Meet the team

ROSA, the UK fund for women and girls

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Samantha Rennie
Executive Director

Samantha’s career has focused on promoting social justice in the UK and internationally, particularly through setting up and running funding programmes. She has held senior roles with the Lottery, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund as well as board and senior advisory positions with London Funders and Comic Relief. She recently set up and ran the Government’s £20M Homeless Transition Fund with Homeless Link.

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Marilyn List
Interim Chair

Marilyn List is chair of The List Family Foundation Limited (LFFL) and its USA based affiliate, which has focused its efforts on initiatives that help women and girls since it was founded in 2002.

Marilyn’s background is in health care and education and she has been involved in the voluntary sector for many years, holding leadership positions with Junior League of London, Junior League of Denver, Young Patronesses of the Opera (Miami). She is committed to efforts that focus on the needs of women and girls because she believes this sector tends to be under resourced by traditional funding sources and because efforts in this space can often produce extraordinary benefits.

Through LFFL, Marilyn made the research happen that showed how vital Rosa’s role is in the UK, and has provided grants totalling some £1,000,000 to UK and USA based organisations that benefit women and girls.

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Ruth Pearson
Trustee

Ruth is a Professor of Development Studies at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include gender and work in the global economy; home-based work and workers organisations; gendered analysis of production and social reproduction; migrant workers and identity (Burma, Thailand, UK); gender and economic transition (Cuba); money (micro credit, community currencies); hypothecated taxation; gender and development policy and prospects.

Ruth has considerable experience of management of voluntary sector organisations in the UK and internationally, currently or previously serving on the boards of War on Want, the Women’s Employment Enterprise and Training Unit, the Women’s Health Information Support Services and the Association of Women’s Rights in Development. She joined Rosa’s board in January 2011.

Eva Neitzert
Trustee

Eva has extensive experience of working in senior roles to further social justice and gender equality. She is currently working with the Women’s Budget Group and was previously the Deputy CEO at the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaign for gender equality. Eva has a background in feminist economics and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, where she has also lectured. She is one of the Commissioners for the LSE Gender, Inequality and Power Commission.

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Sharon Malhi
Trustee

Sharon is a lawyer in the Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice of the international and magic circle law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

She has experience of engaging with a number of corporate and commercial clients across a range of industries, as well as of engaging with the European Commission, the UK Courts and regulatory bodies and other regulatory enforcement agencies around the world.

Sharon is passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She proudly co-chairs the Freshfields Women’s Network and engages regularly with other business networks for women across the city.

Linda McDowell
Trustee

Linda is an academic geographer at Oxford University. Her research interests include the changing nature of women’s waged and unwaged work in the UK, migration and social inequality. She has been active in several initiatives to support women in UK universities and until recently was the chair of the Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies that provides financial support for students from World Bank countries
B and C to study in Europe and North America. In January 2016 she was appointed CBE. She joined the ROSA board in October 2016.

Sheila Jane Malley
Trustee

Sheila Jane Malley has been involved in grant making for many years, having been until recently the Director of Grant making and Policy for BBC Children in Need since 2006. She has been a Trustee of a number of funders and is currently a Board member of the Co-operative Foundation and of the Association of Charitable Foundations.

She is an advocate of a community development approach and has long experience of it, both in Northern Ireland, where she worked for many years and where she still lives, and across the four nations of the UK. Her experience of the voluntary and community sector across the UK has shown her what a fundamentally important role women of all ages play at the grassroots in local communities and how much communities as a whole benefit from women becoming increasingly empowered.