Our team of full and part-time staff develops and implements our strategy, under the supervision of our board.
Robin Maynard, Director
A longstanding and passionate supporter of the population cause, Robin has held senior positions at the Soil Association, the Forestry Commission, and Friends of the Earth, where he was responsible for 250 local Friends of the Earth groups. He has also worked as a consultant for Compassion in World Farming, among many others, including Population Matters in 2014. He has been director of Population Matters since 2017.
Julie Lewis, Head of Supporter Services
Julie spent 15 years in energy consultancy providing economic analysis to clients around the world. Following a career shift, she worked with several charities and grant-making trusts before moving to Population Matters in 2008 to focus on population and sustainability. The importance of leaving a world fit for future generations, and the impossibility of doing so without addressing human numbers, made Population Matters an obvious choice.
Alistair Currie, Head of Campaigns and Communications
Alistair has been a campaigner for more than 15 years, including at PETA UK, Cruelty Free International and Free Tibet. After campaigning for animal and human rights, he was keen to make a contribution in the environmental or international development fields. Answering a job advertisement looking for a campaigner "used to tough issues", he was delighted to be able to combine them both when he joined Population Matters in 2016. In a previous professional life he was a registered nurse.
Florence Blondel, Campaigns and Projects Officer
Florence is a trained journalist. The UNFPA, Population Secretariat, PRB and ministry of health in Uganda awarded her for her coverage of population and development issues, especially in underserved communities. She left journalism to pursue an MSc in Population and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In London, she has worked with Tropical Health and Education Trust, THET, and has previously volunteered with Prospect Burma and Alzheimer’s Society.
She joined Population Matters in July 2018 as an intern and took up the new position of Campaigns and Projects Officer in January 2019. She says PM covers everything she’s passionate about, including women's empowerment.
Olivia Nater, Digital and Communications Officer
Before joining PM in 2018, Olivia worked as online and events fundraiser at Friends of the Earth Scotland, where she developed its first online engagement strategy. Passionate about wildlife and environmental outreach, Olivia holds a MSc and a BSc in zoology. She interned at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and after graduating, joined the communications team of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Programme in Switzerland.
Olivia was attracted to PM because it draws the crucial link between the two causes closest to her heart: environmental conservation and women’s rights.
Rachel Musk, Supporter Services (part-time)
As well as her membership duties, Rachel edits the twice-yearly Population Matters magazine and coordinates our Empower to Plan crowdfunding project. Rachel previously worked as the Communications Manager for ten years with a human rights NGO based in the Middle East. She is passionate about the environment, sustainability and reducing consumption personally and in her community.
Andrea Holmes, Adminstration coordinator (part-time)
Andrea has a background in Financial Services, specifically working in Legal, Internal Audit and Company Secretariat roles. After leaving her corporate role she has been supporting businesses for the last 6 years, helping them to coordinate teams to work efficiency and effectively. Having always had an interest in our planet and sustainability, when the opportunity arose to join the team of Population Matters she jumped at the chance. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, country walks and cooking.
In addition to our head office team, we are supported by a network of amazing volunteers and activists. Those include members and coordinators of our campaigning Local Groups, our Education team going into schools, local speakers, and dedicated volunteers helping us with outreach and distributing merchandise and campaign materials.
If you would like to get involved in a local group or volunteer in any capacity, please get in touch.