Our board

Jude Henderson - Chair

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.

Pauline Cowan - Treasurer

Pauline Cowan is treasurer of Zero Tolerance and has been a member of the Board since 2020.

Katherine Gilmour - Secretary

Katherine is the Gender Justice Officer at the Church of Scotland and leads their work on gender equality and violence against women. Katherine has a background in third sector policy, development and training work in front line violence against women services as well as homelessness and children's organisations. Katherine's academic background is in human rights law, with a particular focus on legal theory and women's rights. She joined the board in 2016 and has a particular interest in developing participative ways of working, strengthening partnerships outwith the violence against women sector and challenging structural injustice.

Rhona Wilder

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.

Nicola McCallum

Nicola works in Policy and Strategic Planning at the University of Stirling. Her remit includes Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter that recognises the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for women employed in higher education and research. She previously had policy, communications and public affairs roles with Colleges Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Nicola’s academic background is in Politics and Public Policy. She has a strong commitment to equality, especially women’s labour market equality, women in education, and LGBT rights. She is active in a number of voluntary roles in pursuit of that commitment.

Deborah Russo

Deborah is a Solicitor in England & Wales with over 14 years’ experience in the human rights, public law and prison law fields. She is currently undertaking the MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to her move to Edinburgh, Deborah was co-Director of the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) in London, a position she held for five years. She was previously the lead solicitor in women prisoners’ casework at PAS for nine years, identifying strategic issues with a disproportionate impact on women prisoners. She continues to be involved with PAS as a Consultant. Deborah is also the founder of the Women Prisoners’ Justice Group in England, which she continues to lead, and a member of the Women for Justice Group in Scotland.

Jo Laidlaw

Jo is a self-employed writer, communicator and editor who has worked with many of the UK’s leading organisations in a freelance capacity over the past ten years. Before this, she worked in communications for RBS. A life-long feminist, Jo lives in South Queensferry with her husband and son and is delighted by this opportunity to make a practical contribution to the work of Zero Tolerance.

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