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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Molly Boydon

Campaigns Intern

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Molly Boydon

Campaigns Intern

After graduating from university Molly managed youth development projects where she focused on building relationships between young people and local charities. She has campaigned on a number of issues including gender equality and social justice.

She loves teaching and practising yoga, exploring new places and donuts.

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Denholm Spurr

Campaigns Intern

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Denholm Spurr

Campaigns Intern

Denholm recently joined the 38 Degrees team as a Campaigns Intern. Previously he worked internationally extensively as an actor, producer and director, but found his work becoming increasingly political. He has run campaigns for the entertainment unions, against homelessness, and for LGBTQ+ community; he was part of the award-winning team who delivered the Dean Street PRIME service reducing HIV infection rates in London by 80%.

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Beth Jamal

Campaigns Intern

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Beth Jamal

Campaigns Intern

Beth recently graduated from university and joins 38 Degrees as a Campaigns Intern. At university she campaigned on a range of issues including women’s rights, social justice and Palestine.

She loves going to gigs, quoting Alan Partridge and long walks in the park with her dog.

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Mike Matters

Campaigns Intern

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Mike Matters

Campaigns Intern

After graduating from university in Australia, Mike joined 38 Degrees as a Campaigns Intern in February 2018. He has previously campaigned for more sustainable food and agricultural systems, and also run workshops is schools facilitating discussions on gender equality.

Outside of work he loves nothing more than to get out of the city to go rock-climbing or trail-running.

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Heather Campbell

Bookkeeper

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Heather Campbell

Bookkeeper

Heather is our bookkeeper and office baker. She has been part of 38 Degrees from the very beginning and has enjoyed seeing us grow in to the amazing organisation we are now.
Heather is originally from Doncaster but came to London to attend Imperial College and never went back. She now lives in Surrey with her family and numerous dogs and cat. She mainly works from home but comes in to the office regularly and is always welcome, especially if she brings in her signature veggie sausage rolls.

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Ben Craig

Campaigns Manager

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Ben Craig

Campaigns Manager

Ben recently joined 38 Degrees as a Campaigns Manager. Before that, he worked in Parliament and in the private sector.

He really likes cricket, comedy, The Smiths and George Orwell.

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Rebecca Taylor

Campaigns Manager

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Rebecca Taylor

Campaigns Manager

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David Innes

Campaigns Assistant for Campaigns by You

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David Innes

Campaigns Assistant for Campaigns by You

David is a 38 Degrees Campaigns by You (CBY) campaigns assistant based in 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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Barri Mason

Software engineer

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Barri Mason

Software engineer

Barri works as a software engineer and spends his days coding software, chasing bugs, querying data and drinking too much coffee. Outside work he plays piano, goes for long walks in nature, and builds interactive audiovisual installations.

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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

Software Engineer

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Andrew Sibley

Software Engineer

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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Nuri Syed Corser

Campaigns Intern

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Nuri Syed Corser

Campaigns Intern

After finishing university, Nuri joined 38 Degrees as a paid campaigns intern. He’s previously campaigned on a number of issues, including climate change, migrants’ rights and ethical investment.

Outside of campaigning, Nuri is a zealous cat-person and loves making theatre.

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Ruby Earle

Campaigns Assistant

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Ruby Earle

Campaigns Assistant

Ruby is a Campaigns Assistant at 38 Degrees. She has campaigned on a range of issues including tax justice, responsible investment, and migrants’ rights.

Outside of work she loves climbing mountains, playing football, and eating pizza.

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Zoë McKendree

Campaigner

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Zoë McKendree

Campaigner

As a campaigner Zoë spends her time working on lots of different campaigns – from saving the NHS to fighting for equality.

Zoë has previously worked within women’s rights, environmental protection and international development; including setting up an anti-street harassment campaign in Birmingham and working in South Africa for a couple of years – where she lived in tent.

Outside of work, she is passionate about intersectional feminism, youth participation, disability rights, and social justice – and is obsessed with cats.

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Rachel Whalley

Executive Assistant

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Rachel Whalley

Executive Assistant

Rachel works as an assistant to four of the directors – Bex, Blanche, Ellie and Laura.

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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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 supporting 38 Degrees members to run campagins on everything you can imagine with Campaigns by You.

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, travelling and US politics.

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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 Manager

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Maggie Chao

Campaigns Manager

Maggie 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 cooking, going for long meandering walks, and weightlifting.

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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, leading great teams and empowering 38 Degrees members to give their money to issues they care about. Rachel previously campaigned on Israel-Palestine, had a stint working in Parliament, and lived and worked in California and Egypt. Outside of work, Rachel lives for cheese and bagels, a core part of her Jewish identity. And likes getting involved in feminist and anti-racist stuff.

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Sarah Joy McDermott

Operations Assistant

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Sarah Joy McDermott

Operations Assistant

Sarah Joy is part of our amazing operations team (HR & finance) across our London and Edinburgh offices. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ and women’s rights and outside work you’ll usually find her at a music festival, gig …or in Dublin!

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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.

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

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Laura Kim

Head of Operations and Executive Assistant

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Laura Kim

Head of Operations 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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Srabani Sen

Chair

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Srabani Sen

Chair

Following a 30-year executive career which included being the CEO of three non-profits, Srabani set up a consultancy in 2014 specialising in leadership, organisational development and senior executive coaching. She is passionate about social justice and has spent much of her career campaigning for a better deal for the most vulnerable people in the UK.  Srabani has 25 years’ Board experience. As well as being chair of 38 Degrees, she is also chair of children and young people’s charity The Winch. Srabani was awarded an OBE for her services to children and young people.

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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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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.

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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 Deputy Executive 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.

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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.