People

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Ann Pettifor

Alliance Co-Chair

Ann Pettifor is best known for her leadership of a worldwide campaign to cancel approximately $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries – Jubilee 2000. In 2003 she correctly predicted the bursting of the credit bubble. She is a co-author of the Green New Deal, published by the New Economics Foundation in July 2008 – a set of policies to deal with threats posed by the Credit Crunch, Peak Oil and Climate Change. She helped found the Climate Alliance.

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Keith Sonnet

Alliance Co-Chair

Keith Sonnet is the co chair of the Alliance and until recently was the deputy general secretary of the trade union UNISON. Keith has represented the trade union Movement on both the General Council of the TUC and the ‘Labour Party National Executive Council’, during which he chaired the Britain in the World policy forum. He is a director of Union Solidarity International which is seeking to harness the potential of social media to support trade union solidarity campaigns. He is a member of the board of Solidar, a Brussels based NGO, and chairs it’s Global Network, currently organising projects on decent work and social protection in different parts of the world. He has written and spoken widely on both the effects of austerity ad climate change.


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Peter Robinson

Alliance Secretary

Peter Robinson was born in South Africa, his parents were imprisoned under the Apartheid, and they came to the UK in the early sixties. He worked as a political organiser for the International Socialists (IS) in the seventies which included working in Portugal, after the overthrow of fascism in 1975 and 1976. He has written extensively on the popular power movement in Portugal.

He became involved (as a socialist and not as a ‘green’) in climate activities and in 2005 helped found the Derby Climate Coalition. He was chairperson of the Campaign against Climate Change (CaCC) and helped found the Climate Alliance.

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John Stewart

Transport Guru

John Stewart chaired the coalition which successfully defeated proposals for a third runway at Heathrow. He also chairs AirportWatch, the national network of organizations opposed to airport expansion and its European equivalent, UECNA. He has been an environmental campaigner for over 30 years, specializing in transport and noise issues. He is a former chair of the Campaign for Better Transport and of RoadPeace. He is the current chair the UK Noise Association and of the Campaign against Climate Change. In 2008 he was voted by the Independent on Sunday as the UK’s ‘most effective environmentalist’. He is the author of Why Noise Matters, published by Earthscan in 2011. He also wrote the story of the Heathrow third runway campaign: Victory Against All the Odds.

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Amy Thompson

Alliance Treasurer

Amy grew up in the sub-rainforest of North Queensland, Australia, and has followed her two passions in life: the environment and art. Amy has worked in a variety of finance and administration roles for the last decade, from exciting large-scale temporary exhibitions in Australia to national institutions in the United Kingdom. 

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George Barda

SHIFT Campaigner

George Barda has been a social & environmental justice campaigner and activist for over a decade, and has worked at a number of development and environment NGOs including Concern worldwide, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. He has recently completed a master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King’s College.

Since last October he has been heavily involved in the Occupy movement.

‘I saw its attempt to reinvigorate a practical engagement with politics around the question of the power ceded by government in recent decades to increasingly unaccountable corporations banks and markets as vital. This increasing powershift is a threat not just to the fabric of meaningful democracy, but to the very integrity of our societies, and indeed to the viability of food water and shelter systems across the world’.

Tony Emerson

Tony Emerson

Ecology & Faith Guru

Tony represent Christian Ecology Link on the management group of the Alliance for Jobs and Climate.  He is a retired management lecturer and consultant, and  has also carried out research on sustainable transport.  Other related organisations he is active in include Carfree UK and SERA (Socialist Environment and Resources Association).  He is a former local councillor, and lives in Streatham, south London.

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Joel Benjamin

SHIFT Working Group Volunteer
Joel Benjamin is responsible for strategy, social media, direct action and the Move Your Money UK campaign. ‘I am motivated by the belief that an ethical & just society, that cares for people and planet, is not only possible – but within our collective grasp. Join the campaign, and become a part of the movement to SHIFT the bankers and corrupt politicians from power’.


Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Creative Director

Robin founded HOST, the pioneer ethical communications network, in 1997. Over 15 years he has developed transformational creative and collaborative practices to unlock the potential of values-driven brands. He continues to work with many of the world’s most influential organisations and change-makers.

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Danielle Paffard

SHIFT Campaigner

Danielle is a campaigner around social and environmental justice issues. Having worked promoting sustainability across Universities and been heavily involved with activism around climate change, she was then part of the group to establish the anti-cuts network UK Uncut. She is the co-founder of new campaign Move Your Money UK, and works at the London Community Credit Union.

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Geoff Archer

Geoff Archer is the Networks Officer for the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s UK Programme Team. UKYCC is a youth-led organisation which works to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change. Having recently completed postgraduate study at the London School of Economics, he currently lives and works in London and is proud to stand up, with others, for strengthening the voice of Young People in the UK.