We are governed by a Board of Trustees, who take 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. You can learn more about our Trustees further down this page.
December 2013: Recruitment opens for a new Treasurer
We are looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. Alongside everyday trustee duties, this postholder will be particularly responsible for: ensuring Fawcett’s financial viability; ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained; meeting at least bi-monthly with the Chair and Vice-Chair.
Currently a small but responsive and collaborative organisation, Fawcett’s new strategy is poised to deliver growth, in supporter numbers and in impact – securing our long term sustainability as we approach our 150th anniversary. For many years we have punched well above our weight, delivering first class work with third class resourcing but lessons from abroad, particularly the US, show that it doesn’t have to be this way.
To find out more, download the information pack to the right of this page.
Deadline for applications: 12pm on 13 January 2014
November 2013: AGM
The Fawcett Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 2 Nov 2013.
At this meeting
- the Minutes of The Fawcett Society Annual General Meeting 2012 were adopted (proposed by Nicola Waterworth, seconded by Tanya Joseph)
- Chief Executive Ceri Goddard presented an overview of our work for the period 2012/13
- The accounts for 2012/13 (AnnualReport Master31.01.13) were presented and adopted (Proposed by Lee Chalmers, seconded by Abbie Rumbold) Vice Chair Lee Chalmers gave a special thank you to Fawcett’s former Treasurer Carol Hodson.
- The Trustee election results were announced:
Belinda Phipps formally became Chair; Angela Mason stepped down
Anna Mapson & Eve Sadler were elected to the Board
Natalie Bennett was re-elected; Abbie Rumbold and Dinti Batstone (formally co-opted) were elected
Joanne Black was co-opted to the Board.
Consideration of motions to amend the Articles of Association for The Society – these were adopted in full with no amendments – download the new Fawcett Constitution
August 2013: New Chair & Vice Chair announced
We are pleased to announce that Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive of the National Childbirth Trust, will succeed Angela Mason OBE as Fawcett Chair when her term of office comes to a close later this year.
Belinda was selected by the Fawcett board following an open recruitment process, which saw the trustees consider a number of applications and conduct interviews to select a candidate in line with the skills and experience required for this important role. Publicising the opportunity resulted in a strong field, and the Board is pleased to offer the position to such a high calibre candidate.
Lee Chalmers, a Leadership Consultant and longstanding member of the Fawcett Board, has also been appointed to a vice chair role to support transition and the new chair in the longer term.
President : Our current President is Dame Jenni Murray OBE . The president acts as vital champion and ambassador for our work but has no formal role in our governance
Details on current board members are below:
Belinda Phipps is Fawcett’s Chair Chief Executive of the National Childbirth Trust, Belinda holds an BSc in Microbiology, an MBA and has worked in the NHS, the pharmaceuticals industry and in medical publishing.
Dinti Batstone is a lawyer and businesswoman with extensive international experience. Politically active as a policy-maker and campaigner, she is passionate about getting more women into politics and has championed radical ideas like MP job-shares.
Lee Chalmers, Vice Chair, is a Development and Leadership Consultant, working in the private sector across the globe through her own Leadership Coaching business. She has a passion for women’s leadership, working with senior female executives, delivering Diversity and Inclusion training and facilitating diversity strategy sessions. As well as being a co-opted board member she is also a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor, has made a documentary film on the future for women, has set up a strong women’s network, blogs about women’s issues, is involved in cross party efforts to increase the number of female MP’s and is a regular speaker on women’s issues.
Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green Party and was editor of the Guardian Weekly, having been a journalist on three continents over more than 20 years. She’s also a political activist and campaigner.
Nicola Waterworth is a member of Bristol local Fawcett group. She is an experienced commissioner of public services and is currently programme manager for a major transformation programme of children’s services in Bristol.
Olivia Bailey A proud feminist activist, Olivia has been the National Women’s Officer of the National Union of Students, the Chair of Labour Students and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She has led national campaigns to end violence against women, end poverty pay, fight objectification and tackle women’s under-representation.
Samantha Mangwana is a partner at Russell Jones & Walker with a particular focus on gender discrimination, including maternity and returning-to-work issues. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and frequent article writer and media commentator on Employment Law
Tanya Joseph 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 campaigns professionally as well as having worked in a personal capacity for a number of organisations seeking political change and social including the anti-apartheid movement, Oxfam and Hope not Hate.
Abbie Rumbold is a highly regarded charity lawyer with a particular expertise in social enterprise and public services. She was seconded to the DTI to work on the Community Interest Company legislation and drafted the model constitutions. She was a member of the Office of the Third Sector Advisory Board and is currently chair of trustees of Missionfish (which operates eBay for Charity). She is recommended by Legal 500 both for her work in the health care field and in the charity and social enterprise sector.