Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2014
Friends Provident Foundation
George is a Senior Organiser with CitizensUK working to pioneer broad-based organising countrywide, bringing together schools and colleges, unions, faith communities, charities and housing associations to act on social justice issues.
Over the past 18 months he has developed the strongest alliance in the country outside London. With 37 grassroots organisations in Nottingham, he’s developed leaders and turning out thousands of people on issues ranging from the Living Wage to community safety. Nottingham Citizens' recent campaign during the Police Commissioner election saw turnout rise 10%.
After graduating from Oxford with 1st class honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics George spent a year in Venezuela studying social movements and working with the families of those extrajudicially killed by the security services. On returning to the UK he developed an irrepressible desire to see more people participate meaningfully in the public life of the nation and subsequently trained over 1,200 people in skills essential to effective democratic participation: negotiation, strategy and movement building, including working as Advisor to David Miliband's Movement for Change where he took teams into action from Glasgow to North London to Norwich.
Independent of his core organising George has led campaigns in the democratic reform sector, from co-founding TakeBackParliament which turned out thousands to pressure for a referendum in the coalition negotiations to the AV referendum itself. He also helped found MoveYourMoney, a campaign encouraging people to move to ethical banks, just before the breaking of the Libor scandal.
Current principal role: Senior Organiser
Current principal organisation: Citizens uk
Research: Addressing Globalisation: the Living Wage as an approach to global wage inequality and working poverty
Secondment host: World Bank