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 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 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 the Be What You Want project, which works in schools to tackle gender stereotyping and occupational segregation.

Kelsey Smith, Programme Officer

Kelsey leads on Close the Gap’s work in developing, piloting and evaluating the Equally Safe Employer Accreditation Programme. 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.

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.