Katie Ghose has started in her role as the new Chief Executive Women’s Aid Federation of England in August. She is very keen to get to know member services, so do get in touch with her to say ‘hello’! Katie will also be attending Regional Network meetings in the autumn, so you should have a chance to meet with her soon.
Katie, a barrister and campaigner, joins Women’s Aid after seven years as Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). During her time at ERS, Katie led the transformation of the Society into the UK’s leading campaigner and commentator on democracy; pioneered the UK’s first citizens’ assemblies to engage new audiences in politics and launched the Society’s operations in Northern Ireland.
Previously, Katie was Director of the British Institute of Human Rights (2005-2010), where she pioneered initiatives to bring human rights to life for everyone in the UK. In 2009 she was awarded Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Lawyers’ Association. From 2006-08 Katie was an independent commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission where she helped to conduct the country’s largest ever independent review of the asylum system.
Katie has worked in parliamentary and public affairs for organisations including Age UK and Citizens Advice, and for seven years served as a trustee for LGBT rights charity Stonewall. She has a track-record of women’s rights advocacy: as an immigration barrister representing women fleeing violence and persecution; leading Age UK’s parliamentary lobbying for older women’s rights at work and in public services and ERS as a leading campaigner for gender equality in politics and public life.
Katie said: “I am thrilled to be joining Women’s Aid, an organisation with an incredible record of life-saving work for women and children. The Women’s Aid team, members and survivors they support are an inspirational movement. This is a crucial time for the defence and promotion of women’s rights and to empower all women to live their lives free from abuse and fear. I look forward to bringing all of my energy, experience and passion to the cause.”
Femi Otitoju, Co-Chair of Women’s Aid, said “We’re delighted to be welcoming Katie to Women’s Aid. Her background in legislative reform and her commitment to women’s issues make her the ideal person to steer the organisation on to our next chapter of growth.
“Women’s Aid works tirelessly to ensure all women live free from violence. We are excited to have Katie’s skills, experience and passion to help us achieve that ambition.”