Dr Wanda Wyporska

Executive Director

Dr Wanda Wyporska is Executive Director and leads the work of The Equality Trust as the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. Awarded 'Best Charity CEO on Social Media 2020', she was also named as one of 21 to watch in 2021, by Charity Times. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), Redthread Youth, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Wanda was appointed as an Equalities Advisor to the Greater London Authority (GLA) London Recovery Board and sits on the GLA's EDI Advisory Group, the Inclusive Data Taskforce, the Representology editorial board, the steering group of the Young Women's Trust Research Centre and the Fight Inequality Alliance Steering Group. She was previously a member of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Social Power Review, the NUS Poverty Commission and the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group.

Wanda also has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement, leading on equalities, social mobility and education policy. She is a regular keynote speaker, and has spoken at TEDx, the United Nations, the Oxford Union, York Festival of Ideas, and the Women of the World Festival. She regularly comments in the media, having appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze, Sky News, and BBC 1's The Big Questions, and written for The Guardian, HuffPo, and The Independent among other outlets.

Wanda was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in European History and subsequently published her first book, Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800 in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.