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Staff Team

Mary-Ann Stephenson

Mary-Ann Stephenson

Director

Mary-Ann 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.

Sara Reis

Sara Reis

Research & Policy Officer

Sara has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield. Her professional experience includes working on the rights of victims of crime, gender equality and women’s rights in the EU, and the impact of migration on local areas in England. She is currently working on the Coventry Women’s Partnership project, researching the issues that vulnerable women face, including discrimination, UC roll out, and access to good-quality housing.

Emma Williams

Emma Williams

Administration & Communications Officer

Emma has a background working in arts administration and events for community arts festivals, the third sector and social enterprises. Her career path has been guided by a strong sense of social justice and a desire to work for organisations trying to improve the social, political and economic landscape in the UK. She has a Masters in Arts Management: Policy & Practice from the University of Manchester.

Management Committee

Pam Cole

Chair

WBG Chair since 2016, Pam has been an active member for 15 years, contributing to the management committee and the policy sub-group, providing analysis on public sector and employment issues. After a career in public libraries, Pam held various officer roles in a public sector trade union. She has worked closely with organisations including the TUC and EHRC developing policy and guidance on equality issues including equal pay, flexible working, family rights, health and well-being.

Professor 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 and Associate Editor for Gender and Development. Ruth’s research interests are mainly concerned with women and work in the global economy. She has extensive experience of development policy and practice with governments, international 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 working on intra-household inequalities, the economics of caring, and the gender implications of economic policy. She is a member of the Commission on Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy, and of various advisory groups, including for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on “Making Fair Financial Decisions”. In 2009, she was the President of the International Association for Feminist Economics and is on the Editorial Board of its journal Feminist Economics.

Angela O'Hagan

Angela is a Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and Convenor 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. Angela was recently appointed as Chair of the Scottish Government’s Equality and Budgets Advisory Group (EBAG) and regularly gives evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament – and elsewhere – on improvements in gender analysis of budget processes.

Iman Achara

Iman is a consultant with several years experience working on women and gender policies.

Pat Simons

Treasurer

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.

Annalise Johns

Annalise is a London based Urban Designer with a specialism in the ideation of multifaceted spaces that improve environmental resilience while maximising social determinants of health with the aim of creating more productive economies. Through the WBG, Annalise has been able to combine her interest in feminist economics and her experience in housing policy. As a member of the Management Committee she provides housing and heath related input.

June Douglas

June is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Lifelong Family Link and the CEO of Pamela Douglas Foundation Worldwide. She 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. June has worked with governments, inter-governmental and local organisations on social inclusion, human rights and equality.

Scarlet Harris

Scarlet Harris is the TUC’s Women’s Equality Officer, leading on all matters relating to women’s rights and women in the workplace, including issues of discrimination, sexual harassment and violence at work, childcare and family friendly working practices. Before working in the equalities department at the TUC, Scarlet led the unionlearn apprenticeships project which included work on occupational segregation and the gender pay gap in the apprenticeships system.

Roxanne Mashari

Roxanne is a Labour Councillor with Brent Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills. She has also worked as a parliamentary advisor specialising in gender and equalities.

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.

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

Co-Chair for Communication

Rebecca is an independent reporter, editor & writer. Co-edits Shine A Light, an investigative journalism and storytelling project that exposes injustice, challenges official lying, and provides intelligence and ammunition to people working for policy change. Writer in residence for Lacuna magazine, a human rights publication. Twice shortlisted for Orwell Prize. Winner of Scottish Refuge Council media award and Write to End Violence Against Women award.

Sue Cohen

Sue 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.

Sarah Marie Hall

Sarah is a Senior 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.

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 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.