Engender’s board is responsible for the organisation’s strategic direction
Nina Murray, Convener
Nina joined Engender’s board in 2012 and is currently Convener. She has a background in migration and human rights and worked as Women's Policy Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council for six years. In 2017 she joined the Secretariat of the European Network on Statelessness, where she is currently Research and Policy Coordinator. Nina is also a Trustee of Ngbotima Charity Trust, supporting young people through education in Sierra Leone.
Emily Thomson, Vice-Convener
Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Law, Economics, Accountancy
and Risk and Depute Director of Women in Scotland’s Economy (WiSE) Research
Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her teaching and research interests
include feminist economics, the business case for gender equality and
Emily is a
member of the International Association for Feminist Economics and a fellow of
the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International
Jenny is Senior Policy Officer at the Scottish Council of Voluntary
Organisations, and has a great understanding of issues relating to the
governance and functioning of charities. This includes regulation issues raised
by the likes of OSCR; new legislation from UK or Scottish Parliaments such as
the UK Lobbying Act; and issues around the political environment that charities
operate in. She works with colleagues across the UK on national issues relating
to charity regulation and governance and has a UK-wide overview of the charity
Pam Duncan-Glancy is a disability
equality and human rights activist. She currently
works in communications in the NHS and was previously a Policy Officer for a
national charity. She has an MSc in Health Psychology, a BSc in Psychology and
a Post Graduate Certificate in Citizenship and Human Rights. Pam is an
ambassador for the One in Five campaign which aims to get more disabled people
into Politics and is a keen trade unionist. She was Disabled Students Officer
for NUS Scotland for 2 years. Pam was a member of the Commission on Local
Democracy, the commission on Parliamentary Reform and has also been a board
member of a national charity.
currently leads communications, outreach and participation for the Scottish
Human Rights Commission, having previously spent two years in London setting up
Equally Ours, a UK-wide campaign to spread the positive story about human
rights in everyday life. Emma has also worked as a lobbyist, campaigner and
frontline business developer in the social enterprise movement, working in
Scotland, London and Australia.
Currently Communications Manager
for a leading youth charity, Zara has built her experience in public relations
and communications in Scotland from direct involvement in election
campaigns, and leading campaigns in the third sector. Zara's interest in
raising young people's voices started during her time as a youth worker in
Glasgow. Co-author of the book 'who if not us', written by twelve young
Europeans, Zara's activism is international and typically concerns themes of
democracy, young people, and gender equality. From co-ordinating Scotlands
first people's assembly, to her interest and involvement with Scottish Women's
Budget Group, Zara is motivated by social and gender justice, and the
intersections of class, gender, race, age, and disability.
Carla works as Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the Poverty Alliance, where she has worked for the past 2 and a half years. Before this she worked in a number of roles in Scottish and UK politics. Carla works closely with women with direct experience of poverty and is knowledgeable about the gendered nature of poverty. She has worked closely with Engender to ensure that we are campaigning for an economy, and a society, that works for women.
Suzanne is a businesswoman who built independent bars YesBar and Liberté from scratch in the past five years. She has given talks on conflict management in the hospitality industry and mentors young women within her business.
A board member of Women for Independence: Independence for Women, Suzanne helped steer WFI through its first 18 months and with WFI Justice Watch helped to convince the Cabinet Secretary for Justice not to proceed with the building of a new women’s prison. She was part of the small team within the board who wrote the Manifesto for Change in Women’s Justice.
Maria is co-founder of Tjoet Njak Dien Foundation – a feminist organisation that she built in
1995 after her return from The Netherlands a place of her exile. As in early
1991 there was a letter of warrant for her involvement in the production - advocacy
calendar Land for the People. It was
no longer safe for her to hide inside Indonesia. She had to flee to Holland.
She got Oscar Brown Memorial fellowship, studied at
Institute of Social Studies. She was awarded MA
on Development Studies in 1994. In 1995-1997
she worked as the Assistant Secretary of INFID
(International NGOs Forum on Indonesia Development) that consist of more than
100 NGOs inside and outside Indonesia during New Order Regime’s reign in Indonesia. She also co-founded Indonesian Women Coalition for Justice and
Democracy (known as KPI) in 1998
which was part of reform movement that brought down General Soeharto. She was involved
in politics in Indonesia in 2005-2010 as one of the chairpersons of the national
executive council of a political party namely PKB (Nation Awakening Party).
Maria worked in various UN and EU agencies including the ILO, UNDP and WFP. She
was elected to Ashoka fellowship for Innovator for Public in 1999 (3 years).
Maria was also awarded Chevening Scholarship by the British Government in
2000. She got MSc By Research in Enlightenment Studies from the
University of Edinburgh, then continued to do course on Forced Migration when she got a scholarship from Refugee Study
Centre, University of Oxford in 2001.
A founding member of Hawick Women’s Aid (now Borders Women’s Aid) Susan has been a feminist campaigner for many years and has worked primarily in government or the third sector. She held the office of Equalities/Women’s Officer with NALGO Scottish Borders Executive throughout the '90s and promoted the original Zero Tolerance Campaign in her area. As a Trade Unionist, she has always been involved in the fight for equal pay, terms & conditions for women. Upon moving to Edinburgh and taking up a role with Support@Work (Edinburgh TUC) in 2008, she was able to concentrate further efforts on this through work and Unite the Union, where she is a Third Sector Branch Committee member. She is an Edinburgh Branch Committee Member of the Scottish Greens, and as a Green Party Candidate for the upcoming 2017 City of Edinburgh Council elections, she is a recipient of the Access to Politics award. Susan is also a member of the board of directors at SCVO Credit Union.
is currently a full time unpaid carer, supporting her husband who has a complex
physical disability. She also works on a very part time with GCVS and has
previously worked for a Member of Parliament, SCVO and the Carers Trust. Prior
to this, Lynn worked in strategy and business planning, equality and policy
with Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Careers Scotland. Lynn is a qualified Careers Adviser. She is also a board member for
Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Lynn
is a carer activist; she blogs on a relatively regular basis and speaks
publicly on areas such as benefit reform and devolution and health and social
Talat is the co-founder of the Women 5050 campaign fighting for
fair representation of women in Scotland. She currently works in public affairs
and engagement and previously worked in organisations tackling violence against
women, in education rights, international development and community organising.
Talat writes a regular feminist blog and is frequently published in an online