Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson
Mary-Ann 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.
Dr Zubaida Haque
Deputy Director and Head of Research and Policy (MAT Cover)
Zubaida joined WBG as Deputy Director and Head of Research and Policy in September 2023. Prior to this role she was the former CEO of The Equality Trust, and interim CEO and Deputy Director of The Runnymede Trust. Zubaida has worked in senior/management roles within think tanks, charities and government departments. She has also been a Commissioner on several national reviews. Zubaida is a member of Independent SAGE, the London Partnership Board, GLA Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Advisory Group, trustee at the Howard League for Penal Reform and a Fellow of the RSA.
Dr Sara Reis (MAT leave)
Deputy Director and Head of Research and Policy
Sara joined the Women’s Budget Group in 2017 and has worked on various projects including research on female poverty, funding for the women’s sector, affordable housing, economic circumstances of migrant women in the UK, the impact of Covid-19, and the impact of the cost of living crisis. Sara is currently coordinating WBG’s work on the Local Data Project, on a Feminist Green New Deal, and the impact of the cost of living crisis on women. Sara has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield.
Research and Policy Officer
Ebyan joined WBG in 2021 as an intern as part of our first internship programme. Since then, she has become part of the staff team as a Project and Research Officer for the Global Partnerships and Learning programme. She has an MSc in Political Science from Stockholm University and has volunteered extensively for grassroots organisations both in the UK and abroad. Her interests lie in gender, migration, and labour rights issues.
Research and Policy Officer
Ignacia joined the Women’s Budget Group in July 2022, as Research and Policy Officer. She has Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a Master in Economics from PUC-Chile. Previously, she worked for the Ministry of Education in Chile, implementing policies with a focus on social inclusion. Her interests lie in social policy, gender and inequalities.
Research and Data Officer
Emma joined WBG in August 2022 as a research and data officer on the Local Data Project. After a decade running a tuition business and online education platform, she undertook a career change alongside an MA in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She has experience working on education, climate change and social policy research projects at Bangor University and the University of Birmingham, and has volunteered for a refugee charity and her local Maternity Voices Partnership.
Head of Finance and Organisational Development
Rose joined WBG in 2021 from the Feminist Library. She has a background in supporting grassroots organisations in growth and development and has worked in activist movements engaged in feminism, social and environmental justice, food sovereignty, and workers’ rights, in the UK and India. Rose is particularly interested in the rights of travelling communities and is herself a liveaboard itinerant boater. She has an MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Essex and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS.
Operations and Administration Officer
Sara joined WBG in April 2023 as Operations and Administration Officer. She has experience working in the not-for-profit and education sectors and has previously worked with organisations including the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and the British Red Cross, where she gained valuable experience in humanitarian assistance, women’s rights advocacy, and supporting marginalized communities. Sara is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Latin Girls At Work, a UK-based charity with a mission to expand professional and social opportunities for Latin American women residing in the UK.
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Erin leads WBG’s influencing work getting their analysis and policy recommendations for a gender equal economy out to as large and diverse audiences as possible. Before joining WBG in October 2022, Erin was responsible for public affairs at Solace Women’s Aid, a specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence charity where she specialised in tackling housing and homelessness issues for survivors of male violence. Prior to that she was Political Advisor and Researcher at the Women’s Equality Party, supporting the Party Leader, developing policies, and campaigning for universal free childcare and an end to violence against women and girls.
Senior Public Affairs Officer
Amy joined WBG in March 2023, having previously spent 7 years working at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in both Brussels and London. While there she covered EU trade policy, coordinating the CBI’s work with strategic partners in the business community and leading the CBI’s analysis of the TCA governance structure. She later moved into the public affairs team, working on the CBI’s B7 summit and COP26 campaigns. In 2022 Amy made a career move into the women’s sector, joining Surviving Economic Abuse to follow her passion in advocating for women’s economic empowerment. Outside of work Amy is passionate about pushing the boundaries of women’s participation in sport, competing at long-distance events like iron-distance triathlons in which women are significantly under-represented.
Policy Engagement Officer
Ciara joined WBG in January 2022 after recently completing an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics. Previously, Ciara has worked for several years in the charity and non-profit sector in Ireland with organisations such as Rethink Ireland and on local projects with Galway Simon Community and the International Organisation for Migration.
After completing her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Viktoria joined WBG in December 2022 as Communications Officer. She has previously worked in advocacy and communications at UN Women Germany and other Women’s Rights Organisations in Germany. She is particularly interested in care economies.
Head of Training and Learning
Samah possesses over a decade of experience in civil society, international organisations, and the private sector. Specializing in areas like security sector reform, transitional justice, and feminist economics, particularly in the MENA region, she has developed expertise in gender equality, peace, and security. Adept in project management, research, grant writing, and advocacy, Samah is trilingual in English, Arabic, and French, with Spanish proficiency. Her prior roles include working at the Kvinna Till Kvinna Foundation and as MENA Research Associate for The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She holds an MSc in Women, Peace, and Security from the London School of Economics and an engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Tunis.
Dr Liz Hind
Senior Local Partnerships and Training Officer
Liz joined the Women’s Budget Group in June 2022. She is the Senior Local Partnerships and Training Officer. She has had a varied career including working for the British Science Association on projects aimed at getting disadvantaged pupils into STEM. She has worked as a freelance trainer and education consultant and was running a pub during the pandemic. She volunteers with the Fabian Women’s Network. Liz has a PhD in History and Philosophy of Mathematics from the University of Liverpool.