Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. She has a background in working with industry leaders and policy makers to achieve change. Before joining the Foundation she was Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a public body providing strategic leadership on employment and skills issues in the UK. She led on strategies to boost productivity, wages and social mobility and directed a variety of programmes to encourage employers to invest in their workforce and offer more opportunities to young people.
Previously Katherine was Head of Education and Skills at Policy Connect. In this role she was responsible for the All-Party Skills Group, the National Skills Forum and the Skills Commission, bringing together senior business leaders, public bodies and cross-party MPs and peers on a range of issues including the gender skills gaps, careers advice and Apprenticeships.
Katherine started her career at the Institute for Citizenship and has always been passionate about social mobility and securing quality jobs for all.
Graham GriffithsHead of Partnerships and Operations
Graham joined the Living Wage Foundation in October 2016 and oversees the accreditation team whilst taking responsibility for growing the network of Living Wage employers.
Graham is also a Trustee at Drake Music, an innovative charity that use technology to overcome barriers to music making. Having studied Business at university, Graham embarked on a career in charity management, spending 10 years at Attitude is Everything (AiE) campaigning for better access to live music for disabled audiences and artists. Having developed AiE from a tiny project to an independent charity with 12 staff, Graham is interested in building charity intelligence in order to influence businesses to be socially responsible.
John HoodSenior Communications Manager
John joined the Living Wage Foundation in November 2017 and oversees the Foundation’s media work. Before joining the Living Wage team John was Media and Communications Manager for The Equality Trust, where he was also Acting Director for six months, raising awareness of issues including low-pay and in-work poverty.
He has worked across the private, public and charitable sectors, and as a consultant for Linstock Communications won the Public Relations and Communications Association award for Crisis and Issues Management. Prior to this John worked in Parliament as an Education and Public Policy Researcher for the Liberal Democrats.
John has a degree in Politics from the University of Exeter.
Martha CrawfordSenior Project Manager
Martha Crawford joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2017 to develop the Foundation’s new ‘Living Hours’ campaign. This new campaign interrogates what more Living Wage employers can do to tackle underemployment and insecurity of hours. Before joining the Living Wage Foundation, Martha worked at Citizens UK as a Campaign Manager and as a Business Development Manager for London South Bank University. Martha has an a MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary, University of London, and is a school governor for a federation of primary schools in Hackney.
Caroline ReillySenior Programme Manager
Caroline joined the Foundation in February 2013 and has a background in Project Management, HR, Operations & Communications. She holds a Joint Honours BA in English Literature, Language & Irish Studies from The University of Liverpool. Caroline has worked for PwC within various UK wide HR teams and Deloitte where she created and delivered bespoke Tax compliance software to global corporations. During a working holiday visa year, she managed asylum seeker & refugee cases nationally for the Red Cross Australia. On her return to the UK she was a Project Coordinator for the construction of the Olympic Park.
Caroline is a former champion and teacher with the Scanlon School of Irish Dance. Volunteering roles have included a stint as a workshop leader in script writing, performance and filming for Shakespeare in the Community Project, was an arts reviewer for an online magazine covering key events such as the BFI and comedy festivals; an art mentor for a client with disabilities.
Amy HulmeSenior Programme Manager
Amy joined the Living Wage team in 2014 and has a background in fashion design. Before joining the Living Wage Foundation Amy was part of Citizens UK, campaigning for the Living Wage in Nottingham. She studied Clothing Design and Manufacture at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Amy oversees the team focusing on improving pay for people in low paying industries including retail, hospitality and the gig economy. She is also part of the team working on the Living Wage Foundation's new project about Good Work and leads the Foundations' consultancy work.
Passionate about community and justice, Amy's experience in the UK's manufacturing industry - where low pay and poor working conditions are prevalent - has made her committed to improving the rights and pay of workers in the UK.
Sam HepherProgramme Manager
Sam is a Programme Manager with an industry focus on Banking, Law and Tech, and a regional focus on North London and the East Midlands. He joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2017.
Before joining the team, Sam worked for three years at The Challenge, the UK’s largest social integration charity. Prior to this he volunteered on VSO’s International Citizen Service programme in coastal communities in Indonesia, having previously worked as a Human Rights and Social Development researcher at Verisk Maplecroft.
Sam has an LLB in Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law, both from University College London.
Sam enjoys community action, volunteering as a White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador for Haringey against violence towards women and girls, and supporting Jacksons Lane art centre in their youth heritage programmes.
Sara JohnsonProgramme Manager
Sara joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2018. Sara has a public campaigns background and joins the Foundation from Oxfam, where she campaigned across a range of issues including economic inequality, climate change and refugee rights, as well as working on UK poverty. Having worked directly with women with lived experience of poverty in communities around the UK, Sara is passionate about the difference the Living Wage makes to people’s lives.
Sara’s work focuses on low paid sectors and the gig economy. Sara also has an area focus on East London and Yorkshire.
