Staff

Meet the Living Wage Foundation team

Tess Lanning

Director

Tess joined the Living Wage Foundation as Head of Policy and Business Development in July 2015, and became Director (maternity cover) in March 2018. Before joining the Foundation, she worked as an adviser to the Leader of the Opposition on business, skills and labour market policy, and before that as a senior researcher on economic and social policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research. She has also worked as a freelance policy and campaigns consultant, and has published widely on pay, workplace training, and other issues affecting the world of work.

Katherine Chapman

Director (maternity leave)

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 Griffiths

Graham Griffiths

Head 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.

Lola McEvoy

Campaigns and Communications Manager

Lola joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2016. She looks after campaigns and communications strategy for the Foundation and also project manages our programme of events.

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. 

Martha Crawford

Senior Project Manager

Martha Crawford joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2017 and manages the Foundation’s new project about Good Work. Alongside this role she is the Campaign and Operations Manager for the Good Jobs Campaign at Citizens UK. This work aims to tackle social mobility and the growing skills gap through unique partnerships between businesses, schools, colleges and young people. Previously she has worked at London South Bank University as a Knowledge Exchange Development Manager. Martha has a BA in Drama from the University of Exeter and a MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary, University of London.

Caroline Reilly

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.

Emma Kosmin

Senior Programme Manager

Emma is Programme Manager for several regions across the country and leads on the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme, championing the Living Wage in the third sector. Emma also leads on the annual Living Wage Champion Awards. 

She joined the Living Wage Foundation in 2013. Emma has a degree in Politics and Sociology from Sussex University. Before joining the Living Wage Team she worked at London Youth, a network of community youth groups, and for the political monitoring service DeHavilland.

She also recently completed the South Coast Challenge and raised over £4,000 for Mind, the mental health charity.

Amy Hulme

Senior Programme Manager

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.

Sam Hepher

Programme 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.

 

Clare Goff

Project 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.

John Hood

Media and 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.

Jess Goble

Programme Officer

Jess joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2016, working as a Programme Officer. 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.  

 

Jay Kerr

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.  

 

Lucy Bannister

Programme Officer

Lucy joined the growing Living Wage Foundation team in January 2017 as Programme Administrator and moved to a Programme Officer role in July. She studied at the University of Manchester, where she was involved in politics and social justice campaigning, before going on to be the 2015 General Election Candidate for the Green Party. Lucy has been involved in a range campaigns, notably running the Manchester branch of the Student Stop AIDS Campaign for 2 years. She is passionate about a good standard of living for everyone. 

Sian Ellis

Programme 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.

Becky Malone

Communications Officer

Becky joined the Living Wage in July 2017 as Communications Officer. She has a media and digital background, having previously worked as a Media Assistant at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where she helped to raise awareness of the organisation’s work by creating online content and securing press coverage. Before that, Becky worked in the music industry as a Promotions Coordinator, alongside voluntary work for a number of youth and community radio stations. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London. 

Lou Budd

Programme Administrator

Lou joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2017 as Programme Administrator. Before joining us, Lou was leading a team of volunteers in Kenya with a social enterprise, working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses sustainably. Prior to this she worked at a conservation charity for elephants, communities and their shared habitats across Asia. She also volunteered at a youth club for refugees and asylum seekers one evening per week.

Lou holds a BA (Hons) in American Studies and an MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from the University of Manchester, where she spent two years on the committee for the Amnesty International Society. Having worked in hospitality throughout her time at university, Lou experienced the serious impact of low pay on both employees and businesses. She has been dedicated to encouraging a culture of positive and fair workplaces ever since.

Ali Negyal

Operations Officer

Ali joined the team in May 2018. He has had a mixed career, in the private, public and third sectors. For a decade, his focus was housing and homelessness in London. He has enjoyed working in a variety of roles, including operational, technical, policy and commissioning roles.

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.

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.

Lynn Anderson (Poverty Alliance Franchise)

Living Wage Places National Coordinator (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.

Lynn Cunningham (Poverty Alliance Franchise)

Living Wage Accreditation Officer (Scotland)

Starting off as a Welfare Rights Officer, Lynn has worked in the field of poverty prevention for the past 25 years. Previous posts have included managing director of Craigowl Communities, a skills and training charity in Dundee, as well as being the national development officer for adult financial capability with Education Scotland. With experience of working across Scotland, Lynn was the East Scotland Champion with the DWP’S Now Let’s Talk Money campaign, and was an advisor to the Money for Life programme delivered through Colleges Development Network.

Lynn has made Dundee her home for the past 23 years, loves gardening and taking her wee dog for walks.

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.

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!