Martha Mackenzie

Executive Director

Martha has a background in organising, campaigning, fundraising and charity leadership. 

She was previously Head of Global Humanitarian Advocacy at UNICEF in New York, and has led teams and campaigns at Shelter and Save the Children in the UK. 

Martha has balanced progressive fundraising and advocacy with campaigns rooted in redistributing power. She has worked with renters to tackle revenge evictions, campaigned with parents on childcare costs, helped establish the youth activism charity Advocacy Academy and won multi-million dollar advocacy grants. 

She currently volunteers on the Programme Board of Oxfam UK.

Mohammed Afridi

Director of Organising

Mohammed was the former National Coordinator of Rize Up, a voter registration campaign aimed at marginalised and BME youth. 

He has also worked as a consultant for the UK Democracy Fund, Cook 19 and other third sector organisations and was the former head of operations at Momentum. 

Prior to joining the Civic Power Fund, Mohammed held several senior positions in private sector firms, including Bloomberg LP.

Eliza Baring

Project Support Officer

Eliza has a BA in Philosophy and is studying for a Masters in Public Administration at UCL. 

She works on research and strategy development for the Civic Power Fund, as well as managing the fund's network of stakeholders, donors and grantees. 

Eliza has also worked as a researcher and supported grantmaking and fundraising  for Arise Foundation, a modern slavery charity.

Matthew Howgate

Governance Hub Director

Matt leads the Governance Hub, providing advice and support on organising, campaigning and governance. He is a non-practising solicitor and organisational governance and compliance consultant.

Previously, he was Senior Legal Adviser at the Legal Services Commission and Legal Standards Principal at the Coop Legal Services. He cut his teeth as a litigator in high street practice.

Matt works with social justice, human rights and advice organisations. He is on the Board of the Community Justice Fund and Director of the LAPG Management & Leadership Programme, where he strengthens organisations through training.