Our team of full and part-time staff develops and implements our strategy, under the supervision of our board.
A longstanding and passionate supporter of the population cause, Robin began his environmental career more than 30 years ago, joining Friends of the Earth as a volunteer just before the Chernobyl disaster. That grim event led to his first paid job, tasked with tracking radioactive fall-out across the UK and securing compensation for affected farmers. Subsequently, he held senior positions at Friends of the Earth, FARM, the Forestry Commission, the Soil Association and latterly, at the Wildlife Trusts, developing programmes bringing people into direct contact with nature. Following a short stint presenting BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, he undertook several investigative trips for Costing the Earth, including visiting Chernobyl 10 years on from the disaster, Bhopal in India to meet victims of the catastrophic pesticide plant explosion, and a trip up-river in Borneo, staying with indigenous communities threatened by logging and palm oil plantations. He has been Director of Population Matters since 2017.
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 has been a professional campaigner for 20 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.
Izi started her fundraising career in the arts and cultural sector before focusing on raising support for environmental conservation projects with Fauna & Flora International, where she spent two years working in its successful trusts and foundations team. With further experience gained more recently in higher education, Izi is looking forward to using her experience to grow Population Matters’ fundraising programme that will underpin and strengthen its campaigns to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Having worked as an English teacher in Japan and as a researcher in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Parliament, Andrew began his NGO campaigning and lobbying career in 2005 when he joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He then did similar work at ActionAid UK (international development), Operation Noah (climate change) and ECPAT UK (child trafficking and child sexual exploitation). From 2013 - 2017, Andrew lived in Cape Town, where he created a small social enterprise promoting LGBTQI networking and fundraising, and was a Board member at a shelter for LGBTQI people in crisis. He found himself attracted to PM in 2021 as it allowed him to pursue his passion for key human rights and environmental concerns.
Before joining PM, Olivia worked as online and events fundraiser at Friends of the Earth Scotland, where she developed their first online engagement strategy. Passionate about wildlife, 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, spent some time working in the communications team of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Programme in Switzerland. She enjoys meeting the challenges of online and offline strategic communications to inspire action for nature and social justice. Olivia was attracted to PM because it draws the crucial link between the two causes closest to her heart: conservation and women’s rights.
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.
Gabriel has worked for the last 20 years in the not-for-profit and charity sector. He's always had a great interest in nature and grew up watching David Attenborough documentaries on television. This started an interest in nature and the environment which led to related interest in issues such as population growth and sustainability. To him, the idea of there being a maximum level of consumption that the planet can sustain seems obvious, so it was a pretty easy decision for him to want to get involved when he found that Population Matters was looking for staff in his field of work. Gabriel thinks it is absolutely imperative that we face this challenge head on now and he is really keen to try to help out in whatever way he can.
Florence was born and raised in Uganda and holds a MSc in Population & Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an award-winning journalist and digital storyteller with a passion for the environment, health, science, and the rights of women and girls. Having previously worked for PM as Campaigns and Projects Officer, following a move to the US, she is now assisting with building partnerships and collaborations as our Outreach Coordinator. Florence is also a member of Population Media Center’s Program Advisory Board and in her free time she works on building a new project, FlowReady, a menstruation awareness campaign to prepare girls in rural communities for their periods.
Catriona has worked on female empowerment, youth engagement, Indigenous rights, creative literacy and refugee resettlement in Canada, Peru, Guatemala and Scotland. She has a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge and extensive non-profit experience in gender justice and inclusive education strategies. Her current projects include launching an agroecology & nature education project with Maya Ixil youth in rural Guatemala and co-developing a podcast series on women's voices in climate action with UN House Scotland. She is passionate about the intersection of women's rights and environmental justice and is excited to channel this passion into her new position as the Project Coordinator of Empower to Plan.
After graduating from the Open University with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, Hannah has worked in the charity sector on and off for the last 5 years. She feels lucky to have worked for some great charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Vegetarian Society, working closely with or as part of the supporter services teams and finding her passion for stewardship and database coordination. Hannah is very excited to be working for Population Matters and to help contribute towards a more sustainable future and a more educated world.
Fran has spent her career supporting and delivering projects in the not-for-profit sector, working in both sustainability and education. She is passionate about sustainability, and having previously worked for small charities working on local projects, she is excited by the bigger picture work Population Matters is doing.
Hailing from South Africa, Megan holds an MSc in Zoology and has worked in the conservation sector for six years. A feminist at heart, Megan has always been drawn to the nexus between the environment, women's sexual health and education, that she jumped at the opportunity to work with PM. Effective communication can drive behavioural change, one she hopes will lead to a just, equitable world for all.
As well as her membership duties, Rachel edits the twice-yearly Population Matters magazine. 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.
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.
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