Our Board of Trustees governs the Fawcett Society and takes ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does. The majority of our Trustees are elected by and from our membership and others are co-opted where specific skills and expertise are needed to assure sound governance.
Meet The Board
Belinda Phipps (Chair)
Graduating with a BSc Hons in Microbiology, Belinda joined Glaxo Pharmaceuticals becoming UK Marketing Manager. While completing an MBA at Ashridge Management College, Belinda joined the poorly performing Blood Transfusion Service as CEO to lead a merger. She left the service able to supply all the hospital blood requirements without fail and was awarded the Duncan Nichols leadership prize and quality award. After a time managing a Medical Publishing company she became CEO of an NHS Trust and cut waiting times many fold while improving quality and holding costs.
Belinda has recently stepped down as NCT CEO after 15 years during which the charity grew six fold and is now supported by 110,000 members reaching nearly a quarter of all first time parents with classes and supporting millions more through other services. NCT has been instrumental in bringing about changes in the law, policy and practice and is now the leading charity in the sector. Belinda is one of five girls and has three daughters sparking her passion to see gender equality become a reality.
Farah Ahmad Perez
Farah Ahmad Perez has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in business-to-business publishing companies and in the retail industry. Leading and working with large national and international teams has led Farah to encounter gender imbalance in the workplace and has motivated her to directly highlight and address these everyday issues. She believes in self-empowerment, for women in particular, through education, action and collaboration. She has a BA in European Languages from Durham University and an MBA from Cambridge University. Her direct corporate experience, plus commercial and strategic skills, adds to the strength and diversity of the Fawcett Society Board.
Our treasurer Erica is an outstanding, hands-on, senior finance professional with 11 years’ experience in the finance and charity sector, most recently as Finance Director responsible for delivering the Barclays £1.7bn cost and operational efficiency ‘Transform’ programme. Erica has particular expertise in advising on financial and strategic aspects of corporate restructuring, acquisitions and divestments. Erica has provided pro bono advice to a number of charities and is currently working closely with The Mix, a Suffolk-based charity, which seeks to inspire and develop confidence in young people.
Dinti Batstone grew up in Asia and came to the UK as a teenager. After a degree at Pembroke College, Cambridge she qualified and practised as a lawyer at a leading international firm in London and Hong Kong, later moving to a FTSE-100 company managing deals across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. A former UK ‘Young Linguist of the Year’, she has an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Politically active for over a decade as a policy-maker and campaigner, Dinti has served as a councillor, stood for the European Parliament and chaired a recent policy working group on political and constitutional reform. She is passionate about getting more women into public life and has championed radical ideas like MP job-shares.
Dr Jacqueline Baxter
Dr Jacqueline Baxter is based at The Open University Business School and is engaged in research, writing and teaching. With over 30 years of experience in teaching and training she is also Director of AHW and Associates Ltd – a company involved in the training and development of NHS doctors and consultants. With extensive experience of governance she was a school governor and vice chair for 18 years (various phases) and is currently also Trustee and online engagement coordinator for The British Education Leadership, Administration and Management Society. She is passionately committed to equality and has written and researched the role of women in the realm of public governance.
Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a UK charity working to make the Internet work for everyone. She has spent the last 20 years helping organisations adapt to the digital world. Rachel has worked at the BBC, BT, V&A, Royal Opera House and as a consultant with large service organisations in finance, energy, healthcare and the third sector. She is also the founder of Culture Hack Day and co-founder of arts innovation agency Caper.
Tanya has been in communications her entire professional life. She started her career as a journalist before moving to PR and has experience of working for government, large commercial organisations and charities. In January 2012 she joined Sport England as the director in charge of corporate affairs and commercial relations. She has a strong background in campaigning, having devised and implemented a large number of behaviour change programmes professionally. She has also worked in a personal capacity for a number of organisations seeking political and social change including the anti-apartheid movement, Oxfam and Hope not Hate.
Tanya has been a member of the Fawcett Society for 16 years and joined the Fawcett Society when it became apparent to her that, notwithstanding the qualifications and ability that women contribute to the work place, the number of women achieving positions of status and influence was not changing. She is an experienced charity trustee having previously been on the board of the National Childbirth Trust and enthusiastic to contribute her knowledge and experience to help the Fawcett Society grow in membership and influence to be an even more effective voice for change.