Campaigning for a cause is at the heart of the charity sector: whether building grassroots movements, political influencing or highlighting injustice through social media, campaigners are the driving force behind social change.
As specialists in this area we view ourselves as an extension of the sector, actively seeking to facilitate the work of campaigning organisations by bringing them together with the right people.
Who we work with
We've already recruited for (and continue to partner with) a wide variety of organisations of all shapes and sizes in this arena, from large national organisations like the National Lottery Community Fund and Barnardo’s, major NGOs and INGOs such as Liberty, ActionAid and World Animal Protection to smaller thinktanks like the International Longevity Centre and Future Advocacy.
Our Policy, External Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns (PEAC) function
As with every area we specialise in, recruitment for these roles is handled by a dedicated consultant with first-hand understanding of the field.
Harry Marven is our resident policy specialist having been actively engaged with organisations and individuals in this arena for several years already and with a background in youth engagement for a national human rights charity.
For job-seekers and employers alike, that means you'll have a consultant who genuinely understands what you do and appreciates the skills and qualities required for each role; and, as specialists in your field, you can rely on us to have extensive knowledge of the market: who else is out there, who you're competing with, all the opportunities on offer, and much more.
News and updates
If you've ever wondered how to really make a difference, or you're seeking inspiration for campaigns of your own, we think you'll enjoy this great podcast from Steve Tibbett of The Advocacy Hub, available via the links below.
Examining social and political campaigns that have made an impact, 100 Campaigns That Changed The World has recently covered the Hillsborough campaign for justice, the battle to protect the ozone layer, and in the latest episode, Steve talks to Kirsty McNeill and Simon Wright of Save the Children UK about their experience of (successfully) campaigning for free access to HIV medication worldwide in the 2000s.
Programme Manager (Research)
A charity are looking for a new Programme Manager (Research) to lead a new programme of work, managing a small team to develop evidenced based standards and excellent practice around harmful content in the online environment. This will help improve industry practice maximising support opportunities and minimising harm for vulnerable users. This a new role and The Programme Manager is critical to the success of their new programme to improve the online environment for vulnerable people. You will lead a programme of research and user insight to set standards for safe online content and transform industry practice. This is initially a 3 year contract. The role offers a degree of flexible working and can be based near Epsom or London. Key Responsibilities: -Work with the team to develop a high-quality programme of research and insight that can be translated into practice and increases the evidence base around content online. -Run regular forums to engage experts in the academic community to help shape and deliver the programme. -Develop a user engagement programme to ensure users are at the heart of the work, shaping and informing the programme. -Recommend and implement the model for research delivery, considering a combination of inhouse and commissioned work, ensuring research is high quality -Provide project management for the programme, including ensuring all stakeholders are engaged in the planning and implementation Ensure project documentation is in place and maintained;ensuring activities are undertaken within budget and on time; ensuring measures are in place to evaluate the activity -Working with the Income Generation team, ensure that the programme funders are engaged in the programme and receive regular narrative and financial reports as agreed. -Work with the media team to develop a communications plan for the programme, providing content for proactive and reactive communications -Provide excellent line management to the programme team this will include the recruitment of 1 or 2 staff -Translate research and insight into best practice guidance and standards aimed at the tech industry, promote the use of the guidance across the industry. -Translate user needs into development of resources for users to support the creation of safe and supportive content and minimise harm -Develop an advice service for organisations and professionals to support them to deal with concerning content online, including advising on policies, developing resources and responding to enquiries. Skills and Experience required: -Strong project management skills experience of using project management principles and approaches. Capable of working with a range of specialists, including researchers. -Experience and understanding of a range of user research methods. Able to choose appropriate methods and apply methods correctly. -Experiencing of commissioning and leading research projects -Experience of managing a budget and delivering to time and within budget -Experience in development and management of relationships with stakeholders -Understands users and can identify who they are and what their needs are based on evidence - Able to translate user stories and propose resources to meet these needs. -Understands agile methodology and how to apply an agile mindset to all aspects of their work. Has the ability to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment and utilises an iterative method and flexible approach to enable rapid delivery. -Has a strategic approach, focusing on outcomes. Able to understand and work within the given constraints and to work with an evolving evidence base. -Able to turn research evidence into clear findings that inform decisions. Knows how to involve colleagues in analysis and synthesis to increase consensus and challenge assumptions -Able to analyse and respond to external developments and identify issues speedily and effectively
£40k - 45k per year
