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People -  The Staff Team

Staff  Volunteers  Members  Board

38 Degrees has a small team of staff in London. Over the next few months we hope to be recruiting some brilliant web developers so if you are interested in working with us please get in touch.


David Babbs
Executive Director

David works with other groups, charities and individuals to build our people powered movement. Sometimes he talks about our campaigns on the TV and radio. David makes sure that our campaigns are led by our members and achieve real impact.

David has been obsessed with people power ever since the Iraq war in 2003. He went on the big march against the war, and hated it when the people who'd told him it wouldn't make a difference were proved right. He's been interested in ways of making people power count more ever since .

David grew up in Leicester, and now lives in East London. Outside work, he volunteers on a community project near where he lives and likes cycling, gardening and cooking.

Megan Bentall

Having moved back to the UK after spending some time in America volunteering for Obama for America in Chicago, organising on a grassroots level, Megan is a part of major campaigning affecting important UK policy. In her spare time Megan enjoys reading, singing, and pretending she’s a good cook.

Madeline Carroll
Campaigns Director

Maddy's job is to help the campaigning team run brilliant campaigns, through practical, strategic and moral support.  She has a varied background, with stints in forensic psychiatry, restaurant management, public relations, and green energy and carbon reduction campaigning. She loves ridiculously long cycling trips, roller skating and roast dinners.


Susannah Compton
Campaigns Manager

Susannah started life at 38 Degrees as a volunteer, carried on as an intern and a campaigner, and is now a campaigns manager - she helps design and manage campaigns on a national level. Outside work she braves London traffic on her bike and likes flying kites.


Rebecca Falcon

Rebecca is a campaigner at 38 Degrees. This means she gets to work on a range of projects from campaigning against plans to privatise the NHS to running the ‘Campaigns by You’ platform on the 38 Degrees website. Before joining us she worked on a London child poverty campaign and also volunteered for a social policy campaign documenting the effects of changes to housing benefit in her area. In her spare time Rebecca also plays the trumpet.

Bex Hay

Bex Hay
Campaigns Manager

Bex is a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees. She splits her day between writing emails, 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.


Danny Huber
Member Champion

Danny runs the member services side of things in the office, leading a team that handle members’ many and varied queries and ensuring that member feedback is woven into the heart of what we do. Danny has a voracious appetite for video games and Sci-Fi novels, but balances this with an uncanny ability to get most of the valuations right when watching Antiques Roadshow.

Blanche Jones

Blanche Jones
Campaigns Director

Blanche runs many of 38 Degrees' campaigns, as well as spending time promoting our work online, meeting with other organisations who share our priorities and talking to as many members as possible.  Before working at 38 Degrees, she worked at a healthcare charity and has spent time working in Parliament. 

Laura Kim
Operations Manager and EA

Laura's main role is to support the team in everything they do. Hailing from Canada, her career thus far has included waitress, events planner, actor, theatre producer, driving a lorry that looked like a monster across Canada, and television production.  Over the last few years she's made a conscious effort to work within the third sector including fundraising, corporate volunteering, and developing a variety of charities' social enterprises. Outside of the office she loves to cycle, drink coffee and go to live gigs.

Barnaby Lewer
Local Organising & Engagement Manager

Barney comes to 38 Degrees via the trade union movement and university sector in his hometown of Sydney, Australia (ah yeah). Day to day Barney works on empowering members in their local communities to get together and take action on the issues that matter. Barney believes it’s important that we enjoy ourselves (and have lots of BBQs) as we try and change the world and works at finding new ways, places and opportunities for 38 Degrees members to come together and shape their collective voice in reimagining the future.

Amy Lockwood

Amy's been at 38 Degrees for almost a year - getting stuck into a range of campaigns from stopping fracking, to keeping MPs expenses public and cracking down on tax dodging. Before 38 Degrees, Amy was an intern at Christian Aid, and campaigned for Oxfam at university.

