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.
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.
Kate has a background in broadcast journalism and documentary production, most recently bringing these communications skills to the charity sector on the media team at Medecins Sans Frontieres.
In addition to creating effective multi-platform communications she’s excited by the power of networks and loves bringing people together. She spent three years living in Berlin where she helped build an online network to connect journalists, now used by nearly 4000 members around the world.
Senior Programme Officer
Sara has 5 years’ experience in community organising, event management, and informal education. She has worked on community projects aimed at young people for Noam Masorti Youth, Citizens UK, and The Skip Garden. She has also worked as a facilitator for Diversity Role Models teaching about homophobia in schools, and for The Anne Frank Trust educating communities about all forms of prejudice and discrimination. She strongly believes in the power of community to make the change they want to see. She enjoys bringing people together with her love of cooking and food, and has a business selling homemade pickled vegetables.
Sara has a BA in Social Sciences and Religious Studies and Comparative Religion from The University of Manchester.
Chris is a digital marketing specialist with a wide range of experience in marketing communications. After managing press and social media for bands and festivals, he joined the Guardian as a business journalist and content editor. He then went on to manage SEO, PPC, paid social, email and press outreach for a variety of organisations. During this time, he also co-founded and led Manchester Friends of the Earth’s fossil fuel divestment campaign.
Chris holds a BA in Economics and Politics from The University of Manchester and a qualification in environmental communications. He is also a keen badminton player, a drummer and a long-suffering Oldham Athletic fan.
Karen is interested in innovative and people-centred approaches to addressing complex social issues, which has brought her to health and social policy projects in Namibia, South Africa, India, and Romania. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science with honours from McGill University as well as a MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), specialising in civil society approaches to social policy and is the recipient of the Richard Titmuss prize for outstanding academic performance. Prior to joining SCA, Karen has worked in the housing sector and the health sector as a researcher and has conducted and supported research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, leading to programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, national and global scales. Karen is a trustee of CAYSH, a charity that provides housing, support, and advice to young people facing homelessness and in her spare time, she mentors young Londoners to support their professional and personal development
Louise has a background in social change communications, applying these skills to the international development and human rights sector. She is particularly interested in the power of communications to address complex global issues and create meaningful change. Prior to joining The Social Change Agency, she worked at a The Girl Generation where she amplified positive stories of change from the grassroots to the global level and secured global media coverage for the organisation.
In her spare time, she volunteers as the director of communications at Women in International Affairs Network, a digital platform disrupting the way society talks about gender, youth equality and career development in the international sector. Louise also holds an MSc in International Development from The University of Bristol and a BSc in Politics and Sociology from the same university.
Junior Communications Officer
Maria has over 5 years of experience as an editor and copy-writer for different media outlets. She writes about environmental issues, migration and agribusiness. Recently, she carried out research on the criminalisation of NGOs rescuing migrants in the Central Mediterranean. In 2014, she took part in the set-up of the first web-radio station of the University of Milan where she worked as Broadcast Manager for one year. In London she worked for Climate Bonds Initiative and volunteered for different charities
She holds a BA in Modern Humanities from the University of Milan, as well as an MA in Media, Campaigning and Social Change from the University of Westminster. When she is not working, you can find her campaigning for her Greenpeace local group or practising Vinyasa yoga.
Project and Admin Officer
Joe graduated last year from SOAS, University of London, with a degree in International Relations and a specialism in Middle Eastern politics. With recent experience in financial remediation and American politics, he has a keen interest in all matters of foreign affairs. Given his time spent giving lectures to students and campaigning against sexual harassment and gendered violence, Joe is passionate about such issues as well as those of the struggles of refugees, asylum seekers and those caught in the middle of war zones.
Mita has over 10 years’ experience in the Youth Sector and youth voice advocacy . She has worked for a variety of organisations including Envision, The University of Birmingham, The Challenge Network and Fearless Futures. She also holds a BA in Social Policy, has served as Chair of the British Youth Council, sat on the Advisory Board for Step Up To Serve and has mentored youth debating teams.
Jon is an experienced leader in high-growth, digital startups and has been at the centre of the tech sector boom in the UK, running fast-growing businesses including Huddle and Wazoku. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his mid-20s, Jon is passionate about the importance of workplace culture, people-centred management, mental health & wellbeing when building successful teams. He is currently a NED, investor and advisor to a portfolio of exciting, early-stage businesses and works as Investment Director for New Model Venture Capital.
