Our Team

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Helen Butterworth, Project Manager

Helen Butterworth is an organiser, researcher and administrator with over a decade of experience in a wide variety of sectors. She brings experience from the cultural and creative industries, publishing, academia and the not for profit sector.

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Naureen Collings*, COO, More in Common (*on maternity leave)

Naureen began her career at Google in business development and strategic partnerships before joining the New Cities Foundation as its director of research. She has a unique mix of experience in big picture strategy and detailed implementation. At More in Common, Naureen oversees the organisation's global operations, including its finances, fundraising, and HR policies.

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François-Xavier Demoures, Strategy Director, More in Common France

François-Xavier contributes to More In Common France as Strategy Director. He was Head of Policy Studies at the French Socialist Party until September 2017, responsible for designing a new political narrative for the next left in France. Previously he served as a speechwriter and political advisor for the French Minister of Culture and the President of Ile-de-France (Paris) Region.

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Tim Dixon, Co-founder, More in Common

Tim Dixon is a social movement builder who was born in Australia, worked for several years in New York and is now based in London, where he co-founded Purpose Europe. He trained as an economist and tech sector lawyer, built a leading Australian educational publishing business that was bought by Pearson in 2004 and worked as chief speechwriter and economic adviser for two Prime Ministers. He has helped start and grow social movement organisations around the world to protect civilians in Syria, engage citizens in the peace process in Colombia, address modern day slavery, promote gun control in the US, reduce inequality, and engage faith communities in social justice. He is on the boards of the International Budget Partnership, the Jo Cox Foundation, Purpose Europe, the Syria Campaign, the Chifley Research Centre and faith-based justice organisation Sojourners.

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Matthew Doyle, Media Consultant, The Great Get Together

Matthew is a campaigns and communications consultant and a regular commentator on TV and radio. He has worked in government and media relations for over twenty years. Matthew worked for the Prime Minister as senior communications advisor. Previously Matthew was head of the Labour Party’s media communications team for the 2005 general election.

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Rosie Evans, Acting CFO & Director of Connection, More in Common

Rosie began her career at Bain & Company in company and market analysis to support strategic decision making and enable change within competitive environments. She then moved to The Challenge Network – a social enterprise connecting people across Britain to strengthen their communities. She brings expertise in connection and social contact theory as well as finance.

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Rebecca Fordham, Head of Partnerships, The Great Get Together

Rebecca is an accomplished media, campaigns and partnerships professional with senior international management experience. An award-winning journalist, Rebecca has worked at senior management level for two of the world's most famous global brands: UNICEF and the BBC. She is an entrepreneur and civic activist and has hands-on creative production skills.

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Rukmini Giridharadas, Senior Strategist, More in Common USA

Rukmini Giridharadas previously worked at Google, Change.org, and in US military intelligence studying how social media plays a role in war and conflict. She was educated at Brown University and Harvard Business School.

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Laurence Heijbroek, Research Intern, More in Common

Laurence joined More in Common after completing an MA in International Relations at the University of Durham and a BA in Architecture. Laurence lived in Hamburg for two years during the refugee crisis, which led him to pursue voluntary work translating for MoreThanShelters, a German social business designing innovative solutions for humanitarian relief in refugee camps.

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Miriam Juan-Torres González, Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator, More in Common

A multidisciplinary researcher, Míriam has conducted field studies in West Africa and worked for UNHCR in Ghana and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia. Míriam is also a qualified lawyer in Spain, where she worked in public law for the firm Baker & McKenzie and obtained a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University.

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Laura-Kristine Krause, Director, More in Common Germany

Laura was named one of the “40 under 40” of German society and science in 2017 and took part in the recent negotiations of the German coalition agreement.  She joins More in Common Germany from the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum where she headed the Future of Democracy program and worked on democratic innovations.

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Mathieu Lefèvre, CEO and Co-founder, More in Common

Mathieu is a co-founder and CEO of More in Common. Previously, he was a co-founder of Make.org, a European civic tech company and the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, a think tank on the future of cities. He served as a Political Officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping for five years, in Afghanistan, Lebanon and New York. Mathieu is a board member of Impulsion 75, a non-profit that helps school dropouts from the Paris banlieues, of Le Mouvement, (part of the Open Network) and of the Accélérateur de la Mobilisation. Mathieu is a dual US-French citizen and lives in Paris with his family.

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Binita Mehta-Parmar, Partnerships and Communications Officer, The Great Get Together

Binita is a communications, media and political consultant, working primarily on the More in Common Great Get Together Connections events. Outside of work, Binita is a Conservative party campaigner, political commentator and Director of Modern Britain, a think tank that aims to develop and promote ideas and policies that will improve the lives of Britain’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Binita holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick.

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Gemma Mortensen, Co-founder, More in Common

Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector. Most recently, she served as Change.org’s Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries and was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action during which time the organisation received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014. 

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Mohammed Naeem, Strategist, More in Common USA

Before joining More in Common, Mohammed was an organizer, having played a leadership role in several national mobilizations, including the March from Charlottesville to Washington DC and the Tax March. He sits on the Advisory Board for Mina’s List, is an Alumna of Stony Brook University, and lives in New York City.

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Anaïz Parfait, Director, More in Common France

Anaiz Parfait is a seasoned campaigner who has led large scale grassoots campaigns for Greenpeace, Here Now, Global Zero. She was until recently leading CrowdPac in France.

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Bella Peatfield, Partnerships and Campaigns Officer, The Great Get Together

Bella helps develop the supporter journey for the Great Get Together and delivers its digital communications plan. Bella spent the last 4 years working in international marketing teams for software companies, including Lexmark and Evaluate, helping them to establish integrated content and social media strategies and deliver multichannel campaigns.

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Lance Price, Communications Director, The Great Get Together

Lance Price is a former BBC Political Correspondent and Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Between 1998 and 2001 he was a special adviser at 10 Downing Street and Director of Communications for the Labour Party. He was the founder and Executive Director of the international LGBT rights charity, the Kaleidoscope Trust.

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Helen Standley, EA & Project Management

Helen comes to More in Common with over 15 years senior administrative, events and project management experience in the non-profit sector. She has provided executive support to Directors at Crisis Action, Save the Children UK and Cancer Research UK. Helen is an organizer and is passionate about good process that enables efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace.

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Heather Vernon, Director, The Great Get Together

Heather has extensive experience in campaigns, policy and research, covering issues from educational inequality to voter registration. She has previously worked in UK politics and for a number of charities. Heather has also lived and worked in France and Germany.

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Daniel Yudkin, Social Psychologist and Writer

Dr. Daniel Yudkin is a postdoctoral researcher in social decision-making at Yale University, investigating how transformative experiences change people's values and behaviours. He obtained his PhD from New York University was a Fellow at Harvard University. His research centres on how people assess and influence their surroundings, including how group membership influences moral judgement.


Featured Photo: by Craig Z. Rodarte.