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 board of 38 Degrees exists to make sure that the organisation is financially stable and accountable to its members. The board meets a few times a year for updates on 38 Degrees’ finances, staffing, and membership, but it does not influence 38 Degrees campaigns. The members of the board have been chosen for their wide range of experience in campaigns, the voluntary sector, politics, law, and business. All board members are required to be transparent with any other interests they are involved with in accordance with our policy for managing potential conflicts of interest. You can view the board’s register of interests here.

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Lola Odelola

Software Engineer

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Lola Odelola

Software Engineer

Lola is a software engineer and poet; Nigerian-born, British-raised, she has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion, having started her own organisation that aims to encourage more black women and girls to get into technology. She runs a podcast and blog, as well as workshops and meet-ups.

She has also published two poetry pamphlets and was awarded the Poetry Book Society’s Autumn Pamphlet Choice.

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Maggie Chao

Campaigns Intern

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Maggie Chao

Campaigns Intern

Maggie’s a Campaigns Intern at 38 Degrees. She spends her day-to-day working to empower people to enact change on the issues they care about. Though originally from Canada, before coming to the UK Maggie spent a year abroad in Beijing wrapping up her Master’s research. When she’s not ruminating about people power, she likes to cook (with varied results), go for long meandering walks, and watch Fresh Prince of Bel Air reruns.

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Denny de la Haye

Lead Software Engineer

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Denny de la Haye

Lead Software Engineer

Denny has been involved in political activism for over 20 years, and in software development for more than 30. He’s been combining the two for 15+ years, in a variety of projects.

His main political interests are civil liberties and social justice issues, but campaigning on a wide range of issues has left him feeling that we need to fix the system before we can fix anything else – which moves political reform activism to the top of his list.

In May 2010 he ran for Parliament as an independent candidate, on a platform of ‘direct digital democracy’.  He didn’t win back then, but since May 2016 he gets to help 3 million 38 Degrees members push for more people power in politics!

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Samuel Read

Campaigns Intern

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Samuel Read

Campaigns Intern

As a campaigns intern, Samuel is involved in supporting a variety of 38 Degrees national and local campaigns, and is excited to be making a tangible difference on issues that matter to millions of people. He has a background working in Parliament and as an international volunteer. In his spare time he runs, reads philosophy and loves film.

Kathryn Stribley

Campaign Intern

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Kathryn Stribley

Campaign Intern

Kathryn has recently started working as an intern in 38 Degrees. Although originally from Liverpool, she has been living in France and Scotland for a number of years. During her time in university in Scotland, she worked on human rights and environmental student campaigns. Kathryn will be working in a number of campaigns, contributing and learning as much as she can whilst at 38 Degrees.
In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano, going to cultural events (including food-related events) and going out with friends.

Adam McNicholas

Media Manager

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Adam McNicholas

Media Manager

Adam is Media Manager at 38 Degrees. He supports campaigners to get our messages covered in traditional media outlets. Before working at 38 Degrees, Adam worked as a political advisor to senior politicians, advising on media relations and policy. He likes to run.

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Lorna Greenwood

Campaigns Manager

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Lorna Greenwood

Campaigns Manager

Lorna spends her time running campaigns and planning how to bring about the change that 38 Degrees members want to see. Lorna previously worked as a lawyer and campaigned on climate change. In her spare time, Lorna scours the internet for the latest podcasts and plans trips abroad.

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Rachel Diamond-Hunter

Campaigns Manager

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Rachel Diamond-Hunter

Campaigns Manager

Rachel spends her time thinking about campaigns, and working out how to win. Rachel previously worked as an activist/campaigner on Palestine, had a stint working in Parliament, and caused trouble in California on corporate campaigns. Outside of work, Rachel eats far too much cheese, gets involved with feminist and anti-racist activism, and tries to maintain her East London roots despite moving South.

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Trish Murray

Campaigner

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Trish Murray

Campaigner

Trish works on the Campaigns by You team, which means she spends her time helping people across the UK run the campaigns that matter to them.

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Luke Ilott

Campaigns By You Intern

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Luke Ilott

Campaigns By You Intern

Luke recently joined 38 Degrees as an intern with Campaigns By You team. He’s excited to be a part of an organisation leading the fight for citizens’ power in a digital age.

