The Fawcett team is based in Shoreditch in East London, and is supported by a team of volunteers and temporary staff. We have a hybrid model of working, with a mix of home and in office working. 

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]

Jemima Olchawski, CEO

Jemima is the CEO of the Fawcett Society. She is a social policy expert with 15 years' experience working on issues around social justice and women’s rights. Her career has spanned national charities, local government and a think tank, working to tackle inequalities and improve life chances. Jemima was previously CEO for Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. There she led campaigns on supporting survivors of abuse, gendered responses to women’s mental health and the connections between violence against women and girls and contact with the criminal justice system. She was previously Head of Policy and Insight at the Fawcett Society where she led projects such as Sex and Power, Strategies for Success and work on Gender Pay Gap reporting. She has also held roles at the London Borough of Newham and the Fabian Society.

Contact Jemima Olchawski: [email protected]

Policy, Research and Public Affairs 

The Policy and Research 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.

Andrew Bazeley, Policy & Insight Manager

Andrew Bazeley, Policy, Research & Public Affairs Manager

Andrew joined Fawcett in 2016. He works across the breadth of issues Fawcett campaigns on, developing research proposals, formulating policy based on that evidence, and advocating for change in a lead role within our public affairs team. He has led on work including our Local Government Commission, in the development of our Equal Pay Bill, and on our Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood. Before joining Fawcett he worked for three years in Parliament, including 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. Andrew holds a Masters in Public Policy from Birkbeck College, where he is also studying for a Law degree in his spare time, which there isn't much of as he's also a new dad.

Contact Andrew at: 
[email protected].

Alex Shepard, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer 

Alex joined the Fawcett Society in November 2021. She works across the breadth of issues Fawcett campaigns on, conducting research to develop evidence-based policy proposals and leading our stakeholder engagement strategies. Prior to joining Fawcett, Alex worked as a gender policy adviser in the Australian Public Service. Most recently she worked in the Education Department, developing childcare policies to support workforce participation. Prior to that, she worked in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Treasury Department. Alex has also spent time working in Cambodia on a labour migration project for the International Labour Organisation. She holds a BA and LLB from the University of New South Wales in Australia.  

When she’s not studying for her MSc in International and Social Public Policy at LSE, Alex enjoys exploring London (having just moved here from Australia), enjoying the outdoors, and finding the best coffee spots in London.

Contact Alex at: [email protected]

Lizzie Ville, Senior Policy and Research Officer

Lizzie joined the Fawcett Society in October 2021. She conducts research exploring key gender equality issues, and develops policy ideas based on this evidence. Previously, she co-led the evaluation of a school and community-based mental health programme in East London for 10-16 year olds, and has conducted academic research into autism, mental health, and student wellbeing in higher education.  Before her research work Lizzie held various roles in education, supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. Lizzie was drawn to Fawcett by a long-standing passion for gender equality and a recognition of the role that power inequalities play in individual distress. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Birkbeck and a BSc in Maths from the University of Bath. Lizzie lives in Bath and can often be found climbing up on Solsbury Hill.

Contact Lizzie at: [email protected]

Catherine Marren, Junior Research and Administrative Officer

Catherine joined Fawcett in May 2019 as part of the finance and administration team. In 2018 she graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham. She particularly enjoyed studying topics within feminist philosophy and the philosophy of sex and gender. After graduating, Catherine began volunteering at her local women’s centre, an organisation that specialises in supporting women effected by domestic abuse. Now the Office Administrator at Fawcett, she is excited to be assisting the team with preparing for events and campaigns. 

Contact Catherine at [email protected]

Communications and Campaigns

The Communications and Campaigns team design strategies to effectively communicate Fawcett's ground-breaking research and campaigns to make change. We lead on Fawcett's campaigning work, alongside our incredible local groups and members and run exciting events to share and spread the word about our work to make the world a better place for women and girls. 

Emily Liddle, Communications and Campaigns Manager 

Emily joined Fawcett in September 2021 as our Communications and Campaigns Manager. With over 8 years’ experience in roles across the private and the third sector, she brings a wealth of experience in designing effective communications strategies to make change.

Before joining Fawcett, Emily worked in Edinburgh, spending a number of years at Citizens Advice Scotland, managing the organisations national campaigns programme. She was the Co-Director at The Empower Project, Scotland’s first charity focused on tackling gender-based violence online and volunteered at Glasgow East Women’s Aid and the Edinburgh Food Project. 

When she’s not campaigning to end gender inequality, you’ll find Emily practicing photography, watching live music or hiking in the outdoors.

Contact Emily at: [email protected]

Zaimal Azad, Senior Campaigns Officer

Zaimal joined Fawcett in 2021 to work on our campaigns and activism projects. Previously, she lead on tackling hate crime for a local authority, working with communities to develop and deliver policy and projects. Before that, she has six years of experience in a variety of roles in the women’s sector in the UK and in Pakistan, working on a range of issues from political participation to poverty and financial independence for women and girls. Zaimal has an MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities from the LSE and is passionate about ensuring that women’s voices in all our diversity are part of policy making and implementation at all levels. Zaimal is a self-professed libraries and archives nerd (don’t get her started on cataloguing systems), co-founded the Feminist and Women’s Libraries and Archives Network and is a trustee for a local library. She lives in Nottingham and spends her spare time reading, eating biryani, playing board games, and taking pictures of her very spoilt cat. She is also a long suffering Pakistan cricket fan.

Contact Zaimal at: [email protected] 

Joanna Griffith, Events Officer 

Jo joined Fawcett in September 2021 as the new events officer. In this new role she will be working on building up the events portfolio with both existing and new event ideas. Jo will also be working on our events strategy, within the communications strategy, to increase and help continue diversifying Fawcett's reach and membership base.

Jo has an event management degree from University of Greenwich and has 10 years of event management experience. Jo has managed events for grassroots community groups to social innovation foundations and continues to support the community in her free time.

Contact Jo at: [email protected]

Fundraising, Partnerships and Membership

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. Get in touch at: [email protected].

Manuela Campbell, Fundraising, Partnerships and Membership Manager

Manuela joined the Fawcett Society in October 2019 as our Membership and Fundraising Officer. She recruits new members and then ensures they have a great experience with Fawcett. She also works to increase financial support for our campaigning and research so that we can further our influence. Manuela started her career in Washington, DC advocating for women’s leadership and social justice. Most recently she worked with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain where she oversaw the global volunteering programme and donor stewardship. Manuela is dedicated to advancing women’s rights and equality worldwide and is thrilled to be a part of the Fawcett team. When she’s not in the office, Manuela enjoys boxing, running, and baking. She also loves craft beer and recently became a certified cicerone.

Contact Manuela at: man[email protected]

Valerie Derrett, Database and Support Services Officer

Val joined the Fawcett Society in September 2021.  Her speciality is managing data and she has worked with databases for the last 25 years – developing, designing and building bespoke systems for companies as varied as leading IT suppliers, Letting Agencies and a national Caring Organisation. Val is passionate about how much the right data system can improve the efficiency and success of any organisation and loves to share her enthusiasm for making data work for everyone. Val is a lifelong feminist and a great champion of equality through her crochet equality icons.  She lives in Scarborough,  North Yorkshire, and, despite having the beach literally on her doorstep, she often prefers to be indoors crocheting, baking and reading – especially books with feminist characters or information.

Contact Valerie at: [email protected]

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