Who We Are

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50:50 Parliament's Mission

To achieve an inclusive gender-balanced parliament, that draws upon the widest possible pools of talent, including men and women equally, incorporating their full range of diversity and experience. 

50:50 Parliament drives this mission by encouraging, inspiring and supporting political engagement, particularly from women. In addition, 50:50 Parliament lobbies Parliament and the political parties to be more inclusive of women.

Get in touch at contact@5050parliament.co.uk, or 07878763821

Campaign History

50:50 launched the #AskHerToStand campaign in November 2016 and succeeded in inspiring and encouraging women to stand for election and gain seats in Parliament during the 2017 election.

The campaign has gone from strength to strength.

In the 2019 UK general election fifty of the women standing were part of 50:50 and nine went on to win seats in the Commons. 

50:50 work with all the political parties to empower women into politics, helping them get selected and elected.

Now, when women #SignUpToStand via www.5050Parliament.co.uk, 50:50 help them build their Personal Political Profiles and allocate “buddies”, building a New Girls Network: women supporting women, along the path to Parliament.

The aim is to help an additional 105 women get elected to Westminster by 2030. Within ten years 50:50 hope that women will have equal seats and equal say in the Commons.

50:50 Parliament Team


Board and Coordinators

Frances Scott

Company Director
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Frances Scott, founder and director of 50:50 Parliament, is a passionate advocate for gender equality of representation. 

She launched 50:50 in November 2013 with the 50:50 Parliament petition. In 2016, 50:50 initiated “Ask Her To Stand” to inspire, encourage and support women along the way to Westminster. This has had a major impact with women signing up to stand on a daily basis. 50:50 are now taking action to help women get selected and elected

Frances has a background in operations analysis, marketing and economic feasibility studies.  She had an international career in the Hotel and Tourism industry. She has also been an antenatal teacher and has helped thousands of new parents prepare for birth and babycare. She sat on the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at St Mary's Hospital Paddington giving input into provision of services for several years. She was named as one of the Evening Standard's #Progress1000 most influential political changemakers in 2018.  In October 2019 she was invited to present at TedX Brighton on what had been her "Turning Point" and why she started 50:50. In 2020 Frances was included in the list of "Women in Westminster: The 100" which was a way to celebrate the achievements of those women who are changing the conversation, challenging the approach to policy making and providing a female perspective to the important political issues of the day

Amanda Carpenter

Company Director
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Amanda Carpenter is the CEO of Achill Management a small bespoke sustainability  consultancy. She has worked across all sectors public, private and not for profit, ensuring organisations understand that sustainable business is good business.

A proud director of 50:50 she believes Climate Justice is Gender Justice as the climate emergency has a disproportionate impact on women and marginalised communities. Amanda has served as a Non Exec Director for a health trust, a school governor, a charity trustee and now chairs the board of Applause Rural Touring a rural arts touring charity recently granted Arts Council NPO status. She is a founding trustee of The Western Front Way, a charity set up to map and mark and long distance walking route for peace along the line of the Western Front in France and Belgium. She founded and directed Tonbridge Talks and arts festival in 2018 which celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage and in 2019 focused on sustainability. She is host of the successful podcast Planet Pod which covers all aspects of the environment from politics to rewilding, from energy to economics.

Catherine Anderson

Company Director
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Catherine Anderson is CEO of The Jo Cox Foundation, prior to which she spent eight years as Chief of Staff to Rory Stewart. She has founded NGOs in India and Myanmar. A proud director of 50:50 Parliament and an active campaigner at Women2Win, Catherine is committed to gender equality and empowering all girls to achieve their potential. In 2019 she was named as one of the Evening Standard's #Progress1000 most influential political changemakers. Twitter: @CAnderson_UK

Nanda Manley-Browne

Board Director
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Dolly Theis

Board Director
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Dolly joined 50:50 Parliament in 2013, shortly after it was founded. In 2017 she co-founded the #AskHerToStand campaign to help more women get selected and elected. Dolly is completing her Ph.D at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge and previously worked as a researcher for the Centre for Social Justice and prior to that for Baroness Jenkin in the House of Lords. She ran Charlotte Leslie's 2015 election campaign and stood herself as the Conservative Party candidate in Vauxhall in 2017, where four out of the six candidates were women. She remains friends with her women opposition candidates to this day and champions having more women MPs with them. Dolly sits on the board of the cross-party Big Tent Ideas Festival and is an ambassador of military veterans charity Forward Assist, helping build their women veterans campaigns, and of ex-offenders employment charity Tempus Novo.

