Community Activism - meet the team

Are you in a local group? The regional contact within the Community Activism team is your first port of call for support and advice.

If you're in Wales, you may also wish to contact your Local Groups Development Officer, Bleddyn Lake: [email protected]

Or if you're in Northern Ireland, you may want to speak to your local Activism Coordinator, Niall Bakewell: [email protected]

There are two easy ways to contact the Community Activism team 5 days a week:

Groups Hotline: 020 7490 0210

Groups email: [email protected]

Who's who?

 

Carla Doran

Carla Doran

Contact for activists in the North.

Carla is an Activism Coordinator based in Leeds. Carla helped create Basecamp for the past few years and is passionate about embedding creativity into our work.

[email protected]

 

Howard Whitehead

Contact for activists in London.

Howard is an Activism Coordinator based in Nottingham. He's been at Friends of the Earth for 8 years, and still remembers being thrown in at the deep end of the Big Ask Campaign. Currently Howard project manages Basecamp, and is the team’s go to person for all things digital.

[email protected]
 

Jenny Thatcher

Contact for activists in the Midlands.

Jenny leads the Community Activism team. She has been involved with Friends of the Earth since 2001, first as a local group activist working on anti-GMO testing and aviation campaigns. She joined the staff in 2004 and has worked to support, train and resource activists ever since. In her spare time Jenny is helping to set up a local food co-op and bringing up her small son.

[email protected]
 

Laura McFarlane-Shopes

Laura McFarlane-Shopes

Laura joined Friends of the Earth in November 2014 in a part time role working on mobilising the UK climate movement. She spends the rest of the week at Tidal, supporting the global justice movement in Leeds, and bringing together social justice action with Leeds for Change. She has previously worked in the student movement as a Sabbatical Officer and doing outreach at Voluntary Action Leeds.

[email protected]

 
Tim Gee

Tim Gee

Tim joined Friends of the Earth in 2011, following roles with the National Union of Students and the international development NGO network Bond. He is the author of two books on social change: "Counter power: Making Change Happen" and "You Can’t Evict An Idea". He is a co-founder of, and facilitator on, Friends of the Earth’s accredited Campaign Organisers Programme.

[email protected]

 

Lucie Gagniarre
 

Lucie Gagniarre

Activism Assistant.

Contact for activists in the South East.

If you're signed up to our Community and Campaign Newsletter, you'll hear from Lucie regularly as she'll send you highlights from across the network. Lucie's background is in international development so she's especially passionate about the social justice aspect of environmental activism. 

[email protected]

 

Philip-Burroughs

Philip Burroughs

Contact for activists in the South West and the East of England.

Based in our Bristol office, Phil is our contact for groups in the South West and East of England. He also works with our Organisers programme, Basecamp, Regional Gatherings, and is your go-to person for the Dialogue Forum. Don't hesitate to get in touch with him if you have any questions about the above. Given his past experience with grassroots movements in North America, Sweden and the Philippines, his passion is not only campaigning for top down change, but also building the solutions we want to see at ground level in our communities.

[email protected]

Fiona Ranford

European Training Events coordinator

Fiona works specifically on a project called the European School of Sustainability. This project, inspired by Friends of the Earth groups in Latin America & the Caribbean, connects Friends of the Earth groups across Europe to share skills and knowledge about strengthening movements for environmental justice. She is passionate about working in solidarity with groups across Europe and the global South, and has a background in supporting people to campaign against sexism and corporate power.

What does the Community Activism team do?

  • We support and develop the groups network. We work directly with groups, helping them to get stronger and handle challenges, and we help to set up new groups too. We also develop new ways for people to get active with us
  • We put on training events and regional events, and run activities that attract new people to take action or help them to be more effective campaigners, like Basecamp
  • We run an organisers' network and develop ways to build campaigning skills for group members
  • Groups Hotline: 020 7490 0210 Groups email: [email protected]
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