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.

Maria Pakpahan Vice-Convener

Maria Pakpahan has been a feminist since she was in high school. Maria ventured as social entrepreneur and was elected as Ashoka Fellow in 1999. She was awarded British Chevening Scholarship in 2000.She got scholarship from Refugee Study Center, University of Oxford to study Regional Course on Forced Migration in 2001.She was awarded Oscar Brown memorial scholarship and got an MA on Development Studies in 1994 from ISS, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. She worked for various UN bodies like ILO,WFP,UNDP and International NGOs like Terre des Hommes for children rights, National Democratic Institute for guarding democracy and civil society. She worked for the rights of political prisoners in 1996-1999 and regularly visited prisons.

Maria is a human rights defender and political activist who also work on conflict prevention, to curb the use of religion for political radicalisation which resulted violence and polarisation in society. Maria has been active to advocate universal basic income. She had been working professionally in referendum ( Scottish referendum 2014 then Brexit referendum) and national elections UK since 2016. Maria also works as life coach and have been advocating for the improvement of care system and mental health in Scotland. Maria was a Board Member of Engender 2015-2018 and member of Women For Independence since its early set-up.

Camila Cavalcante

Camila Cavalcante is an award-winning visual artist and educator from the north-east coast of Brazil, settled in Scotland. With a background in journalism, she has completed an MA Photojournalism and MSc Applied Gender Studies. Her artistic work explores empathy, social issues and the status of women in society. Camila 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.

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.

Dr Nighet Riaz

Dr Nighet Riaz is an early careers researcher and associate lecturer in the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Returning to education as a mature student, and becoming an activist, Nighet has become more critical of how women and in particular young people are framed by policy and media. Her research explores how young people and communities can become ‘othered’ fuelled by moral panics to tackle the perceived disaffection of young people and communities who have been identified as ‘at risk’ of social exclusion. Nighet teaches on various graduate and post-graduate modules on the topic of equality and inclusion. Her interest in race, identity and belonging has led to Nighet becoming an active member of British Educational Research Association, where she now co-convenes on the Special Interest Group on Race, Ethnicity and Education.

Nighet is a training and development partner in the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE), a member of the education subgroup of the ‘Tackling Islamophobia’ cross party group at Holyrood, as well as the Equality Officer at her local SNP branch, East Pollokshields.

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. She is a Trustee of Link Education International.


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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