Staff & Volunteers
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Ali Harris (Chief Executive) took up her post in September 2015. Previously she was Head of Equality Strategy at Citizens Advice, where she championed equality within the national organisation and network of over 300 bureaux in all aspects of its work: advice, research and campaigns. Under her leadership on equality, Citizens Advice has made advice on discrimination part of its core offer to clients, and pioneered new ways to support clients to get help for Gender Violence and Abuse, increasing the disclosure rate from 0.8% to 24%. Ali has over 20 years’ experience in challenging senior roles for a range of organisations like Stonewall and Oxfam. From tackling racism and homophobia, to persuading humanitarian agencies to treat disability as a human rights issue in war-torn Bosnia, Ali brings a breadth of understanding of community-specific issues, coupled with in-depth experience of pan-equality and social justice.
Nicky Hawkins (Communications Director) Nicky leads Equally Ours, working with different organisations to communicate human rights positively.
Nicky has led communications and campaigns for a range of charities including Friends of the Earth and Save the Children. Most recently she headed up the media team at Sustrans where she championed the cycling revolution and campaigned for safer streets for everyone.
Gay Moon (Equality and Diversity Forum Fellow) is a solicitor and an independent adviser on equality law policy. Gay is EDF’s Special Legal Advisor, a position that was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust until July 2015. She is a Director and former Chair of the Discrimination Law Association (DLA) and Chair of the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN). Gay was previously Head of the Equality Project at JUSTICE, and prior to that she worked for 20 years at Camden Community Law Centre, where she took the leading European equality case R v Secretary of State for Employment ex parte Seymour Smith to the European Court of Justice. Gay has organized many conferences, written numerous articles and chapters on equality law. She is a co-author of the European Commission’s Ius Commune European Common Law Casebook ‘Cases, Materials and Texts on National, Supranational and International Non- Discrimination Law’, published by Hart Publications. She was previously Editor of the DLA Briefings for eight years.
Chris Pike (Programmes Assistant) joined EDF in January 2016. Before that, Chris was an elected sabbatical officer covering Welfare and Equal Opportunities at Oxford University Student Union, and worked on policy, campaigns, and communications for the National Autistic Society.
Chris’ personal passions regarding equality and diversity are in the area of disability issues, particularly around autism and mental health, as well as focussing on the importance of intersectionality and joint working between different marginalised groups.