Emmanuel Gotora is the Lead Organiser of The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO), the founding Chapter of Citizens UK. Emmanuel holds a Bachelors degrees in Aerospace Systems Engineering (University of Hertfordshire) and Theology (London School of Theology) and a Masters degree in Community Organising (Queen Mary University). He is accredited as a trainer by Newman University, Birmingham.
Prior to joining the staff team at Citizens UK in 2008, Emmanuel was a TELCO leader on the Living Wage campaign through the Wood Green New Testament Church of God where he served as a Team Administrator and Youth Pastor. Emmanuel worked with cleaners, staff and students at the University of London to win the Living Wage for over 150 cleaning staff in 2010. In the lead up to the 2010 General Elections, Emmanuel worked with 10 Pentecostal churches across London Citizens to form the Black Clergy Caucus, initiating the Nehemiah 5 Challenge in the early stages of the Just Money campaign.
Emmanuel has led on the City-Safe campaign across London Citizens, and played a key role in TELCO’s Olympic jobs campaign, placing 1,500 people into Living Wage for during London 2012, and added £1.5m to the local economy. Following London 2012, he led TELCO’s work with Atkins Engineering to create 20 Living Wage-paid internships for young people from East London. This internship programme has grown in leaps and bounds into what is now the Good Jobs campaign.
As the Borough Organiser for Newham, Emmanuel is particularly proud of winning 300 affordable homes worth nearly £100m on the Boleyn Ground development. As TELCO celebrates 20 years, Emmanuel is leading on the challenge set by TELCO leaders to grow to 100 members and expand into Barking and Dagenham.
Emmanuel and his family worship at Emmanuel Community Church in Walthamstow. He is on the Management Committee of Money A and E, a social enterprise offering money advice to local people in Lambeth and Newham, and the African Caribbean Day Nursery in Haringey.
You can contact Emmanuel here.
Caitlin joined Citizens UK in January 2015 and is the Community Organiser for Hackney, a strong alliance of 18 institutions. Notable highlights include the creation and organising of a student led employment programme called Hackney 100 which enables 100 16/17 year olds to secure 6 month living wage work experience opportunities in Hackney businesses. This work has has led to securing of £3 million pounds worth of living wage apprenticeships for local people.
Caitlin holds a BA in Geography from Oxford University, and a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before joining Citizens UK, Caitlin has undertaken professional roles in a wide range of public policy positions (governmental, NGO, and civil society) - working most recently in central government to develop the Inquiry into Immigration Detention for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, and previously for Oxfam GB, The Children's Society, Notre Dame University and The Centre for Theology & Community.
Caitlin is an active member of St Peter's Church in Bethnal Green (a member of Tower Hamlets Citizens), a trustee of Spear Bethnal Green (a charity coaching long term unemployed young people back into work), and has a strong commitment to enabling the church to challenge systemic injustice in public life.
You can contact Caitlin here.
Daniel Mackintosh joined Citizens UK in September 2013, after arriving in the UK in February of that year. Daniel is the Community Organiser for Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Refugees Welcome, where he helps co-ordinate the 92 Refugee Welcome teams from across the UK. Daniel began organising in South Africa, where he was born, volunteering in the AIDS struggle through the Treatment Action Campaign, and then working for Equal Education, the mass movement tackling inequality in the South African education system.
Daniel studied law at the University of Cape Town, and previously served as a Research Clerk for Justice Khampepe at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2012. He is a member of West London Synagogue and is involved in building young Jewish leadership through a number of programs in the Reform Movement.
You can contact Daniel here.
Amanda Walters is the Associate Organiser for West London Citizens and leads on the Living Wage campaign in Whitehall. Amanda joined the West London Citizens team as an employee in November 2014.
Achievments in the role include building an alliance of 15 institutions in North Kensington to act on local housing issues. The alliance managed to win a quarter of million pounds investment into a new online repair system for residents of council estates in the area. Additionally, Amanda organised an action in Whitehall with cleaners at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office who were being disciplined for asking for the Living Wage. The action gained national coverage and was successful in getting the disciplinary processes dropped.
Amanda holds a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Manchester, after which she became the University of Manchester Students’ Union Campaigns Officer for two years. She has also completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Community Organising at Queen Mary University.
Amanda speaks fluent Spanish and a good-level of Portuguese.
You can contact Amanda here.
North London Citizens
Carina is a Senior Organiser with Citizens UK and lead organiser for North London, having joined in 2009. She leads our work with the NHS and Public Health having previously organised with the New Citizens Organising Team, working with leaders to change law to prevent children and their families being detained in immigration detention centres. Carina re-built Greenwich Citizens from 4 to 11 diverse member organisations including Ravensbourne University, Corelli College and Metro LGBT Charity. Together with the Council, The Royal Borough now offers businesses a reduced business rate if they pay the Living Wage.
Pioneering our work in health, Carina secured an annual income of £180,000 through health related bodies to develop an effective patient participation practice, developing local leaders to shape health services, ensuring they reflect the local health population. This includes Imperial Health Trust joining as active members of West London Citizens. For the last 18 months, Carina has been building Tyne and Wear Citizens, which on the 8th December 2015, held a Founding Partners Assembly with 130 diverse people raising £66,000 of initial funding for the next 2 years.
