Eve Hepburn

Founder & Chief Executive

Eve Hepburn is a native Edinburger who left home aged 17 to travel the world (living in Canada, Italy, Germany, Poland, Trinidad, London and the USA) before realizing where her heart lay. She is a passionate advocate of social justice and equality, and has held research and teaching positions at several universities, including the European University Institute (Italy), McGill University (Canada), Humboldt University (Germany), and was latterly Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She has published several books, and has advised several governments on devolution, immigration and nationalism.

Eve is the Founder, Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of Fearless Femme CIC. After having suffered from her own array of mental health issues in the past, Eve is passionate about helping others build a stronger and more resilient mental place for themselves. Eve loves chilling out with her family; trail running through the Cairngorms; reading as many books as she can; dancing in her pyjamas; using her power-drill to do DIY jobs around the house; and walking her dog. You can contact her at eve@fearlessfemme.co.uk.

Monica Martins

Projects & Operations Manager

Mónica Martins was born in Portugal, she lived in Spain for 10 years, working full-time on academic/scientific and cultural projects created and promoted by herself, and in partnership with other companies and professionals, in several countries in Europe. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English fluently. In 2014, she moved to Scotland, as a result of an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs grant. Mónica fell in love with everything in Edinburgh so, she left everything back in the sun, and re-started her professional activity in this land, starting her path as a social entrepreneur too.

As Projects and Operations Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of Fearless Femme projects and ensuring that they meet their objectives.

She loves cats, trees, chocolate, travelling, music, film, books, porridge, and her friends and family.  When she is not working at Fearless Femme, you will find her having fun with her friends, or you won’t find her at all, as she will probably be at home reading a book,  watching a film, or cooking a vegetarian meal. You can contact her at monica@fearlessfemme.co.uk

Cinzia DuBois

Digital Media & Sales Manager

Cinzia is a passionate bibliophage, writer and literary researcher from Scotland whose socially awkward mannerisms can be attributed to bibliophilic nurturing. As the Digital Media and Sales Manager she is mainly responsible for creating all the content you see on our social media platforms, including the production of our Youtube and podcast content. If you’ve interacted with us online you’ve likely spoken to her. She’s like a digital version of that familiar voice whose face you never see: like the person who tells you to ‘mind the gap’ or reminds you to ‘please take your change’ from self checkout counters.

She studied her Masters in Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and her BA in Classics and Literature at the University of Birmingham. When not at Fearless Femme she does exactly what she does for Fearless Femme: producing her own podcasts, videos and writing essays. Oh, and she reads a lot, obviously. But that would be like adding at the end ‘she also spends a lot of her free time breathing.’ You can contact her at cinzia@fearlessfemme.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @Cinzia_DuBois

Ashling Larkin

Art Director

Ashling is a Brazilian-Irish, Scotland-based comic artist, illustrator and animator. As Art Director, she communicates with artists and photographers who would like to contribute to Fearless Femme, creates the imagery to suit our branding, and also creates artwork to go alongside written pieces for the magazine. As her main specialism is comics, you’ll also find some of her original comic work on our website & digital magazine! You can contact her at ashling@fearlessfemme.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @AshlingTweets

Bonnie Calderwood Aspinwall

Assistant Editor

Bonnie is a queer, genderfluid writer-adventurer from Scotland (and England and America). As Assistant Editor, she is in charge of written submissions, liaising with contributors, and copy-editing content, and as such all typos are her fault. She also enjoys writing content for Fearless Femme as well as for her own blog, Barefoot Astronaut. She studied at the University of Edinburgh and l’Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier. She is passionate about mental health, intersectional feminism, gender and sexuality, and much more. When not at her desk in Fearless Femme HQ, she is probably swing dancing, binge-watching Media Content (no spoilers), or trying to read 50 books in a year. You can contact her at bonnie@fearlessfemme.co.uk and follow her on Twitter@BonnieAspinwall

Sam Abrahams

Sam is a Non-Executive Director of Fearless Femme CIC. Sam is the Founder and Chief Executive of the charity First Aid Africa, which is a leading provider of emergency healthcare education & equipment, working in East & Southern Africa. Sam is also the founder of a new social enterprise called the Wilderness Training CIC, which provides unique wilderness first aid training experiences in Scotland and overseas for people who can afford them, and which then uses the profits to support live-saving in communities across Scotland and Africa. Sam is a passionate advocate of gender equality and international development, and splits his time between Europe and Africa.

Eona Craig

Eona is a Non-Executive Director of Fearless Femme CIC. Eona is an experienced creative learning professional with a successful 30-year record of working in the creative industries, with a focus on cultural regeneration, creative enterprise and inclusive arts and educational development. She is Founding Director of Articulate Cultural Trust, Director of Articulate (Scotland) Limited, Director of Development at Creativity, Culture and Education, and a Global Cultural Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Eona has worked in the independent arts sector, with public bodies, in the private sector and in higher education. She has a specific interest in researching and understanding how the arts and creative endeavour can positively influence and enhance the lives of marginalised learners.

In the last decade, Eona took the lead role in establishing and embedding key Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s award-winning widening access, engagement and talent development initiatives including Transitions 20/40, Entry to the Creative Industries, the Arts and Social Justice programme, the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships, as well as the Junior Conservatoire of Dance, Drama, Production and Screen.

Catriona Ferguson

Catriona hails from Inverness in the Highlands and currently lives in Kirkliston (a wee village on the outskirts of Edinburgh) with her husband, Owen and their two-year old Shihpoo, Walter.

Catriona has worked in HR for the last 17 years.  She started out as an English teacher but soon realised this was not her chosen career path.  After a brief stint in a call centre, she moved into a Learning and Development role and has never looked back. Catriona moved into generalist HR 10 years’ ago and has built extensive experience as an HR Business Partner/Manager over this time.  Catriona loves working with people and her big passion is helping people to grow and develop at work.  Her other passions are cooking and being with her friends and family.

Eve Hepburn

Eve Hepburn is an Executive Director of Fearless Femme CIC, as well as being the founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief. She is also the Managing Director of PolicyScribe, a policy research consultancy. Eve has held academic positions at leading universities throughout Europe and North America, and was most recently Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She has authored eight books and over 40 refereed journal articles on various social science topics, and she is keenly interested in mental health, public policy, immigration and European integration. She has also provided policy advice to a range of organisations including the Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament, Canadian Government, Sardinian Government, Aland Parliament, Scottish Funding Council, the BBC and Glasgow City Council. Eve is Non-Executive Director of WomenBeing, Trustee of the Articulate Cultural Trust, and Associate Editor of Scottish Affairs.

Keira Oliver

Keira is a Non-Executive Director of Fearless Femme CIC. Keira lives in Edinburgh with her husband, two children and springer spaniel.  In the midst of a busy life, she takes care of herself through writing, making stuff and spending time with her family and friends. 

She has worked in the Scottish Government for 14 years  – presently as a principal social researcher supporting the growth of a community change leadership programme called u.lab and previously in the areas of organisational development, children and young people and public service reform.

She is a strong advocate for women’s issues and positive mental health, particularly in how women can support each other to define and achieve success on their own terms.

Alison Outred

Alison is a Non-Executive Director of Fearless Femme CIC. Alison Outred is an experienced and dedicated Life and Career Coach based in Edinburgh. She set up her consultancy, Bright Thinking, in 2009 to help people live happier, healthier lives.

With 25 years experience in training, developing and coaching people from all walks of life across a wide variety of businesses and organisations, she has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of how people think and feel, the challenges they face and how they can thrive. She works with people daily to improve their mental wellbeing and happiness and get

the results they want in their personal and professional life.