Jess GobleProgramme Manager
Jess joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2016, as a Programme Officer and moved to a Programme Manager role in June 2018. She holds a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, and an MA in French and Francophone Studies from University College London, where she focused on the progression of positivity in queer French cinema. Jess is passionate about socio-political issues at the intersection of feminism, queerness, disability rights and socialism, and blogs and tweets extensively on these subjects. She has also volunteered for diverse organisations such as Labour Behind The Label and St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, and fundraised for Stonewall and the British Heart Foundation.
Coming from a background in retail, hospitality and agency work - industries where low pay is a serious issue - Jess is committed to improving not only the pay offered in these sectors, but also making sure that the jobs on offer are fulfilling, and give people room to develop professionally and personally.
Clare GoffProject Manager - Living Wage Places
Clare joined the Living Wage Foundation in April 2018 and manages the Living Wage Places project. She has a background in journalism, most recently editing New Start, a magazine about poverty, social policy, local economics and place. With the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the New Economics Foundation she worked on the Good Local Economies project, which highlighted emerging ‘good’ approaches to local economies across the UK’s ten core cities. She lives in the middle of south London’s largest allotment site and spends her free time outdoors and volunteering with various local community organisations.
Lucy BannisterProgramme Manager
Lucy has been with the Living Wage Foundation since January 2017, moving from Manchester where she was involved in local campaigns and politics. She has experience of working in the NHS and the recruitment sector, and studied Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Lucy focuses on our growth in the West Midlands and South London, and has recently taken on managing the Living Wage Friendly Funder Scheme, as well as our work with the transport sector. She is passionate about everyone being able to maintain a decent standard of living.
Sian EllisProgramme Officer
Sian joined the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Officer in September 2017 after working in tea sustainability for both not-for-profit and corporate organisations. She has worked with suppliers to improve labour standards in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China and the UK; and has conducted research about smallholder farming, the Modern Slavery Act and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sian has also volunteered in Odisha, India and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations, and a masters in Human Rights. Her most recent thesis focused on the connection between violations of labour rights and modern slavery in India.
Sebastian BachelierProgramme Officer
Sebastian joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2018 as a Programme Officer where he oversees employer accreditation in the South East of England and has a leading role on the Recognised Service Provider Scheme. He has tangible experience within the public sector, having previously worked as a Student Enrichment Officer for an inner-city college as well as working within Senior Leadership recruitment for the NHS. Sebastian’s interests lie within community projects and growth, having worked with the Local Futures organisation on promoting their documentary “The Economics of Happiness” and volunteered with several Transition Town groups around the UK.
Sebastian holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of East Anglia where he was heavily involved in the student union, being elected onto the Student Council and subsequently the Student Officer team and Union Trustee Board.
Dan HowardProgramme Officer
Daniel joined the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Officer in September 2018 where he is responsible for accreditation strategy in the East Midlands as well as assisting with accreditation in East London and Yorkshire. He also focuses on our growth in low pay industries, such as retail and hospitality. Alongside this, Daniel is working on the Foundation’s new project which concentrations on Good Work. He has previous experience at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in York and at the Department for Work and Pensions in Leeds.
Daniel studied Politics at the University of Nottingham and Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics, where he focused on the relationship between property ownership and freedom. Beyond the Foundation, his main interests are football, philosophy and economic justice (in that order).
Clare DuncanCommunications and Digital Marketing Officer
Clare joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2018, overseeing digital communications and marketing.
Motivated by telling the stories that needs to be heard, Clare has built a career in the charity sector through various communications and marketing roles, promoting communications campaigns that drive societal change. Before joining the foundation, she was Communications Coordinator at Power to Change, where she worked to strengthen the collective voice of community-owned businesses who were responding to local issues across England. Previous to that, she was responsible for marketing at CND Peace Education, promoting workshops which encouraged critical discussion of controversial issues within the classroom.
Clare has a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield.
Dilan GurgurProgramme Officer
Dilan has joined the Living Wage foundation in December 2018 as a Programme Officer overseeing accreditation in the North East of England. She has previous experience in teaching and working in a child sexual abuse NGO in Turkey, which provided rehabilitation and legal aid for children and families. She also has volunteered and organised various events working with refugee children.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences from University of York and a master’s degree in Education, Gender and International Development from UCL.
Ruby LoveProgramme Administrator
Ruby joined the Living Wage Foundation in November 2018, providing administrative support to the team.
Coming from a diverse professional background which includes working as a car mechanic, a chef and owning a small business, Ruby has always been heavily involved in her local community. In 2015 she founded the Peckham branch of the Women’s Institute, in which she still takes an active role as a committee member, using the position of the group to participate in WI campaigns and also support and fundraise for local charities such as Southwark Foodbank and Bloody Good Period. She also spent time working for Migrateful, a cookery and language initiative where asylum seekers, refugees and migrants struggling to access employment in the UK teach their traditional cuisines to the public. Ruby has spent the last year volunteering as a befriender for Link Age Southwark, paying regular visits to an isolated elderly person.
