38 Degrees staff work hard to make sure that our movement is as effective as possible. We 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. 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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Pooja C Singh

Campaigns Intern

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Pooja C Singh

Campaigns Intern

Before sailing into the world of campaigning, Pooja worked as a liaison member for her university’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, and called on HE institutions to do more to support their BAME graduates. She’s really passionate about women’s rights and accessing education. When she’s not empowering women, she’s either writing, being a history-buff, or attempting to paint something other than stick-people. She juggles her time between campaigning at 38 Degrees, and writing for various publications.

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Isabel Morris

Campaigns Intern

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Isabel Morris

Campaigns Intern

Isabel has recently joined 38 degrees as a Campaigns Intern after experience working on Brexit at Welsh Government and within their local homelessness services.

Isabel is passionate about inter-sectional feminism and when not at work can be found in the kitchen covered in cake batter.

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Meg Dye

Campaigns Intern

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Meg Dye

Campaigns Intern

Having worked in precarious jobs previously, Meg is a firm believer in the power of unions to champion workers. Currently, Meg is passionate about accessible UX/UI, tending to their veg patch, and learning how to woodwork.

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Siobhan Harley

Campaigns Director

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Siobhan Harley

Campaigns Director

Siobhan leads some 38 Degrees campaigns and looks after the organisation’s marketing and fundraising, ensuring our community continues to grow and fight for change. Prior to joining 38 Degrees, Siobhan lead campaigns for politicians, governments and charities in the US, UK and Middle East. She is passionate about civil rights, pasta, and her dog, Riley.

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Kate Murray

Member Support Assistant

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Kate Murray

Member Support Assistant

Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania Kate has lived in the UK for the best part of 4 years. She previously worked in the social enterprise sector where she helped run campaigns to promote businesses with a social purpose. Outside of work she loves practicing yoga, brushing up on conversational Spanish and finding new places in London to go wild swimming.

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Ashley Bertie

Head of Campaigns

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Ashley Bertie

Head of Campaigns

Ashley is a campaigner with a background in policing governance and political campaigning. 

Ashley comes from the home of the Peaky Blinders TV show, Birmingham, UK. Prior to joining the team, he was previously the West Midlands Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner. He also ran campaigns for members of parliament focussed on widening participation in democracy and social justice. 

In his spare time, he tries to be in the front row of every music gig he attends, and his support for Aston Villa FC continues to bring him unrelenting pain and anguish.

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Nayela Wickramasuriya

Campaign Technologist

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Nayela Wickramasuriya

Campaign Technologist

Nayela is a Campaign Technologist at 38 Degrees. She spends her days fixing bugs and working on technical solutions for campaigners. Prior to moving into tech, Nayela worked in business intelligence and strategic communications in conflict zones.When she isn’t at work, Nayela spends her time working on side projects, reading and optimising her snacking.

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Jana Matyskova

Executive Assistant

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Jana Matyskova

Executive Assistant

Jana is the interim Executive Assistant to Campaigns Director, Ellie as well as to interim Chief Executive, Zoe. Jana returned to London from Australia in January 2020 where she had many years experience as a Personal Assistant.

Jana has a love for travelling and hopes to see the world while patting as many dogs as possible.

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Ian Sherratt

Campaign Technologist

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Ian Sherratt

Campaign Technologist

Ian is a life long tech geek with experience in working on everything from software for film studios to online activism. When not moving around electrons to make things happen he likes making things out of wood, and moving himself down mountains quickly, usually whilst going ‘wheeeee’.

Zoe Whyatt

Interim Executive Director

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Zoe Whyatt

Interim Executive Director

Zoe has led a food rescue charity in Australia, set up software companies in the US and Europe, and advised social enterprises and charities on strategy in the UK. Zoe also spent 6 years as Chair of WorkingRite, a work-based mentoring and employability program in Scotland.

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Sarah Middlemiss

Campaigns Assistant

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Sarah Middlemiss

Campaigns Assistant

An active campaigner throughout her time at university, Sarah has campaigned on a range of issues including: migrants’ rights, gender equality, and accessibility for those with Disabilities and/or mental health issues.

Since graduating, she worked in both the UK and Germany with an international humanitarian charity, before joining 38 Degrees in October 2019.

When she isn’t at work Sarah likes sewing, taking part in pub quizzes and trying to befriend dogs in her local park.