We are working with the Near East Foundation to help recruit a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager to be based in their office in London to provide to provide support in the development of MEL systems, process and capabilities, and training to M&E and Learning project staffs in Armenia, Morocco, Mali, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Sudan. For over 100 years, NEF has worked to build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. NEF's work is organized around three program areas: Peacebuilding through Economic Cooperation, Microenterprise Development, and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management. The Role Under the leadership of the Director of MEL, the MEL manager will collaborate with US HQ-based MEL team (MEL Officer and MEL Associate) and the Regional Data Manager based in Amman, Jordan, to develop NEF's MEL framework and build countries MEL capacities. You'll be responsible for ensuring and maintaining an accurate and up to date M&E and Learning framework to inform NEF project indicators and organizational performances, including providing trainings and on-going support for project staff to ensure timely and quality data collection, analysis, reporting, impact assessment and learning. You will be the focal point in producing project periodic reports, compiling data on project performance against set targets and generating NEF impact assessments, lessons learned and knowledge products. Key Skills and Experience required: -Bachelor's degree in social science, international development, economics, statistics or relevant field. -At least 7 years direct professional experience in M&E and Learning in the international development or humanitarian response field, including 3-5 years of experience on USAID funded projects (and/or other equivalent international development donors); -Proven experience designing qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and survey instruments; -Working knowledge of database and smartphone-based data collection applications; -Proven experience designing rigorous methodologies for impact assessments; -Proven experience in organizational learning and knowledge production; -Proven experience leading or facilitating trainings, learning events etc. with field teams; -Demonstrated experience supporting multiple projects simultaneously; -Advanced Excel skills, including pivot tables and descriptive statistics; -Applicable knowledge working with statistic software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA; -Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and the ability to clearly articulate key messages for multiple audiences and stakeholders -Legally authorized to work in the United Kingdom without company sponsorship now or in the future
£50k - 55k per year
Global Campaign Lead
Harris Hill is proud to be partnering with World Animal Protection in its search for a Global Campaign Lead to focus on its core Wildlife campaign. Based in London or Bangkok, with the additional possibility of Sydney and the Philippines, you'll deliver key projects for World Animal Protection's Wildlife Not Entertainers award-winning campaign, transforming the wildlife tourism industry to end the cruel treatment of elephants, tigers, dolphins and other wild animals. Collaborating with colleagues with both global and national remits across the world, you'll develop and deliver inspiring and innovative campaign strategies, with a particular focus on corporate advocacy and supporter and public mobilisation. This position requires a cause-driven, strategic campaigner with experience of campaign strategy, design and implementation, ideally on the global stage and additionally in a leadership capacity. A background in animal welfare campaigning is not essential, but rather an understanding of the key issues at hand: perhaps you're currently campaigning for women's rights or environmental sustainability, for example. It is important to note that if based in London, the position will include an element of international travel, particularly to the Asia-Pacific region. In short, this is an excellent opportunity for a career campaigner to make a tangible difference to the lives of animals worldwide and associate their name with a high-profile, award-winning global campaign. This is a full-time, permanent opportunity paying up to £44,000 / up to 2m Thai Baht p.a., with flexible working policies in place. I will be submitting a final shortlist on the morning of September 3rd, with an application process of a CV and tailored covering letter. If you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£40k - 44k per year
Patient Advocacy Manager
Harris Hill is proud to be partnering with Leukaemia Care in its search for a new Patient Advocacy Manager. Based in Worcester but working across the UK, particularly London, and with some international travel, the Patient Advocacy Manager will work closely with and, when needed, deputise for the Patient Advocacy Director on the development and implementation of campaigns and policy initiatives to drive change to improve the lives of people affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers. Responsibilities for this post are wide ranging and hands on. As well as horizon scanning, policy advice and information gathering, you'll represent Leukaemia Care on key campaigning groups such as Cancer 52 and the Cancer Campaigning Group, as well as engage with MPs, peers, political groups and other relevant stakeholders through networking, lobbying and partnership working. Moreover, you'll work closely with the Communications team, preparing press releases and designing and implementing campaigns. Whether you come from a policy, campaigns or advocacy background, you'll have experience of campaign design and implementation and an understanding of how media and broader communications feed into campaigning. You'll also have excellent analytical and research skills, along with experience of senior-level stakeholder engagement and management, particularly in political circles. This is a brilliant opportunity for a policy and/or campaigns professional to make a tangible difference to the lives of people affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers and gain excellent exposure to the full cycle of campaigning and changemaking. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 29,000 - 32,000, with a shortlist of applications to be submitted on Monday 19th August. Application process is a CV initially, with a cover letter to follow at a later stage. Please note that only suitable applicants will be contacted.
