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.

Mansoor Ali

Mansoor Ali (Treasurer)

Recently appointed as a trustee and the Society's treasurer, Mansoor graduated in economics at King's College, Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer during a long career in finance. For the last twenty years, Mansoor has been treasurer and finance director at a succession of private equity owned businesses in the widest variety of sectors, in the UK and across Europe. Prior to that, he spent a total of twelve years at two of the largest global investments banks.

Farah Ahmad Perez

Farah Ahmad Perez has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in business-to-business publishing companies and in the retail industry. Leading and working with large national and international teams has led Farah to encounter gender imbalance in the workplace and has motivated her to directly highlight and address these everyday issues. She believes in self-empowerment, for women in particular, through education, action and collaboration. She has a BA in European Languages from Durham University and an MBA from Cambridge University. Her direct corporate experience, plus commercial and strategic skills, adds to the strength and diversity of the Fawcett Society Board.

Dr Jacqueline Baxter

Dr Jacqueline Baxter

Dr Jacqueline Baxter is based at The Open University Business School and is engaged in research, writing and teaching. With over 30 years of experience in teaching and training she is also Director of AHW and Associates Ltd – a company involved in the training and development of NHS doctors and consultants. With extensive experience of governance she was a school governor and vice chair for 18 years (various phases) and is currently also Trustee and online engagement coordinator for The British Education Leadership, Administration and Management Society.  She is passionately committed to equality and has written and researched the role of women in the realm of public governance.

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.

Richard Chapman-Harris

Richard is a leading, global diversity and inclusion specialist with a wealth of experiences across the public, private and charity sectors. Shortlisted as Diversity Champion of the Year with the European Diversity Awards, Richard has also been listed in the Economist’s Global list of Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry. Richard has been shortlisted as Diversity Champion with the British LGBT Awards and is recognised in the Telegraphs Out at Work Top 50 LGBT Executives.

A qualified coach and learning facilitator, Richard is especially adept at engaging stakeholders to help them really connect with EDI. His passion is creating dynamic organisational change interventions to connect with clients, customers and colleagues. He also enjoys writing personally and professionally, his Manifesto for Modern Leadership published by the Guardian’s Women in Leadership and a more recent item on EDI and Innovation for The Sunday Telegraph.Richard also works as a freelance consultant and can be contacted through his website

Rachel Coldicutt

Rachel Coldicutt

Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a UK charity working to make the Internet work for everyone. She has spent the last 20 years helping organisations adapt to the digital world. Rachel has worked at the BBC, BT, V&A, Royal Opera House and as a consultant with large service organisations in finance, energy, healthcare and the third sector. She is also the founder of Culture Hack Day and co-founder of arts innovation agency Caper.

Tanya Joseph

Tanya is a life-long feminist and communications professional. She started her career as a journalist before moving to PR and marketing and has experience of working for government, large commercial organisations and charities. She now runs her own consultancy. She is the architect of This Girl Can, the award-winning behaviour change campaign which in its first year inspired 2.8 million women and girls to get active.  She is the Chair of The Pool, the digital platform that creates interesting, inspiring and original content for busy women, and is a Trustee of The Thomson Foundation, the world's longest established international media development organisation, training journalists in ethical standards and quality reporting. Tanya is an Advisory Board member of Time to Change campaign to change the way we think and act about mental illness and is a Fellow of the RSA. She has also worked in a personal capacity for a number of organisations seeking political and social change including the anti-apartheid movement, Oxfam and Hope not Hate.

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.