Our team

Anna Ritchie Allan, Executive Director

Anna is Executive Director, and has overall responsibility for the delivery of Close the Gap’s work. She leads on advocacy and external engagement, and works closely with Lindsey and Ruth on policy. Anna’s background is in research, labour rights, and violence against women.

Lindsey Millen, Policy Manager

Lindsey is Policy Manager, and works with Anna and Ruth on Close the Gap’s policy work. She develops policy papers, reports and consultation responses to highlight women’s experiences of the labour market. She leads on Close the Gap's work with public sector employers and with trade unions, and on supporting employer compliance with the public sector equality duty. She also leads on Close the Gap's advocacy work on gender equality in education policy.

Kelsey Smith, Programme Officer

Kelsey leads on Close the Gap’s work in developing, piloting and evaluating Equally Safe at Work, Close the Gap's employer accreditation programme for local government. She engages with a range of stakeholders including local government employers, violence against women organisations and partner organisations to strategically link work on violence against women to addressing women’s labour market and economic inequality.

Ruth Boyle, Policy and Parliamentary Officer

Ruth develops Close the Gap’s parliamentary work. She monitors parliamentary developments relevant to women’s labour market participation and engages with key stakeholders including parliamentarians and Scottish Parliament committees. She also works with Anna and Lindsey on Close the Gap’s policy work developing policy papers, briefings and consultation responses.

Sarah Todd, Development Assistant

Sarah facilitates the smooth running of CtGHQ, social media and finances. She also supports the team's policy work.

Joanna Wilson

Joanna is a PhD student at the University of Manchester, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and supported by Close the Gap. Her PhD ("Strategic explanations of the gender pay gap with multilevel modelling: a Scottish comparison with the UK") will involve statistical modelling and case study research. Joanna has a background in pay and reward having worked as an employment tax advisor for an international professional services firm. She also has an MSc in Human Resource Management.

Related publications

Call for Participants: Research on balancing paid work with caring rolesCall for Participants: Research on balancing paid work with caring roles Close the Gap is working with Joanna Wilson, a PhD student at University of Manchester whose work focuses on the gender pay gap in Scotland.