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:

Shaista Aziz

Shaista has worked as a communications specialist for a number of international organisations including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Oxfam. Shaista has worked extensively across the Middle East, Pakistan, East and West Africa. Shaista's writing and journalism has been published in a number of international publications including The Guardian, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and New York Times and others. Shaista contributed to the 2017 anthology, The Things I would Tell You, British Muslim Women Write and is an award-winning stand up comedian and broadcaster. Shaista is the founder of the anti-racism, anti-bigotry digital platform, The Everyday Bigotry Project and is co-founder of the Women's Advancement Hub, WAH, Pakistan and Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy.  She’s a newly elected councillor for Oxford City Council.  

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.

Roger Mckenzie

 

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. 

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. 

Anna Stone

 

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.

Rafeef Ziadeh

 

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.

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