The Living Wage Foundation
More information can be found on the Living Wage Foundation website.
Tess Lanning, Director
Tess joined the Living Wage Foundation as Head of Policy and Business Development in July 2015, and became Director (maternity cover) in March 2018.
Before joining the Foundation, she worked as an adviser to the Leader of the Opposition on business, skills and labour market policy, and before that as a senior researcher on economic and social policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
She has also worked as a freelance policy and campaigns consultant, and has published widely on pay, workplace training, and other issues affecting the world of work.
Katherine Chapman, Director (Maternity Leave)
Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. She has a background in working with industry leaders and policy makers 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.
Graham Griffiths, 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.
Lola McEvoy, Campaigns and Communications Manager
Lola joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2016. She looks after campaigns and communications strategy for the Foundation and also project manages our programme of events.
She has a background in managing high profile campaigns and has a passion for campaigns around employee's rights and issues affecting women in the workplace.
She has a MA in Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University.
Amy Hulme, Senior Programme Manager
Amy joined the Living Wage team in August 2014. She first came across the Foundation through her yearlong involvement in the Nottingham Living Wage Campaign. She has a background in clothing design and manufacture, and worked in fashion design for a number of years. Amy designed and created a collection for Cardiff’s very first Fashion Week. Experiencing Britain's clothing manufacturing industry first hand made Amy acutely aware of the need for the Living Wage. More recently, Amy spent some time working in a large church running their finance department and improving their community relationships and management systems.
Passionate about community and justice, Amy’s recent volunteering roles include volunteering at a lunch club for the elderly, and supporting a local foodbank. Still a keen designer in her spare time, Amy is working on a couple of projects related to ethical fashion.
Caroline Reilly, Senior Programme Manager
Caroline joined the Foundation in February 2013 and has a background in Project Management, HR, Operations & Communications. She holds a Joint Honours BA in English Literature, Language & Irish Studies from The University of Liverpool. Caroline has worked for PwC within various UK wide HR teams and Deloitte where she created and delivered bespoke Tax compliance software to global corporations. During a working holiday visa year, she managed asylum seeker & refugee cases nationally for the Red Cross Australia. On her return to the UK she was a Project Coordinator for the construction of the Olympic Park.
Caroline is a former champion and teacher with the Scanlon School of Irish Dance. Volunteering roles have included a stint as a workshop leader in script writing, performance and filming for Shakespeare in the Community Project, was an arts reviewer for an online magazine covering key events such as the BFI and comedy festivals; an art mentor for a client with disabilities.
Martha Crawford, Senior Programme Manager
Martha Crawford joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2017 and manages
the Foundation’s new project about Good Work. Alongside this role she is the Campaign and Operations Manager for the Good Jobs Campaign at Citizens UK.
This work aims to tackle social mobility and the growing skills gap through unique partnerships between businesses, schools, colleges and young people. Previously she has worked at London South Bank University as a Knowledge Exchange Development Manager. Martha has a BA in Drama from the University of Exeter and a MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary, University of London.
Sam Hepher, Programme Manager
Sam is a Programme Manager with an industry focus on Banking, Law and Tech, and a regional focus on North London and the East Midlands. He joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2017.
Before joining the team, Sam worked for three years at The Challenge, the UK’s largest social integration charity. Prior to this he volunteered on VSO’s International Citizen Service programme in coastal communities in Indonesia, having previously worked as a Human Rights and Social Development researcher at Verisk Maplecroft.
Sam has an LLB in Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law, both from University College London.
Sam enjoys community action, volunteering as a White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador for Haringey against violence towards women, and supporting Jacksons Lane art centre in their youth heritage programmes.
Jessica Goble, Programme Manager
Jessica joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2016, working as a Programme Officer. She holds a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, and an MA in French and Francophone Studies from University College London, where she focused on the progression of positivity in queer French cinema. Jessica is passionate about socio-political issues at the intersection of feminism, queerness, disability rights and socialism, and blogs and tweets extensively on these subjects. She has also volunteered for diverse organisations such as Labour Behind The Label and St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, and fundraised for Stonewall and the British Heart Foundation.
