Vivienne Hayes MBE is the Chief Executive of the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC). 

Vivienne studied sociology at Warwick University, Women’s History at Essex University and Management at Westminster University. Vivienne’s first inspiration comes from her mother, a working class woman who left school in her early teens to work in a factory, but who impressed upon her children the importance of education and an open mind. Vivienne has spent over 30 years working in the women’s sector, both delivering and managing services. Her passion is to support and improve the life experiences of women and their children, and most of her work has focused on this.

Vivienne is often invited to speak at events on a wide range of issues and is not afraid to challenge myths and misconceptions regarding women’s equality. She is recognised as a leader and expert in the field.

She has been key to the collaborative efforts of numerous women’s organisations in preparation of the UK government’s examination of CEDAW at the United Nations on their progress in achieving all women’s rights.

Vivienne was a commissioner for Women’s National Commission, one of the first Trustees of Rosa – the UK Fund for Women, and has recently advised the Women’s Foundation. Vivienne was awarded the National Diversity Award 2013 for Gender Role Model. WRC won Third Sector 2014 award for Britain’s Most Admired Charity. More recently, Vivienne was a made an MBE.

She has spent three decades working to improve the lives of women and it is well deserved that she should now receive national recognition at the highest level for her services to women.

Most recently WRC was shortlisted for a 2016 charity award and highly commended in the category of Advice, Support and Campaigning. Vivienne launched WRC's Pay Back the Tampon Tax campaign that calls on the government to allocate the fund from VAT on period products to women's charities as promised.

Vivienne continues to advocate for more women leaders across all disciplines and sectors and gives much of her free time to mentoring other women. She continues to work towards substantive equality for all women.

Contact Vivienne 

Find out more about:


Pay Back the Tampon Tax Campaign