£29k - 32k per year
National Campaigns Manager
Harris Hill is proud to be partnering with the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) in their search for a National Campaigns Manager. Established in 2002 by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau (NCB) and currently hosted by the NCB, the ABA works to raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of children and young people. Working in coalition with its extensive membership and advisory group, the latter of which comprises the likes of Stonewall and the NSPCC, the ABA has three primary ways of working: policy and advocacy (media, partnership building and policy development); building an evidence base for effective practice (research and evaluation); and information sharing (membership and developing resources for schools and other organisations that work with children and young people). By nature of the post and the ABA, this is an incredibly varied and hands-on campaigning post, covering elements of policy, advocacy, programme management, account management (of the ABA's major funder) and partnership building and management, with additional exposure to fundraising. A particular focus of this position is to coordinate the ABA's flagship 'Anti-Bullying Week', a nation-wide engagement and awareness campaign, which will this year inform schools and settings, children and young people, parents and carers to know that it takes a collective responsibility to stop bullying. As you may expect, experience of both campaign strategy and delivery is essential for this post. Policy and fundraising experience are not essential; however, you must be able to demonstrate experience of campaign planning and delivery, knowledge of how storytelling feeds into effective public campaigning, and experience of stakeholder management, particularly at a senior level. This is a brilliant opportunity for an experienced campaigner to tackle the root causes of bullying and empower young people all across the country, as well as gain excellent exposure to the full machinery of what makes campaigns tick. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 35,035 p.a. Application process is a CV and covering letter to email@example.com. The ABA is looking to appoint as soon as possible, therefore, applications will be judged on a rolling basis, with interviews also scheduled on a rolling basis. Please note that only suitable applicants will be contacted.
£35,035 per year
Be it a glamorous getaway or simple staycation, holidays are a chance to relax and recharge. Which you'll probably need after the frantic fortnight of frenzied preparation that all too often comes first. So how do you take a stress-free break without simply cramming it all in beforehand? And what if you're left holding things together on the home front? In this month’s guest article, freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook has advice on pre-holiday planning to help you head away with everything in hand, keep calm with your carry-on, and be raring to go on your return. Holiday season is well and truly upon us. Oh, the anticipation of what’s to come! An opportunity to get stuck into the book gathering dust on the bedside table or to broaden your horizons at a bucket list-worthy destination. A chance to recharge and refuel. According to Dr Christian Jarrett, holidays can make us happier, healthier and even prolong our lives. Sometimes though, the pace and pressure in the weeks leading up to the holiday almost negate the benefits of the break itself. Here are some tips to help you deliver a successful handover - keeping your credibility, peace of mind and work relationships intact. Before you go... (Excited! Full of anticipation! But a bit stressed!) American polymath Benjamin Franklin quite wisely said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. He was spot on. Nailing a holiday handover is all in the preparation; giving yourself sufficient time to organise everything weeks in advance. Forewarn your absence Make sure your holiday dates are in your team and key stakeholders’ diaries as soon as your leave has been authorised; even if you sort the finer, exciting details later. If you’re client or supporter-facing or manage multiple projects, consider adding an extra line to your email signature a few weeks in advance that clearly outlines the period of your absence. Rather than appearing smug (‘I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY FOR TWO WEEKS AND YOU'RE NOT’) it instead ensures your contacts are notified well in advance and can plan accordingly at their end. It also prevents any nasty surprises on your last day. The art of the handover