What is a mentor?
Every Bootcamp graduate is offered a mentor; a fellow campaigner who offers peer support and helps them figure out how to run more effective campaigns. All our mentors give up their time for free and agree to meet their Bootcamper at least 4 times over 12 months, though most pairs meet more frequently. Past mentors have found it really rewarding to support a Bootcamper through their campaigning journey.
If you're interested in being a mentor just click here to find out more and sign up.
Why have mentors?
We set up the mentor scheme because though it's amazing to go on a week long residential where campaigners come together to spur you on, often when you get back home you find all sorts of new problems confronting you. Mentors are there to help you figure out how best to tackle those problems.
How do I become a mentor?
Awesome! You want to be a mentor. Just go here to find out more and sign up.
Who are the mentors?
Here are the mentors we have so far:
Abdi is a social justice campaigner with a keen interest in equality and diversity. He currently works for the Labour party as an organiser but have previously worked for charities.
Abdi would love to support Bootcampers by talking through campaigns they are working on, career and application advice/support. He's happy to generally just be a sounding board.
Abdi is based in London. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Aderonke is a human rights activist, feminist and LGBTIQ equality advocate.
She started the shut down Yarl's Wood campaign from inside the detention centre. She currently campaigns for a reform in Home Office 's LGBTIQ asylum applications assessment in the UK & to repeal Nigerian anti gay laws.
She is able to support Grass root campaigning strategies and how to win - radical/direct actions and or systemic social change.
Aderonke is based in Manchester. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Ali's first exposure to the world of campaigning in the UK was through Bootcamp. He has worked at 38 Degrees, the Big Deal and now is a Digital Campaigner at the TUC and Chair of RightsInfo. Ali's a refugee.
Ali lives for stories of ordinary people. At 38 Degrees, Ali worked on Campaigns by You and helped dozens of grassroots campaigns. With the Big Deal, he brought people power into the energy market.
Ali is happy to listen. Sometimes we need a sounding board who has lived some of our experiences. More specifically, he is able to offer advice on building a career in campaigning and the politics of being a minority at work.
Ali is based in London. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Ana is a Mexican feminist campaign strategist with +10 years experience as an activist and social project manager, and 5 years as campaign strategist. Started as a human rights activist focused mainly on refugees, children and LGBT rights with Amnesty International; continued as a citizen engagement, political innovation and free speech advocate; was founding member of the change.org Mexican team as a Senior Campaigner, where she worked for 3+ years. She's now a consultant, mentor and trainer for civil society, youth collectives and civic tech initiatives focused mainly on storytelling, online-offline mobilisation, advocacy, public engagement, campaign design and strategic communications.
She'd love to give support in Storytelling and tactical approach for public engagement, as well as online-offline balance. She can meet over Skype.
"Free Spirit | Curious | Feminist | Nomad. Wish to Travel endless. StandUp n Fight 4 #Freedom #Justice #Equality | Social Change Campaigner. MA alumni @UniWestminster
I have worked in political campaigning for quite a bit, freelance campaign designer for Jal Biradari, a water conservation NGO & Sevalaya, NGO for kids with HIV.
I would enjoy supporting with strategy & problem solving, mobilisation, creativity & framing. Every case would be different so everything actually. I would be happy. "
Anand is based in India. You can arrange to meet over Skype.
Atlanta helped set up the Brighton Surfers Against Sewage group in 1991, and was a Director of SAS from 2000-2005. She was Co-ordinator of Seas At Risk Federation in Holland from 2001-2004 and now runs a community beach clean group, The Deans Volunteers, and a charitable education project, Beacon Hub Brighton, whilst continuing to campaign for clean seas through her consultancy.
Based in Brighton, Atlanta is happy to mentor face to face, via Skype or over the phone.
"I started campaigning in 2011, at the age of 59. I had not been politically active before I became a full time volunteer campaigner. It was lonely to start with. But I've met great people now.
I've given in 3 petitions, held public meetings x4, shown campaign films, visited 38degrees local groups and 38degrees training events plus Bootcamp 5. Currently trying to save local hospital A&E and stop STP.
I can help by meeting up, encouragement, language support (used to be teacher). Visual aids design (not tech) banners etc, networking."
