Catherine Mayer, Co-founder and President
Catherine Mayer, an author and journalist, co-founded the Women’s Equality Party. She is also co-founder of Primadonna Festival and co-curator of the Death Festival. Her books include Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! In 2022, WH Allen/Penguin published a new, substantially updated edition of her bestselling biography of the Prince of Wales, Charles: The Heart of a King.
She served as the elected President of the Foreign Press Association in London from 2003-2005. She is on the founding committee of WOW—the Women of the World festival. She was a judge for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction. The winner of the FPA Story of the Year in 2010 and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize the following year, she has also been named in Total Politics’ Top Political Journalists, WIE Women in Excellence 2013, Progress 1000 Evening Standard Equality Champion 2016, Oxford University Suffrage Champion 2018, Gender Equality Top 100: Most Influential People in Global Policy 2018 and, with Sandi Toksvig, NatWest Spirit of Everywoman Award 2018.
After the death of her husband, the musician Andy Gill, she took on his unfinished projects, releasing two EPs by his band Gang of Four, and acting as executive producer for a tribute album, The Problem of Leisure: A celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four featuring globally famous musicians. She continues to manage his estate and run his recording studio.
Chris Paouros, Chair of the Executive Committee
Chris is a highly strategic business and charity leader, specialising in the growth of small organisations on a global scale. Chris is a Trustee of Kick It Out, football’s Equality and Inclusion organisation; Just Like Us, an LGBT+ charity for young people; is on the Board of the Football Supporters’ Association and Non-Executive Director of Leaders Unlocked, a social enterprise giving young people a voice.
Chris is of the firm belief that the Women's Equality Party is the only answer to our broken political system and a feminist analysis and solution-focus is the way to fix it.
Annie has spent a long career in media and advertising ultimately running a global business.
She is passionate about women's rights and equality, and believes in the importance of supporting and mentoring young women. the Women's Equality Party is a natural home.