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Our staff

Engender’s staff team is responsible for the organisation’s operations.

Emma Ritch, Executive Director

Emma Ritch is the Executive Director of Engender, and she is ultimately responsible for the work of the organisation. She leads on external relations. She has a background in working around women and the labour market, and violence against women.

Emma joined Engender’s staff team in October 2013.

Jill Wood, Policy Manager

Jill Wood is the Policy Manager with Engender. Her role is to advocate for policy change that advances gender equality and women’s rights agendas, to provide feminist analysis of public policy and to draw on Engender’s development work to shape policy positions on emerging issues.

Jill joined Engender in July 2012.


Kate Nevens, Parliamentary and Policy Manager

Kate Nevens

Kate, our Parliamentary and Policy Manager joined us having worked previously on issues including peace-building and gender equality in the middle east. She works with Jill on Engender's policy work with a focus on care, education and employability, and leads our engagement with the Scottish Parliament, .

Kate joined Engender in October 2016.

Catriona Kirkpatrick, Development Manager

Catriona Kirkpatrick is the Development Manager with Engender. Her key role is to ensure that Engender has a creative and effective relationship with its members and partners that supports the organisation to deliver on its mission, whilst ensuring inclusivity and accountability. She develops projects and co-ordinates Engender’s grant funding.

Catriona first joined Engender as a volunteer in April 2009 and became a member of staff in October 2009.



Alys Mumford, Communications and Engagement Manager

Alys Mumford is the Communications and Engagement Officer with Engender. Her role is to run our communications channels, to hold events across Scotland, and to work with partner organisations to further women's equality. She makes sure that everything going on in the world of gender equality campaigning is passed on to our supporters and celebrated!

Alys joined Engender in February 2015.




Ceris Aston, Communications and Administrative Assistant

Ceris Aston

Ceris is Engender's Communications and Administrative Assistant. She’ll be working on our membership systems, our online comms and on all the things needed to make Engender run like a Swiss watch.

Ceris joined Engender in October 2016.




Our Membership Engagement Assistant Caroline is currently on maternity leave - we look forward to welcoming her back in 2017.

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