Awards 2021

Who are the judges this year?

Judges

Each year SMK invites a diverse and experienced group of people to be judges of the Awards from across civil society including campaigners, activists, previous award winners, senior charity managers and leaders. We are grateful for all the hard work that our 2021 judging panel put into the selection process.

Lisa Cromer

Peter Mills

Brand Strategist, Brand Ethos

Peter is co-owner of award-winning brand and design agency, Brand Ethos, working with organisations making a positive difference.

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He has over 30 years’ experience in design, communications and brand. He has worked with the NHS, central and local government, leadership development and improvement bodies, think tanks, universities, the BBC, charities, including SMK, social enterprises and purposeful businesses.

 He is a member of the RSA and Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and is a business mentor. He is a trustee of Local Trust and a garden owner as part of the National Garden Scheme.

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Kimberly Garande 

Outreach Officer, We Belong

Kimberly joined as Outreach Officer at We Belong in October 2019 and is dedicated to changing how society relates to marginalised groups.

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Kimberly was born in Zimbabwe and migrated to the UK aged 9. She applied for student finance in 2015 and realised that her immigration status became the barrier to going to university because it meant she wasn’t eligible for a student loan. In the same year, Kimberly attended a Leadership Academy, which provided support and importantly awareness that she was not alone. In 2018 she started university alongside work as a Culturosity Facilitator; promoting youth development through creative learning of equality and diversity principles. She recognises the importance of young people seeking out opportunities for further development and challenging societal constraints.

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George Woods

Head of Trade Union Learning and Development, Royal College of Nursing

George leads the RCN’s learning and development programmes for its member activists and workplace representatives.

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An educator, coach and campaign strategist, he has organised within social movements for twenty years, including in roles in the trade union movement, and in campaigns for international peace, justice and solidarity, and against fascism.

 He is an advisor to We Own It, the campaign for public ownership. George is originally from Nottingham but now lives in North Wales.

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Katie Bannister

Supporter Engagement Manager

Katie leads Which?’s supporter engagement team, mobilising their campaign supporters to take action on the big issues affecting UK consumers today. She has experience building powerful engagement journeys with a variety of audiences from nonprofit to commercial. 

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Some major achievements for Which? include improving supermarket food safety and better protections for victims of authorised push payment (APP) scams. Previous to her time at Which?, Katie worked in digital fundraising at the NSPCC, ensuring seamless journeys with a focus to improve the donor and supporter experience. 

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Alice Fuller

Campaigner

Alice Fuller is a campaigner specialising in building grassroots activism. She has worked with a range of health and disability charities, and currently oversees community campaigning at Save the Children.

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Alice believes that campaigns are their strongest when led by people with lived experience of the issues. She writes a blog about participation in campaigns: www.analyticalactivism.com

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Dominic Church 

Managing Director, WA Communications 

Dominic is Managing Director at WA Communications, a top ten public affairs and corporate communications consultancy. He has worked across most business sectors, including infrastructure, energy, transport, financial services, public services and healthcare.

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He has wider experience in grassroots political and charity campaigning, and has been a local government Councillor. He has also been a Board Member for a mental health charity and, separately, a prominent London theatre.

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Rachel Cain

Public Affairs and National Programmes Officer Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales

Rachel previously managed the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Social Change Project, aiming to learn from examples of successful social change in order to strengthen future efforts. 

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She has experience of working with charities and in politics, including as a Senior Researcher at the Directory of Social Change, and is from Liverpool.

Lisa Cromer

Patrick Steen

Head of Global Content, Unilever

With over a decade’s experience building powerful digital communities, Patrick has a passion for harnessing the voices of many to inspire changes in business and government policy.

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He now leads Unilever’s global content team, where he tells the company’s sustainable growth stories across internal and external channels. Previously at Which?, Patrick built a digital innovation team that grew one of the largest supporter bases in the UK. Whether in mobilising half a million people to change the law on nuisance calls, or pioneering data collection tools to gather evidence of money lost to bank scams, the consumer actions Patrick led resulted in high-profile media and tangible policy change. 

