Our team

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Cat Hobbs

Cat is the founder and director of We Own It. Cat ran a successful local rail campaign in Bristol before working at Campaign for Better Transport for three years where she lobbied nationally on behalf of bus and train passengers. She has also worked for a credit union and a sustainability consultancy. Cat studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. Cat is on twitter here.

Ellen Lees

Ellen is the Campaigns Officer at We Own It. Prior to joining We Own It, she worked for Students for a Free Tibet, and volunteered for Amnesty International. She is interested in digital campaigning, particularly around social justice issues and inequality. Ellen studied Anthropology and Law at the London School of Economics. Ellen is on Twitter here.

 
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Chris Jarvis

Chris is the Press and Communications Officer at We Own It. Before joining the We Own It team, he worked as a Co-Director at People & Planet, coordinating their international workers' rights campaign. He has also worked as a journalist, currently as part of the writing team at The Canary and editor of Bright Green. Chris is studying for a Masters in History at Oxford Brookes University. Chris is on twitter here.

Biba Maya Randle-Caprez

Biba works as Campaign Support at We Own It. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University two years ago where she studied English Literature and Philosophy. She has been interested in politics since she started a recycling campaign in school and later campaigned for human rights issues in college. Biba has been working at We Own It for the last three years part-time whilst also working in events management. Biba is on Twitter here.

Pascale Robinson

Pascale runs the campaign for Better Buses in Greater Manchester. She has worked on a variety of issues, from the environmental and social impacts of food waste at Feedback, to international justice at Save the Children. She is excited by effective campaigning and mobilisation which challenges social injustice, but definitely not pub quizzes. Pascale enjoys walking, reading and slacklining in her spare time. 

Fran Bury

Fran is the Treasurer on our Board.  She is a Public Health Registrar in London, and has previously worked in the voluntary sector, local government and for a small consulting firm.  She has been a Green Party member and activist for some years and has particular interests in climate change, social justice and making public services as effective as possible. 

Max Harris

Max sits on the Board of We Own It.  He was trained as a lawyer in New Zealand, has worked as a strategy consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, and is now a writer and researcher based at All Souls College in Oxford.  Away from campaigning and activism, he enjoys dancing, music, and movies.

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David Hall

David Hall is on our Board. He is Director and Founder of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich, which researches privatisation and public services worldwide. He works internationally with trade unions and civil society on the problems of privatisation and ways of returning services to the public sector.

Dr Ian Taylor

Ian is on our Board. He is a Director of Transport for Quality of Life, which specialises in transport and planning that is better for society and the environment. Ian is presently on secondment to the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport to develop transport policy for the Labour Party. He has previously been Scientific Political Adviser for Greenpeace UK and Campaigner for Oxfam.

Our Advisors

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Hilary Wainwright

Hilary Wainwright is a fellow of the Transnational Institute, and co-editor of Red Pepper magazine. She is a leading researcher and writer on how to strengthen democracy in the face of corporate power and on democracy - rather than market - driven strategies for public service reform and the positive role that trade unions and public service users can play in this process.

Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory is an independent advisor on the funding and finance of mutual and social enterprise, working both on policy at a national level and in practice at a grassroots, local level. He is currently Director of the Social Economy Alliance.

Sampson Low

Sampson Low

Sampson Low is Head of Policy at UNISON where he has supported members fighting privatisation. He previously worked for the Office for National Statistics as a researcher and was the local Branch Secretary for the IPMS (now Prospect) union branch.

Satoko Kishimoto

Satoko Kishimoto

Satoko Kishimoto is a researcher with the Transnational Institute, and was an environmental activist in Japan in the 1990s. She advocates for the public ownership of water, and has co-authored books on reclaiming public water and remunicipalisation. 

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Neal Lawson

Neal Lawson is chair of the pressure group Compass and author of the book All Consuming. He serves on the Board of UK Feminista and is an associate member of the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds.

Gail Cartmail

Gail Cartmail

Gail Cartmail is an Assistant General Secretary at Unite the Union. Her main role is to lead the union’s construction, energy, finance and public service teams, campaigning for better terms and conditions for members in that sector. She is a Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Frances Northrop

Frances Northrop

Frances Northrop is Director of Local Economies at the New Economics Foundation. She is interested in municipal socialism, democratic participation and the appropriate role of central, regional and local government.

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George Woods

George advises us on campaign strategy and media. He works at the New Economics Foundation think tank, helping campaigners for social and economic justice to develop their knowledge and skills. Previously he worked as a trade union officer and community organiser, building popular support for public ownership of the railways and against cuts to local train and bus services.

Matt Dykes

Matt Dykes

Matt Dykes is the TUC's Senior Policy Officer for Public Services, responsible for work on outsourcing and privatisation and public service reform. Matt also leads the TUC's work on the joint union All Together for the NHS campaign.

We're also lucky to have Rich Lott from Artful Robot stitching together the technology that runs the website.