Our Trustees represent a broad spectrum of academics, researchers, editors, and people active in community work.
Martin McIvor is a researcher at the public services trade union UNISON, and edits the left policy journal Renewal. He was Political Editor of Red Pepper magazine from 1998 to 2002, Director of the left think tank Catalyst from 2002 to 2005, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for International Public Health Policy in 2005-2006. His academic interests lie in the areas of political philosophy and the history of ideas.
Alex 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 Vice 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.
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 currently works with Ruskin College and the GFTU and is a member of a UNITE Community branch.
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 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 (1979), Hilary’s most recent books include Reclaim the State, Adventures in Popular Democracy (2003) and Arguments for a New Left, Answering the Free Market Right (1993). A founding member of Charter 88, the movement to democratise Britain’s feudal state, and convenor of the economic democracy workshop of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Wainwright is also on the editorial board of the UK political think tank, Catalyst.