Christine is based in North Kirklees. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Duane has been a pioner in e-campaigning since 2000. He founded and runs FairSay, an organisation that offers campaigning consultancy and training. He is also founded the popular eCampaigning Forum community and its annual event(s).
What Duane can offer depends on what the campaign needs. He will help where he can from strategy through to contacts and tactical advice.
Duane is based in London. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Emma has experience in recruiting and inspiring online and offline campaigners to take action. In her career to date she's won new legislation, government investment and battleground election seats.
Emma has worked as Campaigning Officer for Cancer Research UK and is now Communications Manager of Campaigns at the NSPCC. She has a MA in Modern British Politics and has also worked as a campaigner for the Stroke Association and as a Labour party Election Agent.
If you want a sounding board for creative campaign ideas, how to solve problems, and help in managing projects and workload, Emma would be a good fit.
Based in London. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Esther has spent over 15 years working in the not-for-profit space. She has run award winning campaigns and supported social enterprise while building teams. She is the founder of the Social Change Agency.
Esther has been campaigning for 20 years. She has run campaigns, departments and coalitions for lots of charities. She is a judge for the Campaign Award for Charity Times and specialises in crowdfunding.
Esther is happy to offer coaching, mentoring, scheming and working out how to make your campaign be a success while levering your resources for the highest impact.
Esther is based in London. You can arrange to communicate by Skype or in person.
Foyez currently campaigns at an international charity working on challenging structural inequality. Foyez has previously run grassroots campaigns in the area of mental health.
Foyez’s interest include challenging the structures that exist in society that create injustice. His passion includes making the campaigning sector more diverse and mental health where he has extensive experience working with the voluntary sector in this area.
Foyez is happy to offer advice and work through any campaigning problems, including in grassroots campaigning and problems that arise whilst working in larger NGOs.
Foyez is based in Oxford. You can arrange to speak over Skype or in person.
Georgi is currently a global campaigner for a big development NGO, with a keen interest in where our food comes from and who produces it.
Most of Georgi's recent experience is on issues including land rights, climate change, the food system and corporate campaigning, all of which has been at the global level/outside of the UK. She also has some experience in trying to shift internal thinking and power dynamics in NGOs but is keen to think more about how to do this!
Georgi is happy to support with campaign strategy and planning; campaigning approaches and tactics outside of the UK and global campaigning; linking up audiences around the world; and dealing with the ups and downs of working in a big NGO.
Georgi is able to meet over Skype.
Georgia works in advocacy, policy and campaigns with a background in human rights, international development and gender equality. She is currently designing an international gender transformative youth advocacy programme and a UK based mentoring and wellbeing network for girls and women.
Georgia specialises in gender equality, girls' and women's empowement. She is interested in social and political participation and how to support young people to engage in collective action.
She is able to offer support on:
- Designing and delivering advocacy and campaign strategies.
- Designing a plan that challenges gender norms and negative gender stereotypes.
- Anything related to youth or child engagement or participation.
- Local, national and global influencing including advocacy focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and international human rights law.
Georgia is based in London and is able to meet in person or on Skype
Grace is 24, from Yorkshire but has lived in London for six years. She's worked in campaigns & education charities. She also attended Campaign Bootcamp 4 and loved it!
Grace has worked at English PEN campaigning for freedom of expression, and she currently works at ShareAction campaigning for better corporate behaviour on environmental, social & other issues.
She would be happy to support a Bootcamper working on financial/investment issues. She's also able to support work on social mobility/education, as well as general support on the highs and lows of being a campaigner!
You can arrange to meet in person or over Skype.
Jorge Ds is a Mexican student and activist living in the Netherlands.
He's interested in campaigning against human rights violations in Mexico and social injustice. He wrote his thesis about the argumentative discourse used by social movements in documents of demands (petitions). He is interested in the rhetoric of social movements used in communiques when social movements perform radical actions.
He thinks he is an anarchist although his friends make fun of him when he says that. However, he embraces his contradictions and lives in line with his ideals.
Jorge is running a campaign with his collective against a Dutch bank for laundering money of a Mexican criminal organisation in one of the bank's branches in the border with the United States.
