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Our 2020 Emerging Leader: Women and Girls Programme cohort

We are delighted to announce the names of the 34 leaders who will take part in our 2020 Emerging Leader: Women and Girls Programme. The programme is a five-month leadership journey aimed at emerging leaders working in the Women and Girls sector who are keen to develop their generous, agile, and effective leadership skills and make a real, lasting impact within the sector.

The 2020 cohort consists of leaders working for a variety of organisations, including Young Women’s Trust, Plan International, British Red Cross, Survivors' Network, Dhiverse, Girlguiding, and more. Thanks to generous support from the Pilgrim Trust, Coutts Foundation, Comic Relief, and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, we were able to offer highly subsidised fees, ensuring the programme is accessible across the sector.

Commenting on their experience on the programme, previous participants have said they felt challenged, inspired, and supported:

“The programme inspired and challenged me at a fundamental level; being with women from the sector and learning from others’ experiences was deeply challenging and humbling.” - Josephine Knowles, Co-Director (and Co-Founder) of Beyond the Streets

Being with women from the sector and learning from others’ experiences was deeply challenging and humbling.
Josephine Knowles, Co-Director (and Co-Founder) of Beyond the Streets

Clore Social Fellow, Annie Edwards, Project Manager at Young Women's Worker said:

“[The programme] created a safe space for me to be honest and open about where I fell short in my leadership style, and celebrated with me when I felt I’d made a change or grown in those areas.”

Drawing on all aspects of our Social Leaders Capabilities Framework, this intensive leadership development journey aims to develop inspirational, empowering, courageous, focused, passionate and generous leadership capabilities. Participants will learn through real-world challenges, while using a variety of techniques - all designed to equip them with the tools necessary to develop their skills and effectively tackle their sector’s challenges.

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The 2020 Emerging Leader: Women and Girls Programme participants are:

  • Hannah Lewis, Joanna Project
  • Michelle Preston, Simply Women on Purpose
  • Laura Perkins, Young Women's Trust
  • Leigh Ingham, Plan International
  • Eleanor Butt, Refuge
  • Jay Breslaw, Survivors' Network
  • Josie Larder, Restore
  • Anita Shervington, BLAST Fest
  • Hannah Stevens, The Parliament Project
  • Clarise Pattison, British Red Cross
  • Jessica Southgate, Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk
  • Lara van Kouterik, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
  • Claire Hill-Dixon, The Girls' Network
  • Avatâra Ayuso, AWA DANCE (Advancing Women's Aspirations in Dance)
  • Annie-May Gibb, Dhiverse
  • Penelope D'Souza, Lancashire Women
  • Jemma Bicknell, Time & Talents
  • Katherine Gilmour, Church of Scotland
  • Ellie Stone, Girls Friendly Society
  • Hannah Taaffe, Save the Children
  • Makena Lohr, Xenia
  • Ettie Bailey-King, Schools Consent Project
  • Ruth Blanco, WISE
  • Jenny Munday, A Girl Called Happy
  • Francesca Carpenter, Oasis Project
  • Rebecca Birch, Girlguiding
  • Sarah Dangar, AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse)
  • Nicola Quinn, Unwritten Group/Street Zero
  • Marion Sharples, Women's Budget Group
  • Kate Lexen, Tender Education & Arts
  • Uzma Raziq, Idle Women
  • Roosje Saalbrink, Womankind Worldwide
  • Veronika Susedkova, Women Centre
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