Carys has been working in communications for what feels like a lifetime but is actually seven years. She started out doing media for aparliamentary candidate who is now an MP. Then she spent three years at a PR and public affairs agency working for companies like Eurostar, BlackBerry and Universal Music. She headed up the communications team at the New Economics Foundation, then worked for another politician, shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy. She's now Communications Director at SumOfUs.
Kajal campaigns for the website Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform supporting campaigns from women on banknotes to putting FGM on the Government's agenda. She has 8 years of experience organising national campaigns including protecting patient rights at Macmillan, tackling benefits cuts with homeless charity Crisis and supporting young people engage in politics at the UK Youth Parliament. Passionate about racial justice, Kajal has also helped set up the People of Colour in Campaigns network.
Rachel Collinson was voted in the UK's Top 50 Most Influential People in Fundraising. Over her 15 year career in the nonprofit digital sector, she has worked with dozens of local, national and international campaigns and fundraising drives, from small charities to big household names. Her most high-profile projects have been the 'Save Santa's Home' campaign for Greenpeace and '64 For Suu' for the Burma Campaign UK. She likes LOLcats, being honest about her failings, and Pepsi Max (a bit too much).
Bex went on the very first bootcamp, loved it, and decided to do it all again as an organiser. Bex is currently a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees, and has a background in mobilising activists to challenge corporate power. In 2014 she co-founded the campaign group Amazon Anonymous, organising a mass Christmas boycott of Amazon to expose its worker exploitation and tax dodging practices. Outside this, Bex is into building websites and a mad cricket fan.
Sarah Reader is Campaign Against Arms Trade's Training and Events Coordinator. She supports a broad range of people to take action against the arms trade and was involved in setting up the Stop the Arms Fair coalition. Before CAAT, she worked in the activism team at Global Justice Now and has been involved in different groups campaigning on climate change and anti-austerity issues.
Yas has campaigned for better sex and relationships education and No More Page 3. She also works a lot with young people to help mobilise them to make change. Yas has experience starting and running petitions, organising direct action protests, community organising, media, social media, blogging, email writing, dress-up, grassroots and NGO.
Nimco Ali is the director and co-founder of Daughters of Eve. She studied at Bristol University and worked as a civil servant, independent training consultant and Women’s Rights Activist for several years. She has written widely on FGM and violence against women and girls within the BME community in the UK.
She is the social media and network coordinator for the ‘End FGM/ C Social Change Campaign’, a programme supported by the government to tackle FGM.
Greygory Vass is the co-founder of Open Bardbers: 'an environment where the diversity of gender expressions are recognised, celebrated and encouraged – and this leaves people feeling valued and visible in their identity'.
Kevin Smith is the press officer at Global Justice Now. He joined in October 2014, after having spent 6 years at Platform overseeing their communications development and campaigning against oil sponsorship of the arts. He has been active on climate justice issues since the mobilisation at COP 6 summit in The Hague in 2000, and also spent time living in Spain on politically-engaged land based projects. In his spare time he obsesses about obscure disco records and hangs out with his cat.
As a community organiser and activist, I’ve worked with people affected by the housing crisis and benefit cuts, migrant rights issues, and experienced how invisible groups like QTIPOCs (queer/trans/intersex/people of colour) are affected.
Helena attended Bristol University and is a Campaigns Officer at Mind.