People

Raising Rebels Elle Wilks

Elle Wilks (Founder)

Elle has over a decade’s experience leading fundraising and development teams within the UK social sector, locally and nationally. She headed up engagement and learning at Hatch Social Business, supporting women to achieve their personal and professional aspirations and delivering training to the corporate sector to tackle gender inequalities in the workplace. She is now General Manager of Woking Mind, a local affiliate of the national mental health charity. As a parent of two young children, Elle believes there is a lot more to be done in supporting parents and teachers to understand oppressive gender stereotypes in the UK, and in offering practical and realistic guidance on how to dismantle them once and for all.

The Raising Rebels Advisory Board

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca is a public policy and social change consultant, working with organisations in the UK social sector to shape their influencing and campaigning strategies to create social change. She is an experienced senior leader and has worked for over 20 years in charities, NGOs and trade unions as well as in central and local Government. Her passion is tackling inequality in the UK and her expertise is in gender equality. In 2016, she became a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. Prior to that, she spent five years as Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications for Young Women’s Trust, a charity working with young women to tackle inequality and discrimination in the UK.

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Simon Gellibrand

Simon is a veteran in the Digital Media industry, with more than 14 years’ experience working alongside some of the world’s biggest brands, including Google, PepsiCo, Monster.com, Visa and Medibank. His specialties are in performance media, including paid search, social and programmatic, and his skills and experience also span data and analytics. Simon leads a team at Performics Australia, heading up two major clients within the entertainment and telco verticals and leading business development across the broader Publicis Media portfolio. Simon is motivated by equalising the playing field for tomorrow’s leaders, recognising that current gender stereotypes continue to negatively impact young people’s professional aspirations.

Louise Gathercole

Louise is a former primary school teacher, now working as a freelance facilitator and mindfulness trainer. She is also a qualified coach and is currently working towards an MSC in Neuroscience. Louise is keen to ensure that children’s sense of identity and opportunity is not restricted by increasingly gendered messages. She has three children of her own.

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Katie Myles

Katie works for a charity that promotes high standards in the teaching of literacy, particularly emphasising the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings. Katie writes high quality teaching materials designed to support classroom teaching and learning and to ensure that as many schools as possible have access to the best knowledge, research and materials to help them use quality children’s literature to raise children’s achievement. Prior to this, Katie was both Key Stage and Literacy Leader at a London primary school and has extensive experience at this level and of teaching children across a variety of age ranges and backgrounds. Prior to teaching, Katie completed an MA in Gender Studies.