Who We Are

Rooms of our Own is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise. We are a company limited by guarantee established in September 2012. We are accepted as a charitable company for tax purposes and gift aid by HM Revenue and Customs.


Stella Creasy MP

Stella Creasy MP


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Wendy Davis  Wendy trained in architecture and worked for local authorities, housing associations and private practices on housing, schools and community centres. Wendy was one of the first access officers in the UK and was involved in devising guidelines and solutions to create access for disabled people to public buildings. Most recently Wendy was director of Women’s Design Service which researched and campaigned on gender issues in the built environment. Wendy is the founding Director of Rooms of Our Own. Wendy has been involved in numerous feminist and other campaigns, and, in the words of Feminism in London, will be “a post-feminist in the post-patriarchy”.


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Nabila Pathan Nabila is a Founder and Chair of The Full Picture Club, a monthly news club where women gather to discuss the issues making headlines on a national and global scale.She has previously hosted Press TV’s flagship discussion series Women’s Voice; and has presented on community radio series Talk Back, championing Muslim female role models in Britain. She also contributes articles to several publications, including emel, International Woman Month, Huffington Post, Al Arabiya English and also edits the Word Player.









Karen Flint  Karen is an experienced businesswoman and event organiser. Karen is the founder of New Directions Partnership (a business networking organisation) and delivers the very successful North East London Expo every year.










Jennette Arnold  London Assembly Member for Waltham Forest, Hackney and Haringey


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Lorraine Hart  Locality Adviser via Community Land Use


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Anne Thorne The Rooms of Our Own board is advised on building and architecture matters by Anne Thorne Architects. ATAP is an award winning with a strong reputation for user involvement and working imaginatively and collaboratively with clients. ATAP designs new-build and retrofit sustainable projects; their portfolio includes community buildings, housing, education and children’s buildings, urban studies and masterplans.

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Hayley Waddington Hayley assists Rooms of Our Own in defining our legal needs and acts as a liaison between the organisation and the professional advisors we work with.  She has worked with numerous charities and not-for-profit organisations previously, including on domestic violence initiatives and the provision of advocacy support services for minority groups.  She is currently a trainee solicitor with international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna LLP.

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Sylvie Pierce Sylvie is a property developer, director of Earth Regeneration and previously a local authority chief executive.

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Sharon Matthew worked with community groups on building related issues for over 20 years at Community Matters

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Jeryl Whitelock Professor of Marketing