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Natalie Ashworth
Campaign Director , International nonprofit
London, United Kingdom
A Campaign Director with 17 years managerial and campaigning experience looking for consulting opportunities. I have extensive experience leading campaigns intersecting the environment and human rights. I am a campaigner, investigator and advocate who has carried out investigations in high- risk environments, devised campaign strategies, produced numerous publications and supported local egos.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
As a Director at Global Witness (GW) I sat on the senior management team and was responsible for day to day management of GW, contributing to redesigning the new strategic campaign plan and budget. I sat on the COVID crisis management response team, and security team overseeing implementation and development of security protocols and policies.

I provided strategic leadership to, approved published materials for, set the strategic direction of, and managed teams focusing on Environmental Defenders, DRC, Peru, Liberia, Land rights, Climate and Forest Asia while Director and Deputy Director. I oversaw a department of 22 in 7 teams conducting campaigns across 10 countries with a budget of £2 million with limited support following departure of the Campaign Director for 8 months.
• Signed off high risk investigations, identified/addressed security risks, ensured campaign plans/budgets were strategic & in line with GW’s vision.
• Led restructure of Liberia and the Environmental Defenders teams and Forest Campaigns strategic rethink for the first year. Developed new strategy & structure for the Defenders team.
• Managed portfolio of over 20 donors for department, including a £1.56 million grant from DFID, ensured campaigns fulfilled donor commitments/budgets.
• Strategic oversight/guidance for teams to develop investigations, reports and advocacy. Ensured investigations were well planned and implemented, created the desired campaign change, were in line with local law & protected local partners.
• Signed off and oversaw reports, films, and other social media pieces to ensure that they did not create legal risk or risk for defenders & partners and were crafted to target appropriate audiences.
• Shifted team’s relationships with local civil society so that adequate digital security measures were in place across our Congo campaigns and the formal relationships were less extractive within our Defenders campaign.

Prior to becoming a senior manager, I was a campaigner focusing on West Africa. I provided intellectual leadership/direction for GW work on Liberia including support & policy advice for other teams.
• Led and supported development and management of the campaign strategy, budget, reports and applications to funders.
• Successfully lobbied the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to maintain timber sanctions, for renegotiation of a US$900 million iron ore contract, with the Liberian and Norwegian governments leading to an US$150 million dollar agreement between them to protect Liberia’s forests.
• Collected evidence for/supported the prosecution of a head of state, a Dutch national for war crimes, the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a British national for corruption.
• Developed strong working relationships with civil society, relevant government officials, diplomats, UN officials and funders. Held a meeting with the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
• Profiled GW’s work with the media - live and pre-recorded radio interviews, live television and print journalists.
• Led, participated in, high & low risk investigations in West Africa, ensured sources were protected following death threats, conducted sensitive interviews with human rights abuse victims.
• Published communications materials for diverse audiences. Oversaw all stages of publication including fact checking, the libel process and design.
• Managed partnerships with local civil society including responsibility for budgets and contracts.
School of Oriental and African studies, Master of Arts Degree - Violence Conflict and Development, High Pass (64%) Thesis: The role of diamonds and the diamond industry in Sierra Leone 66%, Extended Research: Justice in Cambodia
Nottingham University, Bachelor of Arts Degree - Law and Politics , Thesis: Race and the Death Penalty in the USA 67%
Editorial Committee of the Human Rights Law Journal
Nottingham University Human Rights Law Centre- Researching police reform and human rights abuses by the security sector in the Ukraine and Russia
Loreto 6th Form College, Manchester, A Levels (AAB)

Affiliations and Achievements:
Bellingcat Online Investigation Training
Management training/ Agile project management training
Diversity training/Managing resilience training/Crisis management simulation
Hostile environmental training
Legal training including defamation, undercover work, data protection

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United Kingdom
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