It takes an incredible team to make it work

Our team

We have teams based from our Sheffield office and hybrid working in London and across the UK . Our Board of Trustees come from around the UK and meet regularly in Sheffield. We work with a wide range of partners to achieve our aims. Our full list of partners can be seen below.

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Meet our amazing team

Senior Leadership

Laura D'Henin
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Laura  is primarily responsible for setting the overall direction and vision of Hope for the Future, making key strategic decisions, and ensuring effective implementation against our strategy.

Adele Williams
Director of Delivery

Adele coordinates our Policy and Engagement team and has a wealth of experience in local Government, policy, campaigning, and engagement.

Anne Dargue
Director of Operations

Anne is responsible for Hope for the Future’s HR and administrative  functions and oversees our finance function, ensuring the smooth running of our operations.

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Director of Income Generation

We are currently seeking a talented and ambitious fundraiser to enable us to achieve bigger, more ambitious action for climate and nature in 2024 and beyond. Details on our Jobs page or contact us.

Delivery and Operations

Charlie Fox
Political Lead

Charlie provides research support to our team of Policy and Engagement Officers,and works with our partners and other climate and nature organisations to develop and implement grassroots advocacy strategies to influence political decision-makers on climate change policies.

Fergus Lamb
Policy & Engagement Officer

Fergus supports constituents to engage their political representatives to take action on climate change. Contact Fergus if you, your community group or organisation is looking for support engaging your MP, council or mayor.

Apaar Mangat
Policy & Engagement Officer

Apaar supports constituents in building a relationship with their political representatives and engaging them on climate change. Contact Apaar if you or your organisation is looking for support in contacting and working with your MP or council.

Joe Godbold
Policy & Engagement Officer

Joe supports constituents to lobby elected representatives for climate measures. He is particularly interested in climate justice and a just transition, bringing a decolonial perspective.

Alfie Prothero
Policy & Engagement Officer

Alfie supports constituents in building a relationship with their political representatives and engaging them on climate change. Contact Alfie if you or your organisation is looking for support in contacting and working with your MP or council.

Joe Gascoyne-Thompson
Policy & Engagement Support Officer

Joe provides administrative support to our Policy & Engagement team.  His background is in arts management and theatre administration.


Bashkim Muca
Finance Officer

Bash supports HFTF's financial activities, including budgeting, financial reporting, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.


Holly Langley
Communications Coordinator

Holly leads our communications.  Her background is in Museums and Heritage, Charity and local council.

Jamie Sims
Communications Officer

Jamie runs Hope for the Future’s social media, newsletter, and blog, as well as managing the website.


Jonny Exon

Jonny's background is in charity and higher education leadership. Currently CEO of the University of York's Graduate Student Association, Jonny has served as a trustee of six charities, most recently as the Vice Chair of St Nicks, an environmental charity in York.  Jonny's growing concern about political inaction on climate issues led him to Hope for the Future - drawn to the charity's positive, inclusive, and impactful approach to creating change.


We are seeking a new Treasurer with experience in oversight of all financial aspects of a small to medium sized charitable or non profit organisation.  You will advise non financial trustees and staff and ensure that HftF is on a firm financial footing now and into the future.

Jeremy Wight

Jeremy is a semi-retired public health doctor who now sees climate change as the biggest threat to the health and wellbeing of humanity. He is trying to use his skills and experience to do something about it.

Cristina Leston Bandeira

Cristina is a professor of politics at the University of Leeds and has worked on parliament and public engagement for 20 years. She is passionate about empowering people to enable change and she wanted to work with Hope for the Future to help achieve meaningful action on climate and the environment.

Uday Vartak

Uday has well-rounded experience of Investment Oversight, Risk Assurance, and Governance within the Financial Services industry. He believes that climate risk is investment risk and is passionate about transitioning away from the present scale of climate risk.

Rodolfo Barradas

Rodolfo’s background is in policy and communications with a career that spans central Government and the charity sector. He is Vice Chair of East Street Arts in Leeds and former Ambassador for Young Trustees Movement. Rodolfo joined HFTF to better support civil society and local communities to make their voice heard in how we address the climate emergency.

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Amisha Patel

Amisha has worked in the energy sector globally for over 15 years and is currently Mainstream Renewable Power’s Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy strategically guiding the companies positioning and leading engagement with government globally.

Jacob Ohvrik-Stott

Jacob is currently a researcher at a community-interest consultancy, where he is Co-Director of a research centre exploring future trends. He has a broad range of research, policy and public engagement experience across energy and technology areas, having previously worked for charities, a think tank, and a regulator.