note It’s always a good idea to start your Holiday Handover Notes (HHN) a good few weeks before, even if you jot down headers or topics in the first instance, rather than frantically wracking your tired brain the night before you fly. Consider always having the document open in the week before you go, for ease of brain-dump, rather than scribbling a note on a Post-it that gets lost in a yellow sea of more Post-its or overloading your already full head. CJ Sinclair, founder of Go Travel and Talk, a network that provides detailed travel guides to worldwide destinations with solo travellers in mind, is always on the move; and therefore well-practised in the art of the perfect handover. She breaks her HHN down into critical priorities, current and upcoming projects and ‘things to watch’ and ‘worry or pain points’. CJ also cleverly adds screen shots and media, to break up the words and highlights important text for an easy at-a-glance view. Aim to strike the balance with a comprehensive but concise approach to your HHN. HR News suggests that ‘…there’s no need to cause an unreasonable amount of stress on the employee/s covering you whilst you’re away, so highlighting all the ‘need-to-know’ points will help them keep on top of things’. Order tasks by priority and include key delivery dates or deadlines, with the most recent first. Schedule in a face-to-face meeting with your colleague who’s taking the reins. You can talk through the HHN before you go, so they can ask questions and jot down their own points. Avoid being patronising; your team are knowledgeable enough to know what ‘pass invoice to Finance' means in practice. There's no need to go into intricate detail about the ‘third cupboard on the left with the squeaky drawer’ if everybody knows perfectly well all about the squeaky drawer. Be a clever planner In the weeks before, keep your diary as clear as possible and stay focused. It may feel a wrench missing Steve from Events’ birthday lunch, but avoiding social engagements or non-urgent appointments wins you back a few hours of uninterrupted work time. At 7.00pm on your last day when you’re panicked and finishing with all your holiday toiletries still to buy, you’ll be grateful for that hour. You can catch up with Steve and the gang on your return. If you’re a freelancer or consultant in the not-for-profit sector with no-one to actually hand over to, it's even more crucial to plan ahead. CJ finds that scheduling everything in advance with calendar reminders or apps like Later and Tailwind, can be helpful. Although "it does mean a lot of work beforehand to get it all done”, she also notes “it’s amazing how much technology can help to give you a little respite!” Avoid dumping-disguised-as-a-handover-task Be reasonable and conscientious, and tie up as many loose ends as you possibly can before you go. Don't be tempted to use your absence from the office as an opportunity to slip in a few projects that have been on the back burner, or to dump tricky tasks you’ve been putting off on to an unsuspecting colleague. This may cause resentment in your absence, confusion or delays to a project. Don't use OOO to get a LOL It’s tempting to set a comedy out of office message, but the best advice is to save it for the comedians. As funny as they might be to read, there's a fine line between light-hearted and inappropriate, and it's not necessarily in the same place for everyone. Getting it wrong and causing offence can reflect badly on the charity, its purpose and mission. A simple message that clearly states your return date and who to contact in your absence will do the trick, although it can be a nice touch to highlight a particular campaign your charity is running. Oh, and don’t forget your voicemail too if you receive direct calls. Set boundaries Depending on what works for you, let your direct reports and manager know how and when you can be contactable if a genuine emergency arises while you’re on the beach. Otherwise, you should trust your team and colleagues to adequately manage things in your absence, especially if you’ve put all of the above into place. Prioritise your wellbeing, family and friends during that precious break, and where possible, learn to switch off. If it's your turn to hold the fort... It can be tough being the stand-in. You’re managing your own workload as well as bearing the responsibility of doing a good house-sitting job. Be assertive. Even if your colleague is looking rather up to their eyes in it, ask all the questions you need before they go so you’re well informed and can maintain the proper functioning of tasks in their absence - it’s for both of your benefits. CJ Sinclair