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 strategic advocacy, participates in a range of strategic level working groups, and works closely with Lindsey and Ruth on policy. Anna’s background is in research, labour rights, and violence against women.
Lindsey Millen, Policy and Development Manager
Lindsey is Policy and Development Manager. She leads on Close the Gap's employer engagement and works with Anna and Ruth on Close the Gap’s policy work. She supports private and third sector employers to close their gender pay gaps, and works with public sector employers to improve their performance of the public sector equality duty. She also develops policy papers, reports and consultation responses to highlight women’s experiences of the labour market, and leads on Close the Gap's advocacy work on gender equality in education policy and social care.
Kelsey Smith, Programme Manager
Kelsey manages Close the Gap’s employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work. She works with employers in local government, NHS boards, Scottish Government and third sector to develop gender-sensitive employment practice. She engages with a range of stakeholders including 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 Manager
Ruth manages Close the Gap’s parliamentary engagement work, building relationships with parliamentarians, political parties and committee staff. She monitors parliamentary developments relevant to women’s labour market participation. Ruth also works with Anna and Lindsey on Close the Gap’s policy work, developing policy papers, briefings and consultation responses. She leads on Close the Gap's advocacy work on low-paid women and gender equality in skills policy.
Nikki Chung, Programme Officer
Nikki supports the delivery of Close the Gap's employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work. She works with employers from NHS boards, the third sector and Scottish Government to progress gender equality in the workplace through the pilot of the Gender Beacon Collaborative. She has a background in working with women affected by domestic abuse and developing and delivering gender-based violence training.
Laura Martins, Programme Officer
Laura works on the delivery of Close the Gap’s employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work, in Scotland’s local government. She supports local government employers to progress gender equality at work and prevent violence against women through the accreditation process. Laura also works with an advisory group of stakeholders to provide advice and guidance, and delivers progress updates to the group. Her background is in advocacy and international human rights law.
Kelly Eagle, Research & Evaluation Officer
Kelly leads on the evaluation and monitoring of Close the Gap’s employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work. She works with employers in local government, NHS boards, Scottish Government and third sector to gather and analyse evidence in order to develop gender-sensitive employment practice. She has a background in social research and data science, and has previously focused on domestic abuse interventions and charitable giving.
Patrycja Kasprzak, Communications & Administrative Assistant
Patrycja coordinates our external communications and content on Close the Gap's social media and websites. She assists with events management and development of publications. Patrycja also provides day-to-day administrative support to the wider Close the Gap team, contributing to the effective running of the organisation. Her background is in communications, marketing strategy, and business management.
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.
Call 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.