The Staff Team
Chief Executive Officer
Johnny is the co-founder and CEO of Bootcamp. Johnny was a founding campaigner at 38 Degrees where he ran the Save our Forests campaign and the campaign to protect the NHS. After that he moved to Change.org to work with campaigns teams in 18 countries as Director of Campaign Innovation, and was Senior Campaigns Advisor at SumofUs.org until October 2014. In 2019 Johnny was named an Obama Foundation Fellow.
Head of UK Programmes
Tara Mack is the former Director of the Education for Liberation Network, a national education justice network in the US. She helped start the organisation, developing it from an informal listserv of a few hundred people to a national network that connected more than 2,000 through convenings, publications, social media and resource exchanges. Before becoming director, she organised arts and media projects for low-income teens in New York and London. Tara works across programmes.
Interim Head of Training
Zara Todd is an experienced trainer and campaigner who has been active in social action projects locally and nationally since she was 10 years old. Zara is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Zara politically identifies as a disabled person and an intersectional feminist and specialises in developing inclusive and equitable practices in organisations. She has designed and delivered training programs across the world. She is particularly interested in lived-experience leadership and was awarded a Churchill fellowship in 2016 to look at how to make disability leadership more inclusive.
Head of Training
Anna believes that training spaces are places where real magic and transformation can happen. Experiencing it herself while on Training for Change’s 'SuperT', a 19 day training for trainers in Philadelphia, USA. Her job is to make sure all our trainings contain that magic! She came to Campaign Bootcamp after 6 years in the international climate movement training and supporting activist groups around the world. When not working with a group she is happiest walking in the hills around Sheffield where she lives, out on her bike, or with her head in a book. Anna works across programmes.
Head of Operations
Jess joins Campaign Bootcamp after eight years in the Students' Union movement most recently leading the Operations Department at the University of the Arts London and the London School of Economics and Political Science Students' Unions. With extensive operations experience Jess enjoys developing the workplace to be healthy, effective and innovative for all teams, removing barriers and empowering colleagues to be the best they can be. In her spare time Jess can be found trying out new recipes in the kitchen, attempting to grow her garden and hanging out with her cat.
Head of Fundraising
Asma has worked for a range of charities over the last ten years, including Theatre Royal Stratford East where she was Development Manager and the Royal Opera House in the role of Trusts & Foundations Manager. Prior to joining Campaign Bootcamp, Asma was Development Manager at the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, a grassroots funder; she is currently a trustee of Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Chair of the Fundraising Board. Asma is passionate about enabling change from the ground up and in particular advocates for better cultural representation of marginalised communities.
Sophie Yates Lu
Prior to joining Campaign Bootcamp, Sophie worked at Positive Money in Campaigns and Fundraising. Sophie has a background is in team management, operations, and events, gained in the corporate sector before leaving to work in not-for-profit sector. A keen feminist campaigner, she has also worked with 38 Degrees, is a Survivor Ambassador for Refuge, and has sat on an advisory panel for Women's Aid. She has also organised a number of free non-profit community events in London, including an intersectional feminist festival.
Rhianna was resident curator at be'kech anti-cafe, a leading cultural venue in Berlin. She has curated and hosted many events and exhibitions on diverse themes, such as ‘Afropean’ identity, storytelling and technology. She also co-hosted the podcast Tanti Table, and headlined top poetry nights across the city. Before moving to Berlin, Rhianna worked as a youth facilitator and mentor for NGOs in London and Accra. She is passionate about connecting activism and community building to the arts, and is completing an MA at Goldsmiths in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy.
Kate believes that anything is possible and is passionate about helping others bring about the change they want to see. She joins Campaign Bootcamp after many years of experience of working in the third sector and running her own events. She currently volunteers as a Trans Peer Mentor, is involved in advocacy programs and is looking to volunteer to support Trans Youth. She also is a stand up comedian, yoga enthusiast and a football manager to boot.
Francesca was a student feminist activist, leading LGBT+ and trans inclusive feminist campaigns across Bristol. She has worked consistently within the third sector, previously working with Looked After Children and engineers. Francesca interests are her cats (Freddie and Mercedes), data programming and Balkan music.
Environmental Outreach Coordinator
Nish has been a grassroots activist for well over a decade, focussing on the intersections of climate change and colonisation. They've worked in a variety of sectors - from digital civil liberties to radical bookshops - and believe that change happens when we empower the most marginalised to advocate for themselves and listen. They started engaging with environmental struggles when they met the whistling thorn tree - a type of East African acacia which has a symbiotic relationship with the ants that live within it. Nish believes we can have the same relationship with the planet.
Nazmeen has spent 13 years working in the charity sector, including for Save the Children, The Children’s Society and a local Children’s hospice in the Midlands. With a background in Social Policy and Youth and Community work, Nazmeen spent her youth rebelling against everything her mum taught her about sewing, cooking and being the best she could be and now spends her adulthood trying her best to do all three! “Everything that motivates me now is because of my childhood experiences and my upbringing and I am incredibly grateful for that.”
Rowan is a trainer and facilitator with a wealth of experience organising and campaigning across a wide range of issues, from cuts to domestic violence services, to anti-arms trade, to ensuring protesters know their legal rights. They are an experienced project manager having worked to deliver international weeks of action, events and conferences, and infrastructure projects making roads safer for people to cycle and walk. In their spare time Rowan likes to make comics and drink tea.
Karen is a trainer, facilitator and consultant, previously working at the NUS as a Campaigns Assistant and Rethink Mental Illness on the Time to Change campaign. She founded POC In Nature, a space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature, and is Co-Founder of support group Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, for women of African descent. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.
