Future Advocacy is a non partisan agency based in London and Brussels. We are proud to work for some fantastic clients seeking to make the world a better place. We work on a diverse range of issues from food and nutrition, health, climate, children’s rights, international development, democracy and governance, and artificial intelligence.
Research & Policy Development: We are skilled in a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and future-scanning techniques.
Communications: We plan how media can support the change you want and secure the coverage you need.
Advocacy: We amplify the advocacy impact of people who are making the world a better place.
Mobilisation & creative campaigning: We build movements around the causes you care about.
Training: We deliver training in all aspects of advocacy.
Future Advocacy Lab: We catalyse policy thinking and design advocacy strategies for new and underserved issues.
Our team has deep practical experience of how changes in government policy and business practice can be achieved by transforming the assets our clients have, into the power they need, to achieve the change they want to see in the world. We are based in London and Brussels.
Future Advocacy was founded by Olly Buston who was a key architect of the Make Poverty History Campaign. Olly was Europe Director of Bono and Bob Geldof’s ‘ONE’ advocacy and campaign group for 7 years and has also worked as Director of the Walk Free anti-slavery movement. Olly was recently named as a top UK AI Influencer. Olly received a distinction for his Master’s in Development Studies from the LSE and a First Class in Social & Political Sciences from Cambridge University. Olly loves writing. He has drafted numerous policy reports; a tweet for the Pope; and the script for a campaign film featuring a host of Hollywood stars. He is currently (very slowly) writing a screenplay. Olly is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and sits on the Data Ethics Advisory Board of Profusion.
Claire joined Future Advocacy as Head of EU office. With more than 15 years of experience, Claire is a seasoned advocate and a strong strategic thinker. Claire was Policy and Campaigns Director at the European Women’s Lobby, leading change on women’s rights in the EU; and Senior Campaigns Manager for The ONE Campaign, gaining a reputation as one of the leading campaigners on international development policies and aid in Brussels. She has a PhD in International Law and worked for the International Criminal Court where she developed expertise in international legal proceedings and survivors’ participation. Claire has helped bring change at the EU level by campaigning on the EU budget, locking in increases in the development aid budget and funding for women’s rights in the EU. She has also been instrumental in shaping EU strategies and legislations to fight violence against women and girls, including in the digital sphere, and in bringing a women’s rights perspective to Covid responses. She is an all-rounder policy, advocacy and campaigning expert and an EU-geek. She is fluent in “EU bubble” English, a French native-speaker and an active listener in Dutch and German.
With ten years experience in campaigns and communication roles across the health sector, our Head of Advocacy and Communications, Victoria Gilbert, is well versed in campaigning at a national and international level. Her experience ranges from designing and delivering high impact creative campaigns with health organisations around the world, through to collaborating with patient rights campaigners across sub-Saharan Africa on cross-disease advocacy initiatives. Victoria has also worked in Press Office at the UK Department of Health. She has a Masters from the London School of Economics in Social Policy, where she researched European and Comparative approaches to health policies, particularly in relation to minority groups. In her spare time, Victoria volunteers for a refugee mental health charity and is studying for a diploma in horticulture.
For the past seven years, our Senior Advocacy and Campaigns Consultant, Tess Barkhan has been at the forefront of the Grenfell campaign; one of the largest, most prominent lived experience led campaigns in the UK. Tess has worked alongside the bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, supporting the group with their campaign for truth, justice and change. Tess is skilled in achieving legislative reform at governmental level, including securing an amendment which saw the biggest reform to social housing in the sector’s history. Tess has a wealth of experience with the media and press, bringing a critical understanding of how to harness communications within campaigns to make a positive impact and ensure meaningful change. In her spare time, Tess loves to write and is currently studying an introductory course into Broadcast Journalism at City University.
Iona is a Research, Advocacy and Communications Consultant at Future Advocacy. She joined following a year working for Debate Mate, a charity dedicated to improving social mobility by equipping young people with skills in communication and critical thinking. She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, where her research focused on post-colonialism and citizenship law, and a First Class degree in International Relations from King’s College London.
Florencia is our Research, Advocacy and Communications Consultant. She joined Future Advocacy after finishing her Master’s in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics, focusing on research in post-conflict reconstructions, international development, and reconciliation for victims of violence. She has previously worked to empower women leaders on the global stage with the Women Political Leaders NGO in Brussels, organised the Reykjavik Women’s Leaders Global Forum, and held other positions in journalism and communications.
Laura joined Future Advocacy's EU office in September 2023 as a Research, Advocacy and Communications Assistant. She graduated with an MSc in Human Rights and Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020. Previous to that, she studied Psychology and International Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research focused on gendered post-conflict reconciliation and peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Her professional experience include a traineeship at the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, her work as a Policy and Projects Assistant at Victim Support Europe, and her position as a Researcher and Project Coordinator for the Performing Violence Engendering Change Cluster.
Suzanne joined Future Advocacy as our Finance, HR and Office Manager, and is strongly committed to driving the best employee experience and most engaging workplace culture, whilst also streamlining and managing our financial processes. Previously, she spent 8 years training employees on Department for Education safeguarding children statutory guidance whilst at Hays Education, followed by 10 years of helping organisations enable their employees to reach their full potential at Mind Tools, where she achieved her CIPD level 5 Diploma in L&D Management She is a certified Insights Discovery Client Practitioner, and has a passion for coaching others on the art of building meaningful connections. She is a massive champion for working parents and the role they play in the workplace.
Our Affiliate Consultant and Senior Campaigning Expert Katherine has been at the forefront of some of the biggest most high profile people powered campaigns in the UK and regularly called on to advise global activists building powerful movements for change. As founding Campaigns Director at Change.org UK Katherine advised 100s of winning campaigns from putting a woman on a banknote, No More Page 3, to changing the law for 16 year olds in police custody. The platform grew from 1M to 12M users during this period and was at the centre of putting the tools of activism into the hands of ordinary people. Katherine started her career campaigning around infectious diseases including for the National AIDS Trust. She has now gone on to advise leading international organisations and global activists alike, including Malala, the ONE Campaign, Virgin Unite, survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire and Nobel prize nominee Jaha Dukureh. For the last four years Katherine has worked with Grenfell United, leading their communications and providing strategic campaigns advice to ensure that the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire achieve real and systemic change to social housing so that a disaster like Grenfell never happens again. Alongside consulting, Katherine is setting up Breakthrough, a pioneering social impact accelerator powering grassroots groups and community leaders to drive transformational change.
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