Natasha Kaeda

Campaign Coordinator
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Natasha joined the 50:50 team in 2019 as a campaign coordinator. Coming from a background in finance and HR, she is excited to now be involved in a campaign that encourages and supports women to get involved with politics. 

Natasha is also an award winning playwright and screenwriter, and a co-founder of the theatre company no more superheroes. Her play In My Lungs The Ocean Swells won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at the Vaults Festival in February 2020.

Sarah Tomlin

Equal Power Coordinator
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Sarah Tomlin is a former scientist and journalist who joined the 50:50 Parliament campaign as blog editor in 2018. For many years Sarah worked as an editor at Nature magazine, the science weekly, where she edited and contributed stories on everything from astronomy to zoology. As the mother to three young daughters Sarah believes in raising girls to be whatever they choose in life - whether that is a Nobel Prize winner in physics, or a Parliamentary candidate.

Since joining 50:50 Parliament Sarah has become part of the AskHerToStand team and she primarily supports the women who want to stand but have yet to pick a party. Sarah is also the Equal Power coordinator for 50:50 Parliament. Equal Power is a three-year campaign to get more women in all our diversity into politics at every level. Funded by Comic relief and led by the Fawcett Soicety, Equal Power is an exciting coalition of women's organisations: Centenary Action Group, Citizens UK, 50:50 Parliament, Glitch, Muslim Women's Network, and the Parliament Project. Together we are hosting multiple FREE events and training throughout 2020. For more information go here: https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/equal-power

Emily Wilson

Admin Assistant
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Emily became aware of 50:50 Parliament whilst attending the University of Bristol. She graduated from her Physics degree in 2019 and has volunteered with organisations such as GirlGuiding and Raleigh ICS. She first got involved with 50:50 through volunteering as a member of the telephone campaign team and now has the role of 50:50 Bite-size Admin Assistant. She is excited to be part of a campaign where she can assist in giving women a platform in politics.

Sam Farren

Finance Manager

#AskHerToStand Team

Kelly Grehan

#AskHerToStand Director & Facebook Lead
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Kelly completed undergraduate degrees in Politics and Social Policy and Community Justice and works in a role in the Criminal Justice System.

She is a borough councillor in Dartford Borough Council and a Parish Councillor for Stone Parish Councillor.

Kelly is a long term campaigner on issues such as domestic abuse, housing, road safety and period poverty and runs an organisation called Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation. Kelly also runs and writes for a political blog called The Avenger.

She is on the committee of the Fabian Women's Network and is a graduate of the Labour Women's Network Leadership School.

Kelly is passionate about getting more women involved in politics, having established the Dartford Labour Party Women's Forum she is now setting up a Dartford branch of the Fawcett Society.

Kelly is on the LGA Labour Women's Taskforce

Kirsty Finlayson

#AskHerToStand Director
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Kirsty Finlayson is a solicitor specialising in professional indemnity and policy coverage disputes. Working in London's financial and insurance district, Kirsty is a strong advocate for women to use their experience in another career and apply it to their future career in politics.

Kirsty has previously stood as a Conservative Party candidate in a General Election (2017 - East Ham), Council Election (2018 - Tower Hamlets) and European Election (2019 - London).

Formerly Deputy Chairman of Conservative Young Women, the voice for female members under 30, Kirsty now heads up 50:50 Parliament's #AskHerToStand campaign, managing a national mentoring programme for women who are interested in standing for public office.

In her spare time, Kirsty volunteers for the mental health charity Samaritans and as a School Governor.

Fatima Joji

#AskHerToStand Director
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Fatima is a passionate advocate for equalities and was inspired by Frances to join 50:50 Parliament after hearing her reference the campaign at an event on her university campus in Birmingham. She currently provides support and guidance to SNP women who have signed up with the campaign, in her role as the #AskHerToStand SNP Director.