Grace is an activist, advocate, and educator with a background in mental health, disability, and youth rights. Grace’s activism focuses on the social determinants of poor mental health, addressing wellbeing as something that is cultural and political- not just medical. They also campaign around Disability Justice and challenging (dis)ableism. Graduating from Bootcamp 10, Grace wants activism to be actually accessible. When they aren't campaigning you can find them painting, playing DnD, and looking after plants.
Sue was the England Director for Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme for 8 years and comes to Bootcamp with over 30 years’ experience of running and delivering projects in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK and Latin America. A passionate campaigner, Sue uses community development principles and practice to challenge injustice and be part of creating change with marginalised communities. Sue works on the Everyday Activism programme.
Sarah has a background working in organisations campaigning against militarism and the trade in arms and policing and security equipment. She is passionate about the work that goes on behind the scenes in activist movements to make them accessible and sustainable and is looking forward to supporting Campaign Bootcamp to grow as an organisation and reach out to underrepresented groups and parts of the country.
Tesfai has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting working in the private, public and charity sectors. He is a founder member and general secretary of an East African community group based in North London and was treasurer to a housing association in Brixton catering mainly for ethnic minorities. As a community accountant he was involved in training and advising more than 100 small charities south London on how to improve their financial and governance systems. His hobbies include swimming and wining and dining with family and friends.
Anu has worked and volunteered at a grassroots level in the third sector in the UK and India for over a decade. She has campaigned for LGBT+ issues, feminist issues including violence against women and girls, social justice and racial equality. Prior to joining Campaign Bootcamp, Anu worked at a Rape Crisis Centre in a Fundraising and Communications role. In her spare time, she volunteers for a local breastfeeding support organisation in York and runs workshops on dismantling racism and does facilitation work.
Nim Ralph is a community activist, trainer and facilitator. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London, Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded So We Stand; an organisation linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and they were named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader”. They also play the drums and love to lip-sync battle.
Joshua is an artist, writer and political organiser whose work intersects across political struggles. He has been involved in various movements including Occupy and Black Lives Matter. Joshua has spent time studying and travelling abroad to learn and understand more about radical political traditions, for example in Balochistan, Kurdistan and Mauritius where his family hails from. He uses writing, film, music and direct action to educate, agitate and organise toward social change. Joshua is an experienced facilitator and this will be his fifth time facilitating at Bootcamp.
Jamie C. Schearer studied Political Science, North American Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She has been politically active since 2011. Her specialist fields are racial profiling, community development as well as national, European and international networking. Beyond that, she is passionate about intersectional feminism. She is a Co-founder and General Coordinator of the European Network of People of African Descent – ENPAD. The network is a European wide transnational network that brings together Black political organisations.
Tamara-Jade is a Trainer on camp and has also been Lead Facilitator, having worked on the residential programme since its early days. Outside of Bootcamp, Tamara-Jade is an in-house trainer at the Black feminist gendered violence-focused organisation Imkaan. She also freelances as a social action trainer and facilitator supporting a range of groups, from grassroots to larger NGOs, to have difficult conversations about strategy, putting intersectional politics into practise and about power. Tamara-Jade also is an illustrator and graphic recorder.
Esmat is a committed campaigner and community activist, with a keen interest in diversity, intersectional feminism and social mobility. She is the Director of Operations at the Patchwork Foundation, and previously worked at Citizens UK leading a national Commission exploring barriers to participation in public life for Muslims in the UK. Esmat has an extensive background in PR, comms and community engagement, and she serves as a strategic advisor for a number of charities and community organisations.
Foyez is passionate about amplifying the voices of marginalised communities. He grew up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which has a profound impact on his life. It was what inspired him to campaign, running a grassroots campaign to get mental health education on the national curriculum. His areas of interest include diversity and self care in campaigns, people power, digital campaigning and children and young people's campaigning. He currently campaigns at Save the Children UK working on child rights in conflict.
Kaytee Ray-Riek is a consultant working with organizations to proactively create team cultures that work for everyone, and especially for marginalized people. Previously, she was a Campaigns & Training Director for SumOfUs, where she built a campaigns team that challenged corporate power across the globe. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, and they foster and train puppies destined to be service dogs. In addition to her work, she is a trainer, photographer, graphic designer, and local activist.
Manish has held a variety of roles in both the public and private sector over the past decade including running a successful financial services business based in Glasgow, working as a consultant advising on development, climate change, sustainability, bio-diversity and social enterprise across the globe. He has undertaken leadership roles within the social care sector in Scotland and his current role is within education where he is the Chief Executive of Strathclyde University Students’ Association.
Co-founder and Chair of Board
Tom is Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children UK, and previously worked at Bond - the UK network for organisations working in international development, Tearfund and Christian Aid, where he led campaigns on a range of aid and development topics, as well as supporting campaigning organisations across the world. He blogs at thoughtfulcampaigner.org and is a keen observer of the rapidly changing trends in advocacy in the UK and beyond.
Ian Oakley Smith
Ian is a Chartered Accountant, who spent the last 30 years of his working life at PwC, retiring in early 2019. Ian spent a majority of his time working with charity clients, becoming its Head of Charities in the UK in 2015, a role which allowed him to assist many charities with their strategy, sustainability and impact. Ian has been a regular presenter and author on what makes an effective and well-run charity. He also believes strongly in the impact of skills training to allow individuals to be more effective in influencing the change they desire.