About Nan

Nan Sloane is a writer, speaker and trainer with an interest in the role of women in the public space, particularly in politics and the Labour Party.

In 2018 her book, The Women In the Room: Labour’s Forgotten History, was published by  I B Tauris (now part of the Bloomsbury group), The book looks at the founding and early years of the Labour Party with women added back into the story. You can find out more about it on the Books page of this site, or order it here.

In 2016 she edited a collection of women’s political quotations – the only one of its kind – called In Our Own Words. To order a copy, please email nan@nansloane.com.

Nan is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, working both in the UK and abroad. She has delivered workshops and training courses on a variety of subjects, including political development and leadership skills, in the UK, in the Balkans, in Middle East and North African (MENA) countries, as well as in Ghana, Botswana and South Africa.

Nan has a degree in Political Science from Leeds University and, after graduating, worked in advertising sales and insurance. She was active in both her trade union and the Labour Party, and in 1980 she was elected to Leeds City Council. Over the next 14 years she led on a range of issues, chairing the new Women’s Committee as well as Committees responsible for (amongst others) Public Works, Economic Development, and Education.

In 1993 she was appointed to an organising job with the Labour Party, and in 1999 she became the Party’s Regional Director for Yorkshire & the Humber, a post she held until 2006 when she left and set up the Centre for Women & Democracy to work on women’s presence, power and agency in politics in the UK and abroad.

Since then she has conducted research and published reports on a range of issues, including leadership in local government, women in elections, and the effect of government policy on women in decision-making roles. She has given evidence to various inquiries, including the Speaker’s Conference and Select Committees, and she has worked with a variety of organisations in the women’s and democracy sectors. The Centre for Women and Democracy closed in 2018.

She remains an active member of the Labour Party, and is a member of the Committee of Labour Women’s Network, whose training programme she co-ordinates. She has helped to prepare many MPs, councillors and leaders for public office, and is a strong advocate of need to ensure diversity of all kinds in public representatives and in the public realm.

Nan lives in Leeds, and is a long-standing, very happy, but also very apprehensive, Leeds United season ticket holder. She is currently working on a book about radical, reforming and revolutionary women at the turn of the nineteenth century which, all being well, will be published in 2021.