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 Preston

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.

Sue Branford

I am a journalist and spent 12 years in Latin America, mainly Brazil, working at different periods for The Financial Times, The Times and The Guardian. More recently, I have worked as a Latin America analyst for the BBC World Service. I have published seven books, including one on Brazil’s landless movement (MST) and another on the aerial spraying of powerful herbicides on peasant families in Colombia. I am currently working on a book about the huge changes that are happening in the Amazon basin.

Mike Cushman

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

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 Luetchford

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 McMullan

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 Morser

Anna is a former War on Want employee with a PhD in Economics and MSc in Development Management. She is currently a strategy consultant.

Mario Novelli

Mario Novelli is Professor in the ‘political economy of education’ and Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE), at the University of Sussex. He has had a longstanding relationship with War on Want, beginning in the early 2000’s, particularly with War on Want’s human rights and international solidarity work with Colombia. He is a committed trade unionist, a member of the University and College Union (UCU), and an international solidarity activist.  

Norina O'Hare

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.

Lis Pritchard

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 Rogel

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.

Marilyn Tyzack

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.

Take action

War on Want depends on the commitment of its many thousands of supporters, members, affiliates, donors and volunteers.

Latest news

Israel's militarisation of Al Aqsa violates Palestinian rights

21 July 2017 - 10:30am

Israel’s militarisation of the Al Aqsa mosque is a clear example of the wide ranging repression facing Palestinians.

Read more

St Barts Strikers Up the Ante

20 July 2017 - 4:30pm

On Saturday 15 July 2017, Barts strikers organised a demonstration and rally. Local community groups came out to support the strikers who had been striking for fair pay. 

The largely black and migrant workers are striking for a 30p per hour pay rise. They are employed by Serco, a multinational that profits from the privatisation of the NHS.

Serco also runs for-profit immigration detention centres, such as Yarlswood, where there have been numerous allegations of abuse and poor treatment. Detention centres effectively imprison people who have committed no crime.

Read more

Join the conversation

Demolishing the homes of impoverished Cairo residents to make way for redevelopment plans #Egypt #Warraq https://t.co/rkUTsmD3XP 1 day 13 hours ago
Important campaign from our friends @US_Campaign in the U.S. to stop their government from criminalising freedom of… https://t.co/5RAH2hBZAm 2 days 4 hours ago
Israel's escalation in the militarisation of Jerusalem is gravely dangerous for Palestinians. #StopArmingIsrael https://t.co/KvH57fTzG9 2 days 8 hours ago