Meet the team
Women Working Worldwide has a small but experienced team of staff and associates with expertise in project management, organisational development, women’s enterprise, finance management, women’s rights, sustainability and communications. Knowledge of working in UK, Africa, China, India and Eastern Europe and experience of cooperatives, NGOs, governments and community groups, add to our portfolio.
We have a number of volunteers on placement with us at any one time. We can also call on a range of experts who have a working association with Women Working Worldwide.
Staff and volunteers
Since joining WWW she has led on the management of living wage projects in East African flower farms, as well as gender reviews of major companies in both garments and agriculture, and research on gender tool kits. She is currently engaged in developing bespoke support programmes for companies interested in addressing gender, as well growing partnerships to strengthening the links between gender and sustainable development.
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 is the way forward to achieve equality and lasting change.
Caroline joined Women Working Worldwide in July 2016. She is a passionate believer in women's rights and believes that women's empowerment is critical in achieving a sustainable world. She has worked in international development, sustainability and participatory learning projects in Africa, China, India, Eastern Europe and the UK.
I am really pleased to be able to volunteer for Women Working Worldwide before undertaking a degree in policy and international development which I will be starting in Sept 2019. 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 currently working to redevelop educational resources for schools interested in our work, building on my previous part time experience of working with children. I hope to continue to work with Women Working Worldwide alongside my degree to continue to support their work and complement my studies.
I am in my final year at the University of Salford studying Sociology. I have recently joined Women Working Worldwide as a student volunteer. I am excited to be a part of an organisation which advocates for women's rights and empower them in the workplace. I strongly believe we should all do our bit to strive for equality and push boundaries in order to achieve it. Throughout my studies I have mainly focused on gender inequality in the UK, so I am intrigued to find out more about these inequalities in different countries and cultures all over the world and what is being done to tackle these issues.
Alison Li Tianyu
I joined Women Working Worldwide as a student volunteer in March 2020. I am currently undertaking my master's degree in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. My studies focus on political economy of development, and my master's thesis will investigate the effectiveness of women's labour activism and autonomous organising in the Global South.
I am excited for the opportunity to volunteer for WWW, because I would like to gain experience in working for a organisation that works closely with the areas I am interested in; international development and gender equality. Furthermore, I am keen to learn more about the different activities and tasks that are undertaken in the third sector, such as event organising and fundraising.
Could you be our next student volunteer?
If you are thinking you might like to take up a student placement with Women Working Worldwide or you would like to volunteer with us, we are always looking for people with the interest and skills in: media, fundraising, labour rights, international development, gender and general office admin. We can't offer payment but we do offer unlimited teas and coffee, biscuits, a supportive placement and engagement in a worthwhile cause.
Interested? Then send us an email saying who you are and why you'd like to volunteer to firstname.lastname@example.org
WWW has a Management Committee of nine Trustees, all of whom are also Directors of the company, and they have overall responsibility for the organisation. The Committee has wide-ranging experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia – as researchers, activists, trainers, advisors, working in garment, horticulture and flower supply chains, and as advisers to UK/European companies.
Current Management Committee members are:
Nkechi Deborah Adeboye
Nkechi is a student concluding her studies of a degree of Business Management and Economics. Through her role with Women Working Wide she hopes to merge what she’s learnt from experiences - academic and otherwise. She is passionate about female and economic empowerment in all its forms. Previous experiences include her roles as an Agent of Change with Irise International and BME representative of her university’s Feminist Society.
Tasneem is a professional economist and managing director in a global financial services firm. 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.
Abbie is a development professional, with technical expertise in civil society & governance, and women's and girls’ empowerment. She has over eight years’ experience of working in the civil society sector (six of which based in Sub-Saharan Africa). Based in Senegal, Abbie is currently working for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a Deputy Regional Coordinator on a collaborative security programme in the Sahel-Maghreb. She was previously an adviser on women’s empowerment at the British Council.
Hannah joined the WWW Board in 2015 and currently works at the University of Nottingham in their modern slavery research centre, Rights Lab. She leads the Rights Lab's Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning services for business and the private sector and works with a range of stakeholders in business, policy and civil society. Prior to this Hannah worked at multiple UK retailers in ethical trade, human rights and business ethics with work focusing on improving labour standards in global supply chains, creating approaches to impact assessment for corporate sustainability initiatives and campaigning against modern slavery.
Bio coming soon
Francesca Rhodes is a women's rights policy and advocacy specialist with over eight years experience in the international development sector. She has worked the topics of gender and economic inequality, women's labour rights, unpaid care work, feminist foreign policy and safe abortion. Francesca is particularly interested in feminist leadership and her experience includes policy analysis and development, campaign and advocacy planning, facilitation and programme development. Francesca 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.
Marion Sharples is a feminist activist and gender equality professional. She currently works at the Women's Budget Group, managing their Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy. She previously worked in policy and advocacy at the Gender & Development Network and is a member of the gender and trade working group of Women in Development Europe+ (WIDE+). She has worked in Colombia and Belgium and holds an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.
Dr Linda Shaw
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.
Clare Wiley 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.