especially looks after her colleagues by cc’ing them into emails in the weeks leading up to her holiday and keeping them 100% in the picture. If the work is project-facing, she also arranges calls with clients to introduce them to the person holding the fort - so why not consider asking for the same treatment? Be proactive and schedule a meeting with the hander-over on their penultimate day to avoid a last minute panic on the final one. Politely ask that their handover notes are in good shape so that you can go through the entire document together, check your understanding and fill in any gaps. Then schedule one in the early afternoon of their first day back. Consider using Google Docs so that you can update the document with your own notes as you go along. It will save you time and allow your colleague to read through and extract the key points and actions before their return if they fancy, making their first day back easier (and yours; you’ve now just the one workload to juggle. Hurrah!). It can be hard bearing the weight of managing tasks in someone else’s absence and the risk of being overwhelmed is high. Accept that you can’t do everything and be aware of what you can reasonably do. Focus on the deadlines and priorities, and don’t fret if you didn’t even get a peek at the ‘non-urgent’ section of the HHN. These can be picked up when your colleague returns. If you’re struggling, talk to your manager and shout for help. This Harvard Business Review article has some great tips on what to do when you’re covering for colleagues - and can't keep up. When you get back... (Jet lagged! With post-holiday blues! Slightly full of dread!) It's tough coming back from a holiday. Even worse when you’ve had to come straight from airport to office, you’re desperately missing the pool/beach/mountain/all-inclusive buffet and were not at all prepared for a painful reunion with the tube. Here’s some final tips on how to restore some of that holiday-energy. • Keep your diary as clear as you can. Prioritise the meeting with your colleague who managed your work (who hopefully would have scheduled it for early afternoon) and use the morning to clear/organise your emails and get your task list up to date. The responsibility is back with you, and the chances are your colleague will be relieved to relinquish the extra load. • Be gracious and thankful for the support you received from your colleagues. If time hasn’t allowed them to complete all tasks, keep your cool and try not to be angry or concerned that things haven't been done ‘your way’. • Avoid a post-holiday grumble. You fully deserved your break and it’s always hard to come crashing back to reality when you’ve had the time of your life. However, be mindful that while you’ve been travelling they’ve been sweating it in your absence. Don’t moan about being back or repeatedly say ‘this time last week I was *add fabulous holiday thing*' and sigh, loudly. Be grateful for both a super break and a supportive team of colleagues. • Come bearing gifts. Like a bottle of that funny-coloured liquor from the local supermarket, unpronounceable sweets or some local delicacies. It doesn’t have to be expensive or purchased from somewhere impressive; a box of fudge can go a long way to say thank you. So, there you go. You’ve notified people way in advance that you're jetting off. You’ve planned, scheduled, created perfect handover notes with no nasty surprises, and your team know how to track you down in an emergency (unlikely as they’re so well-informed). Now, swap sandwiches at your desk for something delicious al fresco and lose yourself in a good book rather than a report, safe in the knowledge that everything's in hand. You deserve it. Nicola Greenbrook - HR Specialist & Freelance Writer Contact Nicola More from Nicola Greenbrook: ► How to manage stress at work ► How to switch off ► Charity Careers 4: meet James Harris of Rethink Mental Illness Check out the brand new Salary Centre ...home of the Harris Hill & CharityJob 2019 Salary Report, the essential new guide to UK charity salaries. With market insights from our sector specialists and the expert team at CharityJob, you'll find more than 350 current rates for roles in 26 job functions, based on over 45,000 recent charity vacancies. What should you be earning in the charity sector? Find out here... ► Back to the blog homepage
We've teamed up with one of the biggest names in charity recruitment to bring you our most comprehensive guide yet to charity sector salaries, based on more than 45,000 recent UK vacancies. Find it in the Harris Hill Salary Centre, the brand new home for our growing collection of remuneration-related resources!