Prior to joining Citizens UK, she worked in the refugee sector in London for a number of years and holds a BA ECON in Social Anthropology from The University of Manchester.
Outside of work Carina is on the founding team of Citizen School, a DFE approved all through Free School, due to open in September 2017 in South East London. A keen boxer, she has also been appointed as trustee of Help Orphans Wellbeing - a sports village in rural Gambia, where she will develop boxing training for young people.
You can contact Carina here.
Stephanie is an organiser with Citizens UK, having joined in January 2015. Working with 18 diverse civic institutions across Camden and Islington in North London, Stephanie trains local residents to act together and win meaningful change for their communities. Alongside borough work, she leads a youth led migrant and refugee movement, called ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’. This movement was created by leaders aged 16-30, organised to create a pathway to permanence, access to education and media accountability through public action. Within the past year, Stephanie has trained over one hundred youth leaders in the craft of organising.
Stephanie sits on the advisory board for the Patchwork Foundation and has an MSc in ‘Social Development Practice’, awarded distinction from University College London. Her thesis ‘'The Negotiated City’ is a required reading for the MSc SDP Programme at UCL. Outside of organising Stephanie is a keen yoga and mindfulness practitioner, enjoys travelling the world and writing.
You can contact Stephanie here.
Michael joined Citizens UK as a community organiser for the Living Wage and the Borough of Haringey in March 2016. Michael first got involved in community organising during his time at the University of Nottingham where he set up a Living Wage Campaign and worked closely with Nottingham Citizens. Upon graduating with a BA (hons) in Politics, he moved to Australia where he worked in the trade union movement as a seat organiser for Unions NSW whilst working alongside the Sydney Alliance, a fellow IAF 'citizens coalition'.
Alongside his experience of working in Australia and in the living wage movement, Michael has worked as an English teacher in China, been involved with charitable projects in Tanzania and closer to home, volunteered at a homeless shelter in Nottingham. He is committed to developing leaders through participation in public life to achieve social justice in our communities.
You can contact Michael here
Charlotte Fischer works for Citizens UK as the Senior Community Organiser with the Jewish community.
Charlotte grew up in south east London and read history and politics at Oxford. She studied Arabic in Damascus and then worked in political mediation in Geneva before changing track to work in conflict history in Cyprus, Spain, Northern Ireland and South Africa. A dual national, she spent two years in South Africa, co-authoring a book on the history of South African education and as the executive director of the South African Religious Action Centre, where she organised to take on a ban put on Jewish women singing.
In 2014 she won the Annemarie Schimmel Award at the Muslim News Awards for her work with synagogues and the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association after their building was burnt down in an arson attack, and in 2015 she was ranked 28 for the Jewish News '40 Jews under 40'.
You can contact Charlotte here
Froilan is a Health Organiser and Associate Organiser for Citizens UK in Greenwich since 2014. As part of a growing Health team, Froi has worked with civic leaders, winning deals to improve Mental Health services for young people who missed their initial appointments, co-produce IAPT wellbeing workshops for black & minority ethnic (BME) faith communities, and co-produce a NHS peer mentoring pilot programme with schools. He has also built a Greenwich Housing team of civic leaders, campaigning to build more affordable housing.
Prior to joining Citizens UK, Froi pursued academic interests in quantitative imaging and hearing research, then worked in Business Intelligence. Froi holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from University College London, MSc in Imaging in Biomedical Research from Sussex University and a PGCert in Community Organising from Queen Mary University of London.
Outside of work, Froi is a founding member of the residents group, Surrey Lane People's Organisation (SLPO), and volunteers with them as an elected officer, who have won £30,000's worth of sports facilities for young people and £90,000's worth of safer pavements.
You can contact Froilan here.
Calum leads Citizens UK’s housing work, is the local Community Organiser for Peckham Citizens and is the Communities & Campaigns Director at London CLT, an organisation set up by Citizens UK to deliver genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.
He joined Citizens UK in 2011 from a background in architecture having studied at Sheffield School of Architecture as an undergraduate and Cass School of Architecture for his Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA2). He has trained hundreds of community leaders across the UK in how to organise and has guest lectured at a number of academic institutions across the UK.
You can contact Calum here
Ana is a Community Organiser for Southwark Citizens and for Stand Up, Stand Out, a migrant youth-led movement that address issues of inequality and racism for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and their families. She has close links with the Latin American community in south London and organises them, she is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish delivering training in these languages.
Ana joined Citizens UK in 2013 from a background in migration research, she has undertaken roles in a wide range of studies (working with the Geography Department at Queen Mary University, International Migration Institute at Oxford University and the Institute of Psychology at Kings College University).
Ana holds a BA (hons) in Journalism and Media, and a MA in Community Organising. Outside of work she is a practicing Catholic in her local church and a catechist at St. George’s Cathedral in Southwark.
