Our Trustees represent a broad spectrum of academics, researchers, editors, and people active in community work.
Professor of Economics at the Open University, Sue is also an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and a member and former chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, a think tank that advises the UK Treasury on the gender implications of economic policy. She is currently engaged in research on the influence of social norms on mothers’ decisions about work and childcare as part of the ESRC’s programme on the Future of Work. Her last book was Inside the Household: from Labour to Care (2000).
Mary Kennedy has had a long term commitment to women’s history and feminism and was Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Social History (1980–93) at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is author of Revolution in Perspective: People Seeking Change (1972, Peter Lowe) and with Mary Hughes of Changing Women’s Education (1985, Routledge and Kegan Paul). She was Vice-Chair of the London District of the WEA, trustee of the Maya Centre and is award assessor of the Feminist Review Trust. She is active in local community work and is a member of the Executive Committee of Friends of the Women’s Library.
Martin McIvor is a researcher at the public services trade union UNISON, and edits the left policy journal Renewal. He was Political Editor of Red Pepper magazine from 1998 to 2002, Director of the left think tank Catalyst from 2002 to 2005, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for International Public Health Policy in 2005-2006. His academic interests lie in the areas of political philosophy and the history of ideas.
Alex has spent his career working on climate change and immigration projects. He is currently running the Climate Change and Migration Coalition, a network of refugee and migration groups working together on climate change. Previously he worked on a number of climate change projects investigating corporate power in climate and energy policy, and investigating rapid decarbonisation. He has also been involved in activism around open-cast coal mining and airport expansion. He occasionally writes for Open Democracy and the Guardian.
John Stirling has been actively engaged as a trade union educator, researcher and activist for over thirty years. He was formerly head of the Social Sciences Department at Northumbria University and worked with trade unions in the UK, Europe and West Africa. He currently works with Ruskin College and the GFTU and is a member of a UNITE Community branch.
Longstanding editor of British left green magazine Red Pepper and fellow of both the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam and the Centre for Global Governance at the LSE, Hilary is currently working for the TNI’s New Politics project. Her work focuses on what happens to “People Power” or popular resistance in the face of corporate-driven globalisation. Co-author, with Sheila Rowbotham and Lynne Segal, of the classic feminist book, Beyond the Fragments (1979), Hilary’s most recent books include Reclaim the State, Adventures in Popular Democracy (2003) and Arguments for a New Left, Answering the Free Market Right (1993). A founding member of Charter 88, the movement to democratise Britain’s feudal state, and convenor of the economic democracy workshop of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Wainwright is also on the editorial board of the UK political think tank, Catalyst.