The Fawcett Society is governed by a Board of Trustees, who take ultimate responsibility for the work of the organisation. 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. Our members are responsible for electing the Board of Trustees. The Board leads the charity on behalf of members.

Tanya Tunley

Tanya Tunley | Chair

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.

Sam Walker 

Sam has been a member of the Fawcett Society for 2 years and believes passionately in the Fawcett Society's vision and mission. She is currently a member of the Equal Pay Bill working group and has spoken on her own experiences of equal pay as a former executive at the Co-operative group at Fawcett events in the past, including our annual conference in 2018. 

Emily Anstead

Emily is a feminist with over a decade of experience in fundraising. A passion for equality is a thread which runs through her career, whether working to engage people from deprived areas in Merseyside with creative activities as part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture; securing scholarships at LAMDA to enable talented individuals to pursue their ambitions regardless of their background; or raising £20million+ for the National Theatre, much of which was spent on opening up theatre to young people.

She is currently Head of Trusts and Foundations at the British Library, where she leads on Trusts fundraising and strategy to further the Library’s mission of making intellectual heritage available to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment. She is also a mentor for Creative Access, the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting BAME into the creative industries. She is a former Trustee of Company Three - which creates a safe space for young people’s voices to be heard – and an active member of the not-for-profit community. 

Karen Bradshaw

Karen has experience over the past 30 years in the third sector and public sector at a senior level both paid and voluntary.  She has been Vice Chair and Chair of Audit at Housing for Women and Chair of the Telephone Helpline Association as well as on the board for Citizen Advice Line.   Through her career Karen has gained the following qualities and experiences: extensive experience and skills in strategic planning; development and decision making; working with partnerships as well as established management skills. 

She is analytical, and has an ability to think laterally and creatively; coupled with sound judgement. Karen is versatile and as exceptional interpersonal skills.  Karen is IT proficient.  Karen has MA in Human Resource Management. She is socially aware; has strong political awareness across sectors; commitment to equality and diversity.  Leadership is a strength that Karen excels in demonstrating experience as a non-executive as well as executive director, creating credibility and rapport with board members, senior staff, and key stakeholders. Karen is an experience coach with an executive coaching practice.

Ayesha Hazarika

Ayesha Hazarika MBE was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. While in government, she specialised in women’s issues and helped draft the landmark Equality Act 2010. She is now a much sought-after political commentator and broadcaster.

She is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and writes for many other national publications. She frequently appears on television and radio including the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Sky News, Good Morning Britain, LBC and CNN where she’s a regular pundit on domestic and international affairs.

Her first book ‘Punch and Judy Politics’ – a history and insider’s guide to the art of Prime Minister’s Questions –
was published in May. Ayesha is also an award-winning stand-up comedian and has just performed her latest show “Girl on Girl – the Fight for Feminism” at the Edinburgh festival and is currently performing a national tour. (Photo by Steve Ullathorne)

Resham Kotecha

Resham stood as a candidate in the 2015 General Election, and was the Conservative party’s youngest BME candidate and the youngest mainstream candidate in London. She was a candidate for a target seat in the 2017 general election (Coventry North West), achieving the party’s highest vote share since 1979.

Resham serves as the Head of Engagement for Women2Win. She is the founder of the Conservative Policy Network and runs her own public speaking training agency, Podium Perfect. Resham currently works as the Director of Strategy and Education at the UK Anti-Doping Agency. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University and has also been recognised as one the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She speaks at Schools and Universities around the country as part of her outreach role to try and encourage young people, particularly women, to get involved in politics. Resham has spoken at events such as ‘Feminism in London’ and has written for publications such as The Times and Huffington Post.

Zahra Latif 

Throughout her career Zahra has sought to have positive social impact and challenge social divisions and injustice. She currently works in the Prime Minister's Implementation Unit advising on serious violence. Prior to that she worked in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit where alongside her work she set up a mentoring scheme for women in No 10. She has previously worked in the Cabinet Office's Open Innovation team and the Office for Civil Society's Youth Policy team leading on innovative approaches to policy making which bring in citizens' and academics' views to shape policy development.

Zahra's career has also spanned working on community cohesion, interfaith and creating opportunities for young people from under-represented backgrounds to participate in politics through the Patchwork Foundation, National Union of Students and the Lokahi Foundation. She holds a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Oxford where she was a Blavatnik scholar. She was selected to speak at TEDxOxbridge, her subject was the power of listening.

Rachel McLachlan

Rachel is a long-standing supporter of the Fawcett Society and started her career there 20 years ago as a volunteer. Fawcett inspired her to take a path into research, politics, campaigning and fundraising working with charities on issues directly relevant to Fawcett’s agenda. She has built experience in strategy, fundraising and business development, and brings a valuable and relevant set of skills to help Fawcett into the next stages of its history.

Iain Simpson

Iain Simpson is a councillor and former parliamentary candidate. He has worked as a financial analyst for a decade, currently chairs a pension fund, and has previously been a company director. He brings financial and accounting experience to the Fawcett Society Board, as well as a deep understanding of local government. He joined the Fawcett Society in 2010, and studied PPE at Oxford. 

Tracey Fletcher

Tracey is inspired by the work of the Fawcett Society and its values which resonate with her own passions and values around equality for women and girls, and particularly for women and girls of Black and other minority ethnic backgrounds who experience additional barriers and prejudice. This is reflected through her extensive professional experience at a senior level in the voluntary and community sector e.g. leading a Black women (and families) organisation, young people’s mentoring charity, developing Asian women’s services and activities and enabling the provision of accommodation for young women at an East London YMCA.  

Tracey appreciates that policy change is critical in supporting wider systems change; this is at the heart of the Fawcett Society’s work that she is keen to support using her learned and lived experiences as a leader and trustee of both local and national organisations and as a Black woman who has navigated challenges to realise her own potential. 

Naushabah Khan

As a passionate intersectional feminist and longstanding member of the Fawcett Society, Naushabah has played a dedicated role in the fight for gender equality for over a decade, and recognises the importance of robust and powerful voices to champion equality.  

Building stakeholder relationships, developing strategic leadership and providing oversight and scrutiny are skills she has  developed through a career in politics, public affairs and communications. As an elected Councillor, she has continued to promote equality between men and women, leading local campaigns on equal pay and state pension age inequality. She has also used her platform to promote and encourage women into politics. In January 2021, she set-up a local Fawcett branch, which in a short period has gone from strength to strength; growing its membership to over a hundred. 

Victoria Jones

Victoria studied law with politics at university, before joining the information team at Gingerbread, where she was introduced to trade unions as a local representative. She then worked with Unison, supporting low paid migrant workers, and is now a National Officer for the FDA, representing senior managers and professionals across the Civil Service. She has experience of running effective campaigns, growing membership and working to improve the day to day lives of individuals. As a proud member of the Fawcett Society and I have ensured the trade union I work for is also affiliated and supports the work Fawcett does.

Gender pay gap, pregnancy discrimination, harmful gender stereotyping, unequal representation in politics and the uneven burden of unpaid work are just some of the unacceptable issues that reiterate that we still don’t have gender equality. Victoria wants to support Fawcett to continue to shout until we get there.