Life is an an adventure. I care about changing things that are unfair – helping those who are less powerful challenge people and systems. After more than a decade working to achieve that, I’m currently taking some time as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University to see how I can do it better.
Prior to heading to the States I worked for Which? as Head of Supporter Strategy and Engagement. It was my role to come up with the strategy for, then expand and motivate our supporter base – the fastest growing and most engaged for any UK NGO.
My road there started in a village in rural Wales. Via schools in Wales, England, and Indiana then Universities in the UK and Czech Republic, I ended up working for the disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. There I helped set up and oversee their campaigning work, including government u-turns, that turned again, and award winning campaigns. Approached to run the organ donation campaign in Wales, I led the successful campaign to introduce opt out organ donation before setting up an agency with two other women. Within two years, that company, Deryn, had become Wales’ leading public affairs agency. I have gained substantial experience in party politics and organised a range of successful campaigns, provided strategic advice to party leaders and was formerly the Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats.
In 2011, I joined the board of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust as a Non-Exec Director. The Trust funds political campaigns in the UK to promote democratic reform, civil liberties and social justice. People are often interested in the projects we fund or the criteria for application. If you want to apply for a grant then the office staff are a great first port of call.