The GEC Steering Group
Meet The GEC Steering Group. The Steering Group is made up of people with particular skills, expertise and experience who will help shape The GEC strategy.
Please contact us if you would like to be a member.
Graham Andre is a primary school teacher working on the Isle of Wight.
He has always worked in the education sector, starting as a teaching assistant and having various roles before doing a part-time degree and completing his GTP six years ago.
Most recently Graham was seen working with his class on the (now BAFTA nominated!) BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’. Through this documentary he has been invited to speak on national TV and live events to talk about its impact.
James Millar is a journalist, author, podcaster and feminist.
He started the @GenderDiary Twitter account with his partner, Ros Ball, charting all the tiny ways their son and daughter were treated differently because of their sex. That led to The Gender Agenda, published July 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
His second book, Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting will be published in autumn this year by Ortega Press.
A mum of 3 and Deputy Head Teacher of a large primary school in Northumberland.
Caroline has been teaching for over 20 years and specialises in literacy. She is currently completing a masters degree in Leading in Education. She is involved with both @WomenEd and @WomenEdNW
Over recent years she has become increasingly concerned about the gender disparity in education and the impact this will continue to have on future generations unless we make a change.
Gillian is a parent, Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Lecturer. She has extensive experience of working with individuals with communication needs and is particularly interested in the way that role models, environments and opportunities can shape the attitudes and behaviours of young people.
Having been bombarded by gender-specific marketing since becoming a parent (suggestions of gender-reveal parties, princesses vs. pirates and pink or blue everything), she is keen to explore an alternative route and is therefore excited to be part of the GEC initiative.
Jordan has been teaching for 13 years and is a dad to 4 year old twins. Working alongside psychology researchers from the University of Kent Jordan led a pilot program for ‘Gender Neutral Teaching’ across 10 classes which is being rolled out across the school.
Jordan believes passionately that every child, regardless of their biology or background, should be able to follow their dreams and realise their potential, and that it is down to us to smash all barriers (including gender stereotypes) that stand in their way.
Sophie de Albuquerque
Sophie de Albuquerque is a writer and editor based in London. Starting out at an agency, she went on to become JustGiving’s content editor, and now works as a freelance copywriter with businesses and charities. She has helped rewrite websites for Cancer Research UK, The National Autistic Society and MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
As a parent, she started researching and gathering children’s books that support gender equality, to share with other parents, carers and teachers.
Aidan is a Marketing Manager in Financial Services. Aidan is heavily involved in the Gender Equality Matters committee at Nationwide Building Society where Aidan organises events like mentoring workshops and talks on topics such as Wellbeing and Shared Parental Leave.
Aidan believes in making sure everyone has the opportunity to be as good as they possibly can be. His aim is to help businesses to understand and counteract gender bias.
Dr Jo Kandola
Dr Jo Kandola is a business psychologist and MCIPD professional with extensive experience in the areas of diversity and unconscious bias. Jo is the founder of The Bias Gym, a business that applies scientific research to help diminish bias within organisations. She has particular expertise on the subject of gender bias and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book on this subject - 'The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work'. Her PhD involved research looking at implicit and explicit gender attitudes and whether these are predictive of workplace gender discrimination.
David is an internationally-known freelance consultant and researcher on gender equality, masculinities and fatherhood, offering strategic support, training and leadership coaching to statutory and third sector service providers.
He is now a consultant for the Good Lad Initiative, after being National Director and overseeing the merging of Great Men and IMAGINE projects into GLI. In the past, David co-founded the Fatherhood Institute, the UK's fatherhood think tank and was Chief Executive of the White Ribbon Campaign.