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Executive Staff Team

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.jpgMatthew 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 5,000 Living Wage Employers and won over £800m 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 child 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.

Deputy Directors

Jonathan Cox; Deputy Director and Lead Organiser for Citizens Cymru Wales

Jonathan.pngJonathan began his organising career as Co-ordinator 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 Finance and Operations

Katherine.pngKatherine 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.

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