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Alison Gordon MA (Oxon) MA MBA OBE is an expert in public policy and international relations. Alison co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Legal Director, in 2014. Alison served for 10 years in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2002-2012), working in senior policy positions in the Middle East, South America and South Asia. She was awarded an OBE for her work in Iraq in 2006-07. After the FCO, Alison spent two years in Asia and the US, completing an MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and Columbia University. She was awarded the HKUST Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013 after designing and launching a graduate course in Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy at HKUST. Before her time in government, Alison worked in a range of operational roles in the media and technology sectors, including strategy at the Guardian and BBC, Operations Director at Syzygy Digital Media Agency, and Content Development Director at Liberty Media’s global broadband business. She also served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Women, Peace & Security at the London School of Economics in 2015-2016.
Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM (Distinction) is a human rights lawyer with over 20 years’ experience working in human rights legal practice and policy at domestic, regional and international levels. Jane co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Executive Director, in 2014. Jane was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board (2003-2008) where she co-devised the first ever framework for monitoring the human rights compliance of the police. In 2009-2010, she was appointed Human Rights Advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s national policing protest review. Jane has litigated cases of serious human rights violations against Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights, and advised national human rights institutions, public authorities and oversight mechanisms in Jamaica, India, Malawi, Iraq, Ireland and across the UK. Between 2008-2017, Jane was a Senior Fellow at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security where she delivered LSE’s practitioner short course on Women’s Human Rights. In 2013-2014, Jane served as gender advisor/SGBV investigator with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Jane is additionally a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group.
Senior Legal Officer
Natalie Matranga is Sisters For Change Senior Legal Officer, working on programmes in the UK, Africa and Caribbean. After qualifying as a solicitor and specialising in legal-aid criminal defence work in the UK, Natalie went on to work on a range of international human rights and justice programmes in South-East Asia, including at the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights where her work focused on documenting human rights violations, monitoring standards within the criminal justice sector and conducting strategic litigation for human rights defenders, and at UNDP Myanmar where her work on rule of law and access to justice included training judges and prosecutors on human rights standards and obligations. Natalie is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of London and holds an LLM with distinction in Criminal Justice.
Programme and Policy Officer
Lydia Regan has worked at Sisters For Change since September 2017 on Sisters For Change’s programmes across the Commonwealth, India, Indonesia and the UK. Prior to joining Sisters For Change, Lydia completed a master’s degree in Global Health at the Social Policy Department of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where her studies focussed on Social Policy, Health Economics and Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes. Lydia also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University College London in Human Sciences in which her studies covered a wide range of topics, including genetics, anatomy, and biochemistry as well as subjects such as gender politics and science communication.
Laura Dalton completed a master’s in Public International Law at LSE before joining Sisters For Change as a Programme Officer. The focus of her studies was human rights, displacement and humanitarian law with particular emphasis on discrimination against women within these spheres. Laura’s LLM thesis focused on the legal protections for internally displaced women fleeing gang violence in Honduras. Prior to undertaking her LLM, Laura completed a degree in Law and Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, which sparked her interest in the relationship between law and society and the ways in which the law can be used to protect vulnerable populations. During her time in Edinburgh, she participated in the organisation and implementation of a sexual and reproductive health education programme in Kigali in collaboration with a Rwandan non-governmental organisation. She has previously worked on asylum claims and as a research assistant at King’s College London.