Associates

Supporting the next generation of campaigners

Associates

SMK is supported by an extensive network of Associates – themselves some of the UK’s leading campaigners, organisers and commentators. Our Associates support the delivery of our training, coaching and consultancy according to their specific skills and experience.

As a community, SMK staff and Associates are deeply committed to ensuring our support is of the highest quality. We evaluate all of our delivery ourselves and also commission a bi-annual external evaluation. Associates and staff also come together twice a year to share learning and experience and work together to continually improve our practise.

Associates

Kathleen Christie

Kathleen Christie is an experienced campaigner, charity learning partner and trainer.  She works across the charity sector including with Amnesty International, Mencap and the Criminal Justice Alliance.  Kathleen is the Course Director for SMK’s Campaign Carousel programme and keeps an eye on the content and quality of SMK’s training, as well as delivering core courses and coaching Carousel participants @kathchristie3

Emma Taggart

Coach, facilitator and consultant working with clients in all sectors to help people think clearly, improve workplace performance and develop leadership skills.

Grace Wyld

Grace currently works in policy and research in the anti-poverty sector. She has experience as a strategy, campaigns, and measurement consultant, and previously managed the Power Project at SMK. She is particularly interested in the relationship between civil society power dynamics and wealth inequalities.

Marcia Walker

Marcia is a campaign strategist with 20 years of experience working with diverse communities. She has worked with UK and international charities including Save the Children, Plan UK, Mencap, RNLI & Amnesty International. Marcia leads SMK’s youth training offer working to build young activists’ understanding of and confidence in creating lasting change.  @marciawalks 

Jo Ram

Jo has over a decade of involvement in social movements, a PhD in Sustainability and Climate Action, and has led campaigns and movement-building projects on energy poverty, energy transition, climate justice, and migrant solidarity issues. Her work is grounded in intersectional analyses and anti-oppression practices.

Abdi Mohamed

Abdi has over a decade of campaigns and political strategy experience at a local, regional and national level in the UK. He currently working in Westminster on the frontline of UK national politics, with previous experience working for charities, local government, trade unions, and grassroots groups. 

Amanda Stone

Independent consultant & coach on campaigning, communications & fundraising to international & UK NGOs, specialising in gender rights.

Will Brett

Experience in political communications and campaigns, specialising in grassroots-led national policy campaigns. He previously worked as Director of Communications at the New Economics Foundation where he ran the Save Our Arches campaign. Will was also a local councillor in Hackney between 2014-2018.

Partners

Natasha Adams

A recognised thought leader in understanding how social movements make change happen. I specialise in movement research, campaign strategy, developing and managing activist networks, deep organising and training.

Shauneen Lambe

Shauneen is a barrister and attorney who is dedicated to using the law as a tool for social justice and her strategic litigation work has regularly changed the law. As the co-founder and CEO of Just for Kids Law, she developed the holistic model of representation for children.  Shauneen delivers SMK’s ‘Using the legal system to achieve change’ training.  @ShauneenLambe

Jo Gibbons

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in communications and influencing and has worked in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector. She has a strong track record of building networks and influencing stakeholders and has expertise in public affairs, political risk mitigation and leading teams through change. She is currently on the Board of Compassion in Dying and is a local Home-Start volunteer.

Jess Day – More Onion

Jess supports More Onion’s UK clients to meet their campaigning and fundraising goals, having previously worked at Oxfam, Christian Aid and Which?. She’s an experienced trainer and facilitator, having facilitated the ECF Oxford event and supported Wine and Wotsits. Jess is also one of the small volunteer team behind parent-led campaign Let Toys Be Toys.

Bird

A coaching and training organisation working with not-for-profit and public sector, UK and internationally. They support clients to feel their best to thrive in their work and continue to support others in a sustainable way. They’re experts with a range of experience in coaching, facilitation, resilience, self-compassion, emotional awareness, and burnout.

Stephanie Wong – Act Build Change

Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Act Build Change: a training school for the next generation of community organisers. She has supported folks to win elections, secure housing for refugee resettlement, increase school funding and won four living wage campaigns. She taught community organising for the MSc Social Development Practice at University College London.

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SMK is always looking for experienced people who can facilitate training, speak at events or join our Associate pool.

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