He also conducted a campaign for almost two years together with his collective in Mexico in the subway of Mexico City. The campaign aimed to encourage people to reappropriate the subway as a public space that belongs to everyone. For that, we used clown techniques in public actions, advertisements in the subway and online activism.
Jorge can give feedback on petition letters and some texts. He also can help with some aspects of communication. He can give advice based on my experience organising events and some small actions. He can meet over Skype.
Gordon is an experienced campaign manager for Scottish Greens, with a background in project management & arts fundraising.
He has worked as an Election Agent, Campaign Manager and led development of SGP canvass database 'doras'.
He can offer a calm head, mature outlook and a thoughtful, supportive approach.
You can arrange to meet in person, or over Skype.
Campaign and Culture Director, SumOfUs.org. Hanna directs the campaigns team at SumOfUs and oversees organisational culture - including work on professional development, management, anti-oppression, and training. She is the Co-Founder of iStreetWatch, an online tool that maps and tracks racist and xenophobic street harassment. She is also on the founding board of Level Up -- a digital campaigning organisation dedicated to ending sexism for all women in the UK.
Hanna's interests cut across racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. She has experience in digital campaigning, strategy, management, direct action, and media work.
Hanna is happy to offer support in person or over Skype.
I campaign at Mind and I love it! I’ve seen friends struggle with their mental health. I’m desperate for change. Now I support people to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
I began community organising and tagging along to protests. Now I’m in charge of engaging Mind’s 80,000 e-campaigners, embedding campaigning into Local Mind services and supporting people to campaign.
Campaigning is hard on your mental health. We can talk about how not to forgot about yourself when campaigning. I can help out with e-campaigning, local influencing and fundraising for your campaign.
You can arrange to meet with Helena online or in person.
Joel is currently directing the IDAHO Committee, the organisation that launched the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Before that, he worked in various aid orgs, inclufing Oxfam. He's providing support to campaigners around the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Before that, he was campaigns director for Oxfam France.
Joel is keen to support campaigners in the designing of a full campaign strategy. He says he's "probably better at structural aspects, rather than operations."
Joel is based in France. You can arrange to meet over Skype with Joel.
Jessica is a campaigner currently working with the Child Poverty Action Group in London. She's also a bit obsessed with climbing!
Her experience ranges from a start-up campaign on a shoe string in her friend's living room, to working for various small charities on social justice issues in the UK.
Jessica is happy to offer support on campaign planning - what's going to have the most impact, creating active, happy campaign groups and getting your messaging right.
Based in London, you can arrange to meet Jessica in person or online
John is a trained community organiser with a specialisation in urban planning and organisational development. He has raised over £1.1M for charities since 2010.
He led a micro lending campaign on Metafilter.com (2008-2010) which has retained 100% of members for seven years. He also led fundraising volunteers at a sport club which has retained 96% of volunteers after 3 years.
John can offer his expertise on fundraising skills training.
You can arrange to meet John over Skype
Joyce is a marketing professional who works in social enterprises, charities and commercial organisations with strong social values.
She hasn't worked in campaigning but has worked on developing campaigns which change minds and change futures.
Joyce can offer support around creating authentic brands and key messages, knowing what response you want to achieve, and delivering the right messages to right people at the right time.
Kristin has experience in grassroots lobbying, building coalitions and direct lobbying. Kristin is currently the External Affairs Manager for the Iowa Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Kristin has worked on local, state, and federal campaigns as well as issue campaigns. She has experience in communications and field work. She has trained activists around the country on messaging.
She thinks that she will learn as much from you as you will from her. She loves discussing new ideas, giving career advice, and being a cheerleader in your corner!
Liam has been Communications and Supporter Relations Manager for Church Action on Poverty since 2007.
He has been involved in designing and delivering offline and online campaigns for 10 years - including e-actions that were featured in a best practice guide.
Liam is happy to help with bouncing ideas around, and maybe with designing resources and any online component to campaigns. He also enjoys thinking about language, framing and messaging for new campaigns.
Luke worked in politics in the UK from 2007-2015, as a campaign manager, researcher and digital strategist, he now works in campaigns for a development NGO.
Luke's currently works as Head of Children's campaigns at Save the Children. Previously he was a digital strategist for the Labour Party and a Campaigns and Communications Manager for Sadiq Khan.