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Mariam Kemple Hardy

Head of Campaigns at Refugee Action

Mariam is Head of Campaigns at Refugee Action where she runs campaigns on asylum and refugee issues, including co-leading Lift the Ban that won SMK Best Coalition Campaign 2019.

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Previously she worked on global humanitarian and conflict issues, as Head of Humanitarian Campaigning at Oxfam International and Campaigns Manager at Crisis Action.  She has also worked at Mind, campaigning on men’s mental health and access to psychological therapies.

Before this, she worked at Help the Aged (now Age UK) and was involved in the Just Equal Treatment campaign that led to the outlawing of age discrimination in the UK.

 

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Fatima Iftikhar

Charity So White 

Fatima is the Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns at Economy . She is passionate about working with others to tackle structural racism and achieve social and economic justice for racialised communities in the UK.

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This is a cross-cutting theme of her current and previous work in campaigns, community building, policy, and higher education. She is a Non-Executive Director of Doing Social, a social enterprise promoting inclusive innovation and a fellow of Acumen, a global cohort of leaders intent on building an inclusive, just and sustainable world. She is an Aziz Foundation Scholar, currently studying a Masters in Social Policy and Social Research at UCL.

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Sue Mendus

Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

Sue is also Professor of Political Philosophy, University of York where she has taught Politics for 35 years.

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Sue specialised in theories of justice, feminist theory, and problems of toleration. In addition to her work on the Reform Trust, Sue is also a member of the North Committee of National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a volunteer guide at York Minster. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and was its Vice President (Social Science) 2008-2012.

 

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Edd Fry 

The Blagrave Trust

Edd leads on The Listening Fund for the Blagrave Trust and has been involved in the youth sector – as a volunteer and paid member of staff – for over 20 years.

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He is a Trustee of his local Citizens Advice Bureau and has previously worked on a wide number of issues which impact young people’s wellbeing, including mental health, disability, poverty and education.

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Dorothée Irving

Head of Grants at the John Ellerman Foundation

Dorothée’s role is to oversee Ellerman’s funding operation across Arts, Environment and Social Action. She also plays an active role in the Foundation’s convening and learning work.

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Until 2015, she was part of the grants team at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, focusing on widening access and participation in the arts. During the previous six years, she worked at the Rothschild Foundation Europe, where she looked after their Archives, Libraries and Museums Programmes. Prior to that, Dorothée worked as a lecturer and translator of Yiddish and Hebrew literature in Amsterdam.

 

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Rosemary Harris 

Just Transition Campaigner, Platform

Rosemary has spent her career campaigning on climate and social justice issues, in particular specialising on civil liberties and the right to protest.

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She previously worked as a Political Campaigner at Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland, where she provided political expertise and led in co-ordinating civil society response to the 2021 Policing Bill. Now at Platform, Rosemary is working to secure a worker-led just transition for offshore oil & gas workers in the North Sea. 

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Jessica Rose

Digital impact & Sustainability Campaign Manager, BT

Jessica is the Digital Impact & Sustainability Campaign Manager at BT. She is passionate about sustainability and the part it plays in improving business and society.

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At BT, she leads campaigns which inspire people to take action on climate change and support people to develop the skills they need to make the most of life in the digital world. She has over 10 years’ experience working in Substantiality, Marketing and Communications at BT, O2 and Sky.

 

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Lisa Cromer 

Design Director and a co-owner at Brand Ethos

Lisa is the design director and a co-owner at Brand Ethos, an award-winning brand and design agency working with purpose-driven organisations.

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She is a designer and art director who loves transforming strategic ideas into creative solutions. She leads a design team specialising in creating, and refreshing brand identities and applying solutions across all aspects of a brand. Current and previous clients include Shelia McKechnie Foundation, NHS, the Health Foundation, Solar Energy UK, ReLondon, IBM, KPMG and Transport for London.

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