Campaigning in the new environment since the General Election (June 2015)

This was our 6th senior campaigner’s event that The Right Ethos has held and we were delighted that this one was in partnership with Save the Children. Please find all the speaker’s podcasts from the event below.

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Colin Walker – Head of UK Campaigns at Save the Children UK – Introducing the event

Colin has a vast amount of experience in campaigning and public affairs in high-profile consultancy, public sector and charity roles with a strong track record in developing policy and campaigning on a range of issues. Colin previously worked at Mind as a Policy & Campaigns Manager and at Which? as a Senior Public Affairs Officer.

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Jonathan Dearth – Director at The Right Ethos – Chairing the Senior External Affairs Event

Jonathan previously worked campaigns including Amnesty International, Liberty and the World Development Movement, which gives him a unique and broad insight into how campaigning organisations work and the type of people that work within them. Jonathan has a dedicated, committed and pragmatic approach to his work. He takes care to provide added-value to his service to clients past and present.

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Jackie Ballard – Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern

Former Liberal Democrat MP, a charity leader, lecturer and social worker in the UK. Her former roles include Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss where she led the change of strategic direction, messaging and re-branding. She led the RSPCA through a time of structural, cultural and legislative change and has also been Chief Executive of Womankind Worldwide where she implemented a robust monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy and a new organisational strategy.

Tess Kingham – Social Change consultant

Former Labour MP and Co-writer of the NCVO’s “The Good Campaigns Guide” and formerly at Oxfam and Blue Cross. Tess is a voluntary sector trainer and consultant providing advocacy and campaigns advice, campaigns strategy development and monitoring and evaluation services to not for profit organisations or ethical for profits – national, EU and global. Tess’ Particular expertise is political intelligence and has provided NGO staff training and mentoring.

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Ryan Shorthouse – Expert on education and social policy and a political commentator

Founder and Director of; Conservative supporting Think Tank, Bright Blue. Ryan was previously a Research Fellow for the Think Tank the Social Market Foundation and part of the team that won Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year in 2012. At the SMF, he authored ten research papers and designed innovative policies on childcare, welfare, public service reform, higher education and health.

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Audience and Panel – Questions and Answers

A chance for the audience to ask the panel questions and to open up discussion.

A selection of attendees and respondents included:

Karina Brisby, Director of Digital at The Children’s Society
Kate Adams, Head of Policy and Advocacy at War Child
Chloe Hardy, Head of Campaigns & Public Affairs at Action for Children
Layla Theiner, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK
Fleur Anderson, Global Head of Campaigns at Wateraid
Holly Taylor, Campaign Project Manager at Oxfam
Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns and Media at Young Minds
Imran Hussain, Director of Policy, Rights & Advocacy at Child Poverty Action Group
Erica Popplewell, Head of Government and Rural Affairs at CPRE
Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Graham Wotherspoon, Head of Individual Giving at RHS

About The Right Ethos

The Right Ethos was set up after our founder, Jonathan Dearth, had worked in the campaigning sector for 13 years, for campaigning organisations including Amnesty International, Shelter, Liberty and the World Development Movement. It was set up as a response to multi-sector recruitment consultancies moving in on the charity sector, and in particular not recognising that people who work for campaigning organisations are motivated by justice and long term change.