Welcome to the 2019 Salary Report, your definitive guide to salaries in the UK charity sector. With huge appreciation for all the enquiries we've already had about this year's release (and genuinely delighted by the demand!) we’re exceptionally pleased to bring you this brand new report. It's the 14th annual salary survey from Harris Hill, based on the thousands of charity vacancies we’ve worked on during the year: but this time that’s only half the story. To reflect the wider sector as accurately as possible we wanted to cover an even broader selection of roles, advertised by charities directly and recruiters like ourselves. So who better to ask than the experts at the UK’s largest specialist job board for not for profit, NGO, social enterprise, CIC and voluntary jobs, home to thousands of charity jobs every year? Happily they agreed, so we've been delighted to collaborate with CharityJob on this year’s report, bringing fresh perspective and insight, and a wealth of information that's helped to build our biggest, most accurate and comprehensive salary guide to date, based on no fewer than 45,000 genuine UK charity and not for profit vacancies from the past financial year. ____________________ What's new? ► In a forthcoming post we'll look at how the new approach has informed the final figures (for those who'd like to know more) and highlight some of the other key new features in this year's report. ► Look out too for the launch of a full digital version over at CharityJob, and here as part of our brand new Harris Hill Salary Centre, under construction as we speak to create a home for all things salary-related, all launching within the next few weeks! Read the new report We didn't want to keep you waiting a moment longer though, so with no further delay - except to sincerely thank the team at CharityJob (in particular content & SEO lead Stephanie Dotto and marketing manager Jade Phillips) for their tremendous help - we're delighted to bring you the full report to view or download in pdf format from the links below. ► In this year's 24-page report, you'll find candidate insights, market developments and recruitment trends, and salaries for charity and not for profit positions at all levels in: Admin & Support Events Policy & Research Advocacy Finance PR Campaigns General Fundraising Projects & Programmes Communications Human Resources Prospect Research Community Fundraising IT Supporter Services Corporate Fundraising Legacies Trust & Statutory Fundraising Data Management Major Donor Fundraising Volunteer Management Digital Marketing ...plus updates from our specialists on current rates for temporary, interim and senior executive roles. Direct Marketing Operations Click below for your preferred file size (screen resolution will suit most uses), or alternatively contact our consultants on 020 7820 7300 if you have any queries on salaries in these areas, who may also be able to send you a print copy of the booklet, subject to availability. We hope you'll find it a valuable and informative resource, and for more information you can also contact CharityJob on 020 8939 8430, our consultants on the number above or send us an email - and look out for the full digital editions coming very soon! ► Back to the Harris Hill blog homepage ► Check out the latest jobs in your field
International affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves moved to the UK in 1997, attracted by its culture of openness and diversity. But as she tells our policy specialist Harry Marven, recent events have necessitated a major rethink - and relocation - of her family's plans for the future. We’ve barely mentioned the ‘B’ word here at the Harris Hill blog, because we’re too busy recruiting for charities, and with such a colourful range of opinions widely available elsewhere (particularly at the puce end of the market), you probably don't need ours too. We aim to be impartial, so for example it's not for us to question that what people thought three years ago is obviously more important than what they think now. That's just not how we roll. And you'd certainly never catch us querying the wisdom of trashing your biggest trade partnerships and international standing for such undeniable benefits as…… well, we’re sure somebody will think of one eventually. But this week, as our established work in the area of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns expands to keep up with growing demand (check out our new page here!) in what could yet be our last week in the EU (again), there's no ignoring the giant Brexit in the room. So we're very pleased to bring you an enlightening and thought-provoking read from someone who understands both the bigger picture and the personal consequences only too well... Meet Andreea Petre-Goncalves Over recent years in the UK we’ve heard a lot of statistics about EU citizens and ‘migrants’, but rather less of the real effects on people's everyday lives. To that end we're delighted to introduce international affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves, who has kindly shared her story in conversation with our resident policy specialist Harry Marven, eloquently explaining how the 2016 referendum has affected many EU citizens, why she and her family have taken the difficult decision to leave the country that's been home for over 20 years, and why she's establishing a new and potentially