Meet the team

Women Working Worldwide has a small but experienced team of staff and Trustees with expertise in project management, organisational development, women’s enterprise, finance management, women’s rights, sustainability and communications. As well as knowledge of working in UK, Africa, China, India and Eastern Europe and experience of cooperatives, NGOs, governments and community groups, which all add value and richness to our portfolio.


We have a number of volunteers on placement with us at any one time, please see below if you are interested in joining us. We can also call on a range of experts who have a working association with Women Working Worldwide.

Staff and volunteers


Over the years, she has worked with and for national and local governments, businesses, social enterprises, statutory bodies and NGOs, so has an understanding and respect for the different perspectives, challenges and opportunities that these sectors face. She believes that collaboration and equity are the ways to achieve equality and lasting change.


Caroline Downey

Executive Director

Caroline joined Women Working Worldwide in July 2016. She is a passionate believer in women's rights and believes that gender equality is critical in achieving a sustainable world. She has worked in international development, ethical trade, sustainability and participatory learning in Africa, China, India, Eastern Europe and the UK.  

Alina Alpine

Alisa Smitnova

Alison Li Tianyu

Ayushi Shah

Eva Berwing

Evie Gilbert

Grace Doyle

Hala Elamin

Hanna Peruala

Isis Barei-Guyot





Kaamilah Munshi

Katalin Szalai

Kate Davidson

Naima Shah

Nina Roberts

Sally Kenyon

Salma Ahmed


And all the others who have volunteered over the years!

Thank you to our past volunteers

Emma Willder

Emma Willder, FCMA CGMA, CIS (Affiliated) is the director of Beyond Profit Ltd. Emma and Beyond Profit provide Women Working Worldwide with our finance management.

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Ellie Holly
Student Volunteer
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I am really pleased to be able to volunteer for Women Working Worldwide while studying for my undergraduate degree in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at the University of Manchester. I am particularly interested in working for an organisation that supports individuals and small community groups in knowing and asserting their rights as I feel this can provide real life change.


I am interested in women’s rights in the global supply chain and how this intersects with poverty and conflict. Volunteering for Women Working Worldwide has given me the opportunity to explore these issues while gaining a deeper appreciation for the work done by small charities. I look forward to continuing my work with Women Working Worldwide.

Be our next student or volunteer

Would you like to take up a student or volunteer placement with Women Working Worldwide? We are always delighted to welcome people with the interest in a range of areas such as: gender, media, fundraising, workers rights, international development and general office admin.


At the moment our volunteering opportunities are managed remotely. We can't offer payment and only an irregular office environment but we can offer regular 121 phone meetings, monthly zoom catch ups, and engagement in a worthwhile cause. When we are in the office we will also offer unlimited teas, coffee and biscuits!

Interested? Then email us with an A4  letter saying who you are and why you'd like to volunteer with us,  attach your CV, and send to, with VOLUNTEER in the subject heading. We look forward to hearing from you!


WWW is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We have a Board/Management Committee of seven Trustees, all of whom are also Directors of the company, and they have overall responsibility for the organisation. The Board has wide-ranging experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia – as researchers, activists, trainers, advisors, working in garment, horticulture and flower supply chains, as well as sustainability, international development and advisers to UK/European companies.

Current Trustees are:

Nykechi Deborah Adeboye
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Nkechi a student of Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Through her role with Women Working Worldwide she hopes to build upon her academic and voluntary experience, through a role supporting the work of the organisation. She is passionate about female and economic empowerment in all its forms. She also holds experience volunteering with organisations like Irise International and Chayn.

Tasneem Azad

Tasneem is a professional economist and managing director in a global financial services firm. 

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Based in the City of London, she has been active in leading women’s networks and supporting the career development of female professionals.  Prior to working in the City, Tasneem worked for the UK Government Economic Service including within the DTI, the OFT and Cabinet Office, and as a national expert for the EC, focussed on market and regulatory matters.

Dr Linda Shaw
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Linda has been involved with Women Working Worldwide since 1989 and is a researcher and educator. She has worked on gender and development issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America as a trainer, researcher and project manager. Linda has a range of publications from academic articles to worker training manuals on gender and most recently on co-operatives and is currently an associate trainer for the ETI.

Jane Blacklock
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Jane is the Sustainability Manager for B&Q, a UK-Based home improvement retailer with over 250 stores. She's been working in sustainability and ethical trade for over 15 years looking at working conditions in supply chains, responsible purchasing practices, marketing and sustainable raw materials. Before joining B&Q she has held in-house roles at FatFace, Mothercare and SABMiller as well as volunteering as a Non-Executive Director for the Ethical Trading Initiative for 6 years. 

Abbie Huff-Camera

Abbie is a development professional, with technical expertise in civil society & governance, and women's and girls’ empowerment.


She has over 10 years’ experience of working in the civil society sector (seven of which based in Sub-Saharan Africa) as a project manager, coordinator and adviser. Based in Manchester, UK, Abbie is an international development consultant, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher supporting others in their healing and wellbeing. She most recently worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a Deputy Regional Coordinator on a collaborative security programme in the Sahel-Maghreb

Francesca Rhodes

Francesca (Franki) is a women's rights policy and advocacy specialist with over eight years of experience in the international development sector

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Franki is particularly interested in feminist leadership and her experience includes policy analysis and development, campaign and advocacy planning, facilitation and programme development. She is currently working for CARE International UK focusing on women's rights and climate change and has previously held positions at Oxfam, FIGO and the Gender and Development Network.

Clare Wiley
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Clare is a freelance journalist and editor covering social affairs. She currently writes for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, The Big Issue and Vice, investigating issues such as sustainability and the environment, human rights and technology, examining the roles of women and feminism in these areas.

​Could you be our next trustee?

We are looking for new trustees to join our board.

All trustees need to:


  • Attend Board meetings; trustees attend our 1.5-hour (approx) meetings via zoom every 6 weeks.

  • Attend annual strategy meetings; staff, volunteers and trustees meet in the WWW offices for a day or half-day once a year.


​Full role description here


If this sounds like you and you would like to apply you can do so by emailing a CV (max 2 sides A4) and a cover letter to


Any questions regarding the role and organisation can also be directed to this email. THANK YOU!