Supporting the next generation of campaigners

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.

Our current associates include:

  • Jim Coe – Freelance monitoring, evaluation and strategy expert.
  • Belinda Pratten – Policy analyst and researcher with over twenty years working in the academic and voluntary sectors
  • Anne Bowers – Consultant in strategic change and innovative programme development, particularly for public sector leaders.
  • Natasha Adams – Specialist in research, strategy, activism, organising, training and strategic movement building.
  • Emma SmaleFreelance policy analysis, research and campaign design consultant.
  • Ceri Goddard –  Associate Director of Social Justice for the Dartington Hall Trust and previous Director of Equality Innovation at The Young Foundation.
  • Toby Blume – Freelance charity sector leader and community engagement expert.
  • Dr Mena Fombo – Founding Director of Black Girl Convention, a Social enterprise campaigning for equality focused on Creativity, Everyday Activism and Connecting Communities.
  • Ben Ballin – Freelance campaigns and strategy development consultant.
  • Viv Groskop – Writer, Comedian, Broadcaster and author of How to Own the Room.
  • Beverley Duckworth – Advocacy and Campaigns Consultant and former head of campaigns at World Development Movement and former campaign coordinator at Amnesty International UK.
  • Jonathan Ellis – Independent campaigner and teacher supporting charities and not-for-profits to campaign for change.
  • Liz Murray – Head of Scottish campaigns, Global Justice Now.
  • Jenny Ross – Consultant and Coach – specialising in policy influencing, advocacy, campaigns and change management.
  • Amanda Stone – Independent consultant & coach on campaigning, communications & fundraising to international & UK NGOs, specialising in gender rights.
  • Emma Taggart – Coach, facilitator and consultant working with clients in all sectors to help people think clearly, improve workplace performance and develop leadership skills.
  • Marcia Walker – Campaigns and advocacy consultant with over 19 years of experience within the international NGO and voluntary sector. 
  • Rachael Ward – Consultant and Executive Coach working on organisational development through coaching and funding advice.
  • Kathleen Christie – Award-winning campaigns and influencing consultant supporting social change organisations including the TUC and Amnesty International UK.
  • Colin Dutton – Colin has ten years’ experience of working with young people since beginning a BA Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) Degree in 2010.

Interested in being part of the team?

SMK is always on the look out for highly skilled and experienced people who can speak at our training and events or join our Associate pool. We are interested in those with a proven track record in supporting social change and those who have experience in presenting, facilitating and/coaching. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a brief note setting out the nature of your interest to