Our Trustees represent a broad spectrum of academics, researchers, editors, and people active in community work.
Darryl Humble is an international development academic and Deputy Head of the Social Sciences Department at Northumbria University. His research and teaching interests focus on educational encounters, the construction and experience of civil society work, and the use of participatory visual and ethnographic research methods. He works extensively with civil society organisations in the UK and India. Darryl’s writing includes academic journal articles and children’s educational books.
Laurence Jones-Williams is Co-founder of the Greater Manchester Tenants Union and Co-Director of Rethinking Economics, the international student campaign to reform economics education. Laurence is also an organisational strategy consultant and has spent much of the last ten years involved in movement politics and supporting organisations through periods of rapid growth. He is very passionate about socialist democratic organisations and Liverpool Football Club.
Martin McIvor is a trade union researcher who has also worked in think tanks, academia and for the Labour Party. From 2006 until 2012 he was editor of the left policy and ideas journal Renewal.
Baz Ramaiah has worked in education as a SEN teaching assistant, secondary school teacher and developer of educational technology. He is currently an Associate at the Centre for Education and Youth where he researches and campaigns for a range of progressive educational causes. Baz’s research interests include school exclusion, inequality in education, the interaction between the life sciences and educational policy, and developing a jobs guarantee programme for young people. Baz writes regularly for the Evening Standard, Schools Week and Tribune.
Alex Randall has spent his career working on climate change and immigration projects. He is currently running the Climate Change and Migration Coalition, a network of refugee and migration groups working together on climate change. Previously he worked on a number of climate change projects investigating corporate power in climate and energy policy, and investigating rapid decarbonisation. He has also been involved in activism around open-cast coal mining and airport expansion. He occasionally writes for Open Democracy and the Guardian.
Cilla Ross is Principal at the Co-operative College, Manchester. Her background is in radical adult education, working in universities, trade unions and the WEA. She is currently writing about union co-operatives, adult education and the future of work and is helping to start a Co-operative University and the first Union Co-operative.
Esther Selsdon is an award-winning writer and journalist and a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. She teaches writing skills at University College London, amongst other places, and runs grassroots writing and debating projects across England.
John Stirling has been actively engaged as a trade union educator, researcher and activist for over thirty years. He was formerly head of the Social Sciences Department at Northumbria University and worked with trade unions in the UK, Europe and West Africa. He is on the Committee of the North East Labour History Society and is researching and writing about the socialist activism of William Morris.
Longstanding editor of British left green magazine Red Pepper and fellow of both the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam and the Centre for Global Governance at the LSE, Hilary Wainwright is currently working for the TNI’s New Politics project. Her work focuses on what happens to “People Power” or popular resistance in the face of corporate-driven globalisation. Co-author, with Sheila Rowbotham and Lynne Segal, of the classic feminist book, Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism (1979), Hilary’s most recent book is A New Politics from the Left (2018).
Sally Young has worked in the community and voluntary sector and in the NHS for over forty years. She is actively involved in supporting and engaging with a number of voluntary and community organisations and local leaders. Most of Sally’s work has focussed on poverty, tackling inequalities and enabling people to have a voice. She is a feminist, a socialist, an activist and a campaigner. Her particular interests are women’s issues, children’s and young people’s wellbeing, and asylum seekers and refugee rights. She would describe herself as a ‘posh Geordie’ and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.