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Sara Cowan

Sara Cowan

Sara joined Scottish Women’s Budget Group in September 2020. Sara has spent her career working on social justice issues, with 11 years spent in various campaigning roles at Oxfam working on inequality, climate change and humanitarian issues. Prior to that Sara worked in Glasgow as an individual advocate for people with physical and mental health difficulties.


Heather Williams

Heather Williams

Heather joined the Scottish Women’s Budget Group in September 2020 as training coordinator. Heather has worked in the violence against women sector for 20 years in a variety of roles including delivering support to women, children and young people, delivering training and awareness raising.

Sara and Heather are keen to meet with groups who are interested in getting more involved with SWBG – email us if you'd like to chat about how we can work together.


Yve Barry

Yve joined the Scottish Women’s Budget Group in July 2022. Yve has just finished her MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. Much of her adult career has been within the charity sector, mainly in admin and freelance research roles. Her previous undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, along with various feminist campaigning work, have also led her to this role.


Board members

Zarina Ahmad

Zarina has 10 years experience as an environmental campaigner in Scotland. She aims to amplify the voices from ethnic minority communities in the environmental sector and to boost public engagement with urgent environmental agendas. Zarina was named as one of the top 30 influential women in environment by BBC’s Women’s Hour and is currently studying for a PhD on sustainability at University of Manchester.

Emanuella Christensen

Emanuella Christensen

Emanuella is a PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University and is affiliated with the WISE Centre for Economic Justice. Her research is focused on improving the statistical measurements of time-use data on unpaid care in Scotland and the related gender inequalities.

Emanuella joined the SWBG board of management in 2020 with an interest in policy advocacy for gender budgeting. She holds an MSc in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies from the University of Southern Denmark.


Kirsty Connell-Skinner

Kirsty Connell-Skinner

Kirsty Connell-Skinner manages the Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway, a £6 million investment from the UK and Scottish Governments dedicated to increasing and diversifying employment in construction across Edinburgh and South-East Scotland. Based at Edinburgh Napier University, she combines over a decade of experience in philanthropic fundraising with innovative management techniques gained from her MBA at the Quantic School of Business & Technology, Washington DC, to drive forward public and private investment in the next generation of engineering, computing and business professionals.

Passionate about empowering change and delivering equality as a feminist and activist, Kirsty is Treasurer of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and Vice Chair of the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, the self-regulatory body for charity fundraising in Scotland, as well as an active trade unionist.


Wendy Davies

Wendy Davies

Since jointly establishing OSDC in 1991, Wendy has worked with hundreds of organisations in the public, private and NGO sector to provide equality training, capacity building and organisational reviews.

She has written good practice guidance and training manuals always with a focus on equality, empowerment and inclusion.

Her clients have ranged from the Scottish Employment Tribunal Service to the Huddersfield Giants Rugby Club and recently she has worked as an international trainer for VSO in countries as far apart as Papua New Guinea and South Africa providing training on Social Inclusion and Gender Equality.



Katie Gallogly-Swan

Katie Gallogly-Swan

Katie Gallogly-Swan is the Policy Coordinator for the joint project on a Global Green New Deal between UNCTAD and the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University. She has previously worked at Oxfam and ActionAid as well as a range of grassroots organisations in Scotland focusing on economic, climate and gender justice.

Katie holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she won the Hoopes Prize for exceptional research, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the SOAS University of London, where she won the Development Studies Postgraduate Prize. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the relationships between development finance, refugee women's labour, and security policy. Katie comes from Coatbridge.


Zara Kitson

Zara has been a member of SWBG for several years, as well as Vice-Convener at Engender. Zara’s day job is Head of Partnerships with the youth charity Princes Trust and she brings expertise in governance, community engagement, fundraising, communications and campaigns, and participation. Alongside this, Zara is a Community Councillor for the Newlands and Auldhouse Community Council in Glasgow.


Angela O'Hagan

Angela O’Hagan

Angela is a long standing member of SWBG and is also a Trustee. She's a member of the UK Women's Budget and on the Management Committee. She was a Commissioner on the Commission on a Gender Equal Economy and is currently the independent chair of the Scottish Government Equality and Budgets Advisory Group.

Angela is a Reader in Equalities and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and is a published author on gender budgeting in Scotland, UK and internationally and is Depute Director of the WISE Centre for Economic Justice at GCU.

Rachel Statham

Rachel is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Scotland. Her research focuses on progressive solutions to public policy challenges in Scotland, specialising in economic and social policy, gender and devolution. Rachel is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, and has led research on social security, inclusive growth, and the economic impacts of automation and technological change. She currently leads a research programme working to secure a living income for more people in Scotland.



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