Luke has previously campaigned as an environmental activist and charity fundraiser, as well as organising a campaign for more equal pay rates among staff at universities.

When he’s not saving the world, Luke enjoys activities such as interacting with friends, eating food and pursuing hobbies.

Louie Herbert

Local Campaigner

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Louie Herbert

Local Campaigner

Louie joined 38 Degrees in November of 2015. Having previously helping to found ACORN, a community union working on numerous issues from reforming the Private Rental Sector in Bristol to getting safer crossings for busy roads in London. He has also campaigned heavily on issues around militarism, austerity, the environment and detention centres. In his spare time he enjoys complaining about how much better Fish and Chips are in Yorkshire, feeling superior about not watching TV (because he just uses iplayer) and dressing up in gold to play ping pong.

Stewart Kirkpatrick

Head of Scotland

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Stewart Kirkpatrick

Head of Scotland

Stewart runs our operations and campaigns in Scotland, representing our members in Scotland’s unique social context. He has been editor of scotsman.com and caledonianmercury.com and was head of digital for Yes Scotland. In his spare time, he slogs up hills slowly, plays video games with his kids and watches Hibs with varying degrees of frustration.

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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!

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Bryony Walker

Head of Offline Organising

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Bryony Walker

Head of Offline Organising

Bryony is extremely proud to be part of 38 Degrees! If you’ve got ideas for exciting events to campaign for a better world, she’s the person to get in touch with.

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

Tech Director

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James Rees

Tech Director

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.

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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 runs the Campaigns by You part of our website. He writes campaign emails, manages the development of new technology and ensure the CBY team is helping members across the country win campaigns locally and nationally.

Robin comes from the best place in the UK, 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.

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Amy Lockwood

Campaigns Manager

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Amy Lockwood

Campaigns Manager

Amy’s been at 38 Degrees for a couple of years now. She grew up in Oxfordshire but now lives in East London -and loves it. Outside of work, Amy’s a flautist and loves her colouring book.

Laura Kim

Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

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Laura Kim

Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

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 Shackleton

Campaigns Director

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Blanche Shackleton

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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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

Megan has been at 38 Degrees for three years now! 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.

Andrea Cooper

Board Member

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Andrea Cooper

Board Member

Andrea Cooper is Head of Foundation for Liverpool Football Club. She moved back to her home town of Liverpool in 2015 to take this role – motivated by the potential for LFC and its 600 million global fans to make a positive contribution to the world. She was previously CEO of UpRising – a national not for profit organisation that supports young people from under-represented groups to achieve leadership positions in public life. Andrea started her career with Procter & Gamble developing commercial propositions for market leading brands such as Ariel, Pampers, and Pringles. She then worked for Common Purpose as Operations Director – a not for profit international development organisation, and the BBC as Project Manager for the £600m Digital Switchover Help Scheme and the £800m move to New Broadcasting House.

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Peter Tyson

Board Member

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Peter Tyson

Board Member

Nicola Reindorp

Nicola Reindorp

Board Member

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Nicola Reindorp

Nicola Reindorp

Board Member

Nicola has been campaigning for the protection of people in armed conflicts for more than 15 years. She’s worked for Oxfam International as the head of their New York office, with the UN in Rwanda, as a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and as an adviser to Avaaz. She co-founded the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, dedicated to preventing mass atrocities. She’s currently Campaign Director at Crisis Action, which catalyses coalition campaigns to protect civilians from Syria to South Sudan.

Henry de Zoete

Board Member

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Henry de Zoete

Board Member

Henry brings with him years of experience in government, consumer power and campaigning. He has previously worked for the think tank Reform, drove successful campaigns at Portland Communications, and was an adviser in the Department for Education. In 2014 Henry co-founded consumer collective The Big Deal, which uses people power to campaign for better deals. In its first year of operation The Big Deal saved British consumers over £4 million on their energy bills and exposed unfair and dishonest practices by the biggest price comparison websites, which led to a crackdown by energy regulator Ofgem.

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.

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Clare Algar

Chair of the Board

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Clare Algar

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.