Our Staff

We have a small staff team based at our office in Cardiff.

Catherine Fookes

Catherine Fookes


Contact: catherine@wenwales.org.uk Catherine aims to grow our impact and profile as well as our membership. Her most recent role was Campaign Director at the Organic Trade Board where she helped treble the size of the organisation and accessed funding of £10m for the organic industry from the EU and companies. She has worked at ActionAid and the Soil Association as a Campaigner before joining Sustain. At Sustain, she was Co-ordinator of the Parliamentary campaign for an Organic Targets Bill. It resulted in an Action Plan for Organic Farming and greater financial support for organic farmers. She was a member of the Welsh Government’s Food And Drink Wales Industry Board. In 2008, she wrote a major report “Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie” investigating nursery school food. 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 of charities and as an active local campaigner.

Hilary Watson

Hilary Watson

Policy and Communications Officer

Contact: hilary@wenwales.org.uk

Hilary has worked in the Welsh third sector for over a decade, starting her career as a science communicator and, most recently, as the Policy and Research Officer at Welsh Women’s Aid, lobbying for better provisions for survivors of all forms of violence against women in Wales.

Her early feminism was fuelled by a lifelong love of art and literature and the works of inspiring women from across the globe, whose narratives weaved their way into her daily life as she grew up in S E Wales.

In September 2017, she attended the European Women’s Lobby’s 3rd young feminist summer school AGORA in Brussels and connected with a network of feminist activists from across Europe. She is passionate about women’s equality, LGBT+ rights and intersectional feminism.

Sarah Sweeney

Sarah Sweeney

Mentoring Officer

Contact: mentoring@wenwales.org.uk

Sarah has worked in Equality and Diversity since retraining in 2010. Sarah has seen first-hand through her work with BME communities, asylum seekers and refugees, the effects of inequality for underrepresented groups in Wales. In 2017, Sarah took on the role of Chair of Cardiff City of Sanctuary, a network of organisations committed to making Cardiff a place of Sanctuary for those fleeing persecution.

Prior to her retraining, Sarah has worked in the global independent music industry and as a DJ. Whilst working in the music industry, Sarah experienced deep gender inequalities and lack of representation. She supports women trying to get into the industry and still enjoys playing her vinyl when she gets a chance.

Sarah took part in the 2018 WEN Mentoring scheme, and is passionate about helping other women in their mission to become involved in public or political life and playing her part in the growth of the women’s movement in Wales.