NCVO Campaigning Conference 2017 speakers

Keynote speakers

Graham Allen

graham allenGraham Allen is the former MP for Nottingham North. In his role as chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform select committee, he worked cross party to produce a raft of reports on redeveloping a modern democracy, including on a citizens’ convention for the UK, and a UK written constitution. He has long campaigned on early intervention, including writing the seminal ‘Early Intervention: good parents, great kids, better citizens’ with Iain Duncan Smith, and carrying out an independent review of early intervention in 2010.

Julie Bentley

julie bentley

As chief executive of Girlguiding, Julie Bentley has overseen the Be the Change campaign, which helps girls understand the politics of everyday life and bring about change both locally and nationally. She is the former head of the Family Planning Association and previously campaigned on issues such as the cervical cancer vaccination. In her speech she will explain how she transformed Girlguiding into a campaigning organisation and what the future of campaigning looks like.

Fiona Weir

fiona weirFiona Weir is chief executive at The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited. JRRT funds political campaigns in the UK to promote democratic reform, civil liberties and social justice. Previous experience includes senior campaigning roles in the voluntary sector: chief executive of Gingerbread, director of policy and communications at Save the Children, head of public affairs at Which?, campaigns director at Amnesty International UK, and acting campaigns director as well as senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth. She is currently a trustee of the New Economics Foundation.


Peter Kellner

peter kellnerPeter Kellner is chair of NCVO. He has been a journalist and political commentator for more than 40 years, for the BBC, Times, Independent, Sunday Times, Observer, Evening Standard, New Statesman, Prospect and other media organisations. He was chairman, and subsequently president, of YouGov, the online polling and research company, between 2001 and 2016. He is currently a trustee of ASH and UpRising, and non-executive director of the Medical Discoveries Catapult, a not-for-profit company.

Chloe Stables

chloe stablesChloe is responsible for NCVO’s external relations unit. She joined NCVO from St Mungo’s, a homelessness charity, where she established the public affairs function. She previously worked in parliament for an MP and as a lobbyist for a large consultancy.

Drinks reception speaker

Duncan Green

duncan greenDr Duncan Green is senior strategic adviser at Oxfam GB and professor in international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written books on poverty and change, including How Change Happens, From Poverty to Power: How active citizens and effective states can change the world, and the daily development blog From Poverty to Power. His previous roles include working as a senior policy adviser on trade and development at the Department for International Development (DFID) and as a policy analyst on trade and globalization at the Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

Campaign Clinic

Emma Taggart

emma taggartEmma is a charity veteran with a career spanning 20 years in the voluntary sector, including a stint as policy and campaigns director of a well-known breast cancer charity.

A qualified coach, Emma works with people who are leading social change and need support to challenge their thinking, interrogate theories of change and identify how to create genuine lasting impact in the world. People who work with Emma say she is quick to grasp her clients’ contexts and problems. They describe her as thoughtful, supportive, focused and able to provide gentle yet effective challenge.

Emma’s recent clients include Leonard Cheshire Disability, Women in Sport, The Challenge, Crisis and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Jo Wolfe

jo wolfeJo is managing director for London at prosocial digital agency Reason Digital, overseeing their work with charities based in the south. Jo has over 10 years’ experience as a digital leader in the charity sector, including most recently as assistant director of digital for Breast Cancer Care. Jo created the Third Sector Digital Maturity Matrix – the tool has helped almost 800 charities understand their current digital capability and set goals for the future.

Before Breast Cancer Care, Jo was Girlguiding’s first head of digital communications, initiating a programme of digital transformation. In 2014, Jo was voted #1 woman in digital under 30 by The Drum, and in March 2017, she was named one of 10 inspiring women in charity digital by Third Sector. Jo blogs for Third Sector on all aspects of charity digital.

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