Council of Management
The Council is democratically elected annually by War on Want's members and decides the direction of War on Want's work. Anyone can become a member of War on Want by giving a regular donation.
The present War on Want Council of Management is:
Steve Preston, Chair
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 Hillman, Vice-Chair
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 Samuel, Vice-Chair
Gaynelle is the Policy and International Officer to the Deputy General Secretary of PCS, the civil and public services union.
Sue Branford, Treasurer
Sue is a journalist and broadcaster who lived in Brazil for many years. She has worked for the BBC, the Guardian and the Financial Times. She has written books about Brazil and international debt, and has written a history of War on Want's project partner, MST, the Landless Workers' Movement in Brazil.
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.
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 30 years. He is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Members Council of the Co-operative Group.
Branislava started her career as a journalist in her native Serbia and then at the BBC World Service. During over 10 years of working in digital communications in the UK charity sector, she worked on a number of high-performing digital campaigning and fundraising initiatives. Branislava has recently joined Champollion Group as Senior Digital Consultant.
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 and has a more personal interest in the Middle East
Guillermo has worked in International Development for more than 20 years. Currently Growth Project Manager at Amnesty International, 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.