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For just over 30 years I have worked as part of the third sector in service delivery charities with a focus around challenging injustice – around disability and gender. I am driven by a desire to see our society a fair one for all.

I am lucky enough to work in an environment I really enjoy; as CEO for GFS (Girls Friendly Society), a children’s charity with a mission to address gender inequality for girls and young women. We work with girls across England and Wales in areas where research says they do not have the same life opportunities as their peers – to inspire and empower them to live their best lives. A priority for us is considering inequality through an intersectional lens and so EDI has been at the front of our minds as we endeavour to get better all the time.

GFS is an exciting charity that we are proud to be caretakers of. The history is extraordinary as GFS is one of the longest running charities in England and Wales, devoted solely to meeting the needs for girls and young women.  We have a real focus on developing partnerships with organisations that are keen to be involved and support this objective.

From an early age, girls are well aware of the far reaching gender inequalities that exist for them. We are focussed on building a fair society one girl at a time by inspiring the girls to think beyond their own experience and empowering them to have the confidence to live the life they want to. This takes hard work and dedication by the volunteers who deliver sessions each week for the girls.

In my spare time I enjoy supporting other organisations as a trustee and committee member, time with my family and friends and my adorable spaniels!

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