Staff

Meet the Living Wage Foundation team

Graham Griffiths

Assistant Director

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.

Martha Crawford

Head of Business Development

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.

John Hood

Senior 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.

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.

Shaheen Hashmat

Senior Project Manager - Global Living Wage

Shaheen joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2020 and leads on the Global Living Wage Initiative, a project established in response to growing international efforts to reduce inequality and address in-work poverty. She previously worked for Girls Not Brides, Save the Children International, and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, and has been an independent campaigner against forced marriage in the UK for the last ten years. Having studied English with creative writing at Brunel University, Shaheen is now writing a book to highlight the long-term impacts of forced marriage.

Sam Hepher

Senior Programme Manager

Sam is a Senior 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.

 

Jess Goble

Programme 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 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.

Sara Johnson

Programme 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.

Dan Howard

Programme Manager

Daniel joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2018, and is now a Programme Manager for our Living Hours campaign, which seeks to guarantee hours alongside a Living Wage. 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 Duncan

Communications and Marketing Manager

Clare joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2018, overseeing digital communications and marketing.

With a passion for creative communications, Clare has built a career in the charity sector through various communications and marketing roles, promoting campaigns that drive societal change. At the Foundation she heads up the Living Wage's online channels, annual awards ceremony and other comms and marketing activity. Before joining the foundation, she was Communications Coordinator at Power to Change, where she worked to strengthen the collective voice of local community-owned businesses who were responding to local issues across England. Clare has a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield. 

Emily Roe

Campaigns Manager

Emily joined the Living Wage Foundation in March 2020 as the Campaign Manager. Her role involves coordinating the Foundation’s campaign strategy, as well as managing projects around our annual Living Wage Week. Since March this year, she has been co-ordinating the #LivingWage4KeyWorker campaign.

Before joining the Foundation, Emily worked at Citizens UK as a Press Officer. She has a passion for campaigns focusing on employee rights, and issues affecting women in the workplace.
Emily has a degree in Law from Newcastle University.

Yasmin Mahmoudi

Programme Manager

Yasmin joined the Living Wage Foundation as Programme Manager in February 2020, overseeing programme work in South London and South East of England, and the Living Wage Funders scheme.

Before joining the Foundation, Yasmin worked at UK Youth, managing a social action and wellbeing programme for young women, and piloting an employability project with young refugees. Before that, she was at Penguin Random House, where she helped launch their company-wide work experience programme, alongside other projects aimed at building diversity and inclusion within the organisation. 

Yasmin is passionate about advancing workers’ rights and economic justice. Outside of work, she likes to attend galleries, cook, and read (and half-finish!) a lot of books.

Sebastian Bachelier

Programme Manager

Sebastian joined the Living Wage Foundation in 2018 and is currently a Programme Manager. He leads the Recognised Service Provider project and oversees Living Wage Employer accreditation in the West Mildlands. Sebastian has previous experience of the public, private and third sectors; he coordinated enrichment opportunities for students in an inner city college in Birmingham, he worked on Senior c-suite leadership recruitment on behalf of the NHS and has volunteered for a number of community growth projects, including the Local Futures' initiative as well as several Transition Town groups from across 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.

Emily Collins

Team Administrator

Emily joined Living Wage Foundation in October 2019 as a Team Administrator having previously worked in a range of customer service and administration roles across non-profit organisations. In her previous role, Emily worked as a Facilities Administrator in a supported housing charity for previously homeless people. She organised repairs or improvements needed to the homeless hostels to improve living standards. She also worked on-site with the residents and staff to improve safety and hygiene in the buildings, and provide advice on maintaining their homes.  

Emily has a BA Hons in Creative Advertising from the University of Lincoln and a Level 2 Front of House Degree. In her spare time, Emily volunteers as a Safeguarding Officer with her church and is a backup Coordinator at a summer camp for 15-18 year olds.  

Dilan Gurgur

Programme 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.

Hanna Miles

Programme Officer

Hanna joined the foundation in January 2020 as a Programme Officer, with a regional focus on East London, Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Hanna has a degree in History and Politics from the University of Sussex, focusing on the unusual combination of subcultures and the impact of corruption on human trafficking. After graduating, Hanna worked for the Students’ Union and since then has worked in Manchester and London in Client Relationship Management roles. Hanna is passionate about amplifying the voices of employees and supporting employers with practical steps to help make big changes in the lives of their employees.

Alice Ollendorff

Programme Officer

Alice joined the Living Wage Foundation in February 2020 as Programme Officer, overseeing accreditation in East England, North West England and North London. Alice has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and a Master’s in International Relations, specialising in human rights and social inequality.

Previously working for the London Community Foundation, Alice supported a wide variety of programmes including homelessness, youth violence, violence against women and girls and community engagement.

Alice is particularly interested in strengthening workers voices, and reducing social inequality in the UK by tackling in-work poverty.

Thomas Blin

Communications Officer

Tom joined the Living Wage Foundation in March 2020, supporting the Foundation’s digital and media communications programmes. Tom previously worked at a small corporate and financial communications agency in London, working with clients in biotech, digital healthcare, construction and trade associations, as well as with individual and shareholder activist campaigns. Prior to this, he worked in a human rights charity and in hospitality, and has volunteered in the UK, Botswana, Cambodia and Singapore.

Tom has a BA in History from the University of Sheffield. Outside of the office, Tom is an avid football, rugby and basketball fan, and a creative writer in his spare time.

Kezia Pugh

Programme Officer

Kezia joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2020 as a Programme Officer. She is responsible for accreditations in the North East of England and supports on accrediting employers in West London and the West Midlands. Kezia has a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Exeter and an MA in History from UCL, focusing on modern identity-based social movements. She has previous experience coordinating UpRising’s youth leadership programmes, and has a background in sessional and workshop facilitation for feminist organisations such as Fearless Futures, Jewish Women’s Aid, and Good Night Out Campaign. Kezia is passionate about intersectionality, social justice, and empowering and amplifying marginalised voices.

Humarrah Sheikh

Programme Officer

Humarrah joined the Living Wage Foundation as Programme Officer in July 2020, overseeing the accreditations across Yorkshire and Humber, supporting on South London and on the Recognised Service Provider scheme.

Humarrah has a background in climate science with a Masters by Research from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her interest in geopolitics and desire to address systems of inequalities had steered her toward taking campaigning and corporate advocacy roles. She previously worked at The B Team as part of the Climate team, influencing corporate sustainability strategies and leading on a project addressing negative lobbying by trade associations. She then moved in to a cross-cause role broadening her experience on equality in the workplace including gender equality and human rights abuses in the supply chain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.