Kainde is an academic and activist based in Stirling. She recently completed her PhD on the impacts of the Coalition Government's (2010-2015) welfare reform program on disabled people living in Scotland. She now works at the University of Stirling as a research fellow on a participatory research project looking at the relationship between people living with dementia and their neighborhoods. She has previously worked as Women's Officer for NUS Scotland, and for Close the Gap. In February 2017 Kainde became co-chair of Zero Tolerance alongside Natalie Masterson.
Natalie Masterson is co-chair of ZT and has been a member of the Board since 2012. Natalie is passionate about changing societal and cultural attitudes toward VAW and believes that challenging gender norms in the early years is essential in achieving change.
In her day job Natalie is the CEO of Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE), the third sector interface for the Stirling area. SVE is a membership organisation of local charities, volunteer led organisations and social enterprises. Natalie represents the third sector on the local Community Planning Partnership and Health and Social Care Partnership. Prior to SVE, Natalie was Head of Charitable Services at NUS Scotland and has experience leading national campaigns and developing activists.
Outside of work Natalie is raising her own two mini feminists, and is involved in her local community through the Parent Council.
David is a chartered accountant who worked for the Bank of Scotland for 24 years in Business and Corporate Banking. David has a number of other voluntary roles with East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health and Fields in Trust. As Treasurer, David brings financial skills and business experience to the Board.
Lisa works for the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability, where she coordinates the communication of evidence and practice of relevance to learning disability in Scotland. She has a particular interest in issues of discrimination and violence faced by women with learning disabilities. For the past four years she has also volunteered at LGBT Youth Scotland, supporting young transgender women at youth groups and peer education programmes in Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Lisa is also a member of the Abortions Rights Committee for Scotland.
Jillian first became interested in the violence against women agenda when she joined the violence against women team in the Scottish Government, where she dealt with many issues including funding, setting up the first domestic abuse court in Glasgow and supporting women with no recourse to public funds. Jillian is particularly interested in the impact of violence against women on wider society. Jillian is passionate about family and friends, and cats. In 2014 she was a kitten foster mum which left her wanting to open up her own cat sanctuary. In the meantime, Jillian plans to continue to raise awareness of all forms of violence against women and fight for equality.
Claire is an experienced community development specialist who has worked in various settings. Consulting with communities (geographical and of interest), developing long term action plans that link into local and national planning frameworks. Most recently she worked for the Cairngorms National Park Authority engaging with the 26 communities within the National Park. Previously she worked for the Rural Environmental Action Project where she developed an anti-poverty network lobbying the Scottish Government on rural poverty issues, highlighting the complex effects of poverty on women.
She has a long term passion for challenging gender inequality and violence against women and has worked as a counsellor, and mediator for Women’s Aid, Family meditation Scotland and the YWCA.
Katherine is the Violence Against Women Development Officer for the Church of Scotland and a National Policy and Practice Coordinator, with a focus on gender and employability, for Homeless Action Scotland. She also has a policy, development, strategic and training background in frontline violence against women services. Her academic background is in human rights law, with a focus on women’s rights, and she has worked on women’s rights in Ireland and in India as well as in Scotland.
Jude is the Director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre. She joined the Zero Tolerance Board in 2016 when she was Director of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH). Prior to that she worked at the national funding body for colleges and universities and has also spent time as a committee clerk in the Scottish Parliament. A feminist since her teens, she is particularly interested in issues of women’s equality in relation to arts, further and higher education and politics.
Rhona works for the Inclusion Scotland, a National Disabled People’s Organisation, coordinating their communications, information and running their digital platforms. She has previously worked as a mental health support worker, worked for the NSPCC and volunteered for Childline. Through these roles and having lived experience of a mental health problem, she has a long standing interest in mental health and the effect that gender inequality and violence against women and girls has on our mental health.