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.
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.
Tony is a Senior Officer of NIPSA – Northern Ireland’s largest trade union. From 2001 to 2010 he was the Chair of Oxfam Ireland and a Board member of Oxfam International. Tony has been a member of War on Want for over 35 years. He is currently the Chair of the Co-operative Party in Northern Ireland and is also Chair of the Centre for Global Education in Northern Ireland.
Anna is a former War on Want employee with a PhD in Economics and MSc in Development Management. She is currently a strategy consultant.
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.
After training as a social worker, Lis worked in the voluntary sector for over 35 years mainly in the fields of homelessness and criminal justice. As the ex-CEO of four charities she has considerable strategic experience working with central and local government and with partners in the voluntary sector both nationally and locally.
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.
For over 20 years I worked for the Civil Service trade union movement as a Research and Policy Officer with responsibility for the anti-privatisation campaign in the 1980s. I went on to work for what was The Industrial Society (now The Work Foundation) as a Diversity and Leadership Consultant. Later, as a Director of a Research Consultancy, I lectured on Diversity and carried out a wide range of research projects with the focus on employment conditions in the UK. I am a J.P in the adult court and a Chair and Tier 1 judge in the family courts. I am also the Secretary of our local branch of the Labour Party.
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.