Fatima studied journalism at undergraduate level and previously worked as a journalist. She was also a parliamentary assistant for an SNP MEP and is actively engaged in Scottish politics both as an SNP activist and campaigner for equalities issues in Scotland. At present, Fatima is working towards an MSc in International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development) at the University of Birmingham. She is also the woman’s and equalities officer for her local SNP Constituency Association.

Jo Baldwin Trott

#AskHerToStand Director
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Jo Baldwin Trott mentors influential leaders in the energy of showing up.

She is an International best selling author of Women Leading (Baldwin-Trott et al, 2020); Fit for Purpose Leadership 6 & Remote Working (Priestley et al, 2020).  

Jo is a lecturer and professional speaker in entrepreneurism, personal brand and image.

Jo is the CEO of Proper Books Publishing.  

Host of The Amijo Show, The Women Leading Show, Jo is also the founder of equality movement, Women Leading Global and director for UK parliamentary equality group, 5050 Parliament. 

She is based in West London with her two children, likes to write songs and be at the front row of concerts.

Join Jo’s conversation on all media @jobaldwintrott

And join the Women Leading Global group on Linked In @womenleading and share your message #womenleadingnow

Andrea Carey Fuller

#AskHerToStand Director
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Andrea’s background is in providing independent advocacy to asylum seekers & refugees; disabled people, older people and looked after children. She has worked for Local Authorities; the British Red Cross and a Community Legal Advice Centre. Currently she volunteers as Coordinator for Deptford Neighbourhood Forum and one of the joint leads on the Local Economy for the Neighbourhood Plan.   I am a strong supporter of the Human Rights Act & Children and Young People’s Rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which the UK signed up to in 1989.

As an activist & campaigner,she has spoken publicly on a wide range of issues .

She stood in the last General Election in Lewisham Deptford and achieved just over 5% of the votes. Previously she stood in Local Elections in Lewisham in Ladywell Ward (2014), Evelyn Ward (By-Election 2016), and New Cross Ward (2018). She is a strong supporter of women's rights which is why I took on this role within the 50:50 campaign and am working in tandem with Green Party Women to help women to get selected and elected.

Jane Whild

#AskHerToStand Director
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Jane Whild co-leads the Milton Keynes Branch of the Women's Equality Party. She has worked in the health, leisure, financial and higher education sectors. A passionate advocate for equal representation, she works with the Fawcett Society Milton Keynes Group and GirlsCode MK to encourage more women and girls to join 50:50 Parliament or study STEM subjects, particularly coding.

Rachel Massey

#AskHerToStand Director
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Rachel studied Social Anthropology at university, developing a knowledge of human kind throughout time and place. She attended the 2018 Ask Her to Stand event in Parliament that demonstrated how to build a better democracy with gender equality.  Rachel then saw how young, working mums like her were under-represented where she lived and joined a political party.

Rachel believes that women are pioneers in our society and after her trip to London became involved as a 50:50 representative seeking to further empower women in the world of politics. The following year she stood, and was elected, as a councillor for Rochdale Borough Council.

With two young children herself, Rachel champions women who shoulder parental responsibilities whilst maintaining the desire to make a world of difference to the world we all live in.


Diversity Team

Clarise Pattison

Diversity coordinator
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Clarise strongly believes in leading through kindness, and ensuring people feel empowered to perform to the best of their ability. She is passionate about engaging all people in feminism and using her skills to address inequalities.

Clarise is a highly experienced youth manager, who has worked in the charity sector for the past ten years to encourage youth participation, development and to promote the voice and influence of young people. She currently manages the EmpowHER programme for the British Red Cross. Which supports young women and girls to lead change in their communities through social action and realise their full potential.

Aged 19, Clarise was elected as a independent town councillor in her home town. During her term she was able to represent her town, and add necessary diversity of age, race and gender to the council chamber.

Sonul Badiani

Diversity Ambassador
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A specialist in Human rights, European politics and law, Sonul studied Law at Cambridge University, History at Kings College London and European Politics at the College of Europe in Bruges. She now works as a leading voice in in the charity sector as a campaigns and public affairs expert, where she has dedicated her career to the fight against climate change and improving animal welfare standards across the globe.

Sonul is also a passionate politician and community leader and recently stood to be a Member of Parliament in the 2019 UK general election.

