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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.

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 Emma on Engender's policy work with a focus on 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.




Emma Trottier, Policy Officer (maternity cover)


Emma is our Policy Officer. She is an expert on the women's equality implications of social security policy, women in the criminal justice system and all things Canadian.

She joined us as Jill's maternity cover in January 2017






Caroline Levack, Membership Engagement Assistant


Caroline is our Membership Engagement Assistant. She helps make sure our membership systems are running smoothly, as well as using her considerable artistic talents to create our beautiful staff illustrations.

Caroline has been with Engender since March 2016.






Maxine Blane, Communications and Administrative Assistant


Maxine is our Communications and Administrative Assistant. She handles our social media, member communications, and office diary. You can often find her tweeting gifs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or dogs.

Maxine joined Engender in March 2017






Rhiannon Walsh and Amanda Stanley

Rhiannon and Amanda are our feminist podcasting superheros. They create our On The Engender podcast.

Rhiannon and Amanda joined the staff team in April 2017.











Our Policy Manager Jill is currently on maternity leave - we look forward to welcoming her back soon.

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