerships and Training

Marion joined WBG in 2019 and currently leads on our international training and partnerships work. Previously, she ran the WBG Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy. Before joining WBG, Marion worked in policy and advocacy at the Gender & Development Network and the European Women’s Lobby. She volunteers with the Bike Project, supporting refugees with cycling, and at the Cardinal Hume Centre. Marion holds an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. She is a Clore Fellow (2020 cohort, Emerging Leaders).

Anna Johnston

Anna Johnston

Research & Policy Officer

Anna joined WBG in 2020 and works across a number of research projects, including work on a Feminist Green New Deal and the local data project. Previously she has worked for Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control and has several years’ experience in health research at King’s College London. She holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and has a particular interest in Economic Anthropology.

Thaira Mhearban

Thaira Mhearban

Communications Officer

Thaira has worked for front line services supporting victims & survivors of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage & Domestic Abuse. She is an accredited Independent Domestic Violence Advocate. She has previously worked for a global academic publishing company Taylor & Francis, promoting their research amongst academics. She has also worked in communication roles for Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a personal safety and stalking advocacy charity and Jewish Women’s Aid.  She has a Bachelor of Honours degree in Marketing.

Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Local Training & Partnership Coordinator

Emily joined WBG in 2021 to work on the Local Data Project. She has 20 years’ experience in education, having worked worldwide as a teacher, teacher educator and education consultant. She has campaigned for inclusive practices throughout her career and was part of a group of teachers to effectively advocate for an anti-racism strategy to be implemented by a major international education provider. She holds an MA in Teacher Education from the University of Manchester.

Sara Reis

Sara Reis

Deputy Director and Head of Research and Policy

Sara joined the Women’s Budget Group in 2017 and has been involved in various projects including research on female poverty, funding for the women’s sector, affordable housing, economic circumstances of migrant women in the UK and impact of Covid-19 on women in Coventry. Sara is currently coordinating WBG’s work on a Feminist Green New Deal, the local data project, and the impact of Covid-19 on women. She was also part of the UKMOD team at the Centre for Microsimulation at the University of Essex in 2020. Sara has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield. 

Hana Abid

Hana Abid

Research & Policy Officer

Hana holds an LLM in Law & Gender from SOAS. She joins the Women’s Budget Group with experience in administration and event coordination in an NHS organisation. She has previously volunteered with IKWRO, an organisation for protecting women and girls from ‘Honour’ Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM. Hana is particularly interested in the lived experiences of Minority Ethnic women and other marginalised groups. 

Management Committee

Janet Veitch


Janet Veitch works as consultant in the UK and internationally on women’s rights, having worked for ten years for the UK Ministers for Women, and as Director of the UK Women’s National Commission. She is a founder member of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, a Vice-Chair of Equally Ours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum), and an associate adviser on gender for the British Council. She was awarded the OBE for services to women’s rights in 2011.

Ruth Pearson

Co-Chair for Strategy and Fundraising

Ruth is Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds, development economist and founder scholar and activist in the field of Gender and Development. Ruth’s research interests are  focussed on women’s  productive and reproductive work in the global economy, migration, ethnicity and labour organisation in Latin America, South East Asia and the UK. She also writes on social care and gendered economic policy and has  extensive experience of  working with international and UK women’s organisations and NGOs in the global South and North.

Susan Himmelweit

Chair of the Policy Advisory Group

Susan is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Open University, a feminist economist who has researched and written on intra-household inequalities, the economics of caring, and the gender implications of economic policy. She was a member of the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy and has served on various other commissions and advisory groups, including for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on “Making Fair Financial Decisions”. She was the first chair of the Women’s Budget Group and, in 2009, President of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Angela O'Hagan

Angela is a Reader in Equalities and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University and currently independent Chair of the Scottish Government’s Equality and Budgets Advisory Group (EBAG).  She was a member of the UKWBG Commission for a Gender Equal Economy and is also a Trustee of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. She has been engaged in the process of securing equality analysis in the Scottish Budget process since its inception in 1999/2000) and regularly gives evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament – and elsewhere – on improvements in gender analysis of budget processes.

Pat Simons


Pat became treasurer of the WBG in 2018, having held voluntary positions in a number of educational and professional organisations. She is a qualified librarian and has worked in information and management roles in universities and local authorities.

Polly Trenow

Co-Chair for Communication

Polly is a campaigner and policy expert in gender equality and economics with a special interest in communicating feminist economics to non-academic audiences. She has over ten years experience in the women’s sector including as Senior Policy Officer for the Fawcett Society and has been part of the Women’s Budget Group since 2009. Polly is a member of the New Economy Organisers Network and former Clore Fellow.

Scarlet Harris

Scarlet Harris is Head of Policy and Campaigns at Maternity Action, a charity campaigning for stronger maternity rights, for better access to maternity services, especially for migrant women, and providing legal advice to pregnant women and new mothers on issues ranging from NHS access, to asylum support, to discrimination, to health and safety at work, to maternity pay and benefits. Before working at Maternity Action, Scarlet worked as the women’s officer at the TUC for nine years. Scarlet is also a trustee of Equally Ours, previously the Equality and Diversity Forum.

Karissa Singh

Karissa has seven years of experience in policy across the non-profit and public sector. She is currently working for the Mayor of London on skills and employment policy, leading policy development for the £300m p.a. devolved Adult Education Budget. She is passionate about meaningfully engaging communities in policy work, and led award-winning work to mainstream youth participation at the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Karissa is the founder of ‘Post Ref Racism’, a post-Brexit campaign to combat hate crime and xenophobia with proven national impact, and has previously worked in for human rights NGOs in Bolivia.

Dr Jerome De Henau

Co-Chair for Policy

Jerome 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 gender impact of work-family and tax-benefit policies across European countries, including in particular investing in social care and childcare services.

Sarah Marie Hall

Sarah is a Reader 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.

Rachael Revesz

Rachael is a journalist and editor who focuses on finance, environmental issues and women’s rights. Her work has appeared in The Telegraph, Tortoise, The Independent, Refinery29 and more. Rachael is also the host of a podcast called An Honest Account, a podcast about women and money. She is reports editor at Principles for Responsible Investment, a UN-supported membership organisation that pushes asset managers to invest responsibly.

Jules Allen

Jules is currently completing an ESRC-funded PhD in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge, researching social norms and fathers’ use of parental leave in comparative context. Her research interests comprise gender, equality, social policy, care, social reproduction and feminist theory and she co-convenes the Gender and Working Lives research cluster (@genderworkgroup).  Prior to undertaking the PhD Jules worked in funding and has 11 years’ experience in fundraising for social care, international development and higher education projects. @jules_allen_

Kimberly McIntosh

Kimberly McIntosh is Senior Policy and Research Officer at Child Poverty Action Group working on the Ending the Need for Food Banks project. Previously, she was Senior Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, where she worked with the Women’s Budget Group on the report Intersecting Inequalities: Austerity and BME women. She has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent and the Metro, and has discussed her work on BBC Radio 4, BBC News and Sky News. She is an Associate Editor at Wasafiri magazine, a quarterly British literary magazine covering international contemporary writing and sits on the Mayor of London’s Equality and Diversity Advisory board.