Make Votes Matter is made up of hundreds of thousands of supporters of electoral reform. The work of the movement is driven by volunteer activists, including a core organising team of about 30 people. A few of us are below. You can find us all in our Facebook group.
Owen Winter, Spokesperson
Owen was elected as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Cornwall in February 2015. He became involved with the electoral reform movement when he started a petition for a fairer voting system around the time of the 2015 general election. This petition has received almost 300,000 signatures and was handed to David Cameron as part of the half-million strong collection of signatures after the election.
Owen co-founded Make Votes Matter and is the group's official spokesperson. When he's not 'Making Votes Matter', Owen is usually revising for exams. Since starting his petition, Owen has sat GCSEs, AS Levels and A-levels. He now studies History and Politics at Jesus College, Oxford.
Klina co-founded and facilitates Make Votes Matter. As a lifelong activist, Klina's focus is always on meliorism. She has diverse expertise from a 20 year career including events, marketing, business development, management and sustainable enterprise. Klina leads on building the Alliance, which includes 5 parliamentary parties, the Shadow Chancellor and many Labour MPs, organisations and celebrities. She is also responsible for events, press, general management and quality control.
Klina focuses on electoral reform because she believes that without PR we won't be able to take the environmental and social action that is so necessary. She believes that we need real democracy, and to get it we need to work together. She has also started a Global Alliance for Real Democracy, uniting national movements for PR and better democracy.
Joe is a facilitator for Make Votes Matter and leads on the development of local groups across the country, online communications, aspects of social media and specific campaign initiatives. He is also on the executive of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
Joe worked as a civil servant for seven years, mostly in Whitehall, before leaving government to campaign for real democracy.
Tim joined the Make Votes Matter Core to research voting systems. He also helps with other research, proof-reading, number crunching, emailing and some graphic design.
Tim has worked in the technology industry for a decade, including eight years in scientific instrument manufacturing. In industry, he has assembled, repaired and tested products, programmed computers, maintained technical documentation and trained scientists in the use of vacuum technology. He was once responsible for sweeping up gold dust.
Tim has been campaigning for democracy since the 2010 general election. He has served on the committees of Make Votes Count In West Sussex and East Grinstead and District Athletic Club. He is planning an autonomous local Make Votes Matter group somewhere between London and the South Coast.
Keen to help get Proportional Representation introduced to the Commons, Sarah joined Make Votes Matter as Engagement Leader just a few days before the Demand Democracy Day national day of action in June 2018.
Having studied politics and history from school right through to university, Sarah is also a trained journalist and public relations professional. She worked in local government for a number of years where she managed a media relations team and has also gained a wealth of experience working at elections and with politicians from different political parties.
Sarah now uses her skills and experience to improve Make Votes Matter’s media presence, to lead and increase engagement with local groups and activists, to reach out to new demographics and organisations, ensure ongoing donor engagement and generally help grow the movement.
Patrick started on this path by joining the Yes2AV campaign a few months before the referendum, suddenly feeling it was important and that he could hand out leaflets on a street corner as much as anyone else. That was his first experience of the inner workings of political campaigns. Suffice it to say a great deal was seen and learnt, not least from the behaviour of No2AV. After that he set up a Facebook page (Not In Our Name UK) to make a national petition, but learnt even more about what political success needs. Being active on various online forums led to him becoming involved in Make Votes Matter, which he feels is much more like it! He contents himself with a mostly geeky contribution so far. His general motivation is a conviction that truthfulness and clarity will change the world for the better, most effectively in the electoral system.
Aaron is the Alliance Executive at Make Votes Matter. Working with the co-facilitators he brings together grassroots and national organisations, political parties, politicians and public figures to win PR.
Aaron has been involved in politics for five years, including working for an MP. During this time Aaron has assisted in organising events on everything from Brexit to sexual health, and has built relationships with decision makers and community groups. Aaron studied English at the University of East Anglia, where he was active in campus and local politics. He believes that having a fairer voting system would take the dysfunction out of our politics and help us move towards real democracy.
Surrinder is a qualified therapist working in public health services for over 25 years. He has a speciality in community development to help diverse communities engage with services. He has worked as a supervisor and team manager, learning much about organisations, team building and effective partnerships.
Surrinder was a founder member North London Make Votes Matter, chairing the group through its formative year. He joined the MVM team in August 2018, and brings a wide range of skills to support the network of local groups, action hubs and volunteers. He also use his skills in community engagement to build alliances vital to gaining Proportional Representation.
Last but definitely not least, Surrinder uses his therapeutic skills to support the MVM team to work together harmoniously and effectively.
Matt is a free-market liberal writer and activist, who has previously worked for the Taxpayers Alliance and a number of political strategy firms. Matt has a lot of experience working in democratic engagement initiatives - he founded the grassroots pressure group TalkPolitics, and co-founded neoliberal opinion website 1828. Currently, Matt is a Research Fellow for the Consumer Choice Center and a student at Leeds University.
Matt believes in improving democracy to break down monopolies, improve competition between policymakers, and make individual votes matter.
Caroline has a varied career background from working in education to bookkeeping and payroll. Caroline is a keen political activist and has held the roles of Equalities Officer and Campaign Coordinator in her CLP, where she has been involved in grassroots campaigns such as “Save our Children’s centres” and “Changing places”
Caroline joined Make Votes Matter in May 2019 in the capacity of Labour Mobiliser. Caroline believes passionately that politics needs to be accessible for all and that Proportional Representation is an imperative requirement to make this happen.
Emma joined Make Votes Matter as Grassroots Leader in June 2019. She was educated in Belgium and has a degree in International Management and French from the University of Bath. Having spent most of her career in the private sector, she took a sabbatical at the end of 2017 and started volunteering for another cross-party political campaign in early 2018. She was soon Chair of the Events committee, organising major speaking events and action days, and in early 2019 she was elected Chair of the local group in Bath.
As part of the Make Votes Matter team, Emma is responsible for growing and mobilising the supporter base, supporting local groups and activists as well as organising the regular action days.
Daniel volunteers at the Make Votes Matter HQ gaining a better understanding of the campaign for a better democracy. His work supports the coordination of the grassroots network and helping manage social media, as well as supporting all parts of the campaign.
Daniel is an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, reading History. Daniel is passionate about creating a healthier democracy through Proportional Representation. His journey to PR started in the 2017 General Election, when the unequal power of his vote compared to others was drawn into sharp relief. He believes that PR is not only essential to a good democracy but a way of tackling much of the adversarial nature of politics in the UK. He is keen to do his part to further the campaign at Make Votes Matter!
Barthélemy volunteers at Make Votes Matter HQ with social media and administrative tasks as well as giving overall support to the campaign.
He is an undergraduate student at the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg. He previously took part in a simulation of the European Parliament and in several simulations of the French National Assembly. That was the stimulus to his commitment for a better democracy, of which he believes PR is an important part. He joined the campaign as a part of his year abroad because he is convinced that a fairer and more representative electoral system is needed to have a well-functioning democracy.
And many more...
Our core organising team is made up of about thirty volunteer activists, doing everything from event planning, to admin, to video production. Get in touch letting us know what you have to offer if you would like to be involved.