Outside of work Sonul is a dedicated mother to her little boy and two fluffy cats and a passionate music lover, pianist and songwriter.

Dipa Vaya

Diversity Ambassador
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Dipa Vaya studied Politics at the University of Kent. She has worked within the public sector and on political campaigns. She has been actively campaigning on diversity since 2016.  Dipa and a group of friends created the diversity monitoring group survey to understand the issues affecting members in the special associated organisations in the Party. Dipa also became a 5050 Parliament Ambassador in 2015 and with Frances Scott attended London Pride and House of Commons events to raise awareness about equality. Since 2016 Dipa has been a diversity officer, worked for the VP of the Party and is now the Vice Chair of the Racial Diversity Campaign.

Yemisi Akindele

Diversity Ambassador
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Yemisi Akindele is an Educational Consultant born in Birmingham to Nigerian parents. She holds a first degree in Accounting and Finance, a postgraduate degree in Law and a Certificate for Professional Development in Leadership and Decision making from both University College London and Harvard Business School. She is now back at Law school, studying the LLM legal practice course intending to specialize in Education Law. She had previously worked in the Corporate Banking sector (NatWest Bank) for 10 years. She founded High Achievers Academy over 20 years ago, a supplementary school and Education Consulting firm registered in England and Wales. She is a member of the Society of Education Consultants, a member of the BNLF(British Nigeria Law Forum). She sits on the Board of MINTS (Mentoring, inspiring, nurturing and transforming to succeed) a not for profit organisation whose aim is to foster respect and socio-economic influence to Nigerians. She is the Chairperson for Education with the Nigerian British Business Forum, a member of Temple Inn, member of Association of Women Barristers, member of Black Solicitors Network. Yemisi is a recipient of many awards including an honorary award by the Global Women Economic Social Empowerment Summit and most recently headhunted and nominated as one of the Top 100 leaders in Education by the(GFEL) Global Forum For Education and Learning Award.

Emma Best

Diversity Ambassador
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Emma is a local councillor in east London who is passionate about seeing more women from diverse backgrounds elected to every level of public office.
She volunteers as a football coach and works in children services.

Jasmine Joséphine

Diversity Ambassador
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Jasmine Joséphine (Jaz) lives in the Valleys and has recently finished studying sign language at college. Jaz studied Geology, Geophysics, and Archaeology at Durham University and then studied and train in law under the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

She has worked for the charity Mind as a project manager and lead advocate, representing people in hospital or living in the local community who have mental health difficulties

Jaz is a passionate campaigner for better healthcare and services, especially for mental health service users. She is keenly aware of the problems that exist around drug and alcohol dependency and the way that impacts the mental health community more than many other communities, seeking better integration and improvement of NHS mental health care provision and dependency services

Jaz is also an advocate for women's rights, LGBT+ rights, and diversity and inclusion and is proud to be part of the 50:50 family


Ambassador Team

Lucrece Grehoua

Equal Power Ambassador
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Lucrece is a 24-year-old journalist who has worked across firms such as ITN, BBC, Yahoo, Metro and more to heighten unrepresented voices. She is also a strong advocate for the mobilisation of youth and underprivileged groups in the job sector and within politics. She has mentored and advised young Londoners within corporate workspaces and has worked hard to increase awareness of difficulties and stumbling blocks often leading to the downfall of BAME people within them. Lucrece hopes to one day become an MP to tackle an obsolete education system and introduce new, innovative ways to lower the poverty threshold amongst working class Londoners.

Amy Longland

Ambassador Coordinator
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Amy Longland is a Programme Officer for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Unit, providing technical assistance to strengthen CVE mechanisms in Commonwealth countries. She has a background in advocacy and campaigns since her time at University, where she started and lead a student campaign group endeavouring to get students and young people informed, registered and empowered to turn out to vote in the EU referendum.

Amy holds a Master of Sciences in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham, and is experienced in the field of strategy, project management, operational delivery, communications and policy from tenures both in the third sector and government.

Amy has worked extensively within and across local and international governments, especially in regard to empowering women and young people to become active agents of change within their own communities. She worked for 2 years at youth democratic engagement start-up My Life My Say and is now active in local COVID-19 community projects for vulnerable citizens, and is an active member of her local Stand Up to Racism group, as well as her work with 50:50 parliament.

