Biography and Experience
I have a strong track record of standing up for trade union members as Vice-Chair of my trade union branch (UCU) and for local people. I like listening to others’ views and concerns and helping them to find solutions as a Councillor needs to do. These, as well as campaigning skills, building relationships with, identifying and lobbying key decision makers are attributes that I have honed as a trade unionist representing my members and also through a large number of campaigns I have been involved with as an activist over the years.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Business School at Middlesex University, London. I also have a PhD, two Masters degrees, a bachelors degree from UCL and a PG Certificate of Higher Education.
My research focuses on how professionals and middle-class people responded to unemployment and impoverishment during economic crises and comparative citizen responses to financial crises in Europe and Latin America. I examine workers' self-management, cooperatives, alternative post-crisis production models, transnational labour movements and how both personal and national debt is resisted.
I previously worked for many years in the charity sector before running my own consultancy on a self-employed basis.
Media and Publishing
I have published three books as well as several academic journal publications. I regularly feature as a political commentator on British and Latin American affairs and have appeared on television, radio and newspapers including Open Democracy, Labour Briefing, Telesur, Al Jazeera, and The Conversation.
Campaigning and Charity work
I possess two decades of experience campaigning on a wide range of issues, from anti-war campaigns to promoting worker rights, preventing the proliferation of arms, stopping fascism, protests against tuition fees, for the NHS and against both household and national debt. I currently help advise the British NGO, Jubilee Debt Campaign and am a Trustee of the Jewish international development charity, DEVRA. I have also been an overseas volunteer in Latin America with World Jewish Relief.