Staff

Meet the Living Wage Foundation team

Katherine Chapman

Director

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

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.

Tahera Bandali

Head of Business Development (maternity cover)

Tahera joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2021 as Head of Business Development, as maternity cover. She is responsible for overseeing the future direction of the Foundation’s objectives to tackle in-work poverty.

Tahera brings over 8 years of experience in strategy and partnership development. Prior to joining the Living Wage Foundation, she was a senior adviser to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Save the Children UK (SCUK). During more than six years with Save, she oversaw the development of a  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy,  designed and implemented SCUK’s organisational change programme and led on the creation of innovative stewardship opportunities for high-value supporters.

Before her time at SCUK, Tahera worked with Amnesty International UK and Freedom from Torture. She is keen to explore how society collectively advances social justice, breaking down systemic inequalities, and re-imagines power structures.

Tahera holds a degree in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

John Hood

Head of Communications

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.

Clare Goff

Senior 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.

Jess Goble

Senior 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.  

 

Sara Johnson

Senior Programme Manager

Sara joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2018. Sara has worked in the charity sector for over ten years and has a public campaigns background. Sara joins the Foundation from Oxfam, previously working on 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 leads on the Living Wage Foundation’s work on adult social care.

Shelley Morris

Senior Project Manager (Living Pensions)

Shelley joined the Living Wage Foundation in May 2021, on a secondment from Aviva. She is responsible for designing and delivering the Living Pension programme, aimed at looking at the feasibility of extending the Living Wage beyond retirement. She also works part time at Aviva, managing the delivery of the latest digital services to their workplace pension customers.

 

Prior to this Shelley has spent the last 20 years working in the pensions industry, first with Friends Provident, then Friends Life, and for the last six years with Aviva. During this time she has held a variety of roles, spending 10 years as a Client Relationship Manager, working with large employers and advisers to deliver and maintain their pension offering to employees.

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 coordinating our annual Living Wage Week. 

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.

Joe Richardson

Research Manager

Joe joined the Living Wage Foundation in March 2021 as the Research Manager. His role involves conducting research into Minimum/Living Wage, low pay and in-work poverty. He is passionate about improving employment conditions as a means of reducing poverty in the UK.  

Before joining the Foundation, Joe worked in Research roles at Gingerbread – the charity supporting single parents – and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

Outside of work, Joe’s interests include football, films, politics and sci-fi novels.  

Joe holds a BA and Master’s degree, both from the University of Sheffield.  

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.

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.

Caitlin Durham

Programme Manager

Caitlin joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2021, overseeing programme work in East London.

Before joining the Foundation, Caitlin worked at Plan International UK, a global children’s charity with a focus on gender equality and at The Challenge, the UKs largest social integration charity. Her roles have included programme and partner management, campaigns, events and marketing.

Passionate about social and economic equality, Caitlin has volunteered extensively and currently volunteers as a Support Worker at Women for Refugee Women.

Eleanor Hill

Programme Manager

Eleanor joined the Living Wage Foundation in February 2021 as a Programme Manager leading on accreditations in South East England and West London. She previously worked in health awareness and education at Cancer Research UK, where she championed the agenda to tackle health inequalities at any opportunity.

Over the years Eleanor has also volunteered as a city farmer, mental health advocacy caseworker, and for a homelessness prevention charity. Her career path has wound through all three sectors, with over a decade working as a technician in the arts and studying film at university. But deepening convictions around societal issues and social justice led her to a career change in 2015, when she committed to the third sector. She has never looked back.

Lauren Wetherilt

Project Manager - Global Living Wage

Lauren joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2021 as a Project Manager for the Global Living Wage Initiative.

She ha previous experience working with the National Citizens Service as a Project Manager and at PwC as a Management Consultant across a number of different industries. Lauren has a BSc Hons in Maths from King’s College London. She enjoys reading, running and baking.

Sophie Little

Programme Manager

Sophie joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2021 and will be working on promoting the Living Wage across the North West. She has worked for a range of charities including: Teach First, The Social Mobility Foundation and The Challenge. In her spare time, Sophie supports Willow Project, which is a children and young people's counselling service that does fantastic work around mental health in Greater Manchester.

Sophie studied English Literature and Language at the University of Nottingham before working in France for a year. She is passionate about championing the Living Wage across the North West and looks forward to expanding the existing work in the region! Outside of work, she loves to do jujitsu, tennis and cycling. She also tries to play the guitar…with limited success!

