The Fawcett team is based in Vauxhall, south London, and is supported by a team of volunteers and temporary staff. If you are a journalist or have an urgent media inquiry, please contact Fresh Communication on 0117 369 0025, 07769 66 66 27 or 07876 378 733. You can also email [email protected].

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive

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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 mark 100 years of women's suffrage. Sam has four children so no time for much else. Contact Sam at [email protected].

Policy & 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. We develop evidence-based policy to inform debates, often working closely with like-minded organisations to develop up-to-the-minute and thorough research.

Jemima Olchawski, Head of Policy and Insight

Jemima Olchawski, Head of Policy & Insight

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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. Contact Jemima at [email protected]

Andrew Bazeley, Policy & Insight Manager

Andrew Bazeley, Policy & Insight Manager

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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. Contact Andrew at [email protected]

Cordelia Tucker O'Sullivan, Policy & Public Affairs Officer

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Cordelia works to develop evidence led policy and strengthen Fawcett’s public affairs and parliamentary engagement activity. Prior to joining the Fawcett Society in July 2017, Cordelia worked in the Public Affairs and Policy department of a national human rights and equalities charity, leading their advocacy work at the United Nations for two years, before becoming a research and policy consultant. Cordelia is most concerned about the extent to which gender stereotypes effectively limit the choices available to women and girls at every stage of life and the prevalence of violence against women and girls in the UK and across the world. In her spare time, Cordelia enjoys long distance cycling, watching crime documentaries, and working through Time Out’s London hot list. Contact Cordelia at [email protected]

Community and Fundraising

Our Fundraising team is the first port-of-call for anyone looking to raise money for Fawcett, through challenge events, fundraisers, and events. We create donation appeals, and are always looking for new ways to fund our vital work. We also give support to our growing number of active local meet up groups, providing advice and practical tools for their activities and campaigns. 

This team also publicises the charity’s research and campaigns, and provides the media with information on all Fawcett’s work and views. We manage the website and social media channels, constantly looking at new ways to communicate our message and develops our external relationships. Get in touch at [email protected].

Hester Waterfield, Fundraising and Community Manager

Hester Waterfield, Fundraising and Community Manager

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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. Contact Hester at [email protected].

Ben Gerrish, Fundraising and Community Campaigns Officer

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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. Contact Ben at [email protected].

Heenali Patel, Communications Officer

Heenali Patel, Communications Officer

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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. Contact Heenali at [email protected].


Our outreach team is currently developing an exciting programme to engage young women in schools, colleges and universities on our suffrage history and its relevance to our lives today. Watch this space as we continue to grow!

Doris Amankwaah, Fawcett Outreach Worker

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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. Contact Doris at [email protected]

Finance and Administration

Our Finance and Administration team liaises with our supporters, shop customers, members and volunteers, answering queries and requests, and also ensures the smooth running of the office. For all queries, please email [email protected].

Nicola Hurley, Office Manager & PA to the Chief Executive

Nicola Hurley, Office Manager & PA to the Chief Executive

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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. Contact Nicola at [email protected]

Information and Systems

Our Information and Systems team keeps databases up to date and is the first point of call for any supporter query, request or idea. We also ensure the smooth running of a variety of events to inform and involve more people, or just to have fun with our members and supporters. Events can range from the Annual General Meeting, debates, fundraising activities, launches of research and publications, lectures and general networking occasions. If you have any enquiries related to a Fawcett event, please email [email protected]

Alex Sassmannshausen, Information and Systems Manager

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Alex joined The Fawcett Society at the beginning of September 2017, to take over as the new Information and Systems Manager. Alex has a passion for free/libre open source software & data, only strengthened by his previous work with public, academic & specialist libraries. At The Fawcett Society, Alex now manages our contacts database, oversees systems architecture and implements interfaces between the different IT layers. Alex is a bit of a geek, being into LISP programming, role playing & improv theatre in his spare time. He strongly believes that all of these activities would be enhanced by more diversity: diverse crowds makes for more fun, broader perspectives & free choices. Contact Alex at [email protected]  

Interested in being a part of our team? Click here to view current job openings, and opportunities to volunteer at our head offices in London.