highly-influential NGO to step up the fight for global change. Andreea Petre-Goncalves is an international affairs and advocacy expert with two decades of experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors. She has worked in sustainability, food security, international development, public health, gender and human rights among many other topics. She has driven global policy developments, built international partnerships and connected power and knowledge brokers to promote the greater good. She believes people at all levels are driven by the same instincts, fears and desires and that the best in all of us can be harnessed through respectful and purposeful collaboration. She also believes that our future security and prosperity on our planet depend on our ability to see beyond our myriad of individual interests with a sense of common purpose.ee. Harry Marven joined Harris Hill in 2017 and is our specialist for all Policy, Public Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns vacancies, recruiting both domestically and internationally. He’s lived and worked in both France and Germany (graduating in French and German) and has first-hand experience of the field having previously worked in social media and youth engagement for a national human rights charity. Harry is passionate about the not-for-profit sector using its profile and resources to effect positive social change and effectively represent its grassroots supporters, and understands both the rewards and what it takes to make change happen. As such he’s able to draw on a wide network of both national and internationally-based contacts. ► Harry: So, to jump straight into things: you, with your family, will be leaving the UK this year. Why do you want to leave, and is it definite that you’ll be leaving? ► Andreea: Yes, my family are leaving the UK this year. It’s not been an easy decision. I arrived in the UK in 1997 and my husband in 2002. Our daughter was born here in 2014. We did not doubt this was our forever home until the 2016 Brexit referendum. That particular moment crystallised for us concerns which had been bubbling under the surface for a few years, particularly around nativist trends in the UK and what we saw as a backlash against multiculturalism. For us, this struck at the heart of why we were here in the first place. We didn’t necessarily choose the UK for economic reasons, but for cultural ones. It was precisely the UK’s culture of openness and respect for differences that appealed to us. We loved the idea of growing roots and raising a family in a country where ethnicity, culture and identity were not barriers to belonging, where the rich tapestry of human differences was embraced and cherished. We are ourselves a multicultural family, with heritage in Portugal, Romania and France, and have always seen our journey in the UK as an illustration of the richness of our wonderful, interconnected world. It was and is heart-breaking to see these values rejected so vocally in public discourse. In 2016, we suddenly became EU migrants, a distinct category that 'othered' us. It marked a sharp change of tone and hardening of attitudes towards us as a group – something we had not really seen ourselves as until then. The very word 'migrant' was rarely present in public discourse 10 years ago. Nowadays it is a frequent feature, even replacing 'refugee', alarmingly. For me it has such negative connotations. We are not an invasion, nor an infection. We are friends, colleagues, family - and until the 12th of April, whatever the UK’s final trajectory, we are your equals as fellow EU citizens. You’ve been in the UK for several decades now and have held predominantly internationally-focused jobs. Why did you come to the UK in the first place, and were there any standout factors that made you want to stay? I came to the UK aged 16 with an Open Society Foundation scholarship which shaped who I am and defined my life journey. A few scholarships later, with financial and moral support from my family and dear friends, I obtained my first degree. I embarked on a career that for many years was driven mostly by a loose sense of wanting to do good in the world. This is how I ended up working on sustainability, international development, gender, agriculture and food security. My Brussels stint, about 10 years ago, was career-defining in that it taught me how to navigate politics and the decision-making environment and be effective. Idealism and good intentions are worth so much more if you also understand the real world. Interestingly, this is something that is stubbornly ignored by the non-profit sector in the UK, where we take too much comfort in surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals and work on the assumption that we will be heard purely because we mean well. As for the second part of your question, I touched on this a bit earlier. The UK always felt like home culturally, and for me that includes a working culture that is earnest and professional. The only aspects where I felt Europe compared favourably career-wise are work-life balance and the employer-employee dynamic, where in Europe we have a more equal, revolutionary tradition, whereas in the UK the relationship often feels more deferent and feudal. I hope for everyone’s sake that this dynamic will not be further affected by any loss of worker protections as a result of Brexit. Why did you choose to work in the charity sector, given your experience in the EU Parliament? It would have been very easy to walk straight into a well-remunerated corporate lobbying job after my stint in EU politics. That is a common-sense career path for many former political staffers and civil servants. