Executive Committee

Caroline Adams
@CAdamsLab

Caroline Adams has worked for the Labour Party for nearly 25 years, nine of them for Tony Blair, including seven at No.10 Downing Street in the Political Office. She currently works for the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) working closely with the Women’s PLP. For the past nine years Caroline has been one of the co-ordinators of the FWN mentoring and political education programme, supporting over 200 women on their journeys to be successful in politics and public life. Caroline has also been a trainer with the Labour Women’s Network and has worked with women in Tunisia through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to increase women’s participation in the democratic processes and within political parties. Caroline drove the Labour Party’s pink bus on its ‘Woman to Woman’ tour of the country during the 2015 General Election.

Victoria Akintomide-Akinwamide

@Victoria_Akin_

Victoria is passionate about tackling local issues and believes to achieve this, a strong, active, local political presence is essential.  She stood as a council candidate for East Wickham in the May 2018 local elections in the London Borough of Bexley. Following a life changing year as a mentee in the Fabian Women’s Network Political Mentoring Programme, she is even more driven to see women thrive within public life. Victoria works in financial regulation, focusing on the prevention of various forms of financial crime. She has a strong understanding of the economic landscape and crucially, how government policies in these areas particularly impacts women. She campaigns for a just immigration system, with laws and application processes based on sound evidence.

Shaista Aziz

@shaistaAziz

Shaista Aziz is a journalist and has worked as a communications specialist for a number of international organizations including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Oxfam. She has worked extensively across the Middle East, Pakistan, East and West Africa. Her writing and journalism has been published in a number of international publications including The Guardian, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and New York Times. She regularly contributes as a guest on national radio and TV panel discussions including reviewing the newspapers for the BBC. She is co founder of the Labour Homelessness Campaign and NGO Safe Space, a Intersectional feminist platform focused on accountability over #AidToo abuse.  She is also the co-founder of Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy. She is a councillor for Oxford City Council and the councils first ever Representation in the Workforce Champion. She is a Clore Fellow and a RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) fellow

Josie Channer

@JosieChanner

Josie has been an elected Labour Councillor in Barking and Dagenham since 2010. She has lived in East London her whole life and moved to Barking when the threat of BNP was a real and present danger. As a Councillor, Josie has successfully campaigned for improvements in housing and support for young people.  

Her working career has been dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system and the rehabilitation of offenders. She has extensive experience of the criminal justice sector. As a former Prison Officer for many years Josie managed the Mental Health and Drug wing at Holloway Prison.

Josie was appointed to the Board of the largest Probation Trust in England to lead crime reduction at a strategic level across London. Josie is now working in an operational role in the Civil Service with oversight of policing. She is passionate about addressing the barriers that those with caring responsibilities and women of colour face.

Kelly Grehan

@Kelly_Grehan

Kelly is delighted to have joined the Fabian Women’s Network Executive Committee and be given the opportunity to help ensure women’s voices are heard in our movement and to be part of a group with the values of sisterhood at its core. 

Kelly completed undergraduate degrees in Politics and Social Policy and Community Justice and works in a role in the Criminal Justice System and iis a borough councillor in Dartford Borough Council and a Parish Councillor for Stone Parish Councillor. Kelly runs an organisation called Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation which runs projects in Dartford including an annual Toy Appeal which gives toys to 8 organisations working with local children.   Kelly also runs and writes for a political blog called The Avenger (https://theavengeruk.com/).

She is on the 9th cohort of the Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme and is a graduate of the Labour Women’s Network Leadership School. Kelly is passionate about getting more women involved in the political sphere, having established the a Dartford branch of the Fawcett Society, and volunteering as #AskHerToStand Director of 50:50 Parliament. She is also on the LGA Labour Women’s Taskforce.

Sarah Hutchinson

@s.j.hutchinson

Sarah is a health policy professional, specialising in patient and public involvement. She currently manages a health project within a charity in Bradford. She has a PhD in social policy, which looked at how carers plan for retirement. During her career she has been Vice-President of Oxford University Student Union, and has worked in policy and research for health, homelessness, and women’s charities, working on issues including women’s homelessness and human trafficking as well as in the civil service. 

A former county councillor in Oxford, Sarah has been a Labour activist since 1997. She has always been committed to increasing women’s involvement in politics, and first got involved with FWN in 2006. A former Vice-Chair, she has helped to organise events on women’s pensions, gendered toys, feminism and international development, and childcare. She has delivered public speaking training to young Fabian Women, and edited Fabiana magazine. 

Sara Hyde FWN Chair

@sarakhyde

Sara Hyde has spent over a decade working in the criminal justice system, primarily with women, following a first career in theatre. She worked in both HMP Holloway, then with women post-release as a frontline mentor and group facilitator, latterly managing holistic support services for women. Since 2017, she has worked on reducing deaths in custody and recently began work as a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham. She is a trustee for an anti-trafficking charity and lay member on an MoJ panel for magistrate recruitment.

