Sophia is a multi-award winning campaigner and diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with over 12 years of experience working across press, rights advice, policy, and community engagement. She was recently named a ‘Charity Leader to Watch in 2023’ by Charity Times, and ‘Campaigner of the Year 2022’ by the Burberry British Diversity Awards. She is passionate about building truly inclusive organisations, services and societies.
Sophia spends most of her time as a trainer, auditor, strategic advisor and interim leader supporting organisations to become more inclusive and intersectional. She is also a mother, a board member of a children’s disability charity, and a postgraduate law student.
Aside from parenting, campaigning and studying, in her spare time, Sophia is an avid Salsa, Bachata and Flamenco dancer. To balance this out, she has recently taken up yoga.
Kay Wesley is a ‘disruptor for good’. She is a Maths graduate and Marketing post-graduate, and founder of 10-year-old Kanga Health Ltd, a full-service international digital agency working in healthcare which has won numerous awards and accolades including being praised for its “absolutely tremendous culture living and breathing their core values of equality, diversity and inclusion”. Prior to Kanga, Kay held several senior roles in organisations (including multinationals) within the healthcare and digital sectors.
Kay lives in Congleton with husband Mike and has four grown up-sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. Kay has been a School Governor, Beaver Scout Leader, and Publicity Manager for the local amateur youth theatre. She plays the cello and enjoys walking, tennis, and yoga. She has organised protests locally outside the MP’s office about women’s reproductive rights and the state of the NHS, and attended national protests about childcare and Brexit.
Kay founded the Cheshire East Branch of WEP in 2015 and was elected to Congleton Town Council in 2019 with 33% of voters selecting WEP. She was re-elected in 2023. Kay has accumulated an extraordinary portfolio of achievements since being elected a councillor including, but far from limited to: establishing the first local domestic abuse service in Congleton; writing a new Equality Policy for the Council, and ensuring the latest Business Plan has equality as a core objective; and initiating a number of projects on disability inclusion in Congleton. Her work in Congleton is an extraordinary example of what just one WEP representative can achieve.
She regularly blogs about her work in and around the Council at: https://wepcongleton.com/category/council-work/kays-work/
Kay joined the Women’s Equality Party in July 2015.
Harriet is an active member of the Camden Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
Board. Her involvement in this board (established in 2022) came about in response to an inquiry led by the Camden Women's Forum to address VAWG in Camden. She is mindful of the sobering statistic that 1 in 4 women in England and Wales will encounter domestic abuse in their lifetime and many of her fellow group members have their own lived experiences. Her political alignment is with the Women's Equality Party, where she finds resonance with their national commitment to ending violence against women.
As a founder, Harriet operates independently as a Young Parent Consultant. Her services encompass public speaking, research, and content writing, with a primary focus on projects related to young parents aged 25 and under. She is resolute in her dedication to the Women's Equality Party's mission to achieve equitable parenting and caregiving responsibilities. She is a single parent to a 'tweenage' daughter, a role that she views as both extraordinary and challenging, as it presents its own set of difficulties as well as remarkable moments. This unique aspect of her life further underscores her commitment to advocating for women's equality.
She co-authored the Young Parents in London: Living with Precariousness report (2018) for Partnership for Young London and 4in10 - a campaigning network of 400 London organisations working to improve the lives of the 4 in 10 children living in poverty in the capital.
You can hear her talk about her own personal experience of birth trauma as a black woman in Episode 4: ‘Birth’ of the Audible series The Bias Diagnosis (2021), where she highlights the fact that black mothers are more likely than white women in the UK to die during pregnancy, childbirth and in the first 6 weeks of giving birth.
She supported Barnardo’s on their Care-Experienced Parents Unite for Change Report (2022) which was formed because parents’ voices were largely absent in a lot of Barnardo’s research.
In recent times, Harriet's interests have led her toward the realms of mind-body healing and holistic healthcare. Her personal journey, shaped by her experience in healing from eczema and topical steroid addiction, has transformed her into a skin influencer, educator, and advocate for Topical Steroid Withdrawal. Beyond her professional endeavours, Harriet enjoys engaging in DIY projects and is currently pursuing her studies at college, enrolled in an all-women's construction course. Harriet joined the Women’s Equality Party in January 2022.