Luke WLTM a bootcamper interested in tackling the big problems facing Britain and the world. Likes: strategy, movement building, impact, politics and digital. Dislikes: Ineffective campaigning.
Martín is from London via Buenos Aires. He's a community organiser & climate justice campaigner interestes.
Martín has experience campaigning on extractivism & human rights. As well as climate justice, his campaign interests include Indigenous Peoples rights and land defenders. He campaigns with Movimiento Jaguar Despierto, Wretched of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Martín has been mentored before during his first campaigning steps and still is mentored himself. He is willing to support with whatever is needed: life, job, campaigning. "Someone to speak whenever needed. Campaigning isn't easy."
Matt is a Chief Executive at Roehampton Students' Union. Roehampton's SU is a membership organisation and a registered Charity responsible for leading support for the 9000 students studying there.
Matt has strong expertise in campaigning and representation. He has previously worked in roles around campaigns, representation and democracy and is an experienced campaigner and mentor.
Having led and mentored many campaigns, Matt want to ensure bootcampers can realise their potential as campaigners and make positive change in the areas they want.
Rachel is primarily, but not totally, a climate justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth. She has lots of experience on anti-fracking, the climate negotiations, supply chain transparency and working with local groups.
Any advice, support and coaching a Bootcamp Graduate may need, or just someone to get excited about their projects and ideas.
Rachael is an energetic campaigner and strategist who wants to try new things to create change and fight injustice. She has worked for Shelter and currently runs Oxfam's UK poverty programme. She believes in building relationships, using the best ideas, challenging ourselves about what we think and never giving up in pursuit of winning campaigns to help create a fairer world.
Rachael's experience is in advocacy led public campaigning. She campaigned to drive out rogue landlords and to build more homes in rural areas while at Shelter. She helped Oxfam deliver the historic Arms Trade Treaty as a volunteer then staff member. She cares about engaging people in campaigning. She is interested in campaign tactics - who we need to appeal to and how we do that to change hearts and minds. She also thinks campaigning should be fun and we have to use new, innovative ways to appeal to people who aren't with us to join our campaigns.
Based in London, Rachael would like to offer her support in person.
Salli Martlew was in agriculture and farming and then in education. She has lived, worked and travelled overseas particularly in Malaysia, Southern Africa, Ethiopia and South America.
Salli Martlew was involved in the #WithSyria campaign as MC at the Leeds rally. She has spoken in schools and universities on human rights and particularly the plight of children and women. She was very involved in getting the Bill for 0.7% of GNI to be spent on International Development through Parliament. Currently involved in the Jo Cox Great Get Together with our own event.
Salli believes campaigning is a mixture of passion and knowledge, and that then you learn to focus your efforts where there will be greatest impact. Just don't look to her for IT advice! If you are interested in campaigns around children, women and education you'll have lots in common.
Based in London, Salli is able to meet up in person or over Skype.
My name is Sarah, I am passionate about street homelessness and women and gender equality. My passion has led me to grass route levels and I have helped shape domestic violence services.
I campaigned in the 1990s to improve domestic violence services and continue to campaign to improve services for street homeless women and recently set up a homeless health link services.
I would help a Bootcamper to plan and setup their campaign and who they want to target and what they hope their campaign will achieve.
The best campaigns advice I've received is "understand no one will care about this as much as you!" I seem to choose causes with vitriolic opponents; perhaps I like a challenge.
I started as a campaigns intern at AIUK . Moved to Stonewall in 2005 and helped run the equal marriage campaign. Now at Dignity in Dying. Like doing policy, research, campaigns and lobbying.
I don't have all the answers but I really want to help people make their causes interesting and understandable to the public. I'd also like to help people build resilience with opponents.
Tom is a digital campaigner who works with big companies and governments for the consultancy firm Portland. Before that he mainly did Trade Union campaigns.
Tom has won campaigns for companies like Uber, Aviva and trade associations like the Association of British Bookmakers. He has also worked on political campaigns for Len McCluskey and Ben Bradshaw.
Tom is able to support on:
- campaign strategy
- crisis comms
- Corporate comms
- email copy writing
- digital mobilizations
- Public affairs and lobbying
Based in London, Tom is able to meet in person or over Skype.