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.
Claire Ross - Vice-Chair
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.
Natalie Masterson - Treasurer
Natalie Masterson is treasurer 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.
Kainde is an academic and activist based in Stirling, and has been a member of the board since 2010. She currently works at the University of Stirling researching the relationship between people living with dementia and their neighbourhoods. Her previous roles have included Women's Officer for NUS Scotland, and Development Officer at Close the Gap. A lifelong feminist, Kainde is particularly interested in the intersections between gender and other protected characteristics including race and disability. The mother of two young boys she is also passionate about how to raise feminist allies, improving access to childcare, and the distribution of emotional labour within households. Kainde served as Co-Chair of Zero Tolerance alongside Natalie Masterson between 2017 and 2018.
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.
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 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.