Women in Public Affairs Executive Committee
The Women in Public Affairs Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination and organisation of the Network.
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Laura Gilmore - fOUNDING MEMBER
Laura is one of the founding members of WiPA, which she started alongside Ella Fallows after meeting whilst studying for a public affairs diploma. She is currently the Europe Government Relations Director for Cummins Inc, a fortune 200 global technology company.
Her career has mainly been in politics, with her last political role being Head of the Liberal Democrat House of Lords Whips' Office during the Coalition Government. Laura lives in Hackney with her husband and daughter, Matilda. She is passionate about food, the environment and equality.
Ella Fallows - FOUNDING MEMBER
Ella leads on politics and government outreach for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics at Facebook, and is Co-Founder of Women in Public Affairs with Laura.
Previously she was Head of Political Intelligence at Lexington Communications and before that she managed political engagement programmes at Dods, ran parliamentary and policy training and worked for two Labour MPs. She has a Masters in Parliamentary Studies from Leeds University and a BA in Politics and History.
She's passionate about promoting and supporting women in all industries. She loves good food and travel, although she has a young son who prevents her enjoying either of those things regularly!
Laura Sainsbury - chair
Laura is a Director in FTI Consulting’s Public Affairs team where she has worked since 2014. She graduated from Oxford University with a PPE degree and has been working in consultancy for the last six years. Her experience also includes working in Whitehall at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a political journalist at Total Politics magazine and news website PoliticsHome.
A member of the Labour party, Laura is a proud feminist and long-time supporter of Women in Public Affairs and appeared as a panellist at the 2017 Women of Influence Conference. When not tweeting about politics and current affairs, she is normally musing about London’s food scene or shopping.
charlotte adamson - secretary
Charlotte is an Account Manager at Cicero Group, having joined the company in 2015. She works with a range of FTSE 100 clients - predominantly in the financial services sector but also covering the legal and hospitality sectors - providing advice on political and policy developments and strategy. Charlotte also leads on legal and constitutional analysis relating to Brexit, and is Deputy Editor of Cicero’s microsite Cicero Elections.
Charlotte is involved in wider work to increase diversity and inclusion across the financial services industry. Recently this has included involvement in the organisation of Diverse City events, which are designed to raise funds for initiatives to widen access to careers in the savings and investment industry, set up following the President’s Club dinner. Charlotte has also previously volunteered with the Fawcett Society.
POLLY MARTIN - treasurer
Polly Martin accidentally found herself in public affairs. Despite always wanting to be an auctioneer, and a couple of years working in an auction house, she decided to take a chance on a long-held dream to work in Parliament. What followed were three incredible years working in the House of Lords, where she learnt the importance of good legislation, and witnessed first-hand the impact that great lobbying could have. She now works for Historic Houses, combining her passion for heritage and the arts with her love of politics.
Outside of work, Polly is also a keen runner; last year she completed a challenge to run 1017 km and has completed two half marathons. She also loves walking, spending weekends plodding along the Thames footpath, and the arts; if you want to know where the best cheap seats are in the Royal Opera House, she’s your girl. She is also partial to a spontaneous dance move, and the proud originator of the ‘conservation lunge’.
Sophie joined AXA UK’s public affairs team in October 2017 and is responsible for executing AXA’s public affairs engagement and helping the business meet its strategic objectives.
She started her career in Public Affairs at Newington Communications in 2015, where she worked with a wide range of clients, most notably in the justice and payment sectors. She also spent two months on secondment to the Association of British Insurers’ public affairs team in the summer of 2016.
Roisin leads Aviva’s digital public policy work across the UK and EU, showcasing Aviva’s innovation and representing the business with policymakers, politicians and industry bodies. She has worked at Aviva since April 2016 and prior to her current role worked on pension public policy issues and proposition development with Aviva’s Asia business.
Roisin has over seven years’ experience in policy and government affairs, spanning both agency and in-house. She has managed corporate client accounts across a mix of sectors including tech, financial services and transport. Roisin was nominated by Brummell Magazine as ‘One to Watch’ in 2018.
Roisin holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.
Rebecca is a Senior Consultant in FTI Consulting’s UK public affairs practice. She specialises in public affairs within the financial services industry, stemming from her experience representing the UK insurance and long-term savings industry at the Association of British Insurers. She has also worked as a campaigner for a major UK cancer charity.
She is passionate about gender equality, particularly within the financial services industry, and has worked with HM Treasury and a number of international businesses on the Women in Finance Charter.
In her spare time she enjoys hunting down independent restaurants in her home town of Reading, and is an avid runner to compensate.
Anna is an Associate Director at the public affairs agency Interel, which she joined in 2014. She specialises in supporting trade associations and consumer goods companies with their public affairs strategies and especially enjoys developing creative ways to engage stakeholders. Anna also provides pro bono support to Hestia, London’s largest provider of domestic abuse refuges, and she advises on the political engagement around their UK SAYS NO MORE campaign to raise awareness and increase understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Prior to joining Interel, Anna worked for another communications consultancy and has completed internships with a Labour MP in the House of Commons and Essex County Council. As well as her work with Women in Public Affairs, she also sits on the Young Consultants’ Committee of the Association of Professional Political Consultants. Outside of politics, she enjoys swing dancing, vintage shopping and sunny bike rides around east London.
Catriona is a Consultant at Lexington Communications working across financial services, retail, and third sector clients. She went into Public Affairs after studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University, and has also worked for a shadow frontbencher in the House of Commons, at the European Parliament and the Scottish Government.
Outside of work Catriona enjoys visiting family and friends in her hometown of Edinburgh, and cheering on the Scottish rugby and football teams.