Renew's office is full of people from outside politics working hard to build up the party.
Renew draws upon the varied experience of its people to develop the party's national network of coordinators and candidates, produce web content and organise events.
Annabel co-founded Advance Together, a local political party which recently merged with Renew. She is a magistrate and is completing a PhD at University College London in criminology. Before this, Annabel worked in mental health in the NHS and worked as a police officer. She has also spent time working in financial services. Annabel has three small children and lives in South London with her husband James.
James is one of Renew’s founders and is an accountant with a London Business School MBA. He has worked in India, China and Northern Ireland and was a world champion in 2014 in competitive debating. James was the Kensington independent candidate in the last general election and lives in London.
Mark’s professional experience covers central and local government, and the private and third sectors. During Tony Blair’s administration, Mark served in the private office of the Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords and as Principal Private Secretary in the Cabinet Office. He spent many years as a Labour Party activist and lives near Peterborough with his wife and daughter.
Director of Operations
David has had a varied career in a number of different sectors, including the Metropolitan Police and the tech industry. David has also spent time living and working in France as a start-up consultant and Head of Operations at a petrochemical company. Having returned to the UK, David ran as Renew’s Battersea candidate. David has two children - both of whom are proud Renew supporters.
James Clarke is a start-up strategy consultant who has worked as an educator, journalist, event manager and insurance underwriter in Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, the US and London. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and stood as an independent candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark at the 2017 General Election.
Director of Digital
Zara manages everything digital here at Renew, from video content to website development. She graduated from Cardiff University earlier this year with first-class honours in Maths and Computing. She is also an avid boxer and won the British Universities Championships in 2018. She speaks at tech conferences and is planning a long holiday in Australia.
Emanuel is a website designer and Renew’s invaluable IT expert. Originally from Milan, Italy, Emanuel arrived in the UK in early 2018 and has been with Renew ever since. His surname means “little dragons” in Italian. A keen cook and traveller, Emanuel is passionate about helping Renew in its vision to reboot politics in the UK.
Jane Procter is an artist and former national newspaper and glossy magazine Editor. A veteran of the Advance Together campaign in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Jane oversees Renew’s creative direction. She lives in West London with her husband Tom Goldstaub.
James is Renew’s chief writer, producing news briefings, articles and press releases for the party. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in History and joined Renew after spending a gap year abroad in Spain. Originally from Essex, he now lives in London with his partner.
Gwen is a student who joined Renew as a researcher. She is responsible for policy research and statistics, compiling special reports for the leadership team. Gwen hopes to study Politics at university and is also budding actress, having been involved in a number of student films and theatre. She lives in London with her partner.
Candidates and Co-ordinators Manager
Tom helps to organise Renew’s candidates and regional coordinators across the country. He joined Renew after graduating with a Masters degree in International Relations from University of Portsmouth. Tom has worked as a barman and junior football coach at his old youth club. An avid Chelsea fan, Tom always attends weekend matches at Stamford Bridge.