5 speakers 15 minutes each
Deputy Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser for London Citizens, Matthew Bolton has built a nationwide alliance of thousands of community campaigners who together have driven forward two of the most effective, strategic and widest-reaching campaigns in the UK of the past two decades. He led the UK Living Wage campaign, which has now won over £200 million for 150,000 low-paid workers and has persuaded the Government to introduce the ‘national living wage’, benefitting millions more. The Refugee Welcome and Safe Passage campaign have secured entry for over 1,100 vulnerable Syrian children, including hundreds from the ‘jungle’ camps of Calais. Matthew coaches community organisers across the country, and is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and young son in South London.