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, 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.

Click the tabs below to meet our staff, volunteers, members and board.

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Aiyan Maharasingam

Campaigns By You Intern

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Aiyan Maharasingam

Campaigns By You Intern

Aiyan is working with the Campaigns By You team after recently graduating from university. Outside of 38 Degrees, he enjoys afro-beat, football, youth-work and Gramsci.

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Emily Evans

Campaigns Intern

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Emily Evans

Campaigns Intern

Now that I have finally had to graduate and enter the real world, I am excited to be a Campaign Intern here at 38 Degrees. With a background in economic development, I have campaigned for economic reform and mental health. Outside of work you’ll find me watching reruns of The West Wing and eating too many strawberries on my parent’s farm.

Barbara Lambert

Campaigns by You Intern

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Barbara Lambert

Campaigns by You Intern

Barbara is working with the Campaigns by You team with 38 Degrees. This role involves supporting members to run their own local campaigns, be it by suggesting approaching an MP or mobilising the community.  Her background involves offline campaigning and getting people engaged in campaigns. Barbara is particularly passionate about environmental issues, sustainability and youth issues. In her spare time, she loves to relax by going on nature walks, chilling with friends and going to interesting talks.

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Rachel Whalley

Team Assistant

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Rachel Whalley

Team Assistant

Rachel works within the Operations of the team.

When she’s not at work, Rachel can be found walking her dog, taking photos of her dog, or telling people how much she loves her dog.

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Natasha Adams

Strategic activism advisor

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Natasha Adams

Strategic activism advisor

Natasha’s years as a grassroots activist focused on environmental and social justice, and anti-militarism, evolved into a career as a professional campaigner which has spanned the last decade. She is a self described social change geek, and an activism expert. Natasha is working to refresh and relaunch our local groups network.

When she isn’t geeking out on social movement history and organising strategies, you might find her reading feminist sci-fi or sitting under a tree (on a good day – maybe both).

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Tameka Mortimer

Local Groups organising assistant

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Tameka Mortimer

Tameka Mortimer

Local Groups organising assistant

Tameka is working with the local groups sector of 38 Degrees to empower our members on the ground. She is extremely passionate about equality, the NHS and rights. When not in the office she is auditioning and performing and desperately hoping that one day she’ll receive her acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

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Zoe Thomas

Member Services Assistant

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Zoe Thomas

Member Services Assistant

Caerphilly-born Zoe is a Member Services Assistant 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

Lead Video Producer

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Mia Obertelli

Lead Video Producer

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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Gwen Kouwenberg

Member Services Assistant

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Gwen Kouwenberg

Member Services Assistant

Gwen is a Member Services Assistant at 38 Degrees. She has international experience, and moved over from the Netherlands to study social marketing. When she is not at work, Gwen likes to travel, cook or take her friend’s dog for long walks by the beach.

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Cathy Warren

Campaigner

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Cathy Warren

Campaigner

Cathy is a campaigner at 38 Degrees. She loves fighting to save the NHS and campaigning on workers’ rights.

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

Holly Maltby

Campaigner

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Holly Maltby

Campaigner

As a campaigner Holly spends her time working on all sorts of campaigns – anything from saving the bees to fighting for the NHS. She is passionate about making change in communities, and believes that everyone has the ability to make the world a better place.

When she’s not in the office, she’s tending to her brand new vegetable garden.

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Georgie Laming

Organiser

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Georgie Laming

Organiser

Georgie organises people in taking offline actions – like meeting other members and meeting MPs.

She’s passionate about feminism, Gilmore Girls, and travelling.

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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

Campaigner

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Maggie Chao

Campaigner

Maggie’s a Campaigner at 38 Degrees. She spends her day-to-day working to empower people to enact 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 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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Charlotte Woodworth

Campaigns Director

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Charlotte Woodworth

Campaigns Director

Charlotte is a Campaigns Director at 38 Degrees, running campaigns on everything from parks to social security. Her background includes campaigning on women’s rights (esp. economic equality and political representation), climate change and child poverty – social justice, people power and sustainability are her bag.

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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 working out how to win campaigns, and how to empower 38 Degrees members to give their money to issues they care about. Rachel previously campaigned on Palestine, had a stint working in Parliament, and caused trouble in California on corporate campaigns. Outside of work, Rachel lives for cheese, likes getting involved in feminist and anti-racist stuff, and tries to maintain her Jewish East London roots despite moving South.

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Sarah Joy McDermott

Operations Assistant

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Sarah Joy McDermott

Operations Assistant

Sarah Joy is part of the Operations team and looks after HR&Finance.

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Trish Murray

Campaigns Manager

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Trish Murray

Campaigns Manager

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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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.

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

Visual Content Manager

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Rowan Pereira

Visual Content Manager

Rowan looks after 38 Degrees’ visual content, thats everything from images on Facebook to billboards and video’s. She works on a whole range of campaigns helping the team to communicate in pictures as well as words! Rowan likes cycling, anything to do with the Tudors and is a huge fan of modern art.

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.

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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.

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Becca McCarthy

Member Information Officer

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Becca McCarthy

Member Information Officer

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 has an intense love of travel and spends too much time staring at other people’s dogs in parks.

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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.

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Bex Hay

Tech Director

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Bex Hay

Tech Director

Bex splits her day between leading the tech team, 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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Megan Bentall

Campaigns and Projects Manager

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Megan Bentall

Campaigns and Projects 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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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.

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Ruth Davis

Board Member

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Ruth Davis

Board Member

Ruth Davis is a writer, campaigner, political analyst and conservationist with over twenty years’ experience in the environment sector. She is a Senior Associate at E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) and a Political Advisor several other NGOs, including RSPB, Greenpeace and Here Now. Her areas of interest include the relationship between environmental politics, social justice and the wider politics of the common good; and the importance of place and a love of nature in determining identity and fostering well-being. She has a degree in English, a diploma in Botanical Horticulture from Kew Gardens and an MSc in Plant Sciences. From 1997 to 2001 she managed an extensive programme of conservation projects for Plantlife – the Wild Plant Conservation Charity – before joining the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, where she lead the Society’s work on water and climate change. From 2009 to 2015 she was Political Director at Greenpeace UK, where she helped develop and implement campaigns on climate and energy, fair fishing and the protection of the Arctic. Ruth writes extensively about the philosophy, politics and practice of environmentalism, and was awarded an MBE for services to the environment in 2014.

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Nick Anstead

Board Member

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Nick Anstead

Board Member

Nick Anstead is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Director of the MSc in Politics and Communications. His research focuses on political communication, election campaigning, institutions and political ideas, and has been published in a number of leading journals in the field including the International Journal of Press-Politics, the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, and Information Communication Society. His research is available here. Nick is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a frequent political commentator on national and international media, and tweets @nickanstead.

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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Nicola Reindorp

Board Member

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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.