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The charity’s guide to party conference

by admin on September 24, 2013

In Parliament, September’s back-to-school feeling is punctuated by the busy conference season. Parliamentarians and their staff meet with policy experts, party faithful, first-time voters and the media to present their big ideas for the year – or to fire-fight following the latest scandal or polling slump. Beyond the headline speeches, much of the real business [...]

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Lobbying Transparency Bill

by admin on August 25, 2013

When asked what I do for a living I often hesitate to say “I’m a lobbyist” Like bankers (during 2008), tabloid journalists (during the phone hacking scandal), and estate agents (most of the time) being a lobbyist is now more than a job title; it’s a pejorative term. I have to confess that I often [...]

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Since I joined Principle Consulting, most of my days have been spent working on an upcoming Hepatitis C Trust report for World Hepatitis Day (28th July 2013). One day was different, though: I escaped statistics and acronyms, I was out of the office, searching for the car park of a drug services centre in Croydon. [...]

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Maximising local impact – be useful!

by admin on July 2, 2013

Stretched resources and increased localism can be a big headache for smaller national charities. The Hepatitis C Trust is the only national charity representing hepatitis C patients but does not have the resources to work at local level throughout the country. In the face of wholesale changes to the NHS commissioning landscape both locally and [...]

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Restorative justice in the news again

by admin on October 8, 2012

This week I listened to a radio programme where the parents of a murdered teenager were talking about restorative justice and what an overwhelmingly positive experience it had been for them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term it can best be summed up as an approach where the offender is encouraged [...]

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Lately there has been some interesting debate about charities recruiting celebrities to support their issues and how much it genuinely benefits campaigns. Marina Hyde in the Guardian wrote this great piece that highlights the downside of chasing the celebrity supporter, and there is very little here I disagree with, but as Marina points out celebrities [...]

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Policy/Public Affairs – How it should be!

June 9, 2011

During the course of our work I regularly come into contact with other consultancies who claim to offer similar services to us, but I am constantly surprised at the different approaches that they offer. Some, I can genuinely say, are excellent and committed professionals (just like Principle!) who have a real grasp of their client’s [...]

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Drama vs documentary

October 19, 2010

For the last couple of weeks I have been working with some film-makers to design a campaign to accompany a feature film (drama, not documentary). The idea being that when the film gets a cinematic release next year, the campaign will be launched alongside it and cinema audiences will be motivated to add their support. [...]

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Grass roots feminist campaigning with UK Feminista

August 10, 2010

I recently spoke at the first ever UK Feminista Summer School in London. UK Feminista is a feminist campaigning organisation which aims to act as a link between ordinary women who are interested in feminist campaigning and the many different excellent campaigns and organisations already out there.   I was asked to give a presentation [...]

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Principle and The Hepatitis C Trust – an award winning team!

August 7, 2010

Last month we were thrilled to win the prestigious Communiqué ‘Best Health Policy Campaign’ award for the work we do with the brilliant patient group, The Hepatitis C Trust.   The Hepatitis C Trust is an inspirational organisation that puts patients at the heart of everything they do (it is led and almost entirely staffed [...]

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