About us

Our vison is to achieve social transformation by challenging gender and relationship norms, stereotypes, myths and misinformation, inviting our audiences and participants to think and behave more fairly, inclusively and kindly.

We aim to promote and contribute to the creation of a society in which:

  • There is genuine, lived gender equality;
  • The organisations and structures that govern our lives are equipped to support healthy and harmonious relationships that enable individuals to live fulfilled lives.

In all of our work, we aim to:

  • Use up-to-date research findings;
  • Document and analyse the effectiveness of our work;
  • Draw on the creative and empathetic potential of the arts;
  • Bring together relevant partners;
  • Work collaboratively with relevant bodies across the public, private and voluntary sectors;
  • Provide a fresh, innovative and independent perspective that creates the potential for transformation.

Who we are

Managing Director and Founder: Lisa Davis

Inspired by her involvement with the One Billion Rising global campaign, Lisa founded Changing Relations in 2013. A passionate and skilled teacher, Lisa has worked in a range of educational settings, both locally and internationally, educating young people and adults, and developing and delivering training for teachers. She left teaching to pursue her commitment to gender equality, and now spearheads the company’s strategic direction, project development and fundraising.

Assistant Director: Pollyanna Turner

Polly is an imaginative and inspiring visual artist and educator. Using her experience as an art teacher in secondary education, she is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with regional schools, academies and colleges. A practicing visual artist, her artistic direction has enabled the successful delivery of multiple projects and educational workshops that have maximised the impact of Changing Relation’s work.

Non-executive Director: Helen Leake

As a data analyst for Public Health England, Helen brings her considerable statistical and research skills to the team.

Management Board

Andrew Beales

Andrew is the Director of Development at Durham School and has a wealth of fundraising experience within the education sector.

Stephen Burrell

Stephen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, whose research focuses on men’s violence against women, and strategies for engaging men and boys in its prevention.

Kate Jeffels

Kate is a self-employed consultant for KVJ Associates with 30 years management and strategic experience, gained across the private, public and voluntary sectors, in criminal justice, substance use and health and social care.

Victoria Richardson

Victoria is a solicitor at Ben Hoare Bell Law Practice, with expertise in supporting domestic abuse victims.

Clara Woolford

Clara is a curator and project manager at The Auckland Project, with knowledge of designing engaging arts content.