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

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 & Campaigns

The Policy and Campaigns 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.

Gemma Rosenblatt, Head of Policy and Campaigns

Gemma joined Fawcett in June 2019 as Head of Policy and Campaigns. Prior to that she led the research programmes at the Advertising Standards Authority and the Electoral Commission. She is a trustee of Working Families and sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College. She is also a school governor. Gemma worked at the Fawcett Society in 2003-04 as an assistant to the Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System. She is excited to be back working at the home of British feminism. Contact Gemma at [email protected].

Andrew Bazeley, Policy & Insight Manager

Andrew Bazeley, Policy, Insight & Public Affairs Manager

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]

Sanmeet Kaur, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Sanmeet joined Fawcett in October 2018 and works on policy and public affairs. Before joining Fawcett, Sanmeet worked for a social mobility charity and has also interned for a local government think-thank and a Member of Parliament. Sanmeet is passionate about tackling violence against women and has previously volunteered for a domestic violence charity. She is also on the executive team of The Patchwork Foundation, an organisation seeking to get young people from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds involved in British politics. In 2018, Sanmeet was nominated by the US Embassy London to take part in the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), travelling across the US to learn about youth empowerment and civic engagement. She is a Young Critic for The Almeida Theatre and in her spare time, enjoys writing and has had her work published in gal-dem magazine and Media Diversified. Contact Sanmeet at [email protected]

Beatrix Pitel, Senior Campaigns Officer

Beatrix joined The Fawcett Society in June 2019, as our Campaigns Officer she supports Fawcett’s members to secure change for women and girls in their local area. Previously, she worked in public affairs and communications for SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, and worked to change the public and political narrative from ‘why doesn’t she leave’ to ‘why doesn’t he stop’. Outside of work and fighting for gender equality, Beatrix can often be found wearing blue and white stripes and singing with her community sea shanty choir. Contact Beatrix at [email protected]

Priscilla OwusuInterim Communications Manager

Priscilla joined Fawcett in April 2020 to provide interim communications and marketing support. As a freelancer, she previously worked for the National Housing Federation to develop a communications strategy to support the Federation's innovation training programme, Housing Futures. Prior she worked at Imperial College Business School, working mainly on the School's Annual Report, and later the School magazine. She is passionate about good comms, writing and literature and currently writes for The British BlackList, as well as for her own blog, Just Read It. Contact Priscilla 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 (on maternity leave)

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. Hester is currently on maternity leave.

Manuela Campbell, Senior Partnership and Membership Engagement Officer

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 is hoping one day to become a cicerone.

 

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, People and Operations Manager

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]

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.

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]

Kanndiss Riley, Information and Systems Support Officer

Kanndiss joined us in September of 2019 as our Information and Systems Support Officer to provide on-site IT operations for the organisation. Kanndiss has a background in the charity and education sector; who is passionate about gender equality in health and employment.  In her spare time, Kanndiss works with STEM organisation Women Like Me to help young women get into employment and further education. Contact Kanndiss 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.