Kirsty McNeill is the former Campaigns Director at the charity Save the Children who took over as Director of Policy and Advocacy in succession to Brendan Cox in September 2015. She leads teams to galvanise the public and influence policymakers on humanitarian action, global development and help for children in the UK.
Previously, she founded ThembahHQ and advised the senior leadership of some of the world's leading charities. Clients included ActionAid, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, IPPF, ONE, Oxfam, Stonewall, Teach First and Unicef. Before that she spent three years as a senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leading Number 10's work on stakeholder management, equalities, faith, non-traditional communications and political speechwriting.
She came to Downing Street having led the policy and influencing work of DATA, Bono and Bob Geldof’s advocacy organisation, in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the EU institutions. Before joining DATA she was on the board of Make Poverty History and managed the Stop AIDS Campaign, successfully negotiating a commitment to universal access to AIDS treatment from the 2005 G8.
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