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.

Polly Trenow

Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer

Polly has worked at Fawcett since February 2014, she develops and delivers our policy work and campaigns. She helps to build our evidence about gender inequality and helping to create campaigns to end it. Polly has a Masters in Gender Studies from UCL and has worked in the women’s sector since 2006 for organisations such as Gender and Development Network, Women’s Budget Group and the Women’s National Commission. She has a particular interest in domestic labour and how people who do unpaid care work are disadvantaged and excluded from the paid economy, yet do such an important job.Polly works two days a week at Fawcett and the rest of time as a freelance campaigner on issues around women and the economy.


Anthony Breach

Research Officer

Anthony has worked as part of the Policy and Campaigns team at Fawcett since March 2015, mainly working to build Fawcett’s evidence base such as understanding labour market statistics, producing briefings and supporting responses to Government consultations. Before Fawcett, Anthony studied for a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford, and for the latter submitted a thesis on domestic violence policy in Europe. Domestic violence is still a priority issue for Anthony, as are women on low pay and women’s political power. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys graphic novels, Russian and Irish literature and playing Japanese video games.

Hannah Atkinson

Communications Officer

Hannah has been with Fawcett since late 2015, moving over from the world of book publishing, and works on our external communications. She oversees our digital outputs, such as websites, newsletters and social media, takes care of our printed materials and works closely with our PR agency. Hannah cares deeply about the issues surrounding the way we treat women’s bodies, from body image to sexual assault and FGM. She also can’t quite believe it’s 2016 and women are still paid less than men. She loves breakfast foods above all things, reluctantly goes running and finds abandoned buildings completely fascinating.

Kate Minton

Memberships & Campaigns Officer

Kate joined the organisation in March this year to oversee Fawcett’s membership scheme, supporter engagement and to manage the local Fawcett groups. Since completing an MA in Gender, Society & Representation at UCL, Kate has worked and volunteered in the third sector and is a trustee of a women’s health charity. A member of Fawcett for several years, Kate’s interest in gender equality spans across music, theatre and the arts and she particularly enjoys seeing formidable, uncompromising women on stage serving maximum badass.

Joe Hepworth

Office 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.