We are delighted to announce the range of panelists that will be attending our FM Women Celebration event, sponsored by McAlister Family Law.

The panel discussion will centre on “the role that women have played in shaping Greater Manchester’s past and their role in its future.”

Panel members


Sandhya Sharma

Sandhya of Safety 4 Sisters is an amazing grassroots based women’s organisation that support vulnerable migrant women who cannot access safe accommodation or welfare support and who are experiencing gender-based violence.


Marilyn Comrie OBE

As a Director of the Blair Project Ltd since 2015, Marilyn has championed initiatives to make motorsport more inclusive, affordable and accessible. She is also working to close the gender gap in professional Motorsports by encouraging girl racers, in particular in innovative ways from the youngest of ages. The group were awarded £500 from Forever Manchester for branded clothes for the kids to help unite them as a team and raise awareness of the group locally. She is about to launch Formula Girl Ltd, a new sports brand for women, in an effort to demonstrate her financial commitment to this effort, offering to set aside 40% of her company’s profits to sponsor female sporting talent, teams in Motorsport and other extreme sports.


Professor Francesca Gains

Francesca Gains is a Professor of Public Policy and Head of Politics at the University of Manchester. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy, Local Government Studies and the International Review of Administrative Sciences. Francesca also has a long term research agenda examining gender & policy making in the UK core executive and local Government.


Alison Ross

Alison is Customer Experience and operations Director at Auto Trader. She is also Chair of Manchester Digital and Trustee of Home Manchester. She was voted Woman of the Year in 2017’s Women in IT Awards recognised for her work in driving diversity and encouraging women into the IT sector.


Amanda McAlister

Amanda is Managing Partner at McAlister Family Law the firm she established in 2017. Prior to establishing her own law firm Amanda was the National Head of Family Law at Slater and Gordon, lawyers, one of the United Kingdom’s largest law firms. Amanda’s focus in establishing her own firm is to ensure emphasis is placed on core values of loyalty, transparency, dynamism and inclusion.