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We are Neon

Neon's team together

We believe that building movements is central to winning social justice. 

We offer hands-on support and training for campaigners, organisers, communications and operations teams working across social movements. 

We support over 1,000 organisers and campaigners across the UK working on everything from anti-racism to environment and housing activism. We work together to accelerate social movements through training, relationship building, incubation, and infrastructure support. 

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The team that makes it happen.

Daniel Vockins

Executive Director / Strategy and Fundraising

Daniel co-founded Neon in 2013, where he leads on organisational strategy and fundraising. Before working full time on Neon, Daniel was a Principle Director at NEF and a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp as well as the climate campaign 10:10. He’s written on progressive movement infrastructure and is interested in helping build the ecology of groups and movements we need to win lasting change.

Rachel Diamond-Hunter

Executive Director / Organisational Development

Rachel co-runs Neon with Dan, and specifically leads on anti-oppression and culture, HR and people, operations and finance. She’s worked for over a decade in the world of organising, campaigning and politics. She’s the co-founder of Jewish anti-occupation movement Na’amod, and sits on the board of The Advocacy Academy. She’s also training to be a psychotherapist.

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

Director / Movement Building Hub

Ayeisha provides strategic leadership for the Movement Building Hub. She's currently doing a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London looking at neoliberalism and social justice work. She co-founded KIN, a network for black activists working for collective liberation. She also presents the Weekly Economics Podcast, Economics with Subtitles for BBC R4 and The Why Factor for BBC World Service.

Matthew Butcher

Director / Communications Hub

Matthew heads up Neon’s communications work and the Comms Hub. He works with press officers, spokespeople and campaigners to help them get the messages that matter to the people who need to hear them. He previously worked for Caroline Lucas MP, a member of the European Parliament and campaign group Share Action.

Funmibi Ogunlesi

Head of Messaging (New Parent Leave Cover)

Funmibi supports the Communications Hub and the Spokesperson Network. She has a BSc in Sociology from The University of Bristol and previously interned at policy network company Apolitical. She is interested in using media to talk about environmental justice, racial injustice and colonialism with specific focus on Nigeria and other countries in the South.

Rosie Baines

Senior Press & Training Officer

Rosie organises all of the comms training programmes NEON offers, including media training and press officer training. She has been working in press offices for 14 years and was previously a press officer at a number of national museums in the UK, and is a member of the campaign group, Museum Detox.

Heather Clancy

Press Officer

Heather works on the North West Spokesperson Network, which trains up progressive and diverse voices to speak in the regional media. Heather is an experienced journalist and has previously worked for the BBC in various roles, producing stories across the UK and abroad.

Kevin Smith

Head of Media

Kevin runs the New Economy Spokesperson Network, and has over 12 years of press and media experience for NGOs, social movements and grassroots groups. Formerly the communications manager at Global Justice Now he has a focus on trade, climate and oil campaigns, and has developed countless campaign activities into national stories and front pages.

Dora Meade

Head of Messaging

Dora heads up the framing and narrative work at Neon. She's experienced in working with campaigners, spokespeople and coalitions to develop framing strategies and authentic, powerful messaging. She has a particular interest in finding the rights words to advocate for a new economic system. Formerly Network Lead at the PIRC and Lead Organiser at Positive Money, she is an associate at the Future Narratives Lab and co-author of Framing the Economy.

Molly Fleming

Senior Press Officer

Molly works on the National Spokesperson Network. Molly was previously a journalist before moving into social justice communications. Before NEON she worked at Women In Prison working to uplift the voices of women in the criminal justice system and effectively communicate abolition in the mainstream media. She is also involved in grassroots organising with Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants.

Severija Bielskytė

Press Officer (New Parent Leave Cover)

Severija works on the North West Spokesperson Network, which trains up progressive and diverse voices to speak in the regional media. Previously Severija worked at Refuge, both supporting survivors of abuse and in a communications role. Severija is a freelance writer focusing on social justice issues and Eastern Europe.

Sunitha Dwarakanath

Programme & Office Assistant

Sunitha provides programme support for Comms & Movement Builders, looking after IT & Tech and the Office. Before Neon, she has worked in a food bank, a shipping company and software. Her spare time is spent on campaigning, singing in her community choir and baking.

Ilona Leighton-Goodall

Operations Officer

Ilona works with the operations team to ensure the organisation runs smoothly, focussing in particular on HR & finance. She is always looking for ways to improve systems for the benefit of the people involved. She has previously worked in arts management, media & retail.

Hodan Sirad

Senior Finance Manager

Hodan is responsible for financial reporting, supporting Hub Directors with budget management, as well as day to day bookkeeping. Prior to working at Neon, she worked as a production accountant in television, working on scripted comedies, factual entertainment & documentaries. She is currently studying towards her CIMA qualification.

