Spokesperson Network

Our network have direct experience of some of the biggest social issues facing the UK today and will receive training, media mentoring and speaking opportunities to amplify their expertise.

Find out about our 2021 spokesperson training programme.

  • Aisha Sanusi

    Co-Director of the African Caribbean Education Network addressing current issues of Black underrepresentation in Independent and Grammar schools and improve the experiences of Black children once there.

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  • Beth Thomas

    Mentoring Scheme Co-Ordinator and Safeguarding Director at Our Place Support. Beth is passionate about using her own experiences to inspire others who have experienced trauma and issues with their mental health.

  • Chloe Deakin

    Chloe is a multi-disciplinary producer, who uses her expertise in communications, digital media, and youth work to promote healing, and growth within disenfranchised communities across the Midlands.

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  • Chloe Juliette

    A passionate and active member of the care experienced community, and qualitative social researcher, with the hope of supporting better policy making.

  • Craig Jones MBE

    Joint Chief Executive of the military LGBT+ charity Fighting With Pride and the principle leader of the Armed Forces LGBT+ community in the difficult years after the ‘gay ban' was lifted.

  • Debs Teale

    Advocate of creativity in health following her own mental health journey, Trustee at the National Centre for Creative Health, member of the Social Prescribing Network and Social Prescribing Academy

  • Donna Weaver

    Proud kinship carer of three, Director of the not-for-profit Kinship Carers UK, and a member of Family Rights Group Kinship Panel. Donna is generating awareness and seeking change for future kinship carers.

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  • Eliza Rebeiro

    Co-Founder and current CEO of Lives Not Knives, a charity based in Croydon that aims to reduce youth violence by engaging, educating and empowering up to 10,000 young people a year.

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  • Jazz Moreton

    Audio artist who has multiple disabilities as a result of surviving a stroke as a teenager, and a passion for activism and equality, driven to create positive social change through art and the arts.

  • Jodie Beck

    Campaigner, organiser and co-founder of Our Empty Chair which brings together the voices of full hearts separated by prison.

  • John Crilly

    Campaigner with the not-for-profit JENGbA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association) campaigning on behalf of, and with, those wrongfully convicted and is campaigning to reform legal abuse by Joint Enterprise.

  • Marie Van Herteryck

    Self-advocate and Co-Founder of NDSA (Neuro Diverse Self Advocacy) voluntary organisation.

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  • Nasar Iqbal

    Founder and Director of Black Country Innovate CIC based in Walsall working with hard to reach and BME communities to challenge and reduce all forms of hate crimes.

  • Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan

    Founder and CEO of the Zinthiya Trust a charity set up in 2009 aimed at supporting women and families in Leicester and Leicestershire to be free from poverty and abuse.

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  • Onjali Rauf

    Author and founder of Making Herstory

  • Lady Unchained

    Poet and Founder of Unchained Poetry, a platform for artists with experience of the criminal justice system.

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  • Ric Flo

    Creative Director and Rapper Ric Flo uses the art of rap and his experience in foster care to encourage positivity in young people through creative workshops whilst developing his own music with the Hip-hop Collective Jungle Brown.

  • Amanda Hailes

    Part of Hull-based women’s collective An Untold Story, peer-researcher for AVA and Agenda, campaigning for women facing marginalisation

  • Anne-Marie Douglas

    Founder and CEO of Peer Power, an empathy led charity developed with young people which aims to heal childhood trauma and adversity through caring relationships, system change involvement, employment and peer support.

  • Barbara Burton

    Founder of the BehindBras Fashion Foundation, providing support, new skills and meaningful employment for former women prisoners, in the fashion, retail and creative industries.

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  • Bryony Albery

    Previously a frontline homelessness support worker, performance poet Bryony is now training to be a social justice lawyer.

  • Clare Patey

    Award winning artist, curator, and director of Empathy Museum. Her award-winning immersive project A Mile in My Shoes explores how empathy can transform personal relationships but also help tackle global challenges and open up the public conversation around empathy.

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  • Darren Murinas

    Chief executive of Expert Citizens, an independent group who have all experienced multiple needs and give their ideas to services to help guide and shape them to improve the care of multiple needs citizens.

  • Marissa Begonia

    Domestic worker and founding member of The Voice of Domestic Workers, Marissa campaigns for justice and rights for Britain’s migrant domestic workers. She helps them to flee abusive families and find safety.

  • Simeon Moore

    Writer, musician and advocate for young people. Simeon was a member of a notorious Birmingham gang and co-created the YouTube channel DatsTV to challenge, and provide an alternative to those channels and music videos that glamorise gun and knife-culture.

  • Steve Arnott AKA Redeye Feenix

    Hull Beats Bus Founder, committed to building confidence and giving young people the space to be creative through music and art workshops. Star of Sean McAllister’s documentary film A Northern Soul.

  • Sue James

    Director and solicitor at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre and a specialist in housing law. Sue provides support for marginalised and vulnerable groups so they can make their voices heard.

  • Tracey Ford

    Founder of the JAGS Foundation, created in memory of her son. JAGS raise awareness of the consequences of youth murder and addresses problems affecting young people today offering peer mentoring in schools and works with agencies that help vulnerable young women.

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