You can contact Ana here
Saidul Haque Saeed
Saidul Haque Saeed is a Senior Organiser for Citizens UK in Birmingham, where since 2012 he has established a civil society alliance of 22 member institutions, and has trained over 200 leaders in community organising. The organisation has won access to specialist mental health treatment for 16 and 17 year olds, launched City Safe Havens near Schools in 6 neighbourhoods, increased the number of employers paying the Living Wage and recently resettled 50 Syrian refugees to the city from UN Camps.
Before joining Citizens UK, Saidul spent 6 years as a Manager in NHS Primary Care where he was accredited for the quality of public engagement the Trust enjoyed with its local communities. As a local resident with others he lead his community’s response to the Lozells riots of 2005 resulting in no incidents in the area during the Tottenham copycat riots of 2011 in the city. He consequently co-founded an award winning social enterprise still winning change for residents in the area today.
Saidul is a governor in 2 primary schools, an alumnus from the College of Social Science at the University of Birmingham and as the son of a retired city Imam has a special interest in the growth of Muslims in public life.
You can contact Saeed here.
Becca Kirkpatrick is an Associate Organiser for Citizens UK in Birmingham.
Before joining Citizens UK Becca worked for 10 years in NHS Blood & Transplant as a technician, where she was a UNISON steward and branch chair, as well as co-editor of a national trade union magazine. Becca is currently chair of the UNISON West Midlands Community branch and has a particular interest in trade unions making a turn back towards the relational and community organising styles that they pioneered in the past.
Becca is also a qualified fitness instructor and has taught women’s fitness classes in her local community for three years.
You can contact Becca here.
Hugh Murdoch joined the Nottingham organising team in 2014, moving from Edinburgh to build Maun Valley Citizens – an alliance of schools and churches in the former coal-mining towns of West Nottinghamshire. He has supported leaders to grow from a few committed leaders to a diverse alliance of 14 institutions, with 20 others considering membership in the area. With the other half of his week, Hugh organises with Nottingham Citizens in the city. In addition to this, Hugh heads up our national work on Education – developing how we engage with schools and colleges across our network.
Before joining us, Hugh studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh before spending a year as President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association. Between that and moving to Nottingham, he worked on the “No” campaign for the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
Outside of work, Hugh is a Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in Mansfield and a member of Nottingham Hackspace – a community-run workshop in the city.
You can contact Hugh here.
Tom lives with his family in Milton Keynes and follows MK Dons. He loves community organising because of the power it unleashes on local communities. Tom enjoys cycling, football and bashing at piano and sax. Tom is the lead organiser for Citizens MK, organising communities in Milton Keynes. He is a part-time CO who also works for Worktree and School for Social Entrepreneurs. He was formerly a travel writer before studying politics at LSE and working as an English teacher.
You can contact Tom here.
Richard joined Citizens UK in July 2015 as a Community Organiser for Citizens Cymru Wales. Notable organising highlights so far include supporting the ‘Gurnos Zebras’ who successfully campaigned in 2015 to improve safety for young people in Merthyr, supporting local refugee welcome groups to successfully support the resettlement of Syrian families across Wales, and organising ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections in May 2016.
Richard holds a BSc in Cell Biology from the University of Manchester, a Masters in International Development from the University of Bath and a Postgraduate certificate in community organising from Queen Mary’s, University of London. Before joining Citizens UK, Richard worked with the international development charity Tearfund where as a senior advocacy advisor he lead the advocacy campaigning around environment and disasters with a focus on global climate change. Richard works part-time with Citizens UK and part-time with Friends of the Earth in Wales in a role (in partnership with Citizens UK) using community organising to campaign on environmental justice.
Richard is an active member of Salem Baptist Church in Tonteg (which engages actively as a church in community organising with Citizens Cymru Wales). Richard has a strong commitment to enabling people to develop skills and experience as community leaders and for enabling local organisations to work together with others to bring about the transformation of communities.
You can contact Richard here.
Tyne & Wear
Sara is the Community Organiser for the newly formed Tyne & Wear Citizens, joining in October 2016. Before joining Citizens Sara has worked with children, young people and communities to ensure their views and experiences inform policy, practice and research for over 15 years - both regionally and nationally within Sure Start Children’s Centres, Children’s Fund, The Children’s Society and the Office for the Children’s Commissioner for England. As the Policy & Research Manager at the regional children’s charity, Children North East, Sara led on the child poverty programme of work.
As well as working with the teaching union the NASUWT on a national campaign to reduce the rising cost of going to school. Sara managed CAP Community Action on Poverty, community led solutions to poverty at a neighbourhood level; and coordinated Poverty Ends Now (PEN), a youth led initiative to tackle child poverty. Sara was also an active member of the Holiday Hunger task group: raising awareness of lack of support during school holidays when Free School Meals stop, developing guidance and support nationally and delivering provision locally.
Sara was born and raised in the west end of Newcastle and studied at the London School of Economics. She is a school governor at Cruddas Park Early Years Centre and Chillingham Road Primary School in Newcastle. She is a 2016 (North East Specialist) Clore Social Leadership Fellow.
You can contact Sara here.