Ann Henderson has been an active campaigner for gender and social justice in the labour movement, in local, national and international women’s groups, for over thirty years. Ann was employed as a researcher and parliamentary assistant in the Scottish Parliament for eight years, working with MSPs in Parliamentary inquiries, Cross Party Groups and supporting committee legislative scrutiny. She also worked on a part time basis as a Scottish Parliamentary Officer for the RMT (Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union).
Since the Scottish Parliament opened in 1999, Ann has been committed to promoting public engagement with the parliament, encouraging a wide range of groups and individuals to get involved; following through on the Parliament’s founding principles of accessibility, equality and accountability. She was involved in the establishment of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group bringing a gender analysis to the Scottish Parliament’s scrutiny of the Scottish government’s spending plans. Ann was appointed as an Assistant Secretary at the STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress) late 2007, and continues to promote parliamentary and government engagement in this role.
Fifteen years of Ann’s working life were spent in the rail industry, employed as a ticket collector, guard and then train driver. Throughout this time Ann played an active role in her trade union the NUR (the National Union of Railwaymen), now the RMT, and was instrumental in developing policies on sexual harassment, equal opportunities, encouraging and representing women in the industry, and in establishing the NUR Women’s Committee. She has retained a strong interest in transport policy and rail in particular, including currently serving as member of Passengers’ View Scotland, the public transport users advisory body.
Ann has vast experience in working with women in groups, as individuals, in the community and in local and national government across Scotland. This included a three year post in women’s development project in the Castlemilk community in Glasgow, and a contribution to the ESRC Gender and Constitutional Change Project based at EdinburghUniversity. Ann has also served on the UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) UK Board 2002 – 05, and is currently convenor of the UNIFEM Group in Edinburgh. She lives in Edinburgh with her teenage son.
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