WEN Staff

Our small team are based at our Cardiff office and are all available to speak at events on request.

  • Catherine Fookes


    Catherine joined WEN Wales as Director in 2018. Catherine is responsible for the overall strategic direction of WEN Wales and pushing forward WEN’s vision of a transformed Wales, free from gender discrimination. Her previous role was Campaign Director at the Organic Trade Board where she helped treble the size of the organisation and raised funding of £10m for the organic industry. She has also worked as a Campaigner at ActionAid the Soil Association and Sustain and has sat on various Government boards.

    Catherine is passionate about gender equality and has tried to ensure this is at the heart of everything she does both in work and outside of work as a school governor, as a trustee and as an active local campaigner.

  • Hilary Watson

    Policy Officer

    Hilary has worked in the Welsh third sector for over a decade, starting her career as a science communicator and then at Welsh Women’s Aid, lobbying for better provisions for survivors of all forms of violence against women. At WEN Wales, Hilary leads our policy work, including our work on ‘CEDAW’ – the UN’s Bill of Women’s Rights. She also co-ordinates our Gender Network.

    Her early feminism was fuelled by a love of art and literature and the works of inspiring women, whose narratives weaved their way into her daily life as she grew up in South East Wales. In September 2017, Hilary attended the European Women’s Lobby’s young feminist summer school ‘AGORA’ in Brussels and connected with a European network of feminist activists. She is passionate about women’s equality, LGBT+ rights and intersectional feminism.

    Hilary Watson Policy and Research Officer
  • Sarah Sweeney

    Mentoring Officer

    Sarah has worked in equality and diversity since retraining in 2010 and has seen the effects of inequality for underrepresented groups in Wales through her work with BME communities, asylum seekers and refugees. At WEN Wales, Sarah leads our mentoring projects, getting more women into political and public life.

    In 2017 Sarah became Chair of Cardiff City of Sanctuary, a network of organisations committed to making Cardiff a place of sanctuary for those fleeing persecution. Sarah previously worked as a DJ in the global independent music industry and experienced gender inequality.  She supports women trying to get into the industry and enjoys playing her vinyl.

    In 2018, Sarah was a mentee on the WEN mentoring scheme and is passionate about playing her part in the growth of the women’s movement in Wales.