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Matt Richards

Campaigns Assistant

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Matt Richards

Campaigns Assistant

Matt’s previous experience includes working as a journalist, and supporting university students to get involved in campaigns focused on educational and social issues.

Outside of work he enjoys trying his hand at creative writing and playing music, as well as heading to the cinema and testing out all of the brunch places.

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Michael Bailey

Campaigner

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Michael Bailey

Campaigner

A recent Politics and International Relations graduate, Michael has a passion for all things political. Michael previously worked with members of Parliament and the Electoral Commission to publish a book, aimed at encouraging young people to vote in 2010 general elections. He has also campaigned on issues related to widening participation and social justice.

Outside of work, Michael is a keen traveller, photographer and blogger. He enjoys nothing more than getting lost in a random city in some far-flung region of the world. He’s also a big fan of Afro-beats and Dancehall music.

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Chloe Lawson

Campaigner

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Chloe Lawson

Campaigner

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Anna Finnegan

Executive Assistant

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Anna Finnegan

Executive Assistant

Anna is the Executive Assistant to Campaigns Directors Ellie and Charlotte, as well as to Interim Chief Executive, Judith. Prior to 38 Degrees, Anna worked in classical music as an Artist Manager. Music has always played a big part in her life: outside of the office, Anna loves to sing and is a longstanding member of the London-based chamber choir, Canticum. She is also cricket-mad and loves participating in team sports generally!

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Sana Yusuf

Campaigner

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Sana Yusuf

Campaigner

After doing lots of campaigning during her time at University, Sana did a stint at Amnesty UK working on a campaign to empower refugees through football. She’s super passionate about Human Rights and Housing issues and enjoys walking tours, ramen and fluffy cats.

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Faye Brookes

Member Insight & Support Assistant

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Faye Brookes

Member Insight & Support Assistant

Faye is a Member Insight & Support Assistant at 38 Degrees. Before joining the team Faye studied Anthropology and has a background working in research. Outside of work, Faye loves a good read and is learning to be a bell ringer.

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Tom Morton

Campaign Technologist

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Tom Morton

Campaign Technologist

Tom has been programming computers since the age of 10, and has campaigned against the Iraq war, and for workers’ rights. He moved to 38 Degrees from a career in various tech startups, so that he could combine these two interests.

When Tom is not staring at computer code, he likes to hill walk, take the dogs to the beach, play classical guitar and listen to drum & bass.

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Cindy Xie

Campaign Technologist

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Cindy Xie

Campaign Technologist

Cindy is a Software Engineer who is originally from New York City. Having dabbled in code sporadically while pursuing a different career back in New York, she finally decided to take the leap into the world of code after relocating to London. When not writing code, Cindy can be found exploring her other interests which include cooking, travelling, and trying to convince her husband to get her a french bulldog.

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James Hulme

Campaign Technologist

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James Hulme

Campaign Technologist

James spends his days in front of a computer screen, writing code and fixing bugs.

When not sat in front of his computer screen James can be found on his bike cycling around the Lothians.

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David Innes

Campaigner for Campaigns by You

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David Innes

Campaigner for Campaigns by You

David is a 38 Degrees Campaigns by You (CBY) campaigner from Essex and is passionate about the national health service and equality.  Outside of work David regularly attends sporting events and music gigs, actively gets involved in anti racism and environmental issues and spends far to much of his time trying to justify another slice of pizza.

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Ellie Gellard

Campaigns Director

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Ellie Gellard

Campaigns Director

Ellie directs some 38 Degrees campaigns and works on promoting our work and our members priorities, so that we can win on more of the issues we care about. Before joining the team, she led campaigns for children’s charities and was an advisor in Parliament.

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Jess Hodge

Campaigner

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Jess Hodge

Campaigner

As a Campaigner at 38 Degrees Jess works across a range of our campaigns. Her background is in health campaigning, but she’s also done lots of frontline work in areas such as homelessness and food poverty.

She’s passionate about feminism, The thick of it and her dog, Paddy.

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Andrew Sibley

Campaign Technologist

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Andrew Sibley

Campaign Technologist

Andrew is a Software Engineer, and spends his days writing code, investigating bugs, and helping campaigners with tech.

He has a Computer Science degree and previously spent many years working as a software developer at an online retailer. Now he combines his coding skills and interest in politics & people power at 38 Degrees.

In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, going to gigs & festivals, and attempting to rock climb.

