38 Degrees staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that our movement is as effective as possible. Staff and office volunteers write the emails that let members know about what 38 Degrees is getting up to, as well as making sure that the technology we use is working properly. Staff also draw on advice from other campaigning groups, experts and others to make sure we’re getting good information about the best way to make change happen.

The 38 Degrees board is a group of individuals with experience in campaigning and running organisations. They meet a few times a year to ensure that the organisation is financially sustainable, and that the staff are focused on listening to 38 Degrees members and running the campaigns that 38 Degrees members prioritise.

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Cara Bevington

Campaigns Manager

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Cara Bevington – bees

Cara Bevington

Campaigns Manager

Cara is a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees. She spends her time designing, running and learning from impactful people-powered campaigns. Before joining us she campaigned on global climate and food justice issues for Bond UK and Oxfam. When not at work, Cara will likely be yoga-ing, starting (yet another) craft project, or walking somewhere beautiful.

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Rich Shakespeare

Supreme developer

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Rich Shakespeare

Supreme developer

Rich develops technology to help people speak out and take action on our campaigns.  He’s a lover of all things tech, engulfs content of cute animals disseminated in any tangible form, and owns three tamagotchis.

“He’s handsome, well-muscled, and incredible at coding.” – Rich describing himself in the third person.

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Rowan Pereira

Designer

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Rowan Pereira

Designer

Rowan is brand new to 38 Degrees, joining the team from Trillion Fund, where she worked as a digital publisher and graphic designer. Rowan is passionate about progressive change and people power. In her spare time she enjoys making illustrator wonderlands and going to gigs!

Nat Whalley

Campaigns Manager

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Nat Whalley

Campaigns Manager

Nat spends her time running campaigns and bringing campaign ideas to life.  Prior to joining the team, she worked on national and international campaigns, campaigning on everything from infant formula to press ownership. Outside of work, Nat is a keen saxophonist and singer.

Bryony Walker

Campaigner

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Bryony Walker

Campaigner

Bryony is extremely proud to be part of a 2.5 million strong, people-powered movement working towards a fairer society. Her dream is to live in a world where the environment and people’s quality of life is placed before profit. A place where those with power over us embrace being challenged. And she relishes the challenge ahead.

Laura Townshend

Communications Director

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Laura Townshend

Communications Director

Laura leads 38 Degrees’ communications strategy, working out the best ways to use the media and social media to make people power famous and help win campaigns. Previously, Laura ran media campaigns to raise the political profile of the housing crisis.  Outside of work, Laura spends her time swimming on Hampstead Heath and cycling up the hill to get there.

James Rees

Head of Tech

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James Rees

Head of Tech

James is a campaigner with a background in website building. Day to day he manages the 38 Degrees tech platforms and works with our developers to bring campaigns to life. If something goes wrong with the website it’s probably his fault.  James started as a volunteer at 38 Degrees in early 2011 and joined as a member of staff in February 2012. Outside of work he plays classical guitar and dances salsa.

Robin Priestley

Head of Campaigns By You

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Robin Priestley

Head of Campaigns By You

Robin is a keen campaigner with a background in technology and design. Day to day he writes emails, manages the development of the Campaigns by You site and helps members across the country win campaigns locally and nationally.

Robin comes from the wonder that is Essex. Prior to joining the team he used to be the creative manager for an independent cinema and has been actively involved in anti-arms campaigning and issues around corporate sponsorship and public space. Most famously he once tried to drive a tank into an arms fair, and challenged the government to a game of cricket on Parliament Square.

Rachel Oliver

Campaigner

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Rachel Oliver

Campaigner

Rachel’s journey as a campaigner started with Leeds University ONE Society. After graduating she dabbled in journalism and international development, but a week at Campaign Bootcamp inspired her into campaigning professionally. Stints with StopAIDS and Crisis Action preceded her joining 38 Degrees. She’s thrilled to be helping run the campaigns that matter most to members across the UK. When not at work she’s probably playing tennis, cooking or eating lots of eatnatural bars.

Becca McCarthy

Member Services Assistant

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Becca McCarthy

Member Services Assistant

Becca moved to London from Newfoundland, Canada after spending a semester here during University. She’s often the first point of contact on a day-to-day basis, and loves being able to interact with so many members! Beyond 38 Degrees, she likes to see as much of the UK as she can, drink black coffee, cook, and re-watch the same television shows on repeat.

Amy Lockwood

Campaigner

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Amy Lockwood

Campaigner

Amy’s been at 38 Degrees for almost a year – getting stuck into a range of campaigns from stopping fracking, to keeping MPs expenses public and cracking down on tax dodging. Before 38 Degrees, Amy was an intern at Christian Aid, and campaigned for Oxfam at university.

Barnaby Lewer

Local Organising & Engagement Manager

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Barnaby Lewer

Local Organising & Engagement Manager

Barney comes to 38 Degrees via the trade union movement and university sector in his hometown of Sydney, Australia (ah yeah). Day to day Barney works on empowering members in their local communities to get together and take action on the issues that matter. Barney believes it’s important that we enjoy ourselves (and have lots of BBQs) as we try and change the world and works at finding new ways, places and opportunities for 38 Degrees members to come together and shape their collective voice in reimagining the future.

