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. Mara served as ASN’s director through 2017, stepped down to focus on a more operational role, and returned as director of ASN in January 2021. Until the amazing groups campaigning for abortion law reform make ASN obsolete, she’ll continue to work towards a world where “I can’t afford to have an abortion” isn’t the only reason someone becomes a parent.
Operations and New 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.
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.
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.
Holly Christie has spent nearly a decade in fundraising for a range of charities from different sectors. She supports a range of feminist causes and is particularly delighted to be able to put her flair for organisation and governance to use as the Secretary for ASN as well as helping with some fundraising!
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.
Charlotte Fischer was a member of the ASN helpline team for six years before joining the AS 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.
Andrew Moffatt was born and raised in Northern Ireland and hopes his experience across a wide range of health and social care charities will be of use to ASN. He has been working in fundraising and communications in the charity sector for over 25 years.
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. Sarah is a passionate advocate for personal autonomy and progressive liberal reform and recently co-authored the book, ‘Last Rights: The case for assisted dying’, published by Biteback as part of their ‘Provocations’ series of short polemics on contemporary issues.