Council of Management
The Council of Management is democratically elected annually by War on Want's members, and has overall responsibility for the direction of War on Want's work. Anyone can become a member of War on Want by joining here.
The current War on Want Council of Management is:
Steve was previously a senior national officer with PCS, the major civil and public services union. For the last few years he has been an active volunteer for War on Want, helping with its trade union work.
David previously worked as campaign coordinator of Landmine Action, successfully working for the ban on landmines in the late 1990s, before he moved to Drop the Debt. David is now coordinator of the Stamp Out Poverty network.
Gaynelle is Policy and International Officer in the office of the General Secretary of PCS, the public and commercial services union.
Atif is one of the founders of the UK chapter of the International Solidarity Movement, and has an MSc in Conflict and Development from SOAS. Atif co-founded Zaytoun Olive Oil Cooperative in 2004, enabling farmers in the West Bank to trade past Israel's apartheid wall. In 2009 Zaytoun's work resulted in Palestinian olive oil and olives achieving the world's first Fairtrade certification for such products.
Mike is an activist in the BDS campaign in support of Palestinian rights and was a co-founder of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods. He helped lead the campaign in support of the liberation movements in Portugal’s former African colonies. He has been an active trade unionist in the University and College Union and its predecessors for four decades. Following 20 years working in Adult Community Education in Inner London he moved to LSE where he has worked as a researcher and teacher, publishing on a range of topics including digital exclusion and the governance of voluntary organisations.
Mandy Johnson is the UK Director of Partnerships for Change.org. Mandy has a Masters in Charity Management with a specialism in Marketing and Fundraising. Prior to joining Change.org, she worked for a variety of both private sector and non-profit organisations and has raised millions of pounds for the charities she’s worked for.
Mark is the co-author of War on Want's authorised history, and has worked as a campaigner for War on Want (in the 1980s), Oxfam and the Soil Association. He is currently Chair of the Western Sahara Campaign.
Branislava is a digital consultant who started her career as a journalist in her native Serbia before moving to the BBC World Service. During over 10 years of working in digital communications in the UK charity sector, she has worked on a number of high-performing digital campaigning and fundraising initiatives.
Anna is a former War on Want employee with a PhD in Economics and MSc in Development Management. She is currently a strategy consultant.
Jon has been a shop steward with the NASUWT and wants to contribute to the development of human rights. He has a more personal interest in the Middle East.
Norina previously worked as Head of Policy and Equality at PCS. Norina is a trade unionist with 26 years' experience in PCS on strategic change, decision making and governance as well as in promoting equality, social justice and human rights and championing workers' rights and collective bargaining.
Guillermo has worked in international development for more than 20 years. His previous role was as International Programmes Director at War on Want where he was responsible for all the overseas activities in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Ben Birnberg, Company Secretary
Ben is an eminent civil rights lawyer and has been involved with War on Want since the early 1970s. As Company Secretary, Ben is not a member of the Council of Management but is appointed by the trustees.