Laura Kim

Operations Manager and EA

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Laura Kim

Operations Manager and EA

Laura’s main role is to support the team in everything they do. Hailing from Canada, her career thus far has included waitress, events planner, actor, theatre producer, driving a lorry that looked like a monster across Canada, and television production.  Over the last few years she’s made a conscious effort to work within the third sector including fundraising, corporate volunteering, and developing a variety of charities’ social enterprises. Outside of the office she loves to cycle, drink coffee and go to live gigs.

Blanche Jones

Campaigns Director

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Blanche Jones

Campaigns Director

Blanche runs many of 38 Degrees’ campaigns, as well as spending time promoting our work online, meeting with other organisations who share our priorities and talking to as many members as possible.  Before working at 38 Degrees, she worked at a healthcare charity and has spent time working in Parliament.

Danny Huber

Member Champion

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Danny Huber

Member Champion

Danny runs the member services side of things in the office, leading a team that handles members’ many and varied queries and ensuring that member feedback is woven into the heart of what we do. Danny has a voracious appetite for video games and Sci-Fi novels, but balances this with an uncanny ability to get most of the valuations right when watching Antiques Roadshow.

Bex Hay

Campaigns Manager

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Bex Hay

Campaigns Manager

Bex is a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees. She splits her day between writing emails, designing and managing campaigns. Bex has a background in corporate campaigning and previously worked at ShareAction, mobilising people power to make our financial system fairer. Outside of work Bex is usually watching, playing or talking about cricket.

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Rebecca Falcon

Campaigns Manager

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Rebecca Falcon

Campaigns Manager

Rebecca is a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees. This means she gets to work on a range of projects from campaigning against plans to privatise the NHS to running the ‘Campaigns by You’ platform on the 38 Degrees website. Before joining us she worked on a London child poverty campaign and also volunteered for a social policy campaign documenting the effects of changes to housing benefit in her area.

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Madeline Carroll

Campaigns Director

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Madeline Carroll

Campaigns Director

Maddy’s job is to help the campaigning team run brilliant campaigns, through practical, strategic and moral support.  She has a varied background, with stints in forensic psychiatry, restaurant management, public relations, and green energy and carbon reduction campaigning. She loves ridiculously long cycling trips, roller skating and roast dinners.

Megan Bentall

Campaigner

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Megan Bentall

Campaigner

Having moved back to the UK after spending some time in America volunteering for Obama for America in Chicago, organising on a grassroots level, Megan is a part of major campaigning affecting important UK policy. In her spare time Megan enjoys reading, singing, and pretending she’s a good cook.

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David Babbs

Executive director

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David Babbs

Executive director

David works with other groups, charities and individuals to build our people powered movement. Sometimes he talks about our campaigns on the TV and radio. David makes sure that our campaigns are led by our members and achieve real impact.

David has been obsessed with people power ever since the Iraq war in 2003. He went on the big march against the war, and hated it when the people who’d told him it wouldn’t make a difference were proved right. He’s been interested in ways of making people power count more ever since .

David grew up in Leicester, and now lives in East London. Outside work, he volunteers on a community project near where he lives and likes cycling, gardening and cooking.

Karen Fill

Volunteer

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Karen Fill

Volunteer

Karen is an active 38 Degrees member, a co-organiser of the Cheltenham group, and a volunteer answering other members’ emails from her home laptop. She studied Computer Science in the 1970’s and worked in commerce, Higher Education and Local Government until her retirement in 2011. She loves classical music, theatre, reading and gardening and has surprised herself by going out on the streets to campaign against TTIP and for the NHS.

Lyn Donbroski

Volunteer

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Lyn Donbroski

Volunteer

Lyn has been a 38 Degrees member since 2010 and now works from home, as a volunteer, answering members’ emails. He used to work as a local authority librarian, and since retiring, has kept himself busy by successfully completing an MA in Modern European Literature, then failing to complete a Dphil in Postwar Drama. For relaxation, he runs a bit, reads a lot and enjoys going to the theatre. He also has a perverse taste for spending his evenings in low dives listening to modern jazz.

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Gordon Roddick

Board Member

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G. Roddick

Gordon Roddick

Board Member

Co-founder of The Body Shop International and 38 Degrees. Active supporter of community and several social enterprises, including founding The Big Issue.

Benedict Southworth

Board Members

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Benedict Southworth

Board Members

Chief Executive of the Ramblers. Has spent 20 years campaigning internationally on the environment, development and human rights. Started his career at Friends of the Earth in the UK. Former Director of the World Development Movement, Director of Amnesty International’s international campaigns, Head of Greenpeace International’s climate campaign and Campaigns Director for Greenpeace Australia-Pacific.

 

Peter Myers

Board Members

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Peter Myers

Board Members

Co-founder of 38 Degrees. Previously Special Projects at Greenpeace and The Climate Group. First 12 years of career in corporate finance.

Ben Brandzel

Board Member

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Ben Brandzel

Board Member

Founder and Director of OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network), an alliance of the world’s leading national grassroots digital campaigning organizations. He’s served as Advocacy Director for MoveOn.org and Director of New Media Campaigns and Fundraising for Barack Obama’s Organizing for America. He’s a founding board member and former Senior Campaigner at Avaaz.org and former Chief Founding Advisor for 38 Degrees, a role he’s also played with similar groups in several other countries.

Clare Algar

Chair of the Board

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Clare Algar

Chair of the Board

Clare worked as a litigator in a commercial law firm for eight years, where she was made partner at the age of 28 and led significant pieces of civil litigation. Clare then made the obvious career progression from corporate law firm to human rights NGO: she moved to Reprieve in 2008 as its Executive Director.