I am delighted to be co-moderating, with Jenny Birchall, the e-discussion on Quality assurance mechanisms for gender training in the European Union. I am a gender-focused consultant, formerly the Manager of BRIDGE at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for many years. I have extensive experience in research and communications aimed at engaging policy actors and others in the international policy arena and of coordinating policy-oriented communications on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. My current research interests are: gender stereotypes; social movements; and food security. I am a member of the BRIDGE International Advisory Committee, AWID, and a Fellow of the RSA.