Your Maia committee

The Maia committee was established to steer the agenda for a dynamic Women’s Network at Loughborough University.

The various positions cover leadership, operations and development, engagement and communications, as well as nominated champions for Schools, Professional Services and our London campus.

If you have any suggestions for how we could enhance the network, or are interested in volunteering with Maia to support our activities, we would love to hear from you by emailing

Abby Davis

Abby Davis (she/her)

Co-Chair (Academic)

Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy (SSH)

"Well-behaved women seldom make history." - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Connect with Abby on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Jenna Townend

Jenna Townend (she/her)

Co-Chair (Professional Services)

Research Policy and Researcher Development Manager 

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Connect with Jenna on Twitter

Gemma Towle

Gemma Towle (she/her)

Operations and Development Lead

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor and Pre-sessional Coordinator

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated" – Oscar Wilde 

Connect with Gemma on LinkedIn

Soph Dinnie

Soph Dinnie (she/her)

Engagement and Communications Lead

Internal Communications Officer

"Never be so polite you forget your power." - Taylor Swift

Connect with Soph on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Laura Dale

Laura Dale (she/her)

Engagement and Communications Lead

Research Development Associate

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

Abbie Coburn

Abbie Coburn (she/her)

Events Lead

Graduate Management Trainee

"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is the one that is going to help you grow."

Connect with Abbie on LinkedIn

Meredith Coney

Meredith Coney (they/them)

Advocacy and Allyship Champion

Learning and Teaching Manager for School of Science

"It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it." - Terry Pratchett.

Connect with Meredith on LinkedIn

Emily Hansell

Emily Hansell (she/her)

Advocacy and Allyship Champion

PGTA in Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Connect with Emily on Twitter and LinkedIn

Marion Jost

Marion Jost (she/her)

Professional Services Champion

Programme Administrator

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” - Virginia Woolf

Connect with Marion on LinkedIn

Imogen Heaton

Imogen Heaton (she/her)

Professional Services Champion

Technical Tutor

“Face your fears; live your passions, be dedicated to your truth.” - Billie Jean King

Connect with Imogen on LinkedIn.

Emily Hayday

Emily Hayday

Academic Champion

Lecturer in Sports Business

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn

Kate Broadhurst

Kate Broadhurst (she/her)

Academic Champion

Lecturer in Innovation and Business

 “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn and Twitter.