Gauri Goyal

Head of Organising

Gauri leads Neon’s work on elevating organising strategy and practice across our programmes to strengthen social movements. Hailing from Los Angeles, she has over a decade of experience with community-based organisations in the US fighting for social and economic justice. Most recently she was an organiser with Unison’s Strategic Organising Unit where she focused on the rights of migrant and outsourced workers in the NHS. 

Carrie Magee

Head of Movement Coaching

Carrie leads on all things coaching, providing specialist support to organisations to build capacity, skills and resilience across movements. With a background in teaching, training and organisational development in the third and non-profit sectors, Carrie is particularly interested in unpacking structures and systems of power and privilege, and what anti-oppression really looks like in practice.

Grace Buddery

Programme Support Officer

Grace provides programme support within Neon's Movement Building Hub. Grace has a BA (Hons) in Humanities: War, Conflict and Modernity from the University of Brighton. Since graduating she has worked in the Charity and University sectors, with a focus on operations and events support.

Morten Thaysen

Senior Organiser

Morten works to strengthen organising in UK social justice movements. Morten has spent years organising and campaigning as part of migrant and climate justice movements. He co-founded Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants in 2015 and prior to Neon he worked as a Just Transition campaigner at Greenpeace.

Katie Shaw

Head of Organising (New Parent Leave Cover)

Katie is leading on NEON's organising work across social movements. She also trains on NEON's Movement Builders programme. Her background is in policy and campaigning in post-16 education and co-runs Beyond Education - a space for critical educators. She has just started a PhD at Loughborough University exploring the relationship between anarchism and further education.

Want to join us?

We collaborate with a large number of contractors and partner organisations preferring to work together to deliver our programmes. We do hire new positions from time to time – which are listed on our jobs page.

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Our board of directors

Neon's board of directors

Vic Langer

Chair

For the last six years, Vic has worked in the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns division of Save the Children UK, working on issues like child survival, equity in international development, and ending child marriage.  Most recently Vic has turned her hand to organisational transformation and leadership. She is currently the Interim-CEO of Consonant, a small charity that supports asylum seekers and migrants.

Ben Haber

Treasurer

Ben is a chartered accountant and is currently leading on finance and operations at a global mental health charity. He has spent the past eight years working in the social sector, including a year spent on the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme, and has founded two social enterprises. He was previously a trustee and treasurer for the UK’s leading intergenerational arts charity.

Minnie Rahman

Minnie is a writer and campaigner specialising in migrants’ rights, climate change and social justice. After working in both the European and UK Parliament for 5 years as a political advisor, she helped coordinate the campaign to uncover the Windrush scandal with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. She is now leading on campaigns to scrap the “hostile environment” and to get new rights for undocumented migrants.

Victoria Cabral

Victoria has over 10 years of experience working on human rights policy, advocacy and community engagement. Her experience centres around managing and implementing programs of work that advance the agency and voice of traditionally marginalised groups. Currently working at Black Thrive, she works with local communities and statutory services to tackle and address deeply entrenched racial inequalities in Lambeth.

Ilyas Nagdee

Ilyas is a writer and activist, campaigning on civil liberties, racism, Islamophobia and state surveillance. He was the former NUS Black Students’ Officer where he led national campaigning on decolonising the academy & abolishing Prevent. He has been published by Routledge, Unbound and others on topics around the British Empire, Islamophobia and racism. He currently works on racism in higher education in Brighton.

Adarsh Peruvamba

Dash is a data privacy professional at PWC, with extensive experience of developing and delivering risk management strategies for public and private sector entities. He previously worked at Edinburgh University Students Association, leading campaigns against the casualisation of university labour and student-staff co-creation of curriculum. Dash is also a researcher and activist, working on migrant support and climate change action locally in Edinburgh.

Chris Fairley

Chris is an organiser, trade unionist and laughably amateur carpenter from Luton. Coming of age at the height of the English Defence League’s presence in the town gave him a passion for community antifascism, and he’s currently a coordinator for the HOPE not hate Charitable Trust, exploring resilience and optimism in areas vulnerable to extremist rhetoric. He’s also the founder and head of Britain Has Class, a grassroots movement of working class youth activists.

How is Neon funded?

We are currently funded by groups including Open Society Foundation, The Oak Foundation, The KR Foundation, Friends Provident, JRCT, Barrow Cadbury, Unbound Philanthropy, the Pickwell Foundation, Partners For a New Economy, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and individual donations. We’re always looking for more funding – so if you’re interested in funding get in touch or head over to our donate page to find out more.

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