Who are we?

Who are Free Periods

Amika George, Founder

Amika George is a 19 year old student at Cambridge University, who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign from her bedroom to end period poverty in the UK. She has since received global recognition for her campaigning work including receiving a Goalkeepers award by Bill & Melinda Gates, in conjunction with the United Nations, and was recently listed by TIME magazine as one of the 25 most influential teenagers in the world.

Gemma Abbott, Director

Gemma is a lawyer and activist. As well as fighting period poverty as part of the Free Periods team, she is a volunteer coordinator for the Red Box Project in Hackney, a not-for-profit initiative using community kindness to ensure that no young person has to miss school because they have their period. She is also a trustee for A Mile in Her Shoes, a charity that offers women affected by homelessness the opportunity to find their feet through fitness. She is passionate about social justice and determined to hold the government to account, because equal access to education shouldn’t rely on the kindness of strangers.

Clegg Bamber, Director

Clegg is one of the co-founders of the Red Box Project and has worked with charities in a voluntary position as well as a paid member of staff since being at University. This includes working with one of the UK’s Air Ambulance’s and sitting on the operations committee of a voluntary outreach group that supports the homeless and vulnerable within the city of Portsmouth.  He has also previously worked in a school as a teaching assistant and tutor and firmly believes in the rights to an equal and fair education. 

Janvi Patel, Director

Janvi Patel is a strong supporter and advocate for women’s rights at all levels. A regular keynote speaker on female founders and women in leadership, she is also a board member of NGO Equality Now, who work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world and the Children of War foundation, whose projects offer specialist healthcare and medical education in underrepresented regions

In 2007, she co-founded Halebury, one of the first alternative legal services providers at that time. Janvi has been featured on the UK’s first ever Power Part Time 50 list and was awarded the Red Women Award.  She was listed in Top 50 Most Influential Women in the City and won the WeAreTheCity – Rising Star Awards. She has been nominated for the Great British Entrepreneur and Asian Women of the Year Awards.