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Being involved with Changing Relations allows me to work directly with people on gender equality issues and to help contribute towards changing how people behave - I always learn a lot from working with Changing Relations and it is incredibly motivating.

Dr Stephen Burrell, Steering Group Co-Chair


As a social enterprise, Changing Relations' purpose is to respond to the needs of the community and achieve social impact. Our Managing Director and two Non-Executive Directors govern equally. Sharing expertise and supporting one another to implement our mission.

The Directors are further supported by a Steering Group, whose role is to keep them in touch with community needs and concerns. As a Community Interest Company, we want the wider community to have a say in the issues we address, and the way we approach them, and so have built community listening processes into our decision.

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Alix Collingwood-Swinbourne

Non-Executive Director

Alix is currently Curator for Contemporary Art at Durham University, managing the University’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Previously Curator at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and a firm believer that creativity should be embedded into everyday learning, Alix has significant experience developing participatory art programmes and events, building partnerships with artists, communities and organisations.

Lisa Davis of Changing Relations. Photograph: Stuart Boulton/Stride PR

Lisa Davis

Managing Director

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, locally and internationally, educating young people and adults, developing and delivering training for teachers. She left teaching to pursue her commitment to gender equality, and now spearheads the company’s strategic direction.

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Rachael Barnwell

Non-Executive Director

Rachael is the Senior Impact and Engagement Manager (Arts & Culture) at Durham University, where she works with arts and humanities researchers and the arts and culture sector to develop and deliver research impact and engagement opportunities that drive positive change for culture and society. She believes that the arts and culture are integral to enriching people's lives, enhancing well-being, strengthening our communities, and improving our societies.  

Steering Group

Our Steering Group is designed to include those affected by the issues we address and to represent a diverse voice, including young people. Meetings are supported by our Co-Chairs, who will feed community views into the Board & support members to share their ideas & speak up.