In her professional life Anna has acquired a wide range of organisational and administrative skills.  She was the General Secretary/Director of the Associated Countrywomen of the World, an international charity and non-governmental organisation, with responsibility for the overall administration of its London-based head office. Anna has also worked as an administrator at the University of London’s Institute of Education which brought her into daily contact with postgraduate students and academic staff. Other employment includes: archive work for the University of London, Warburg Institute, fundraising events organiser for the Leukaemia Research Fund. 


Admitted to practice as a solicitor in Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales. Alicia is a lawyer and currently a partner at McDermott Will and Emery, with over 25 years’ experience advising companies and their boards or financiers on strategic legal, commercial and financial issues. She has a particular interest in women’s equality and charities working to improve the position of women in disadvantaged situations. She.  She believes that education for women is one of the most critical social issues globally and that it is important that more women achieve senior academic and corporate positions.

Jane is a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Southampton. Her teaching and research is about glaciers, sediments and the Ice Age, as well using Sensor Networks to monitor the environment. She has experience in numerous leadership roles including external examiner of PhD and undergraduate programmes, academic appointment boards and grant committees. 

Rachael is currently a consultant in the field of urban geography. Previously she lectured at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and has been involved in research throughout her professional life. She has been a member of a number of committees and boards and is committed to women having the chance to maximise their educational potential.



Sam is a senior investment banker who grew up and later worked in India. He has been involved in the world of investments since starting his career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.  He has worked with clients, including charities, on managing their investment portfolios and brings this expertise to the Board of FfWG. Through both his time in India and personal experience he believes strongly in the need for achieving equality of educational opportunity between the sexes.



Cynthia is the BFWG representative on the FfWG Board of Governors responsible for the liaison between the Governors and the Federation. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Science Communication at Chester University and the first Chair of Geo-conservation in the world. Her interest and one of her research paths is women and education. She believes in providing women who are in any way disadvantaged, with the means to fulfil their potential. She is a continuing member of the FfWG Grant Committee.


Barrister, who recently sat as a Tribunal Judge. She has extensive experience of BFWG at all levels and served as Vice -President of the International Federation (formerly IFUW now GWI) attending board meetings in Geneva. She is on a UN roster, has a particular interest in migrant women and equality issues and is Patron of four Charities.  She is the current President of BFWG.

​CAROLYN CARR, MA (Oxon), DPhil.  

Carolyn is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. Her research interests include cardiac physiology and metabolism, with a particular focus on cardiac progenitor cells. She is the current chair of the Grant Committee.

JAMES BEARDMORE, BSc, FIA. Current appointed Chairman of the FfWG, James has 30 years’ experience in financial services with insurance companies and consultancies.  He advises pension scheme trustees on investments and funding and has extensive contacts in the higher education and social housing sectors. James is a consulting actuary.