Alex Lusted
Campaigns By You Assistant

Alex began volunteering for 38 Degrees in the summer of 2014, where he fast found a love for the variety of member-lead petitions and the passions that drive them. He's now delighted to be working as part of the Campaigns By You team - helping to bring all those little and local asks to the forefront of regional discourse.

Becca McCarthy
Member Services Assistant

Becca moved to London from Newfoundland, Canada after spending a semester here during University. She’s often the first point of contact on a day-to-day basis, and loves being able to interact with so many members! Beyond 38 Degrees, she likes to see as much of the UK as she can, drink black coffee, cook, and re-watch the same television shows on repeat.

Barbara Montzamir
Office Manager

Barbara is delighted to be part of 38 Degrees. With a background in office management and as an experienced mental health counsellor, she is incredibly passionate about making a difference where possible and enjoys being part of an organisation that is all about that. Barbara also has a background in the performing arts industry and loves music and is an avid theatre goer. When not at work, she enjoys eating, eating, and eating.

Lucinda Nascimento
Admin Assistant

Lucinda recently joined the office team and assists with answering the telephone, dealing with emails and processing donations. She became aware of 38 Degrees' work mostly through our campaign to oppose the Lobbying Bill. She has previously volunteered for ActionAid and her ambition is to make a proactive contribution in creating a much fairer and progressive society. She enjoys going for long walks in natural green spaces and would describe herself as an unassuming new age hippy.

Rachel Oliver

Rachel's journey as a campaigner started with Leeds University ONE Society. After graduating she dabbled in journalism and international development, but a week at Campaign Bootcamp inspired her into campaigning professionally. Stints with StopAIDS and Crisis Action preceded her joining 38 Degrees. She's thrilled to be helping run the campaigns that matter most to members across the UK. When not at work she's probably playing tennis, cooking or eating lots of eatnatural bars.

Robin Priestley

Robin Priestley
Head of Campaigns by You

Robin is a keen campaigner with a background in technology and design. Day to day he writes emails, manages the development of the Campaigns by You site and helps members across the country win campaigns locally and nationally.

Robin comes from the wonder that is Essex. Prior to joining the team he used to be the creative manager for an independent cinema and has been actively involved in anti-arms campaigning and issues around corporate sponsorship and public space. Most famously he once tried to drive a tank into an arms fair, and challenged the government to a game of cricket on Parliament Square.

James Rees

James Rees
Head of Tech

James is a campaigner with a background in website building. Day to day he manages the 38 Degrees tech platforms and works with our developers to bring campaigns to life. If something goes wrong with the website it's probably his fault.  James started as a volunteer at 38 Degrees in early 2011 and joined as a member of staff in February 2012. Outside of work he plays classical guitar and dances salsa.

India Thorogood
Assistant Campaigner

Before 38 Degrees India studied politics, interned for an MP and with Save the Children. She joined 38 Degrees as a volunteer in 2013, and came back on board to campaign against the gagging law later in the year. She loved meeting 38 Degrees members across the country and is really excited to see what we can achieve together in the future.

Laura Townshend

Laura Townshend
Communications Director

Laura leads 38 Degrees' communications strategy, working out the best ways to use the media and social media to make people power famous and help win campaigns. Previously, Laura ran media campaigns to raise the political profile of the housing crisis.  Outside of work, Laura spends her time swimming on Hampstead Heath and cycling up the hill to get there.

Bryony Walker

Bryony is extremely proud to be part of a 2.5 million strong, people-powered movement working towards a fairer society. Her dream is to live in a world where the environment and people’s quality of life is placed before profit. A place where those with power over us embrace being challenged. And she relishes the challenge ahead.

Nat Whalley

Nat Whalley
Campaigns Manager

Nat spends her time designing campaigns, writing emails and bringing campaign ideas to life.  Prior to joining the team, she worked on national and international campaigns, campaigning on everything from infant formula to press ownership. Outside of work, Nat is a keen saxophonist and singer.


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