Engender’s board is responsible for the organisation’s strategic direction and governance.

Lucy Mulvagh Convener

Lucy joined the Engender board in 2019 and is currently Convener. Lucy is the Director of Policy, Research and Impact at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE). Lucy previously worked at the Scottish Recovery Network, and before this spent several years working in international human rights. Lucy is also the Vice Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland.

Louise Brodie Vice-Convener and Treasurer

Lou is a freelance applied artist and project manager. She has a background in creating projects and artworks within the community, youth arts and young audiences’ sectors and has worked with a range of national and international companies and artists including; Platform Glasgow, Imaginate and the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nic Green, London's Southbank Centre and The WOW Foundation.

Lou is currently undertaking a part-time MSc in Applied Gender Studies at Strathclyde University in addition to her portfolio of on-going projects. These currently include the creation of youth consultation events for the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, Women Dancing: A film series with artist Geraldine Heaney and Creative Facilitator for the National Theatre of Scotland and All the Queens Men’s Scottish Premiere of The Coming Back Out Ball.

Camila Cavalcante

Camila Cavalcante is a researcher, educator, and an award-winning visual artist, from the north-east coast of Brazil, settled in Scotland. Camila combines her passion for photography, feminism, and activism in her PhD at University of St Andrews, where she researches sexual violence and visual activism. With a background in journalism, she has completed an MA Photojournalism and MSc Applied Gender Studies. Camila is also committed to educating young people about gender-based violence. Her artistic work explores empathy, social issues, and the status of women in society. She has taken part in three art residencies and over 30 exhibitions in Brazil, Mexico, France, The Netherlands, the US and the UK. More recently, she has published the bilingual book For the Lives of All Women, with Break the Habit Press, about the experiences of women who have gone through illegal abortions in Brazil.

Emily Hutchinson

Emily’s career began as a beat cop in Clydebank, and has taken her to her current role as a Senior Programme Manager in Amazon’s Global Zero Waste team. Her feminist journey began when she started identifying inequalities in treatment of and opportunities available to women at work. Since then, she has been an active member of diversity, equality and inclusion groups, implementing strategies and frameworks to address issues and challenge cultural and societal norms within the workplace, including delivering regular training sessions on tools to fight bias. Emily is particularly interested in how gaps in data acquisition and a lack of gender disaggregation drive decision making, contributing to inequality in areas such as urban planning, technology and healthcare.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking and occasionally running, and is a proud pet-parent to a horse and a cat.

Suzanne McLaughlin

Suzanne has returned to the Engender Board for the second time, previously being a board member from 2016-2019, Suzanne is a lifelong trade unionist and feminist, and writes a weekly column for the Sunday National newspaper, highlighting women’s events and she also regularly writes for The National on feminist issues. Suzanne is currently studying philosophy and information studies at the University of Glasgow. Suzanne is also on the board of Women for Independence, and a regular current affairs commentator on STV and BBC Scotland. She also works part-time as worldwide airline cabin crew. Suzanne is passionate about amplifying the voices of working-class women and others regularly excluded from public discourse. Suzanne is a mother of 3 and likes to go to the sub club, do crochet and obsessively buy stationery in her spare time.

Zara Kitson

Zara is Head of Community at Shelter Scotland, leading their work enabling people with lived experience of the issues around housing and homeless to campaign for change in their communities. Participation and raising the voices of those who are easiest to ignore has been a core part of Zara's work across the public and third sectors, with her activism also centring around democratic participation, social, gender and environmental justice.

Lucy Miller

Lucy is the Human Rights Consortium Scotland’s senior policy officer, leading access to justice policy and advocacy work for people who have faced human rights infringements and violations in Scotland, as well as developing and leading international monitoring for the Consortium. Lucy serves as co-chair for Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Scotland, a network organisation that looks to create a space for all women to come together and learn from each other and other women in the industry, within a male-dominated space. Originally from Dumfries and Galloway, Lucy has a keen interest in advocating for women in rural areas of Scotland who are often without a voice at the decision-making table.

In her spare time, Lucy likes to go wild swimming, sing with her choir, and write short stories.

Rachel Palma Randle

Rachel Palma Randle has worked in politics for the last 20 years. She the Chief Executive of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. She has been central to numerous parliamentary byelections across the UK including, as the deputy campaign manager on the Richmond Park by election overturning a 23,000 majority. Rachel was Jo Swinson’s campaign manager in her successful election as the first female leader of the of the Liberal Democrats. As a former Director of the Liberal Democrats (April 2017 – Dec 2018) Rachel delivered record levels of membership recruitment, mobilisation and online fundraising. As well being the CEO of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Rachel continues to be the Director of RPR Communications, providing training and development support to clients across Europe and Africa on campaign planning, fundraising, mentoring and communications, specifically supporting women to be selected and elected to political office.

Iffat Shahnaz

Iffat is a consultant, collaborator, and life-long campaigner committed to social justice, equality and inclusion. She specialises in programme and service development with particular focus on anti-racism, gender equality and minoritized women and girls nationally and internationally.


Engender Annual Accounts 2018-2019Engender Annual Accounts 2018-2019 The full audited annual accounts of Engender.

Engender Annual Report 2007-08Engender Annual Report 2007-08 Engender's Annual Report for 2007-8.

Engender Annual Report 2009-10Engender Annual Report 2009-10 Engender's Annual Report for 2009-10.

Engender Annual Report 2010-11Engender Annual Report 2010-11 Engender's Annual Report for 2010-11.

Engender Annual Report 2011-12Engender Annual Report 2011-12 Engender's Annual Report for 2011-12.

Engender Annual Report 2013-14Engender Annual Report 2013-14 Engender's Annual Report for 2013-14.

Engender Annual Report 2014-15Engender Annual Report 2014-15 This annual report sets out the work that Engender has been doing over the 2014-15 to persuade politicians, policymakers, and those with power and influence across Scotland that gender matters.

Engender Annual Report 2015-16Engender Annual Report 2015-16 This annual report sets out the work that Engender has been doing over 2015-16 to persuade politicians, policymakers, and those with power and influence across Scotland that gender matters.

Engender Annual Report 2016-17Engender Annual Report 2016-17 This annual report sets out the work that Engender has been doing over 2016-17 to persuade politicians, policymakers, and those with power and influence across Scotland that gender matters.

Engender Annual Report 2017-18Engender Annual Report 2017-18 This annual report sets out the work that Engender has been doing over 2017-18 to persuade politicians, policymakers, and those with power and influence across Scotland that gender matters.

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