Gulnar Hasnain

Ambassador Team Coordinator
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Gulnar Hasnain is a strategy consultant focused on urban policy, climate change and health inequalities.  

Gulnar has campaigned on issues such as reducing air pollution, protecting green space and defending libraries. In 2019, Gulnar was one of the lead London MEP Candidates for the Green Party.  In 2015 and 2017 she stood as a Parliamentary Candidate for Vauxhall.

Gulnar has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She used to work for the Mayor of London’s economic development agency leading on climate change and sustainability strategy. 

Gulnar is a mum of 3 and in her spare time enjoys yoga, tennis and playing the piano. Gulnar also sits on the Board of the ChicagoBooth Women's Network.


Comms Team

Katy Roxburgh

Communications & PR Advisor

Annika Eade

Twitter Lead
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Annika has been involved with 5050 Parliament after meeting and being inspired by Frances and the campaign at a Feminism in London event in 2013. An experienced social media strategist and published writer, Annika leads on 5050 Parliament’s social media strategy, primarily on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Sofia Taveira de Sousa

Instagram Lead
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Sofia has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Business Administration and has developed her career in Digital Analytics, looking at website performance, conversion and optimisation. Throughout her corporate career she’s had the opportunity to mentor young pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as she is passionate about inspiring younger generations to achieve their full potential. She also volunteers with Girlguiding where she helps girls develop their skills and become future leaders.

Sofia has previously stood in Tower Hamlets Council elections in 2018 where she led a campaign focused on improving the quality of life for local residents. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Portugal, a group established to build stronger links between the Conservative Party and Portugal.

Sofia is an advocate for women’s rights, having raised awareness for equality, domestic abuse, diversity and inclusion. She is excited to be part of the 5050 family and get more women involved in politics.


Fundraising Team

Caro Pridgeon

Fundraising / Friends of 50:50
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Caroline Pridgeon recently joined 50:50 Parliament after talking to Frances Scott and realising that women's issues will only be at the top of the political agenda when women have an equal number of seats in Parliament. She is passionate about gender equality and campaigned for several years against FGM with the high profile activist Leyla Hussein. She helped raise funds for the benefit of the FGM Programme at Manor Gardens Welfare Trust which runs workshops to educate health professionals about the dangers of the practice and supports women affected by FGM. In 2015 she organised a lecture tour of American universities for Leyla Hussein to raise awareness of the issue in the USA. For many years she taught English as a foreign language to female asylum seekers and refugees at Toynbee Hall and the Masbro Centre.
 
Caroline is a former credit analyst and current director of a property company.

Giuseppe Iantosca

Funding Applications
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Giuseppe is an experienced Client Services Director with extensive skills across a variety of industries. He was instrumental in the creation and expansion of a telephone fundraising agency, helping to raise over £160M for charitable organisations over a 15 year period.

Currently a Client Development Director for a leading provider of outsourced call centre services in the UK, he is passionate about gender equality. 
 
Has assisted in projects from the Commission on the Donor Experience and the Direct Marketing Association. 

Other

Brian Spurling

IT & Tech Advisor & Support
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Brian joined the 50:50 Parliament campaign in 2015, helping out with data management. Over time the role has grown to include all things tech and digital for the campaign.

He also volunteers for Let Toys Be Toys, the GREAT Men project, and DataKind. When not supporting campaigns and charities, Brian has been a programmer, data warehouse designer, website development project manager, and founder of an ethical retail tech startup.

Dowshan Humzah

Campaign Strategic Advisor and Support
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Dowshan Humzah is a business transformation and digital specialist who has held senior roles with a variety of blue-chip organisations and start-ups. He has been involved with 50:50 Parliament since late 2014, bringing his business sector experience and insights of social mobility and equality to the campaign.

Dowshan’s personal background and journey explain his passion for ‘access to opportunity’ particularly for those less-privileged. He has a portfolio career and holds a number of board directorships across business and civil society.

50:50 Speakers

Key 50:50 Ambassadors who speak regularly for the campaign
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Ruby Lott-Lavigna
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Isabel Adomakoh Young
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Hannah Philp
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Charlie Brades-Price
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Hannah Kaufman
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Dolly Theis
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Sonia Adesara