Samantha has always championed gender equality and set up Olwyn Foundation in 2018 in order to protect the rights of women and girls around the world and to help them to thrive. Samantha has been involved in drama therapy for children and families since graduating in Theatre Studies from Warwick University. She helped set up the Barretstown Gang Camp in Ireland and studied for a PG in Analytical Observational Studies. Samantha has three sons and one daughter who is already set to change the world!
Jane has spent the last 30 years working in professional services and is currently the Global Lead for admin services at McKinsey & Company. She has always had a profound concern for injustice largely caused by accident of birth which chiefly affect women and girls. She has long been a supporter of the efforts of charities focusing on these inequities and is delighted to be a trustee of Olwyn Foundation which supports multiple ventures to give possibilities to all girls.
Antonia Deeson is an author and publicist at Deeson & Deeson. Antonia has championed women throughout her career, including the work of female artists and designers including Susan Williams-Ellis who founded Portemirion Potteries and the iconic designer Celia Birtwell. Antonia has run her own business since graduating from Edinburgh University and believes that the time has come for women to demand gender equality across all areas and hopes to help those women and girls around the world who have no voice.
Sam Merry has worked within female led industries for 27 years. Initially in communications for a jewellery company and for the last 18 years for a fashion brand renown for its commitment to environmental sustainability and gender parity. There she has become an integral part in the management and development of numerous charities and events supported by the company. Following an undergraduate degree in Art History, she has cultivated a lifelong passion for the arts which she hopes to pass onto her two young daughters and son. Sam feels passionately about the causes supported by Olwyn foundation and is thrilled to be part of its journey and commitment to helping women and girls to a happier future.