Coming from a background in retail, hospitality and agency work - industries where low pay is a serious issue - Jessica is committed to improving not only the pay offered in these sectors, but also making sure that the jobs on offer are fulfilling, and give people room to develop professionally and personally.
Sara Johnson, Programme Manager
Sara joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2018. Sara has a public campaigns background and joins the Foundation from Oxfam, where she campaigned across a range of issues including economic inequality, climate change and refugee rights, as well as working on UK poverty. Having worked directly with women with lived experience of poverty in communities around the UK, Sara is passionate about the difference the Living Wage makes to people’s lives.
Sara’s work focuses on low paid sectors and the gig economy. Sara also has an area focus on East London and Yorkshire.
Lucy Bannister, Programme Manager
Lucy joined the growing Living Wage Foundation team in January 2017 as Programme Administrator and moved to a Programme Officer role in July. She studied at the University of Manchester, where she was involved in politics and social justice campaigning, before going on to be the 2015 General Election Candidate for the Green Party. Lucy has been involved in a range campaigns, notably running the Manchester branch of the Student Stop AIDS Campaign for 2 years. She is passionate about a good standard of living for everyone.
Clare Goff, Project Manager - Living Wage Places
Clare joined the Living Wage Foundation in April 2018 and manages the Living Wage Places project.
She has a background in journalism, most recently editing New Start, a magazine about poverty, social policy, local economics and place. With the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the New Economics Foundation she worked on the Good Local Economies project, which highlighted emerging ‘good’ approaches to local economies across the UK’s ten core cities.
She lives in the middle of south London’s largest allotment site and spends her free time outdoors and volunteering with various local community organisations.
John Hood, Media and Communications Manager
John joined the Living Wage Foundation in November 2017 and oversees the Foundation’s media work. Before joining the Living Wage team John was Media and Communications Manager for The Equality Trust, where he was also Acting Director for six months, raising awareness of issues including low-pay and in-work poverty.
He has worked across the private, public and charitable sectors, and as a consultant for Linstock Communications won the Public Relations and Communications Association award for Crisis and Issues Management. Prior to this John worked in Parliament as an Education and Public Policy Researcher for the Liberal Democrats. John has a degree in Politics from the University of Exeter.
Jay Kerr, Programme Officer
Jay joined the Foundation in May 2015 after living overseas for four years. Holding a degree from Queen Mary University in History and Politics, Jay has previously worked in Fundraising and Communications at the MedicAlert Foundation and as a Support Worker for teens and older people in Hackney.
Jay has a long and history in social justice campaigns all over the world. For over ten years he has been active with the anti-sweatshop campaign, No Sweat, where he helped expose sweatshop practices in London’s East End. In 2011 he left for Thailand where he worked with MAP Foundation supporting the rights of migrant workers from Burma, and then Australia, working with the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network call for fairer trade agreements. In 2014, while travelling in South East Asia and Latin America, he initiated a project connecting Thailand’s Burmese migrants with indigenous communities of southern Mexico to build ties of international solidarity.
Sian Ellis, Programme Officer
Sian joined the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Officer in September 2017 after working in tea sustainability for both not-for-profit and corporate organisations. She has worked with suppliers to improve labour standards in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China and the UK; and has conducted research about smallholder farming, the Modern Slavery Act and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sian has also volunteered in Odisha, India and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations, and a masters in Human Rights. Her most recent thesis focused on the connection between violations of labour rights and modern slavery in India.
Becky Malone, Communications Officer
Becky joined the Living Wage in July 2017 as Communications Officer. She has a media and digital background, having previously worked as a Media Assistant at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where she helped to raise awareness of the organisation’s work by creating online content and securing press coverage.
Before that, Becky worked in the music industry as a Promotions Coordinator, alongside voluntary work for a number of youth and community radio stations. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London.
Ali Negyal, Operations Officer
Ali joined the team in May 2018. He has had a mixed career, in the private, public and third sectors. For a decade, his focus was housing and homelessness in London. He has enjoyed working in a variety of roles, including operational, technical, policy and commissioning roles.