Founder & Director Mara Clarke has varied background with experience ranging from public relations to tech start ups to abortion activism and waiting tables. She founded Abortion Support Network between various jobs and parenting, and was part of ASN’s volunteer team for several years before having the honour of being ASN’s first paid staff person. She was ASN’s director through 2017, stepped down to a more operational role, and returned as director of ASN in January 2021. Mara can’t wait until the amazing groups campaigning for abortion law reform make ASN obsolete.
Head of Fundraising and Communications Dani Anderson joined ASN in June 2021. She looks after ASN’s fundraising activities, including working with our wonderful volunteers on individual giving, community fundraising, and trusts and foundations. She will also be working to diversify ASN’s income so we can make sure we can continue to help people get abortions. She has held various jobs in the voluntary sector in London and Edinburgh, and volunteers with sex worker rights charity Scot Pep.
Volunteer and Service Coordinator Rhianydd (Rhi) YorkWilliams joined ASN in 2015 as a volunteer on the helpline team and spent 4 years on helpline and volunteer management roles before getting her dream job as a member of ASN’s staff in 2020. She works on managing operations, movement building, and expanding the service ASN offers to more people in more places. She has been active in movements for gender equity and reproductive justice in the US and the UK since her teens and shows no signs of stopping.
Volunteer and Supporter Care Assistant Amy Bartlett is a recent graduate of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, who has worked and volunteered with a variety of charities in the past, including Teach First and Sexpression UK. Amy is an avid feminist and keenly pursues activism in variety of areas, including mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, and the climate crisis. Alongside her exciting new role with ASN, she currently volunteers on the crisis line for Shout UK and writes blog posts for Tree Aid.
Board of Trustees
Jema Davis has been working within the international development sector for a number of years. Previously at Marie Stopes International, she is currently coordinating an international abortion advocacy project focussed on West Africa. Having served two years as Secretary for ASN, she is now happy to combine sitting on ASN’s board with her other voluntary commitments.
Sarah Wootton was a founding trustee of Abortion Rights and led campaigns in reproductive rights and gender equality at the Family Planning Association and Equal Opportunities Commission. She is now CEO of Dignity in Dying, the campaign for choice at the end of life, and its sister charity Compassion in Dying, a service provider that supports people to have greater control over their deaths within existing laws.
Vicky Elliott is a human rights campaigner, organiser and activist with experience in Ireland, Belgium, France and Canada. She works and campaigns on various issues, from climate justice, to accountability in Sri Lanka, to peace and nuclear disarmament. After having an abortion in 2015, she took up running challenges to raise money for ASN and has been supporting us ever since.
Dr Paula Hamilton was born and raised on the island of Ireland. At sixteen, she started her working life as a supermarket checkout operator which she juggled with grassroots peace activism and part-time study. A passionate champion for reproductive justice and gender equality, she brings over two decades of national and international trade union movement building, leadership and governance experience. In 2020, she founded Authentic Voices, an organisation which advances women’s leadership, equity, diversity and inclusion in the trade union movement and supports women at all stages of their leadership journeys to increase their power and influence, and amplify the impact of their organisations.
Sophie Bridge lives in Islington, grew up near Manchester, and is a 30 year veteran of COO roles in top tier financial services firms across Asia and Europe. A life long feminist and believer in the fundamental right of women to own their reproductive health outcomes, she hopes that her experience in the practical financial management of successful businesses will add value to ASN.
Charlotte Fischer was a member of the ASN helpline team for six years before joining the ASN Board. Charlotte works for Citizens UK as a Senior Community Organiser and is co-Founder of feminist organisation Love & Power and antisemitism training organisation L’Taken. She brings vast experience in politics, conflict, movement and coalition building, and, of course, radical practical feminism.
Caroline Kelly is a Dubliner living in London and working as a lawyer. She sees reproductive rights as a fundamental part of a wider rights spectrum, key to women’s freedom and prosperity. ASN happily benefits from her forensic attention to detail, project management and analytic skills.
Sangeetha Navaratnam-Blair has worked and volunteered in the women’s rights sector for many years, both in the UK and internationally. She currently works in the women peace and security field, and has voluntary commitments across gender-based violence, women’s political participation, global health and is thrilled to support ASN as a host and now a trustee.
Jane St Pier has lived in Guernsey for the last 25 years, holding director/trustee positions in various charities and not-for-profit organisations, primarily in the children and young people sector. She was Chair of the Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney for six years, and also co-founded a charity offering specialist support to teenagers. She is currently a director of the Guernsey Community Foundation and also the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce. A chartered accountant, prior to her involvement in the charitable sector, Jane held senior positions in the finance industry.
Dr Sally Sheldon is Professor of Law at the University of Kent and has written widely on issues of reproductive law and ethics, with a particular focus on abortion law. She was a trustee of bpas for nine years.