Meet the team
A small team of volunteers and one member of staff deliver the work of Tidal. Our Coordinator and office volunteers look after our day-to-day activities, while the Directors on our Board meet around 8 times per year to oversee our strategy and make sure we’re operating effectively and within the law. Scroll down to meet the team and drop us a line.
Maia Kelly | Tidal Coordinator & Leeds for Change Outreach Worker
Maia’s background is in campaigning on economic and social injustice. She spent two years heavily involved in campaigns against international trade deals (TTIP and CETA), and a year working for The Young Foundation to build a movement against inequality in Leeds. As an activist she has been involved in campaigns and projects alongside Global Justice Now, Platform London, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, The Real Junk Food Project, Leeds against TTIP, Students against TTIP UK and Radical Routes. Maia is interested in further exploring how creativity and activism intersect, and how co-operative models can offer platforms for low carbon, equitable futures. She also went to the World Social Forum in 2016, to learn and strategize with activists from around the world. While studying she specialised her research on agrarian social movements and Food Sovereignty. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a degree in International Development and East Asian Studies.
Contact her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Lee | Governance, Membership and Technical Support Officer
Chris has been the Governance, Membership and Technical Support Officer for Leeds for Change since April 2016, a broad role that basically involves getting people signed up for the site, and helping them to get the most from their experience. Outside Leeds for Change he is a keen guitarist and touring cyclist, with experience organising fundraising bike rides for charity groups.
Contact him by emailing Chris@leedsforchange.org.uk
Gemma Gates | Communications and Outreach Volunteer
Gemma is currently studying Human Geography at the University of Leeds and specialises in social and cultural geography studies. She has previously been involved with groups such as Students for a Free Tibet and campaigns such as the Leeds Rally Against Homophobia in Chechnya.
Interested in campaigning for human rights from a young age, she was part of theteam who set up the first Students for a Free Tibet society run in a High School in the UK. Alongside her studies she now volunteers with Leeds for Change as their Communications and Outreach Volunteer.
Contact her by emailing Gemma@leedsforchange.org.uk
Pablo Routledge | Chair
Pablo has been a scholar activist for the past 35 years. He has been active in a range of struggles and initiatives including the anti- intervention and pro-choice movements (U.S.); the anti-nuclear movement; the anti-roads movement; Reclaim the Streets; the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army; Camcorder Guerrillas; and So We Stand in the U.K.. Internationally he was involved for many years with People’s Global Action (the direct action wing of the alter-globalisation mobilisations); and has conducted solidarity work in situ with anti-dam struggles in India; land occupation struggles in Bangladesh; and the Thai Labour Campaign. He is a Professor of Contentious Politics and Social Change at the University of Leeds and has just finished Space Invaders: radical geographies of protest to be published by Pluto in 2017.
Lydia Groenewald | Treasurer
Lydia is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and Debt Advisor (IMA). As a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers she specialised in auditing charities, and now supports a number of local, national and international charities as their Treasurer. She is also a vicar’s wife and is very involved in their church, All Hallows in Leeds, which is passionate about bringing about justice – by supporting refugees; providing an inclusive welcome environment; and running a community cafe using food intercepted from landfill, offered on a Pay As You Feel basis so as to value skills and time as well as money. She blogs (when she finds time) at LowCostHighPrice.org – thoughts and ideas about how to be a “conscious consumer”.
Lizzie has been involved in various environmental campaigns and projects in Leeds since moving here as a student, and in 2008/9, Lizzie worked part-time for Stop Climate Chaos Leeds before it merged with Leeds Tidal. Over the last few years, Lizzie has been particularly interested in food and climate change, and has been working within the local food movement. She worked part-time for 2 years as a Food Co-ops Advisor for Sustain and part-time as the Coordinator of the Bardon Grange Project, a student and community food growing project. In 2013, Lizzie spent several months in The Gambia with various community food growing and sustainability projects, exploring how and what we produce and eat can contribute to a more sustainable and just world.
Currently she is working at Leeds Bread Co-op, an artisan bakery and co-operative that is owned and run by it’s workers. Lizzie is an active member of Leeds Permaculture Network, Leeds Urban Harvest and is helping set up a local community woodland co-op. She can often be found cycling the streets of Leeds with bread in her bag!
David was born and grew up in Australia, and has lived in China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, before coming to Leeds in 2000. His involvement with Tidal began in the run-up to the Make Poverty History rally in 2005, where he helped organise groups cycling up to Edinburgh, before cycling there and back himself. Since then he has supported Tidal campaigns relating to issues such as climate change, trade justice, debt in the global south and fuel poverty. He is also interested in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, co-housing and generally finding ways to flourish without destroying the planet or other people.
During the day David is a lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Leeds, with primary interests in social networks and letter-writing in pre-modern China. Though he doesn’t keep bees himself, he has also written a short study of bee-keeping in pre-modern China, the only such study in English. He has an allotment on which the odd spud or onion can be found amongst the bindweed. He is not related to RPatz, nor to the Australian fast bowler James.
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Matt is a local teacher and writer, the co-author with Alastair McIntosh of Spiritual Activism published by Green Books. Born in Tanzania, he became passionately aware of global justice issues from an early age, and recognised the intrinsic link between environmental and economic injustices.
Matt has served as Tidal chair, and been active in Tidal since 2006. His parents Robin and Debbie have been long term supporters of Tidal since its inception, and he lives in Meanwood with his young family. He blogs at ecohustler.co.uk
Kay studied Sociology at Portsmouth University. She moved to Leeds in 2003 where she did an assortment of jobs including working for Pointed Arrow Theatre Company and Network:Leeds. Kay also volunteered with LASSN (Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network) short stop programme and Joanna (a project working with women working in the sex trade).
Kay currently works at Leeds University Union with Faith & Culture and Political & Campaigning societies. She is currently learning sign language and enjoys cooking and knitting.
Nicola Hambridge has been involved in global justice campaigning since she was a student in Leeds in the 1990s, campaigning in locations as far afield as Genoa, Prague and Edinburgh. She was a founding supporter of the Leeds Jubilee 2000 coalition, which evolved into TIDAL. She’s heavily involved in the Greenbelt Arts festival and in running live music gigs in Leeds. In between all this she works as a GP in West Leeds and teaches undergraduate medical students at Leeds University.