Chapter Teams can be found here.
Project Teams can be found here.
Executive Staff Team and Strategy Group
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the day to day management of the work of the company. He shares this responsibility with other senior staff who form a staff Executive. There is also a Senior Management Team which allows an opportunity for line managers to meet regularly and review performance.
Matthew Bolton; Executive Director
Matthew Bolton has pioneered community organising as a force for social change and democratic renewal. With 15 years experience as an Organiser and now Director at Citizens UK, he has helped build a nation-wide alliance of tens of thousands of active citizens and trained community leaders. Matthew was the lead Organiser for the UK Living Wage campaign, which has now accredited nearly 6,000 Living Wage Employers and won over £1 billion for low-paid workers. He has helped orchestrate successful campaigns to tackle payday lenders, increase genuinely affordable housing, change Government policy on refugees, as well as many neighbourhood changes. Matthew is the author of How to Resist, an internationally renowned book on organising and campaigning, and coaches senior leaders in civil society organisations on how to unlock the power of their membership and realise a more radical mission. Matthew is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and two children in South London and is a black-belt in Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Boxing and an Advanced PADI scuba diver. He loves Spurs and is no stranger to defeat.
Jonathan Cox; Deputy Director and Lead Organiser for Citizens Cymru Wales
Jonathan began his organising career as Coordinator for the Independent Asylum Commission, which culminated in a nationwide campaign to end the detention of children for immigration purposes.
Alongside UK-wide work on migration, he has built alliances in Wandsworth and most recently in Wales, where he now lives with his wife and two children.
Jonathan holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Durham and an MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary, University of London, where he co-led a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Organising course. He is an Associate Lecturer at Newman University, Birmingham, who now accredit Citizens UK’s training.
Jonathan previously worked in Westminster as a Researcher to an MP and Government Minister, and then as Parliamentary Officer for a leading refugee charity.
Jawed Neshat; Director of Finance and Operations
Jawed has over fifteen years’ experience in international development, Community Interest Company (CIC) and the not-for-profit sector. Throughout his career, Jawed has helped build capacity in grassroot community organisations.
After joining the Executive team of CUK in September 2016 as Director of Finance and Operations, Jawed took charge of the organisation’s financial management, governance matters, communication and resource planning and allocation.
Jawed has overall responsibility for designing, implementing and strengthening organisational policies, systems, processes and infrastructures to support the growth of the organisation.
Katherine Chapman; Director of the Living Wage Foundation
Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. She has a background in working with industry leaders and policymakers 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.
Project Lead, Parents and Communities Together (PACT)
Josephine Namusisi-Riley - PACT Lead
Josephine joined PACT in May 2017. She is responsible for the strategic and operational running of PACT in Southwark. An experienced manager she brings extensive experience of community development and voluntary sector work including 5 years as an Advice Worker with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, 15 years in the HIV sector providing support and advocacy to families affected. After this she worked as a Service Delivery Manager for School-Home Support (SHS), a national charity that works in partnership with schools to tackle the underlying issues that affect children's ability to learn. Josephine is a wife and mother of three children, who are now 20, 16 and 14 years old. In recent years, Josephine has also worked as a Mentor with Way4Ward, a project based in Brixton supporting you people in care, and served as Governor at Corpus Christi Primary School in Brixton Hill for seven years up to January 2019. Josephine is also a qualified Reflective Practice Supervisor. Contact: email@example.com#
Pete is the Lead Organiser for London Citizens and part of the Growth and Development team. Pete has been working in London for the last 16 years initially as a community development worker and for the last 7 years as a community organiser with Citizens UK. In this time Pete has set up numerous community projects including a radio station for young people, an FA chartered standard football club for young people in Waterloo. Through his organising he has helped pioneer Lewisham's first community land trust and been the catalyst for Refugee Welcome groups across South London that have persuaded councils to take hundreds of refugees from Syria. Pete was apart of the team that planned and executed the 2015 Mayoral election assembly on the Olympic Park which has 6000 people attend. He has recently grown South London Citizens by building a new alliance in Merton and is working to develop new alliances in Brighton and Southampton too.
Pete has an undergraduate degree in theology and an MA in theology and politics and is chair of trustees for Oasis Community Partnerships. He attends his local Anglican church and can often be seen at a Citizens action with his wife and twin daughters.
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 and Theology and a Masters degree in Community Organising.
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 jobs during London 2012, adding £1.5m to the local economy.
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.
Supervising and Growth Organiser
Carina Crawford-Rolt (Maternity Leave)
Carina is a Supervising Organiser with Citizens UK, 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 leads on our growth project, expanding and launching chapters in a number of locations around the UK.
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.
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.
Head of Partnerships and Operations
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.