Leo Barasi - Communications and Advocacy Specialist

Leo was with DHA for two years and worked with clients in the environment, international development and social justice sectors. He brings policy and communications experience from the UK Drug Policy Commission, where he ran the Commission’s political, media and stakeholder relations. He led the development and publication of the Commission’s final report, which dominated the news, phone-ins and comment pages, and shifted the drug policy debate.

Previously, Leo worked with political and corporate clients to help them make strategic and tactical decisions using polling, focus groups and stakeholder research. He has also worked in communications for Oxfam GB in headquarters and West Africa, and in politics at the Welsh Assembly. Leo is a trustee of the Nurture Group Network, a charity that helps children who are having difficulty in mainstream classes. He writes about public opinion on politics and the environment at Noise of the Crowd.

Kat Barton - Trainer and Facilitator

Kat Barton is an experienced facilitator and trainer with a background in campaigning, community organising and advocacy. She has been working in the not-for-profit sector since 2004 and is passionate about supporting people to take action for social change.

She worked on disarmament issues for several years, undertaking numerous different roles ranging from organising and participating in high level meetings with decision-makers to supporting grassroots activists in their campaigning against new nuclear weapons. Kat is as comfortable working with large NGOs as she is with small grassroots groups and has helped numerous organisations to enhance their impact, work together more effectively, develop their values and practice, and take meaningful action on the issues that matter to them. 

Glenda Cooper - Journalist and PHD Researcher

Glenda is a PHD researcher at City University London and an experienced journalist working at national level for over a decade, including the BBC and Channel 4 News, the Independent, Daily Mail, Washington Post (as the 2001 Laurence Stern Fellow), Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. She was the 14th Guardian Research Fellow, Nuffield College Oxford (2006-7); visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 2007-8; and associate member of Nuffield College Oxford 2008-11. Her research interests focus upon user-generated content, reporting of NGOs and humanitarian issues and conflict reporting. We work closely with Glenda on the development and delivery of our bespoke media training. A recent testimonial of our team said, “They were amazing – very constructive and passionate in their approach”.

Dawn Hart - Independent Consultant

Dawn is an independent consultant within the public and not for profit sectors. She has a wide range of skills including evaluation, training and coaching. She’s expert in criminal justice, community safety, young people and participation. Her recent consultancy projects include: curriculum advice to the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) on a key leadership course, evaluation of a prison based project for young people, and evaluation of a community safety programme. She has a reputation of approaching all work with endless patience, and has been a school governor for almost 10 years.

Paul Kyprianou – Director, Praxis

Paul runs a community interest company providing research and evaluation with a focus on addressing disadvantage and discrimination. He has worked directly with Arts Council England, Big Lottery, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and local authorities across the North West. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was previously a University of Liverpool researcher and tutor and principal manager of Liverpool City Council’s Central Policy Unit.

Erin Van Der Maas - Researcher Lecturer

Erin works in research with a particular interest in trade unions and civil society. Previous to DHA Erin worked as Lead Researcher with the Carnegie UK Trust on the Civil Society Inquiry and taught and lectured at a number of universities in the field of industrial relations and trade union studies. With DHA Erin has explored the working lives and income sources of Artists and Musicians. He led on research for the Musicians' Union and supported with our ongoing Paying Artists research. Erin currently works as Strategic Industrial Projects Coordinator at International Transport Workers Federation.

Caroline Slocock - Director of Civil Exchange

Caroline is the Director of Civil Exchange, a new think tank that aims to help the government and the voluntary sector work better together. Civil Exchange works jointly with DHA on a number of projects, including supporting the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector. As Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission between 2002 and 2007 and then Chief Executive of Refugee and Migrant Justice until 2010, she successfully campaigned for better rights for women, families and refugees.

Her experience of policy and operational development at the highest levels in government includes nine years at the Treasury, a spell as Private Secretary for Home Affairs to two Prime Ministers and a period at the Department of Education and Skills, where she expanded and improved childcare in partnership with the voluntary sector.

Malcolm Williams – Director, MGW Associates

Malcolm has worked throughout the UK, and in Russia and Holland, accessing funding, creating and delivering new, local service organisations in public and private sectors. He has policy specialisms in culture, housing and regeneration and sustainable farming and food settings, and works across the spectrum with community groups, senior staff and elected politicians.

He is also a social business development specialist, who has worked with a varied number of third and public sector organisations over the last 20 years.  He has particular skills in organisational development and governance, strategy development, marketing and branding, funding, and project development and delivery.