Lydia Reddyhoff

Programme Manager

Lydia joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2021. She previously worked for an East London-based charity, working with businesses and schools to build employability skills in young people. She has also volunteered with her local foodbank, and with the food poverty charity Foodcycle while at university. Lydia is passionate about improving social mobility, renters’ rights and reducing social inequalities.

Nicola Hughes

Programme Manager

Nicola joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2021, overseeing programme work in South London.  Nicola holds a Geography degree from the University of Cambridge and has a background in social mobility and responsible business. She has previously worked in the third sector to increase equality in education and employment opportunities for young people. Using this experience and her passion to harness the positive impact businesses can make, she moved into a business advisory role, specialising in corporate community engagement strategy. Before moving to the Foundation, Nicola managed the operations and charitable partnerships for a Social Enterprise company.

Nicola is passionate about social justice and has volunteered supporting survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. She enjoys running, listening to podcasts and travel.

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.

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 the Coordinator of 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.

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.

Humarrah Sheikh

Programme Officer

Humarrah joined the Living Wage Foundation as Programme Officer in July 2020, overseeing the accreditations across Yorkshire and Humber, and supporting 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 campaigning and corporate advocacy roles. She previously worked on influencing corporate sustainability strategies and 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.

Tazkia Khan

Programme Officer

Tazkia joined the Foundation in November 2020 as a Programme Officer, working on accrediting employers in the East Midlands and supporting with East London accreditations and the Living Hours scheme. She previously worked at The Prince's Trust, coordinating employability programmes for 18–30-year-olds and prior to that, recruiting volunteers for their school mentoring programmes. She also worked at a City Year UK and Task Squad, performing various roles within those organisations. 

 

Tazkia has a Bachelor's degree in History and Politics and outside of work, volunteers for the Lewisham Scouts District Group, is a big fan of reading books and watching documentaries. 

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.

Maisie Caro

Communications Officer

Maisie joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2021, supporting the Foundation’s digital and media communications. She has previous experience working to achieve economic and social justice with the Universities and Colleges Union, and social enterprise Leaders Unlocked.

Maisie holds an MA in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, with a particular focus on the relationship between global political economy and domestic politics. She is passionate about challenging systemic inequalities and campaigning for a better world.      

Phoebe Devenish

Programme Officer

Phoebe joined the Living Wage Foundation in March 2021 and is Programmes Officer leading on accreditations in Northern Ireland and additionally supports the Living Wage Places Scheme. Phoebe has previous experience in both the charity and research sectors working with organisations such as North Wales Food Poverty Alliance and ADNODD Research Group where she worked on research focussed on social justice, inequality, and social mobility within the UK.

Phoebe holds a BSc Geography degree from Bangor University with a particular focus on geopolitics and Geographical Information Systems.  With her final research project focussing on the increasing role of the third sector and in work poverty across the UK.

Outside of work Phoebe is an avid white-water kayaker and rock climber.

Lynn Anderson (Living Wage Scotland)

Living Wage Manager

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 Wise group 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.

Speak to me about: Making Living Wage Places, as well as accreditations for Local Authorities and other public sector Anchor Institutions.

Iain Russell (Living Wage Scotland)

Living Wage Accreditation Officer

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 (Living Wage Scotland)

Living Wage Accreditation Officer

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.

Rachel Morrison (Living Wage Scotland)

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 (Living Wage Scotland)

Living Wage Project Assistant

Tricia works with newly accredited employers to celebrate their accreditation and also on network engagement. She joined the Poverty Alliance in 2015 and has experience of working across all sectors.

Speak to me about: LWS social media, network communications and design work.

Anna Hirvonen (Living Wage Scotland)

Living Wage Project Assistant

Anna moved from Finland to Scotland in 2014 to study Sociology and Social and Economic History at the University of Edinburgh. She then went on to complete a master's degree in Gender History at the University of Glasgow, whilst working as an intern with the university's external relations. Alongside studying, Anna has worked part-time in a variety of roles from hospitality to administration.

Speak to me about: press work, research and the gender pay gap.

Judit Preiss (Living Wage Scotland)

Administrative Assistant

Judit is responsible for supporting the Living Wage Scotland team with on-going and day to day admin tasks, supporting employers and corporate services.

Speak to me about: any issues with your accreditation licence, finance and Living Wage merchandise.

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.