OUR TEAM

The Centenary Action Group is a cross-party campaigning coalition of over 100 activists representing a diverse range of issues, campaigns and organisations. We work together to campaign for women's right to take part in the decisions that affect their lives. 

 

Our Steering Group oversees our budget, staff and strategy and our Campaign Coordinator co-ordinates the coalition and working groups, implements our campaigns and manages our communications.

CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

HANNAH SWIRSKY

Hannah is a passionate intersectional feminist with experience in national politics and campaigning. 

Hannah previously worked in Parliament as a Researcher for an MP and providing the Secretariat to the APPG on Miscarriages of Justice. She then worked at René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, where she campaigned on UK issues including immigration detention, modern slavery and discrimination of Traveller and Roma communities. In 2019, Hannah graduated with a Masters in Human Rights from LSE. For her dissertation she examined how women who kill their partners are treated by the criminal justice system.

Steering Group

DR HELEN PANKHURsT CBE, CONVENER

Helen is an international development and women's rights activist and writer. She is also the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement. 

 

Helen is the Convener of the Centenary Action Group. Helen is currently a senior advisor at CARE International UK, a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and the first Chancellor of the University of Suffolk. Helen was involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 film Suffragette. Her book, Deeds Not Words, was published in 2018. 
 

Sam Smethers

Sam is the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. 

 

She was previously the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. Sam is no stranger to equalities and gender issues having worked for both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and has nine years’ experience working in Parliament. Sam is passionate about equal representation, valuing and sharing care and closing the gender pay gap. She has made a big impact already and focused on driving forward an intersectional approach to Fawcett's work and devising an exciting programme to mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Faeeza Vaid MBE

Faeeza Vaid is the Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK, which primarily aims to provide a channel between Muslim women in the UK and the UK government in order to ensure that more Muslim women are involved in national policy and decision-making processes relevant to their lives.

With an academic background in Law and Religious Studies, and extensive understanding of the lived experiences of Muslim women in the UK, Faeeza has combined her knowledge, skills, confidence and passion for justice, in order to be a force of social change through research, advocacy, campaigning and policy development in the UK. Faeeza is also Chairperson to the grassroots group, Sister 2 Sister, which is particularly dedicated to younger women. In the 2019 Queen's New Year's Honours Faeeza was awarded an MBE for Services to Women's Rights.

 

 

KATHERINE NIGhtingale

Katherine is  Head of Advocacy and Policy at CARE International UK.

 

She has over 15 years experience working in the development and humanitarian sector and remains passionate about putting disaster and conflict-affected people at the heart of humanitarian response, security and disaster risk governance.

Katherine is inspired by creative arts, and continues to be involved in writing and film projects. She is also on the board of Ice & Fire, exploring human rights through theatre and performance.

DR JESSICA GARLAND 

Jess is Director of Policy and Research at the Electoral Reform Society.

 

A former Senior Political Adviser to a Shadow Cabinet Minister, Jess has several years experience working in Westminster. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex and holds a Research Masters (MRes) in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from UCL.

 

Jess has particular expertise in political participation and political party organisation research.

Sangeetha Navaratnam

Sangeetha is a women’s rights activist and intersectional feminist, with experience in advocacy in the international development sector.

Sangeetha is the Women’s Rights Advocacy Adviser at ActionAid UK, focusing on campaigns with UK parliamentarians aimed at ending violence against women and girls worldwide. She is also a Helpline Shiftleader working on the National Rape Crisis Helpline at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre and has experience working with other domestic women’s rights organisations on a voluntary basis. She holds a Masters (MSc) in Global Health and is passionate about bringing feminist values into all levels of all sectors and achieving sexual and reproductive health rights for marginalised women and girls.

ALICE ALLAN 

Alice is a freelance advocacy and policy professional with 20 years’ experience. 

 

Alice worked with CARE International UK from 2011 - 2018 leading on their policy and advocacy on women’s economic empowerment.  She spent a big chunk of that time working with Barclays and other banks to responsibly link savers to their services.

 

Before CARE Alice spent nearly 20 years working both ‘inside’ government – as a Human Rights Advisor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a researcher in the UK parliament – and ‘outside’ at supporter-led organisations, Amnesty International UK and Saferworld where she helped push for the Arms Trade Treaty. Before that she was a journalist in Colombia and Mexico.

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