Meet the team
Esther has spent over 15 years working in the not for profit, social enterprise and business sectors, running award winning campaigns, supporting enterprise and building teams. She founded the Social Change Agency in 2013 with a desire to combine organising, technology, comms and social enterprise to create a leading non sector-specific agency to improve movement building across the world.
Esther is a 2011 Clore Social Fellow, 2012 Winston Churchill Fellow and 2013 SSE Fellow and was recently placed in the top Women in Social Enterprise. She is a Trustee of the National MS Society and the House of St Barnabas.
Betsy has over 10 years of campaigning, fundraising and social change experience. She specialises in developing community leadership and understanding, developing, and ultimately challenging systems of power for social change.
She has directed successful user-led campaigns from small charities across the Atlantic that have resulted in bans on letting fees for tenants, the preservation of affordable housing and remuneration for victims of the foreclosure crisis. She won 2017 Campaigner of the Year from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. She is an avid podcast listener and hiking and is a trustee of Generation Rent.
Borja Blanco Mendez
With a Msc. in Industrial Engineering, Borja dropped a promising career as a corporate consultant moved by his sense of purpose empowering vulnerable people.
For the last 2 years he has been participating in several projects, including one in Indonesia helping to develop community owned bamboo businesses and another in Spain where he co-founded a crowd financing platform for SMEs.
Borja brings to SCA’s team his experience in change management consulting and his passion for social businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Social Media Associate
Lisa is a social media and communications expert with 20 years experience working in the media and charity communications sector.
An award winning creative and former Senior Journalist at Comic Relief, Lisa has worked with hundreds of different charities on many campaigns including Make Poverty History. Lisa also worked closely with major brands including Sainsbury and British Airways to help them achieve their multi-million pound fundraising goals for Comic Relief. She’s an avid swimmer and failed surfer.
Public Engagement Lead
Martha offers a wealth of experience in developing and managing public engagement strategies in not-for- profits, much of it in international development, as well as on women’s rights, homelessness and more. She has worked in senior roles in house, as well as a consultant both within agencies – including the highly-regarded charity specialist Eden Stanley Group – and as a solo consultant. She has worked in or with Bond, Disasters Emergency Committee, Plan UK, United Purpose, Sheila McKechnie Foundation and Shelter, among others.
Jim specialises in providing strategy and evaluation support to organisations engaged in campaigning, advocacy and social change.
Prior to becoming an SCA Associate, Jim worked in Oxfam’s campaigning programme, and was responsible for devising and applying a coherent and effective strategic approach across Oxfam’s campaigns programme.
You can listen to Jim’s podcast The Advocacy Iceberg
Senior Communications & Project Officer
As a recent graduate in economics and social studies from the University of Manchester, Simran is interested in working with progressive organisations to make a positive influence on society. With his freelance experience and prior work for an international think tank, he aims to use the skills he has gained in digital communications to carry out some of SCA’s major project work.
Head of Operations
Sapna has 7 years’ experience in operations and managing projects. She has recently managed a research project looking at the Freedom of Religion or Belief and how Parliamentarians can be better resourced to advocate for this right across the Commonwealth. She has previously managed project activity in Human Resources and Organisational Development. She has supported the delivery of leadership programmes, with a focus on supporting early career academics, senior leaders and programmes supporting the career development for women in science and leadership development for BAME staff. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, and has an MSc and a PhD in the field of Microbiology.
Sara has a background in community organising, events, and informal education. She strongly believes in the power of community action to improve our world. She has a BA in Social Sciences and Religious Studies and Comparative
Religion from The University of Manchester. Sara also has a business selling homemade pickled vegetables.
Claire is the Social Change Agency’s bookkeeper and financial planner. She has 15 years experience in finance and business improvement consultancy in the public, private and charities sectors, in the UK and overseas. Claire loves to travel and can’t wait until her young children are old enough to experience the world with her.
Hannah’s career spans 20 years in communications roles at some of the UK’s most high-profile charities. Her extensive experience includes PR and communications strategies covering advocacy and hard news, issue-building campaigns, fundraising and mass event participation. Seven years as head of media and public affairs at Comic Relief meant responsibility for its entire media output, including promotion of strategic partnerships across government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors.
Murph specialises in website development, helping business and individuals to build and maintain their wordpress websites.
After working in social care for most of 20 years in homelessness, mental health and learning disabilities, he decided it was time to satisfy his inner geek and became a self-taught web developer, building sites for artists, therapists and small businesses.
He supports the SCA team by taking some of the stress out of managing a variety of technical tasks online.