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, pictured above)
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.
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.
Susha Chandrasekhar is Legal Counsel in the public sector, having previously worked at an international law firm, as a lecturer and as a researcher. A graduate of Cambridge, Oxford and London Universities, she is multi-lingual, has lived and worked in several countries, is familiar with multicultural settings and has been recognised for her diversity initiatives. Susha is a director and trustee of Grandparents Plus. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Chartered Management Institute, an associate member of the Institute of Directors, and a past Chair of the Association of Women Solicitors. Her academic work has been published by Oxford University Press and she has been quoted and interviewed in national media. Whilst being passionately committed to equality in all spheres, her special interests are mentoring, coaching, strategy, change management and women on boards.
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.
Anna is an active and passionate member of Fawcett and of the Bristol local group. In addition to her professional skills, she brings a front-line perspective and a commitment to be a voice on the board for the membership of this fantastic organisation. In 2011 and 2014, Anna authored a significant report on the impact of spending cuts on women in Bristol highlighting the local effect of national budget changes. Anna brings experience in delivering organisational change, strategy implementation and efficiency improvement. She is enthusiastic, energetic and personable, and dedicated to improving gender equality.
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.
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.