Saskia has been a senior manager and leader for over ten years managing large diverse departments, programmes and teams in advocacy and campaigns. She started her career working in homeless hostels in Southampton and Brighton. Then moved to London and worked for a range of charities including Help the Aged and Diabetes UK. She then worked UK voluntary sector infrastructure bodies NCVO and Volunteering England working on the Compact (the agreement between state and civil society) and in implementing the findings from the Commission of the Future of Volunteering.
She then moved to Uganda and lived and worked in Africa for seven years supporting human rights organisations and civil society groups working in a range of international development issues from women’s rights to education. In 2012 she started work for Oxfam and held two positions working in climate change and in supporting national level influencing in multiple countries and regions. She also ran a consultancy in advocacy and campaigns and specialises in training others in campaigns and advocacy work. She has an in-depth understanding of poverty and a deep passion for social justice and the power of people to affect change for good.