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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Nathan Louise

Data Analyst

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Nathan Louise

Data Analyst

Nathan is a Data Analyst. His background is in database management and business insight in the charity sector. At 38 Degrees, he crunches numbers, makes pretty charts and generally helps the team to understand our supporters.

In his spare time he enjoys climbing (above a big soft crash mat), listening to podcasts and taking his dog for playdates in the park.

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Amana Dawuda

People and Operations Director

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Amana Dawuda

People and Operations Director

Amana is the first permanent People and Operations Director at 38 Degrees. Amana has worked across a number of sectors including legal, human rights, education, environmental, and INGOs in interim and permanent roles since 1998. Amana has managed, set up and directed HR functions in the UK and Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa and is passionate about diversity, inclusion, equality and equity.

In her spare time Amana enjoys cooking, reading and travelling, learning about local culture and food.

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Tom Kuehnel

Campaigner

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Tom Kuehnel

Campaigner

Tom is a Campaigner at 38 Degrees and is particularly passionate about environmental, animal and human rights issues.

Prior to joining the team, he worked in campaigns and communications roles in the charity sector and Parliament. When he’s not campaigning, you can find Tom in a rowing boat at his nearest stretch of water or with his nose in a textbook attempting to learn Spanish.

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Neil Fray

Finance Director

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Neil Fray

Finance Director

Neil is the first permanent Finance Director for 38 Degrees and brings plenty of experience, 18 years in total, from the non-profit and charity sectors. His aim is to make sure that 38 Degrees always has a strong financial base to work from and is able to invest fully in achieving our campaigning goals. Neil looks after our finance function as well as risk and governance.

As well as his accounting qualifications Neil also has a recent masters degree in Art History and is currently Trustee and Treasurer for the Association for Art History. In the rest of his spare time Neil treks up hills and mountains for fun.

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Jonathan Harty

Campaign Manager

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Jonathan Harty

Campaign Manager

Before joining 38 Degrees Jonathan worked on several political and charity campaigns. He cares about education, human rights and increasing access to campaigning for marginalised and underrepresented communities. He is currently completing a Masters in Global Affairs at King’s College. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys quizzes, watching American sports, writing (sometimes) and looking after his dog, Summer.

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Astrid Spegel

Interim Operations Manager

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Astrid Spegel

Interim Operations Manager

Astrid is our Interim Operations Manager. She provides vital support and oversight of our internal controls at 38 Degrees so the team can concentrate on winning campaigns. Astrid had spent years helping innovative and ambitious teams deliver their core messages by getting into the heart and culture of each organisation and proactively problem-solving.

Prior to her working experience in the UK, Astrid was a professional athlete, representing different European basketball teams in top league divisions. Sports is still her passion, but from a supporter perspective nowadays.

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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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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 Team

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Sarah Middlemiss

Campaigns Team

Before joining 38 Degrees in October 2019, Sarah worked worked in both the UK and Germany with an international humanitarian charity.

Sarah campaigns on a range of issues including: migrants’ rights, environmental issues, gender equality, and accessibility for those with Disabilities and/or mental health issues.

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

Campaigner

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Matt Richards

Campaigner

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

Digital Marketing Lead

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Chloe Lawson

Digital Marketing Lead

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Anna Finnegan

Executive Assistant

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Anna Finnegan

Executive Assistant

Anna is the Executive Assistant to Campaigns Director Ellie, as well as to our Interim Chief Executive, Zoe. 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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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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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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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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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.