Karen Larbi

Trainer

Karen works in the Policy & Campaigns team at the National Union of Students. She is the founder of POC In Nature, an online space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature. A mental health advocate, she is the co-founder of Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, an online support group for women of African descent who have experienced sexual violence. 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.

Kuchenga

Trainer

KUCHENGA is a writer, an agitator and an avid consumer of all culture high and low. She is a Black trans feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality. A member of Black Lives Matter UK, the Bent Bars Collective, she lives by the River Thames in London and can be found frolicking in Battersea Park with her dog Nene.

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

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Ayeisha is Training Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and has lead on designing and developing Movement Builders over 2017. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine and coordinated campaigns and project around migration. Ayeisha is a black feminist and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She has an MA in Postcolonial Cultural Studies and Global Policy, lives for June Jordan and Octavia Butler, and teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class - all levels welcome!

Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert

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Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert is a researcher, lecturer and London-based activist with Black Lives Matter UK. She also works with asylum seekers and refugee women. Alexandra is interested in the politics of food, gender, social change and race.

Rachel Oliver

Trainer

Rachel is a Lead Organiser at Positive Money. She helps their supporters to take action together online and in local groups, and works to build relationships and leadership within their community. Previously, Rachel has worked at Stop Aids and Crisis Action, and campaigned for a few years at 38 Degrees. Rachel is passionate about getting ordinary people involved in politics and economics, to build a society that puts people and planet first. She's also a tech whizz!

Sheila Coleman

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Originating from a large Liverpool-Irish family, Sheila calls herself “Scouse, not English”. A former chair of the Liverpool Irish Centre Cooperative and a well-known activist and campaigner, Sheila is the spokesperson for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. For 28 years, she’s campaigned for truth and justice to be brought to the people who died and survivors of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. She currently works as the North West region community coordinator for Unite, the Union.

Guppi Bola

Trainer

Guppi Bola is a social justice organiser working with activists across Europe who are engaged in systems change campaigning. Her work centres around leadership as a strategy for building movements for long-lasting social change. She also critiques and supports organisations wanting to transform their leadership in order to be led by those who are affected by oppression and social injustice. Guppi has ten years experience straddling the NGO - grassroots activism world, as well as working in movement support and training. She currently works for Quakers in Britain.

Pete Bryant

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Pete has worked in community development and as a facilitator for the last 30 years. Supporting community groups to influence decision-makers he has worked across the UK, Europe and in South Africa. He has been very active with Global Justice Now and is currently running Citizens Juries on health in Blackpool and Hate Crime in Blackburn. Pete is helping design the Everyday Activism programme for Campaign Bootcamp.

Bex Hay

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Bex is Tech Director at 38 Degrees. There she splits her day between leading the tech team, designing and managing campaigns. Bex has a background in corporate campaigning and previously worked at ShareAction, mobilising people power to make our financial system fairer. Outside of work Bex is usually watching, playing or talking about cricket.

Tara Mack

Trainer

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 is now UK Programmes Manager at Campaign Bootcamp.

Tara O’Reilly

Trainer

I work in politics for a group of MPs by day, and by night I spend my free time coding, campaigning, and learning languages. I'm a loud and proud girl from West London and I'm fired up about all things feminism, inner city poverty and working class issues, binge watching Scandal, binge buying lipstick, and making my mates listen to reggaeton. You also won't find me without a book, and I'm always planning another solo travelling adventure.

Sascha Amel-Kheir

Sascha is the Volunteer Coordinator at Gendered Intelligence and the Co-Editor of Beyond the Binary, an online magazine for the non-binary community in the UK. They are the founder of Breaking the Binary, the first project supporting non-binary people in Wales and have also been involved in work supporting LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. They have previously lived in Morocco and Ukraine and have a specific interest in international LGBTI policy and queer rights movements with a focus on West Asia & North Africa and Eastern Europe.