Katie Ghose - CEO, Women’s Aid

Katie Ghose joined Women’s Aid as Chief Executive on 17 July 2017. Katie, a barrister and campaigner, joins Women’s Aid after seven years as Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). During her time at ERS, Katie led the transformation of the Society into the UK’s leading campaigner and commentator on democracy; pioneered the UK’s first citizens’ assemblies to engage new audiences in politics and launched the Society’s operations in Northern Ireland.

Previously, Katie was Director of the British Institute of Human Rights (2005-2010), where she pioneered initiatives to bring human rights to life for everyone in the UK. In 2009 she was awarded Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Lawyers’ Association. From 2006-08 Katie was an independent commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission where she helped to conduct the country’s largest ever independent review of the asylum system.

Katie has a track-record of women’s rights advocacy: as an immigration barrister representing women fleeing violence and persecution; leading Age UK’s parliamentary lobbying for older women’s rights at work and in public services and ERS as a leading campaigner for gender equality in politics and public life. Katie’s first book, Beyond the Courtroom: A Lawyer’s Guide to Campaigning was published by Legal Action Group in 2005.

Katie will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Domestic Violence and the Family Courts (Sunday lunchtime)