Naima ZannatEvents and Communications Intern
Naima has joined the Living Wage foundation in March 2019 as a Communications and Events Intern supporting the Champion Awards Ceremony. She has previous experience in Higher education where she worked in Student services. She has also volunteered and organised various events in the charity sector.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Julie McGahan (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland)
Julie works with the Living Wage Foundation through our franchise agreement with The Poverty Alliance.
Julie joined The Poverty Alliance in April 2014 as Living Wage Programme Manager for Living Wage Scotland. The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative is hosted by the Poverty Alliance in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation with the aim of increasing the number of Scottish employers who are recognised as paying the Living Wage. Julie holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Glasgow and before joining The Poverty Alliance worked for NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.
Jack Evans (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland)
Jack works with the Living Wage Foundation through our franchise agreement with The Poverty Alliance.
Jack joined the Poverty Alliance in March 2015 as a Living Wage Accreditation Officer for Living Wage Scotland.
Prior to joining the Poverty Alliance, Jack worked in a variety of roles in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining The Poverty Alliance he was a logistics manager with Hennes & Mauritz AB (H & M) a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company. Jack was also responsible for sustainability at H&M Scotland.
Jack has a degree in Political Studies from the University of Glasgow.
Patricia Di-Tommaso (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Administration Assistant (Scotland)
Tricia works with the Living Wage Foundation through our franchise agreement with The Poverty Alliance.
Tricia joined the Poverty Alliance in 2015 as Administration Assistant for Living Wage Scotland.
Tricia has many (too many to mention) years of administrative experience working in all sectors. Outside of work, she enjoys beachcombing, listening to vinyl and reading American crime and French classic fiction. Her personal goals for this year are to create a stained glass window for her new home and to improve her poker playing skills.
Rachel Morrison (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Living Wage Accreditation Officer (Scotland)
Rachel gained her honours degree in International Studies from The Open University in 2017. She has spent the last 8 years working in luxury retail for Goldsmiths the Jewellers, progressing into management 4 years ago working in the flagship Scottish store and smaller stores. This allowed her to develop strong people skills working with a variety of people in the private sector.
Rachel is an avid reader and loves nothing more than curling up with a good book. But can be tempted away from this by the offer of a cocktail.
Lesley Sherwood (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Administrative Assistant (Scotland)
Lesley joined the Poverty Alliance in June 2016 as a part time Administrative Assistant. Her first job was as a shorthand typist in the circulation department at DC Thomson in Glasgow and her most recent employment was as an administrator with Cosgrove Care in Giffnock.
Lesley completed a secretarial course in Langside College, Glasgow back when you learned how to use a Gestetner Machine for copying documents. Lesley spent 10 years living and working in Copenhagen and is really enjoying the arrival of Nordic noir to our television screens!
Iain Russell (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Living Wage Accreditation Officer (Scotland)
Iain has an honours degree in Humanities with English Language, and has qualifications in Social Sciences and Training and Development. With a background in corporate training, he has worked mainly in economic development since 2004, fulfilling key employer engagement roles with Third Sector charity and local regeneration organisations. Prior to joining the Living Wage Scotland team at The Poverty Alliance, Iain worked as an Economic Development Officer with a Scottish local authority.
Iain spent ten years living and working abroad, including establishing a small training business, and also has experience working in a global context for a major life sciences company.
A would-be cartoonist regularly found wandering in his local countryside with four-legged companion, Hamish.
Christine McCaig (Poverty Alliance Franchise)Living Wage Accreditation Officer (Scotland)
Christine has an honours degree in Geography from the University of Strathclyde where she took a particular interest in geopolitics. Christine then went on to join the British Red Cross Refugee Services where she supported refugee and asylum seeking women in Glasgow during the ante and postnatal stages of pregnancy. She then spent just under two years working in the third sector, supporting people in the homeless system in order to secure permanent housing, integrate them into their new surroundings and deal with the daily challenges caused by acute poverty.
Christine has a young son who enjoys the outdoors, so in her spare time they like to go on adventures together. After said adventures, Christine likes to unwind with a glass of red wine.
Bethan Harvey (Cynnal Cymru Franchise)Projects and Events Administrator (Wales)
Bethan works for Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales who are the official accreditation body for the Living Wage in Wales. Bethan works for the Living Wage Foundation for the equivalent of one day a week in addition to providing organizational and administrative support to the Cynnal Cymru team on events, campaigns, and conferences.
She has a BA in Welsh and has since studied for a PGCE and toward a BSc in Psychology. She is passionate about social justice and the third sector where she has gained experience working with two of the Mentrau Iaith/ Language Initiatives and Barnardo’s Cymru. She also teaches Welsh for Adults in the Community and volunteers with Victim Support’s Hate Crime team.