Meet our core team below.
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.
Head of Business Development
Tess joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2015. She oversees the Living Wage Commission and leads on the development of new tools and tailored support services to improve job quality and performance in low wage industries. She is also a freelance policy consultant and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), specialising in business, skills and labour market policy. Previously she worked as policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition on all matters relating to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that as a senior researcher on economic and social policy at IPPR. She holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Campaigns and Communications Manager
She has a background in managing high profile campaigns and has a passion for campaigns around employee's rights and issues affecting women in the workplace.
She has a MA in Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University.
Senior 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.
Programme Manager (Retail Lead, Outreach & Support)
Amy joined the Living Wage team in August 2014. She first came across the Foundation through her yearlong involvement in the Nottingham Living Wage Campaign. She has a background in clothing design and manufacture, and worked in fashion design for a number of years. Amy designed and created a collection for Cardiff’s very first Fashion Week. Experiencing Britain's clothing manufacturing industry first hand made Amy acutely aware of the need for the Living Wage. More recently, Amy spent some time working in a large church running their finance department and improving their community relationships and management systems.
Passionate about community and justice, Amy’s recent volunteering roles include volunteering at a lunch club for the elderly, and supporting a local foodbank. Still a keen designer in her spare time, Amy is working on a couple of projects related to ethical fashion.
Emma Brown Kosmin
Programme Manager (Membership & Support)
Emma joined us in July 2013. She works with employers in different regions of the country and manages our franchise agreement with the Poverty Alliance in Scotland. Emma also leads on our work developing a Living Wage badge for grantmakers.
Before joining the Living Wage Team she spent two years at London Youth, a network of community youth groups, where she was Communications Assistant. Prior to this she worked for DeHavilland, a political monitoring service. Emma has a degree in Politics and Sociology from Sussex University and has completed the NCVO Certificate in Campaigning course.
Emma is passionate about community action, people power and youth empowerment. She has a background working with the Woodcraft Folk, and acted as the international representative for the Peers without Frontiers project during 2011. She also volunteers with Stonewall mentoring young people and supporting the Stonewall 25 Heritage Project.
Living Wage Programme Officer
Issy joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2016 working as a Programme Administrator, with a focus supporting the Service Providers Recognition Scheme. She holds a BA (hons) in Geography from Durham University and has completed an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London, where she explored the relationships between communities and the built environment. Issy is passionate about creating socially and environmentally sustainable cities. She has experience working within charities and museums and has volunteered for the Migration Museum Project and the National Trust. Issy first became committed to the aims of the Living Wage Foundation while working in retail.
Living Wage Programme Officer
Jay joined the Foundation in May 2015 after living overseas for four years. Holding a degree from Queen Mary University in History and Politics, Jay has previously worked in Fundraising and Communications at the MedicAlert Foundation and as a Support Worker for teens and older people in Hackney.
Jay has a long and history in social justice campaigns all over the world. For over ten years he has been active with the anti-sweatshop campaign, No Sweat, where he helped expose sweatshop practices in London’s East End. In 2011 he left for Thailand where he worked with MAP Foundation supporting the rights of migrant workers from Burma, and then Australia, working with the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network call for fairer trade agreements. In 2014, while travelling in South East Asia and Latin America, he initiated a project connecting Thailand’s Burmese migrants with indigenous communities of southern Mexico to build ties of international solidarity.
Julie McGahan (Poverty Alliance Franchise)
Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland) - On Maternity Leave
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 the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative. 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.
Julie is currently on maternity leave.
Anne Callaghan (Poverty Alliance Franchise)
Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland) - Maternity Cover
Anne is Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland) whilst Julie McGahan is on maternity leave. Anne has worked for a number of charities and NGOs including Amnesty International, Free Tibet Campaign, Oxfam, the Trade Justice Movement and UNICEF UK in London in public campaigning roles over the past two decades. nne helped make the case for Unicef UK to become a Living Wage accredited employer whilst working on a UK child poverty campaign there.
She studied Politics at Glasgow University before going south to Essex for an MA in Human Rights. In her spare time, she helps local people campaign for change, been a campaign mentor for Campaign Bootcamp, enjoys terrible multiplex films, and tries out numerous choirs.
Jack Evans (Poverty Alliance Franchise)
Living Wage Accreditation Officer (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 the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
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.
Lynn Anderson (Poverty Alliance Franchise)
Living Wage Accreditation Officer (Scotland)
Lynn joined the Poverty Alliance as Living Wage Accreditation Officer in June 2016. She works with a range of employers across Scotland, with a particular focus on Third Sector organisations.
Lynn graduated with a degree in Public Policy from the University of Glasgow and went on to work in a number of Third Sector roles with the Wisegroup and Energy Saving Trust. Immediately prior to joining the Poverty Alliance, Lynn worked in a management position at Citizens Advice Direct for over 4 years.
Lynn has a young son named Jack. When time allows, Lynn is a keen reader, enjoys watching movies and loves a good debate on social policy issues. She is partial to a good French Martini from time to time.
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!
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 the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
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.