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 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.

Helen Schwittay, Communications and Administration Assistant

Helen leads on our external communications and events management and co-ordinates our websites. She also supports the wider Close the Gap team to ensure the effective running of the organisation. She has a background in communications, marketing and human rights law.

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

Annual review 2018-19Annual review 2018-19

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.