Originally a grassroots community and feminist campaigner, she has been involved in the community on Caledonian Road (behind King’s Cross) since 2003, where she is now a councillor. She was a London Assembly candidate in 2016 and a parliamentary candidate in the 2017 General Election. 

Sara co-facilitates the Christians on the Left mentoring scheme and was part of the inaugural Jo Cox Women in Leadership scheme. She is Chair of Fabian Women’s Network. 

Sara is passionate about growing the practice of service, sisterhood and solidarity within FWN to enable more women and more diverse women to excel in politics and public life. She likes Kate Bush, red wine and being a mother of twins.

Mumtaz Khan

@CllrMumtazKhan

I’m a mother of grown up children. I’m a councillor in Newham, I live in Stratford. I’m a senior social worker in children safeguarding Waltham Forest. I have been involved in women’s development work since 1989 onward. I started from setting up the first Asian women’s resource centre in Whitechapel. I have worked on and was part of the steering group on forced marriage. 

I am hoping every local authority will adopt a zero tolerance to Violence against women and girls. 
I am a proud owner of a TV Chanel in Tower Hamlets.

Abigail Marshall

@abigailmashall

Abigail Marshall is the Councillor for Little London, City Centre & Woodhouse Ward and Lead Member for BAME in the Council.  She is the founder and Managing Director of 1st Resource Ltd, a multi faceted Recruitment Agency specialising in Medical and International Education recruitment in Leeds.

Abigail has a Masters degree from the University of Leeds and is the first African to be elected on to the Leeds City Council in May 2019. She represents the Labour Party.  Abigail is a Mentor for HRH Princess Trust Mosaic, Mentoring young people in entrepreneurship.  Giving talks in schools on behalf of Mosaic.

Abigail is an England Athletics coach and coaches U15 Boys and Girls. She specialises in sprinting at the Leeds City Athletics club. She is currently the U15 Girls team manager for the Northern Youth Development League. She enjoys running and raising funds for the Twins and Multiple Birth Association a Charity very close to her heart.

Christine Megson

@ChristineMegson

Christine  is a Vice President of the Fabian Society and created the mentoring programme with Seema Malhotra MP. Her substantive career was in education including Principal of Stafford College. She has worked as a consultant across all government delivery departments, local government and the Cabinet Office specialising in new policy delivery and designing and delivering models for integrated public services.  She has worked in NGOs, a Hospital Trust and start up charities and new schools including the School Food Trust, the Innovation Unit and King’s Cross Academy as an adviser, non-executive Director and volunteer. She has been a consultant to Sheffield Hallam Business School and delivers leadership programmes and coaches senior leaders. She is Chair of The Difference.

Taiwo Owatemi

@TaiwoOwatemi

Taiwo is the recently elected Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry North-West. Since joining parliament, she has become a vocal voice on the Health and Social Care committee and the Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds.

 Before entering parliament, she was a senior cancer pharmacist and has a strong understanding of implementing both clinical and operational policies. She was also a school governor and a community activist with a wide range of knowledge and understanding of local issues and needs.

Taiwo is passionate about issues relating to women; she wants to use her policy expertise on health, education, international development along with other issues to demonstrate the impact it has on the lives of many women.

She continuously uses her voice in parliament to speak up for the most vulnerable in society and champion key causes such as tackling crime, improving social mobility, addressing health inequalities and improving our public services. This is in order to bring about tangible policy change needed to improve people’s lives.

Kindy Sandhu

@KindySandhu

Kindy Sandhu started her professional life as a software engineer working on real time telecommunications systems, rising to senior management. She has worked in the public and charity sectors too; including VAWG, education and housing. Kindy is feminist activist, trade unionist and campaigner in the areas of anti-racism, and gender equality. She is a Labour and Co-operative councillor in Coventry. Kindy authored Layers of Inequality, which was an intersectional study of the impact of the spending cuts on BAME women. She was a member of the research team at Women’s Budget Group, on Intersecting Inequalities, which undertook a cumulative impact assessment of the changes to taxes, benefits and public spending since 2010 on BAME women. She holds a PhD, in the subject of domestic violence using an intersectional approach. She is currently researching the impact of the hostile environment on victims of domestic violence and their children.

Anya Sizer

@SizerAnya

Anya has worked in the field of infertility for over 13 years, including 6 at the London Women’s clinic before joining the Fertility Network. She has written a book entitled Fertile thinking and helped establish several courses for those facing infertility.

She is often in the media as a champion for the patient perspective on facing Infertility and is currently busy lobbying MPs and speaking in Parliament regarding Fair provision of IVF for all. 

She is the women’s officer for her local Labour Party branch and has just completed the political mentoring scheme with Fabian Women’s Network. She has worked for three MPs and is currently office staff for David Lammy and parliamentary assistant to Kate Green part time. 

She has two children from IVF one from adoption and is a Champion for both the Saying Goodbye and Home for Good.