Our Staff

Fawcett’s dedicated staff members are based in our office in central London, and are supported by a team of volunteers and temporary staff who work from the office and remotely.

Policy and Insight

The Policy and Insight team carries out research and gathers evidence to enable us to give authoritative comment on the key issues that concern women today. It develops evidence-based policy to inform debates, often working closely with like-minded organisations to develop up-to-the-minute and thorough research.

Email: info@fawcettsociety.org.uk

Communications and Press Office

This team publicises the charity’s research and campaigns, and provides the media with information on all Fawcett’s work and views. It also manages the website and social media channels, constantly looks at new ways to communicate our message and develops our external relationships. 

If you are a journalist, please call us on 07767 297 812 or 020 3137 0809 or email: press.office@fawcettsociety.org.uk.


We run a variety of events organised to inform and involve more people or just to have fun, and gives us a chance to meet our members and supporters and get their views. Events can range from the Annual General Meeting, debates, fundraising activities, launches of research and publications, lectures and general networking occasions.

Email: events@fawcettsociety.org.uk

Supporter Care

Our Supporter Care team liaises with our supporters, shop customers, members and volunteers, answering queries and requests, keeping databases up to date and is the first point of call for any supporter query, request or idea. 

Email:  supportercare@fawcettsoceity.org.uk

Local Groups

We give support to our growing number of active local meet up groups, providing advice and practical tools for their activities and campaigns. 

Email: localgroups@fawcettsociety.org.uk

The Team

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Sam Smethers

Chief Executive

Sam joined Fawcett in August 2015 as Chief Executive. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. Sam is no stranger to equalities and gender issues having worked for both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She also served as a Fawcett trustee between 2007 and 2010, was a trustee of Gingerbread for seven years and has nine years’ experience working in Parliament. Sam is passionate about equal representation, valuing and sharing care and closing the gender pay gap. She has made a big impact already and focused on creating a brilliant team, driving forward an intersectional approach to our work and devising an exciting programme to celebrate our 150th anniversary. Sam has four children so no time for much else.

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Jemima Olchawski

Head of Policy and Insight

Jemima leads the Policy and Insight team’s work to understand the causes of gender inequality and generate policy solutions. Her work focuses on money, power and gender norms and stereotypes. Prior to joining Fawcett in summer 2015, Jemima led public policy at an East London borough for five years. In that role she worked on tackling poverty and inequality as well as public service design and reform. Jemima was also a Director at the Fabian Society where she worked on child poverty and welfare policy. She’s particularly interested in the ways our economy excludes and disadvantages women and creating new ways of working that enable more women to participate and be economically independent.


Andrew Bazeley

Policy & Insight Manager 

Andrew joined Fawcett in October 2016 and works to develop policy using our evidence base, with a particular focus on quantitative research. Before joining Fawcett he worked for three years in Westminster as a policy advisor on work and pensions issues, and for four years in local government including a year spent managing a ‘big data’ team. He is passionate about women’s representation at all levels of political life, challenging the harm done by gender norms, and valuing unpaid care work. In his spare time he is a school governor, and loves clubbing and novels.


Doris Amankwaah

Fawcett Outreach

Doris has been with Fawcett since spring 2015, starting out offering temporary administration support and now as part of our Fawcett outreach work to start working with younger people. She is working on developing a programme to work with schools and colleges, engaging younger people in feminist issues and the work that Fawcett does. In her spare time, Doris has launched her own business in health food products and she definitely knows Beyonce better than you do.


Joe Hepworth

Information and Systems Manager

Joe has been with The Fawcett Society since mid 2015, having previously worked with healthcare customer service databases. Joe manages the Fawcett database of members and contacts, processing payments and reporting on membership statistics. He also ensures the Fawcett office systems are ticking over and runs events. Joe is most concerned about gender stereotypes and how they impact people at a young age. He plays rugby casually and competes in latin and ballroom dancing.


Nicola Hurley

Office Manager & PA to the Chief Executive

Nicola joined us in October in 2016 as our administrator to ensure the smooth running of the office. She currently works as Office Manager, and will also take on the role of PA to Fawcett’s Chief Executive from July 2017. Nicola has a background in business and psychology and lives to empower young women through mentoring and thrives on promoting emotional wellness. Passionate about gender equality and meticulous in her work ethic, Nicola is a perfect fit to the team.  In her spare time, Nicola enjoys aromatherapy and learning about complementary medicine. She has also launched her own business promoting organic skin and hair products.

Hester Waterfield

Fundraising and Community Manager

Hester joined The Fawcett Society in February 2017, heading up the newly created Fundraising and Community team. She works alongside Heenali and Ben to grow and engage Fawcett Society membership, and to fundraise for and mobilise campaigns at a local and national level. Prior to joining the Fawcett Society, Hester worked in commercial law, followed by four years in political fundraising. Hester is most concerned with addressing male violence against women and in recognising and valuing caring responsibilities. In her spare time, Hester enjoys politics, running and recreational netball.

Ben Gerrish

Fundraising and Community Campaigns Officer

Ben joined The Fawcett Society in February 2017 as Fundraising and Community Campaigns Officer, primarily working to grow Fawcett’s membership and diversify its fundraising channels. He also looks after all of Fawcett’s local groups, as well as supporters fundraising within their local communities or through sponsored challenge events. Prior to joining Fawcett, Ben was at Amnesty International UK for 6 years, having held a number of different roles within fundraising. He is currently studying for an MA in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity, and is most concerned with gender as a construction and the harmful political and social consequences this has on women. Ben’s a keen baker, a gaming enthusiast, and can lay down a mean funk bass line.

Heenali Patel

Communications Officer

Heenali has been with The Fawcett Society since February 2017, and works across social media, the website and promoting new campaigns. She also works closely with the Fundraising team to drive membership and engagement. Heenali is a keen advocate for women’s rights, particularly among minority ethnic women in the UK. She is Editor-in-Chief for 1000women, a media platform telling the stories of minority ethnic women who identify as LGBTQ, are living with HIV, or have experienced mental distress. Prior to joining Fawcett, she worked as a journalist for CNN International, and within the media team for a mental health charity. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day.