About Astrea

Astrea is UCL’s network for women in professional services. We meet regularly to learn new skills, hear inspiring career stories and build connections with women at all levels across UCL. It is open to all women, so whether you are at the early stages of your career, or are already well established, you will get something out of being part of the network.

In addition to our events, we publish a bi-monthly newsletter and run social media channels. Our wider remit is to support professional development and ensure our members are aware of the relevant resources and policies that could support them.

Where did our name come from?

We took inspiration from Aphra Behn (1640 - 1689) who was the first woman in England to make money from her writing. 'Astrea' was the code name used by Aphra while working as a spy for the King. A definite trailblazer.  

The Astrea Committee 

We meet every 6-weeks to plan events, newsletters, initiatives and discuss relevant policy issues. Please do get in touch with us at any time via email: astrea@ucl.ac.uk 

Meet the committee 


Rochelle Rowe and Joanna Marshall Cook

Deputy Co-Chairs

Alison Forbes and Vacancy

Finance Managerr

Jots Sehmbi

Communications Managers 

Hannah Legg, Gillian Mackenzie, Jasveer Soor

Events Managers

Kate Thomas and two vacancies

Policy Managers

Louise Ball and Linda Lam