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.

Fiona Mactaggart (Chair)

Fiona Mactaggart is a leading feminist campaigner and former Labour MP for Slough. She is a former Home Office Minister and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, and spent 20 years in parliament but stood down before the last election. Throughout her professional life she has campaigned to improve women’s lives and fight inequality and discrimination. Most notable is her work on Labour’s Older Women’s Commission and women’s representation, her campaigning to end violence against women and girls and her long-standing view that sex-buyers should be criminalised.

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. She delivers pro-bono consultancy to regional/smaller organisations; publishes in industry journals; chairs and presents on panels at national conferences; and co-chairs a professional network sharing best practice with other not-for-profit organisations around the UK. She was part of the June 2017 Clore Leadership Short Course cohort.

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)

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

In 2005, Baroness Jenkin, along with the Rt. Hon Theresa May MP, founded Women2Win to address the need for more female Conservative candidates and MPs. In 2005 there were just 17 Conservative women MPs, representing only 9% of the parliamentary party. Now, after thirteen years and three elections, there are 67 Conservative women MPs, which is over 20% - but not enough! She is currently Women2Win co-chair and continues to work on a cross-party basis to achieve equality of representation in Parliament through the Parliament Project and the 50:50 Parliament #AskHerToStand initiative.

Baroness Jenkin stood for election as a Member of Parliament in the 1987 general election and was created a life peer on 26 January 2011 in recognition of her charity work. Along with her work in the House of Lords, Baroness Jenkin is also the Founding Chancellor at Writtle University College, and a Trustee of Cool Earth (working to halt rainforest destruction), Feeding Britain (the campaign to alleviate and eliminate hunger) and also at WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme). She previously was a Trustee of UNICEF UK. She is a Patron of Restless Development and was the founder of the Conservative Friends of International Development.

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. 

Tanya Tunley

Tanya Tunley

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.