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Meet the policy team

Meet the policy team

As a policy, research and advocacy team we are committed to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We bring together a wide range of experience in education, governance and humanitarian backgrounds with a shared passion for building a better world for all children. 

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Kathleen Spencer

Kathleen Spencer Chapman

Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research

“I oversee the work of the team to ensure we’re delivering as much as we can for girls around the world – we do this through influencing the policies of the UK Government, and others. I love working with so many passionate and committed people from all over the world, who have a real desire to change things for the better. Together, we raise the voices of young people to be heard by decision makers, and share learnings and proposals for change, based on our experience and what young people tell us.”

Follow Kathleen on Twitter @kathleen_tweets

Policy and Advocacy Adviser

Anthony Davis


"As the gender policy adviser I work on a range of issues related to gender equality, gender-based violence and gender in emergencies. Currently, my main focus is on ending the exploitation of adolescent girls, including in humanitarian and fragile contexts.

"I love Plan International’s right-based approach, and am inspired by the work that we do through our Because I am a Girl campaign. I’m especially proud of the passing of two UN Resolutions to end child marriage, something that Plan International had been advocating for since the launch of our report, A Girl’s Right to Say No to Marriage."

Follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyDavis82 or read his blogs.

Policy and Advocacy Assistant

Bekky Ashmore

Policy and Advocacy Officer

"I support the Policy and Advocacy team, particularly our events and youth advocacy work.

"My favourite moment so far has been supporting girl advocates from our programmes at international events such as the UN General Assembly. They are so incredibly passionate about girls' rights and are creating change in their communities. To be part of giving them a platform to tell the world what they do makes me really proud."

Follow Bekky on Twitter @bekkyAshmore or read her blogs.

Lilli Loveday, Real choices, Real Lives research manager

Lilli Loveday

Real Choices, Real Lives Research Manager

"I am managing our Real Choices, Real Lives longitudinal research, which follows the lives of 142 girls across nine countries from their birth until the age of 18.

"Over the coming year, I am excited to hear from the girls themselves, as they turn 12 this year, about what it means to learn, lead, decide and thrive in the context of the social norms, opportunities and challenges they face. And, to put their voices front and centre in informing wider evidence and influencing work on international agendas."

Find out more about Real Choices, Real Lives in our blogs.

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