Founder & Director Mara Clarke has a 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.
Fundraising and Communications Manager 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 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 for Tree Aid, writing blog posts for their website and creating social media content.
Board of Trustees
Charlotte Fischer (Chair) 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.
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 (Secretary) 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.
Sophie Bridge (Treasurer) 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.
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.