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Zoe Thomas

Member Insight & Support Coordinator

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Zoe Thomas

Member Insight & Support Coordinator

Caerphilly-born Zoe is a Member Insight & Support Coordinator with a background in psychology and research. Zoe is passionate about public services, intersectional equality, and mental health. Outside of work you can find her lifting weights at the gym, browsing a clothing sale, or making her way through an amazing new TV show.

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Mia Obertelli

Creative Content Lead

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Mia Obertelli

Creative Content Lead

Coming from a background in online video production, Mia’s job at 38 Degrees is to produce video content that will help us to reach more people and win campaigns. When she’s not working, she can be found making theatre, watching Buffy, and dog-spotting.

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Cathy Warren

Campaigns By You Manager

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Cathy Warren

Campaigns By You Manager

Cathy is Campaigns by You Manager 38 Degrees. She loves supporting 38 Degrees members to run campaigns on everything you can imagine.

In her spare time, she supports her local non- league football team, rides around on steam trains – and really loves BTS!

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Maggie Chao

Head of Campaigns

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Maggie Chao

Head of Campaigns

Maggie spends her day-to-day working to empower people from all over the UK to create change on the issues they care about. Originally from Canada, before coming to the UK Maggie spent a year abroad in Beijing wrapping up her Master’s research on square dancing. When she’s not ruminating about people power, she likes cooking, going for long meandering walks, and weightlifting.

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Denny de la Haye

Campaign Technologist

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Denny de la Haye

Campaign Technologist

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’, and since May 2016 he’s been helping millions of 38 Degrees members push for more people power in politics.

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Gordon Maloney

Campaigner - Scotland

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Gordon Maloney

Campaigner - Scotland

Gordon is a campaigner for 38 Degrees based in the Scotland office in sunny Leith.

He has a background in campaigning on a wide range of issues, and is also involved in the Living Rent tenants’ union. He also likes terrible puns.

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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Robin Priestley

Campaigns Director

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Robin Priestley

Campaigns Director

Robin is a campaigner with a background in technology and design. Day to day runs the Campaigns by You part of our website. He directs campaigns teams and the develops 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 a range of campaigns areas. 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. He’s also an awesome skateboarder.

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Becca McCarthy

Head of Member Insight and Support

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Becca McCarthy

Head of Member Insight and Support

Becca moved to London from a small town in Newfoundland, Canada a few years ago. She works to make sure everyone who’s part of 38 Degrees has the best experience possible.

Beyond 38 Degrees, she loves to travel, cook, read, and look at other peoples’ dogs in parks.

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Megan Bentall

Campaigns Manager

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Megan Bentall

Campaigns Manager

Megan has been at 38 Degrees for four years now! Before that she used to tour manage bands. In her spare time Megan enjoys reading, singing, hanging out with her dog, and trying to convince people to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack.

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Chair

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Chair

Sue is a campaigner and commentator who has worked in the social change sector for approaching thirty years.

Currently, Sue is CEO of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, a ‘think and do tank’ that builds capacity in campaigning and social change while protecting civic space. Previously she was CEO of Women in Sport, where she oversaw a spectrum of campaigns aimed at unlocking the potential of women’s elite sport while helping more women become active, including supporting Sport England’s award-winning This Girl Can campaign.

She worked for The Body Shop in the late 90’s where she was responsible for the global roll out of the pioneering Ruby campaign, which first made the connection between body image and self-esteem. In her twenties, she devised the award-winning Bag ‘n’ Bin It campaign for the Women’s Environmental Network; co-founded the Women’s Communication Centre which hosted the high profile What Women Want campaign; and worked for the British Government supporting their role in the Fourth UN World Conference on Women.

She is currently Chair of Judges for Haymarket’s Purpose Awards; has an Honorary Degree from Liverpool John Moore’s University for her work in women’s health; and was awarded an OBE for “services to sport” in the 2013 New Years’ Honours list.

