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 Bolton has 11 years experience at Citizens UK, supporting its growth from an organisation of 4 staff and 60 member organisations to an organisation of 65 staff and 350 member organisations. He led the Living Wage campaign between 2008 and 2014, including setting up the Living Wage Foundation, which has now accredited 2,500 Living Wage Employers. Matthew built North London Citizens and Leeds Citizens and now coaches Organisers in London, Leeds, Nottingham and Milton Keynes.
As Lead Organiser for London Citizens, he supervises a team of 18 Organisers and organised the London Mayoral Accountability Assembly 2016, which with 6,000 people in attendance is the largest event of its kind in recent history both in the UK and internationally. Matthew is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and young son in South London and is a black-belt in Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Boxing and an Advanced PADI scuba diver. He’s also a long-suffering Spurs fan.
You can contact Matthew here.
Jonathan Cox; Deputy Director and Lead Organiser for Citizens Cymru Wales
Jonathan 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.
You can contact Jonathan here.
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.
You can contact Jawed here.