I graduated from Cambridge in 1997 and became a political consultant working with regulated industries (banks, utilities, transport companies) providing advice on how to respond to the Labour Government’s social inclusion agenda. This experience of working across a wide range of issues for a portfolio of clients at a time of political change fuelled my interest in the policy making process and it’s potential for positive impact on society.
Having completed my Masters degree in 2000, I joined BOND, the membership body for NGOs working in international development leading on UK advocacy on behalf of BOND’s over 300 members. At BOND, I coordinated UK NGOs input into the Financing for Development Conference in 2002 and the campaign to raise the UK aid budget. I also ran regular training courses for BOND members and other groups on understanding the UK political system and developing advocacy strategies.
I left BOND to join Students Partnership Worldwide (now Restless Development) where I developed the organisation’s campaigns and advocacy work. I initiated and launched the Student Stop AIDS Campaign bringing student campaigners together across University campuses which still thrives today. I developed key strategic relationships with other youth and student campaigning organisations and other stakeholders such as MTV.
In 2004 I moved to Nairobi to take up a position as advocacy capacity building consultant working with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) working with their national chapters in Rwanda, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia. I provided coaching and organisational development support to develop national advocacy strategies and produced an advocacy training manual which is available for the 33 national chapters of FAWE.
When this consultancy (funded by the UK’s Department for International Development) ended I joined Oxfam GB to coordinate advocacy on Sudan for a year before becoming the Regional Advocacy and Campaigns manager covering nine countries and Oxfam’s three major international campaigns. In 2007 I managed the regional advisory and communication team as acting regional programme manager. I was also seconded to Oxfam International’s New York office to lobby the UN Security Council on humanitarian crises in Sudan, DRC and Northern Uganda.
I returned to the UK in 2008 and joined Ingeus to manage the Ingeus Centre for Policy and Research. Ingeus delivers welfare-to-work programmes in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. My role was to liaise with the UK Government, the European Union, the OECD and the ILO to consolidate Ingeus’ knowledge and experience working with the long-term unemployed and influence relevant policy.
For the past seveb years I have been combining interim advocacy and campaigns positions (with Publish What You Fund, Oxfam GB and Development Initiatives) with independent consultancy work. At Publish What You Fund (PWYF), I worked as Deputy Director for four months strengthening PWYF’s advocacy team and developing the ‘Make Aid Transparent’ campaign. I returned to Oxfam GB in Nairobi for three months to provide support for humanitarian advocacy strategy development. And most recently I worked for six months (June 2011- December 2011) as an interim programme leader for Development Initiatives’ aidinfo programme supporting preparation for the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan and the further development of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
I committed to continuing to improve and develop my skills and have completed the following professional development courses:
- Personal Performance Coaching Diploma (The Coaching Academy)
- Corporate and Executive Coaching (The Coaching Academy)
- Interhealth Building Resilience Under Pressure – Managing Others in High Stress Environments 2011
- BOND Impact Assessment Course 2010
- Social Return on Investment Network SROI impact evaluation training 2009
- Sound Delivery training on podcasting and video for the web 2008
- BOND Introduction to Advocacy 2000
- BOND Corridors of Power EU and World Bank 2000
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (German Marshall Foundation).