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We are people; individuals and collectives. We are young, we are old. We come from all over, we look like everyone you know and represent every walk of life. Despite our differences, we are united by our commitment to use what we have to empower those who do not yet know freedom. That's what makes us People. 


How we work

We believe that the best way to work is collectively.

We have no full-time members of staff in the UK. Instead we create partnerships with other organisation and individuals. The partnerships are formed to respond to programme briefs and work in sprints. We seek out the best people for particular jobs. So, if we need teacher trainers, we find the best. If we need architects or dieticians, that’s who we bring in.


We do it together

People people

Dan Chalke - Founder

Dan started People believing that together we have what it takes to help entire communities combat poverty. What task is so hard or obstacle so great that together we cannot overcome it? When we consider the potential that together we share, we should be excited.

Dan lives in London with his wife, Ruth, and two sons, Reuben and Ari.

Timothy Woodall - Chair

Tim lived in Kenya for three years and during his time there worked with our partner Uzimatele to establish a children’s home. Years later it was Tim who suggested Dan and Ruth Chalke visited Gituamba.

Tim works in the technology industry. He lives in London with his wife, Jenn.

Joanne Greening - Board member

Along with Timothy and Dan, Joanne was instrumental in setting up people and establishing the first programmes. Joanne works for the Labour Party and advises on international affairs. She has previously worked as a top policy advisor for Save the Children and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Rebecca Claydon - Board member

Rebecca works as a consultant offering operations, governance and compliance support to the social sector. She has a lot of experience working in and alongside charities and brings invaluable guidance.

Dave Parr - board member

Dave is the CEO of The Oasis Charitable Trust. His works takes him around the UK building communities and joined-up services. His experience and foresight make us stronger as we seek to do similar work around the world.

Matt Gibbs - Board member

Matt is an actor and writer, fundraiser, researcher and consultant. He consults with the United Nations, working in a number of countries in the Pacific Islands and Africa. He works as a consultant with DevSmart on fundraising and contribution management.