Advisory Group

Alice de Coverley

Barrister. Chambers: 3PB Barristers

Alice is predominantly an education and public law specialist. She has dealt with a number of matters, including discrimination claims brought under the Equality Act 2010 and has advised on safeguarding in a number of settings as a consequence of her ongoing work with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA).

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Barrister. Great James Street Chambers

Amanda is a specialist in immigration and public law. She has advised and appeared in numerous immigration matters in the Court of Appeal, and in the Administrative Court on appeals, judicial review and injunctions. Amanda is also instructed on matters related to sex-based and gender reassignment protections under the Equality Act 2010.

Clara Creed

Professor Clara Greed

Dept of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England in Bristol

Clara is semi-retired but remains active in research, writing and campaigning. Her activities are focused on the built environment, architecture, planning and urban social issues. Clare has become infamous for her research and publications on the importance of public toilet provision within the context of urban design and the social aspects of planning. 

Dr Emma Hilton

Developmental Biologist, University of Manchester

Emma is a developmental biologist studying aspects of human genetic diseases, and her current research focusses on a congenital motor neurone disease affecting the genitourinary tract, and on respiratory dysfunction in cystic fibrosis. She teaches reproduction, genes, inheritance and genetic disorders. Emma has a special interest in fairness in female sports. 

Dr Jane-Clare Jones

Independent Scholar

Dr Jane Clare Jones is a writer and philosopher specialised in feminism. She has written extensively on issues at the intersection of feminism, politics and culture. She is the Founder of The Institute of Feminist Thought, where she also teaches.

Professor Jo Phoenix

Social Policy & Criminology, Open University

Jo is Chair of Criminology. Her current research interests include gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics. 

Linda Bellos

Linda Bellos, OBE

Equalities Activist

I have been a lesbian and a feminist for 40 years and I have been a proud African and Jewish human being all my life. I wrote and stand by a paper called the Limitations of Identity Politics in 1983. I care passionately that all humans are of equal value but am willing to argue for that equality. I became active in the Labour Party after Margaret Thatcher won her second election and I recognised the damage she was doing to women and Black people. I brought my feminist politics into the Labour Party to fight for equality for all.

Maureen O-Hara

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Coventry University

Maureen’s main teaching areas are family and criminal law. Her practice experience as a solicitor was mainly in child and family, immigration and housing law. She is an accredited child safeguarding trainer, and has previously been employed as a child safeguarding training co-ordinator for a local authority. Maureen has also worked as a policy officer with responsibility for child safeguarding policy at a national children’s charity. Her research focusses on the law relating to violence against women and children.

Maya Forstater

Dr Maya Forstater

Researcher and writer on business and sustainable development

Maya lost her job at an international development think tank for writing and tweeting about the difference between sex and gender, and the risks of gender self-ID for women’s rights. She is in the process of making an employment tribunal claim which will be a test case about the protected characteristic of belief. 

Professor Michelle Moore

Professor Michelle Moore

Head, Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility, School of Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University
Honorary Professor, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Michele is an expert in inclusive education and disability studies and leads human rights projects across the world to support children, their families and those who work with them. She is Editor in Chief of the world-leading journal Disability & Society. Author, editor and contributor to many books including ‘Transgender Children and Young People, Born in Your Own Body’ and ‘Inventing Transgender Children and Young People’.

Professor Sophie Scott

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Sophie’s current research concerns the neurobiology of speech perception, including the evolution of speech, the difference between intelligibility and comprehension, and profiles of recovery in aphasia. This research links to her work on dyslexia.

Michael Biggs

Professor Michael Biggs

Dept of Sociology, University of Oxford

Michael is a sociologist who studies social movements, from strike waves in the 19th century to the London riots of 2011. His research on the transgendering of children featured in the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph and on BBC Newsnight. Michael’s updated paper on the topic can be seen here.

Michael Conroy

Michael Conroy

Director, Men At Work Organisation

Michael has worked in Secondary Education for 14 years. This work includes delivering dialogue-based programmes with young men, and training staff who work with them, with the aim of deconstructing and dismantling sexism.

Richard Garside

Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Richard is the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. He is lead author of the Centre’s keynote annual publication: UK Justice Policy. Richard is also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University.