Ali joined Equally Ours as Chief Executive in 2015. She started her career in asylum rights, and has over 25 years’ of leadership experience, championing people’s equality and human rights for organisations including Oxfam, Stonewall and Citizens Advice, as well as through grassroots community organising. She’s led work to tackle hate crime against Black and racially minoritised people, LGBT+ people, and disabled people for over 20 years. She pioneered new ways to support survivors of violence against women and girls. She developed innovative disability rights programmes in the war-torn Balkans. She’s a former co-chair of the Powerhouse, an organisation of women with learning disabilities in East London, and management committee member of the Detention Advice Service. As of October 2021, Ali shares the Chief Executive role with Clare Moody.
You can follow her at @alifharris.
Clare joined as Co-Chief Executive in 2021. Her experience includes working as an MEP, sitting on the European Parliament’s Equality Committee and specialising in gender budgeting. She is a consultant with expertise in industrial, research, and science policy, and political engagement. She is on the board of Fair Play South West. Clare spent 20 years as a trade union official, leading negotiations on delivering equality in the workplace.
Aimee is our Social Enterprise Development Manager, leading on the equality strand of the Enterprise Development Programme. The programme encourages equality organisations to explore incorporating trading in their practice as a way to build financial resilience and foster innovation across the sector. Prior to joining Equally Ours, Aimee worked at Media Trust where she led, amongst other things, a strategic communications programme for London-based equality organisations.
Alice is our Head of Digital and Strategic Communications. She co-leads our strategic communications programme, working on audience insight, frame and message development, content and campaign creation, and sector capacity-building. She joins us from ActionAid UK where she led their digital campaigns on women’s rights.
Kamille is our Office and Resources Manager, and joins us from Savanta ComRes. She is a dedicated volunteer for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, where she works alongside the patients’ family and friends to register people for Stem Cell, Blood and Organ donation. Kamille has been awarded Registration Volunteer of the Year. When she is not organising the office Kamille enjoys spending her free time attending the theatre, visiting exhibitions, creating shows, fundraising and participating in Charity runs.
Kathryn is our Communications Director, leading our respected strategic communications programme to shift public opinion on social issues to influence policy. The programme comprises audience insight, frame and message development, content and campaign creation, and sector capacity-building.
A London native, Liz leads on all things policy and parliamentary. She has a strong campaigning background: from widening access to education at UCU, to getting Fair Trade off the ground at Oxfam.
Tanishtha Sen Gupta
Tanishtha is our Community Engagement Officer. Her work focusses on engaging our member organisations, supporting knowledge exchange and amplifying member voices to inform thinking and policy-making. Tanishtha has a Masters in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Studies UoL, and Refugee Studies from London South Bank University.
Tansy is our Head of Policy. She leads on policy and research and manages our network on hate crime. She joins us from the House of Commons where she provided specialist policy support to the Women and Equalities Select Committee, having previously worked for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and race equality NGOs in Northern Ireland and Europe. Tansy has a Masters in Human Rights Law from Queens University, Belfast and 20 years’ experience of working on policy, research and campaigns in Northern Ireland, Europe and Great Britain.
Tracey is our programmes manager. Her work involves managing the secretariat of the Funders for Race Equality Alliance and providing expertise and leadership across the network of over 30 funders, including Lloyds Banks Foundation, Comic Relief and Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation. With the Alliance, she has developed the racial justice audit, Taking Stock analysis report and their longer-term strategy, which will soon be available.
Prior to joining Equally Ours, Tracey worked at the European Women’s Lobby and UNESCO.
Yusra is our Programme Officer for the Funders Race Equality Alliance. Her work focuses on delivering programmes and operational activities of the Alliance. She works closely with funders to increase knowledge and investment in racial justice, pushing for greater racial representation in the philanthropic sector. Yusra has a Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Utrecht and has experience working with both international and local NGO’s in Jordan.
Jess McQuail (Chair)
Jess has spent nearly 30 years in the UK and international not for profit sector working as a campaigner and senior leader. She is Director of Just Fair, chair of a national children’s charity and an independent charity consultant. Jess is a passionate advocate for social justice, equality, and human rights and has held several CEO, Director, and board roles. In her spare time, she is a keen swimmer.
Andrea Simon is the director at End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), a UK-wide membership organisation working to end all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). Before becoming director, Andrea specialised in leading EVAW’s work influencing legislation and policy to improve responses to women and girls at risk of and experiencing abuse. Andrea holds a Masters in the History of Imperialism, has led campaigns and research on the issues of child trafficking and modern slavery, and has more than a decade’s experience working with Members of Parliament.
Chris is the former Director of Friends, Families and Travellers. He’s dedicated to addressing the needs of those groups who are ‘chronically excluded’ and who often remain untouched by mainstream initiatives.
Ibrahim Ali (Treasurer)
Ibrahim is our Treasurer, he is a Chartered Accountant and is currently the Finance Director at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, having previously worked in various roles for a listed management consulting company and prior to that in audit.
Julie Bishop (Vice-chair)
Julie is the Director of the Law Centres Network, working to defend the legal rights of people who can’t afford a lawyer. She’s also worked in IT, and taught philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Magdelene is a corporate governance professional currently working for a listed technology company. She has worked in various industries including finance, corporate services and retail, mainly supporting boards with discharging their duties and responsibilities.