Executive Committee - Women's Equality

Executive Committee

Executive Committee



Bea Gare

Bea Gare is a former British Diplomat.  In mid-career she undertook a PhD in biological sciences and rejoined the FCO after a short stint running her own Environmental Consultancy.  Her work in the FCO concentrated on multilateral arms control including 5 years in Vienna at the British delegation to the OSCE.

Bea joined WEP in 2016.  A lifetime of watching Westminster politics led her to the only party with policies on equality and PR as part of their manifesto. 


Catherine Mayer, President

Catherine is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist with a career spanning The Economist, the German news weekly FOCUS and TIME magazine. Her most recent book 'Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!' includes the story of why in 2015 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party. She served as elected president of the Foreign Press Association in London, is on the founding committee of WOW - The Women of the World Festival and was a judge for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is the Executive Director of the think tank, Datum Future.

Catherine is the President of the Women’s Equality Party.


Chris Paouros 

Chris is a business and charity leader, specialising in the growth of small organisations. Chris is a Trustee of Just Like Us, an LGBT+ charity for young people; Non-Executive Director of Leaders Unlocked, a social enterprise giving young people a voice and has recently been appointed to the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board. 

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.    


Yvonne Thompson CBE

Yvonne is an entrepreneur working  in the Communications, Marketing and PR industry. She has advised corporates, public sector, educational establishments and government, developing a reputation as an activist and a campaigner for supporting women and minorities in business.

In 2003 she received a CBE in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours List for her work with small business, women and minorities.  In 2005 she received a doctorate for her work with women and minorities in small businesses and supporting entrepreneurs from London Metropolitan University, and in 2015 she received her second doctorate for work in Global Diversity and Equality from Plymouth University. In 2015 she published her first book, “7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards". A book promoting greater gender diversity in company boardrooms.


Annie Rickard

Annie Rickard spent most of her career in advertising and media. She was a co-founder of Posterscope in 1983 and left in March 2018. During that time, she built a global network with 57 offices in 34 countries. 

Annie is passionate about gender equality; having developed multiple initiatives to mentor and teach women globally during her time as Posterscope's Global Executive, she is a champion of direct action as the only way to ensure women's voices are heard. Annie is also a keen learner and is dedicated to improving diversity within the party. She is a founding member of WEP and is also part of the WEP Development Committee. She lives in London with her two children, Thomas and Elizabeth, and (most importantly) their cat, Ida.


Francesca Pridding

Francesca Pridding is a lawyer and a town clerk from rural Mid-Wales hoping to change the world for women with the help of her twin 18-year-old daughters. 

She is passionate about equality in every aspect but particularly politics, sport, and education.



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