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I always knew that for me it wouldn’t be enough. I grew up in a family where politics and the good society were talked about passionately around the dinner table. My parents dedicated their entire careers to public service. I worked in the non-profit sector both before and after Brussels for the simple reason that it felt like a place where doing right by people and planet was the top priority. So, after all that time, you’re now leaving the UK to pastures new. Given that you have decided to leave, rather than having it as just an option, would you say Brexit has, in an ironic way, given you the motivation and freedom to flexibly look for a new position, wherever you settle? To play devil’s advocate: has Brexit potentially been beneficial to you and your family? Well, there’s the famous adage that every cloud has a silver lining. I don’t really think that’s true. Some things are plain stupid, pointless and thoroughly negative. There’s no bright side to climate change, war or hunger, except for the truly cynical. All we can do is learn from every hurdle, hiccup or failure. For my family, the learning in Brexit is that we are free, that our sense of belonging doesn’t come from a place but from how we feel. That’s a phrase made for Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner right there, but it’s true. We feel like citizens of the world, which means we are at home everywhere, irrespectively of mean-spirited high-level statements to the contrary (ahem). We will always love Britain, and no one can legislate against that. Two questions in one: what advice would you give to EU nationals living in the UK who are facing similar problems to the ones you have faced; and what advice would you give to UK nationals to assure EU nationals that the UK is still OK to live and work in? (although I appreciate the irony of the latter point!) Well, I don’t have a piece of advice for all EU folk in the UK, we are all different and our own individual realities shape the decisions we make. For me, the idea of becoming a sort of 'tolerated', lesser citizen with permission rather than the right to live here was more than I could accept. I know so many others like me, who have built lives and careers in the UK and find the prospect of asking for permission to continue living here profoundly offensive. However, I also understand those friends who do not feel it fair to throw away the lives they have built for themselves. They have no choice but to jump through the hoops, albeit reluctantly. As for all of our UK friends, I am sure of one thing. Our friendship and love for each other will endure whatever history throws at us. British wisdom, decency and fairness will prevail and if they don’t, you will always be welcome in our homes on the old continent. Thanks for sharing yours with us. Finally, what’s next for you? I feel grateful that for us this otherwise strange time is the beginning of a new adventure, rather than just a painful rupture. We are relocating to Brussels, feeling more European than we have ever done, funnily enough. We’re clearly not immune from Brexit tribalism! Together with a brilliant friend and skilled political expert, I am setting up a new organisation to broker and catalyse powerful, impactful dialogue on the burning issues at the top of the global agenda: climate change, food system reform, protecting democracy and strengthening the rules-based international system, among others. With decades of experience at the highest levels of power and a lot of influential contacts, we are better placed than most to bring together those who can make change happen, from all sectors and walks of life. We will help key actors create solutions so that we can all enjoy the safe and sustainable future we want. The time has come for powerful action – and our new organisation will focus on doing just this. None of us can really afford to stand by and watch our existing systems fail when so many grave dangers threaten our world. We would very much like to be a voice and advocate for our UK friends in Europe and beyond, to ensure Brexit does not diminish your input when urgent global challenges require it most. Look out for Flare in the coming weeks and please reach out to us and remain connected to those who, like you, are fighting for a better world, on whichever side of the Channel we might find ourselves. Andreea Petre-Goncalves Connect with Andreea on LinkedIn We certainly will: our sincere thanks to Andreea for sharing her story with us, and we wish her the very best of luck! Look out for more insight and experience from our network in this field coming soon; meanwhile if you'd like to know more about our work and opportunities in political campaigning, advocacy, human rights and more, visit our Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns page or contact Harry Marven via email or on 020 7820 7324. More billboards from Led By Donkeys @ByDonkeys More from the Harris Hill blog text ► Don't go! 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