Anni is a philanthropist and Web Science practitioner. She is Director of Intersticia, a UK Charity which focuses on identifying, supporting and encouraging emerging 21st Century Leaders. A key component of this is to harness interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the interactions of technology, culture and society.
For the past two decades, Anni has been working with Boards, Senior Leadership and Management Teams to help them become more Digitally Savvy. In 2017 she created Brave Conversations which brings conversations around Web Science and the Social Machine to the general public of all ages, stages and from all walks of life.
In addition to creating Intersticia Anni has had various roles in the Arts (working with the Sydney Opera House, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Australian Opera), Government (as a Ministerial Advisor and Member of numerous Government Boards), and the corporate sector (leading research into emerging Web technologies for Fuji Xerox Australia).
Peter has over 25 years’ experience in finance and management consultancy.
He has worked with a variety of organisations including Theatrical Producers (presenting The
Reduced Shakespeare Company, Graham Norton’s one-man show, and plays by Mark Ravenhill and Nick Hornby), International Trading companies (equipment provision to the international petrochemical industry), a property management company, as well as firms of Solicitors and Chartered and Certified Accountants.
He currently divides his time between The Social Change Agency sitting as a non-executive director, a Wealth Management company, and a charity promoting development and equality of the Palestinian minority in Israel through the advancement of education and the preservation of culture.
Bob is the co-founder of Practical Governance providing hands-on governance support to organisations with a social purpose. He is a former Responsible Business Director at Deloitte UK and former Director of Programmes at the Power to Change Trust. Above all he believes in the power of people and communities to find and determine their own solutions to the challenges that face them. He is a trustee of Local Trust and Treasurer of the Bevy community-owned pub in Brighton, where he spends far too much of his time.
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.
Paula has just under a decade of experience working in membership networks including multicultural and multinational settings with a Master’s Degree in International Business Management (cross-cultural studies). She specialises in engaging individuals, facilitating group connections, and cohesion. Specifically working with group dynamics, change management and connection as a universal unification of groups.
Paula is also a 3rd year psychotherapist trainee which further supports the understanding and emotional support needed when working with passionate networks and group cohesion.
Paula has six years work experience and a degree in event management allowing for skills in coordination, process, implementation, planning, logistics and budgeting. She is a strong believer in endeavouring to integrate relational perspectives to honour each person’s multiple and unique ways of being, experiencing, and relating. This supports her skills and experience to identify and work with a person or group’s developmental deficits, current relational struggles, cultural and societal impact, and spiritual issues as these emerge in relationships.
Abi is a graphic designer, who graduated from Falmouth University, and uses the discipline to create positive social change. She loves solving any design challenges; from branding a new initiative, creating infographics to developing complex workshops.
Abi has worked for the MS Society as an in house designer as well as a freelance graphic designer producing work for a number of social and charitable organisations. Her ‘Multiple Scribbles’ children’s resource was shortlisted for a Creative Conscience award. Abi is the creative force behind our movement building canvas as well as multiple other SCA projects.
Career Development and Coaching
Penny works with talented professionals to develop and manage their careers in a person centric manner, enrich their current work situation and improve performance at work, tackling any issues that might be hampering progress. Penny’s longstanding interest in supporting people with their career development stretches back over 15 years and stems from her time as head of a national executive search practice, where she partnered with a wide range of socially driven organisations on key executive and NED leadership appointments. Her current portfolio includes working with MBA students at the London Business School on career skills development, as well as being a Trustee of a Fund, the MVMF, which supports offenders and ex-offenders in developing new skills, and being a befriender via the Thomas Pocklington Trust. Manchester.
Research & Evaluation Associate
Helen has worked in the field of public and stakeholder engagement for more than a decade, primarily as a communicator, evaluator and researcher.
She has a background in natural sciences and a penchant for colourful spreadsheets; she loves analysing and reporting on complex or multi-source data to make it intelligible. Her engagement and evaluation experience ranges from one-off community workshops to large multiyear projects, covering diverse topics including climate change, community business, food security, nuclear waste and volunteering. She has a passion for music and is also working on a spy novel.
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.
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.