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Patrick Vernon

Board Member

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Patrick Vernon

Board Member

Patrick Vernon OBE is social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. He has over twenty years’ senior experience working across mental health, public health, heritage and race equality and is well known in health, local government and the voluntary sector.  In 2018 he kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. Patrick is currently Associate Director for Connected Communities at the Centre for Ageing Better, Equality and Diversity Adviser to Lambeth Council, Chair of Citizens Partnership for Healthcare Investigation Branch (HSIB) and Senior Associate at OLMEC. Patrick is a Patron of ACCI a long established black mental health charity in Wolverhampton and Patron of Santé a social enterprise in Camden which supports and befriends refugees and asylum seekers across London. Patrick is Vice Chair of the Bernie Grant Trust and a board member of 38 Degrees.  He received and OBE in 2012 for his work in race equality and health. He was award an honorary PhD by Wolverhampton University in 2018 for his campaigning and writing on culture, history and migration. In 2019 Patrick received the SMK Lifetime Achievement Award for campaigning.

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Ellie Ereira

Board Member

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Ellie Ereira

Board Member

Ellie co-founded and runs Pivotal Act, an initiative dedicated to working with nonprofits to collaboratively create technology that addresses social, humanitarian and environmental issues. She has tackled the challenge of building technology for impact from many different sectors, including at the World Bank, UK-based start-up OpenSignal, the US Department of Energy, and in academia at MIT. 

Ellie is passionate about supporting product teams to take an outcomes focused, systems-led, and ethical approach to create impact, always in partnership with the communities we design for.

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Devin O’Shaughnessy

Board Member

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Devin O’Shaughnessy

Board Member

Devin has spent over 20 years working in the field of international development, with a specific focus on democracy assistance. Devin has served as Director of Programmes at Westminster Foundation for Democracy for the last 5+ years, and has a passion for parliaments, political parties, civil society, women’s political leadership, civic tech, and environmental democracy. He has worked and lived in Indonesia, Afghanistan, Romania, Haiti, El Salvador, the U.K., and the U.S., and can be found tweeting on democracy-related issues @devin_wfd on Twitter.

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Sarah Sternberg

Board Member

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Sarah Sternberg

Board Member

Sarah currently leads social impact strategy at Movember, where she works on campaigns and initiatives that challenge masculine norms in order to promote men’s health.

Prior to this, Sarah worked at leading agency Purpose, where she supported and built social movements on issues from global health, to climate change, and children’s play, working with partners such as the Gates Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and LEGO Foundation.

Before Purpose, Sarah led the strategy for Asia and the US at NGO Girl Effect, where she developed a specialism in youth-led programming and media that drive change.

Sarah began her career as a strategist at the UK’s leading creative advertising agency AMVBBDO. During her time in advertising, Sarah produced campaigns that won creative and strategic awards, from the APG, Marketing Society and IPA.

Prior to this, Sarah studied Sociology at Bristol University, Columbia University, and completed her master’s degree in Gender and Sociology at the London School of Economics

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Zoe Laycock

Board Member

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Zoe Laycock

Board Member

Zoe is a senior marketer, with a relentless professional commitment to authentic, positive online engagement and customer experience.

She applies her extensive marketing expertise across building online communities, product marketing, content creation, advertising, entertainment / sports marketing, and digital marketing. In short, launching new stuff and driving growth, engagement and loyalty.

Zoe has over 12+ years of successful digital leadership experience working for startups, notable tech companies, Bauer Media Group, DMG Media and Edelman; in addition to leading prominent public sector egovernment and smart cities transformation initiatives.

Zoe is passionate about in disruptive tech for good and tech that drives positive change. Zoe can be found lurking around the internet at @firestartr

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Richard Lackmann

Board Member

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Richard Lackmann

Board Member

Richard has more than 30 years of experience in financial and general management leadership in commercial and not for profit entities. He has worked as a COO, CFO and Director/ Trustee in number of organisations in the UK, USA and Africa. Since stepping down from full time employment in 2017, Richard has joined the board of Doteveryone as their Treasurer, mentored senior finance professionals and consulted on strategy and financial management.

Buki Obayiuwana

Board Member

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Buki Obayiuwana

Board Member

Buki is a Qualified Accountant and Management Consultant with over 17 years experience advising Senior Executives on how to improve the operational performance of their organisations. She is a Director at Baringa Partners LLP, a mid-sized full service Consulting firm, where she acts as Head of Finance Transformation Practice for Insurance clients and People Lead for the Insurance sector. She is also the Treasurer and a member of the Parochial Church Council at St John the Baptist Church. Buki is both a mentor and a coach; she is passionate about diversity as well as developing and empowering people of all personalities and backgrounds in the workplace.

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Peter Tyson

Board Member

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Peter Tyson

Board Member

Social business and development adviser. Grant director at the Roddick Foundation, previous head of global franchising for the Body Shop International.