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TRIGGER at Birkbeck is managed by a board of 12 staff, including academics and employees from the School of Science, School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI) and Human Resources. The board monitors the progress of the project, assures synergies in promoting and undertaking the activities, and reviews plans. Helen Lawton Smith, Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management, is leading Birkbeck’s participation in the project. The board includes:

  • Andrew Atter, internationally recognized change expert with project experience in 26 countries around the world. He has specialized in mentoring and coaching women at Board level and for two years conducted the ‘Successful Women In Management’ programme for the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland. He will be in charge of the Development Centres.
  • Belinda Brooks-Gordon. Assistant Dean for Equalities at the Birkbeck School of Science. She specialises in psychological, legal and social policy questions on gender, rights, sexuality and the law.
  • Hilary Downes, Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She is the Chair of the UK Geochemistry Group. She is a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, and a former Vice-President of The Geological Society. She has a long-standing interest in the under-representation of women in Earth Science.
  • Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Researcher, Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, Stanford University. He is Principal Investigator of several studies of women in science and technology sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and the European Union’s Science and Society Programme. He is co-author of Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Gender Dynamics of Science and Technology. He is President of the Triple Helix Association and co-founder of its international conference series which has a significant gender component.
  • Stephen Frosh (Chair of Management Board), Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychosocial Studies, and Pro-Vice-Master, Birkbeck. His academic work has focused on helping to establish the new discipline of psychosocial studies. His writing pays particular attention to issues of gender and identity and of their relationship to developments in social life, and more recently to questions of otherness and racist hate.
  • Jennifer Fraser, Deputy Director, Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching, Birkbeck. Her research interests lie in learning experiences, critical pedagogies and gender studies.  In particular, she is interested in how groups or individuals who are at the margins of interpretive power claim authority to speak, what means and mediations they use to establish themselves as social actors and the role learning can play in these processes.
  • Wendy Hein, Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck. Her research focuses on gender and consumer cultures, and she has mainly published from her ethnographic study of young men’s consumption practices, including methodological issues and the role of technology for overcoming gender differences.
  • Colette Henry, Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. Prior to this, Colette held the Norbrook Chair in Business & Enterprise at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. She is also a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University (UK).
  • Nicholas Keep, Executive Dean of the School of Science, Birkbeck. He is a protein crystallographer, a field where traditionally women have been well represented. His research concentrates on proteins involved in muscular dystrophy and Tuberculosis dormancy.
  • Alexandra Poulovassilis, Professor of Computer Science and Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement) in the BEI School. Her research interests are in information management, integration and personalisation. She is Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab, a multi-disciplinary research collaboration with the Institute of Education explores the ways in which digital technologies and new media are shaping the future of knowledge and learning. She is the BEI representative on the Birkbeck Athena SWAN project.
  • Anita Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Work-Based Learning, Department of Management. She is an expert in designing academic programmes which are based on the experiential learning gained through activities in the workplace.