Maddie is a Project Officer at Involve, joining the team in October 2019 as part of the Charityworks graduate scheme. After completing the Charityworks graduate scheme in October 2020, Maddie is continuing her role as a Project Officer and works across several of Involve’s projects.

The Charityworks graduate scheme is a 12-month placement that combines working for a UK-based charity with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) endorsed Charityworks Leadership Programme. The programme is designed to develop future leaders in the non-profit sector. As part of the graduate scheme Maddie conducted a piece of independent research exploring inclusivity at Involve’s citizens’ assemblies. This work has informed the development of Maddie’s role to include a focus on promoting inclusive practice in Involve’s work.

Maddie holds a BA in History from Durham University and in 2019 completed her masters degree from LSE in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. Maddie has always believed in the ability of people-led democracy to promote progressive, inclusive and meaningful social change, and completed her MSc dissertation on La Via Campesina. This transnational peasants’ movement champions a re-centring of deliberative democratic participation within local and transnational communities to shape agricultural policy that is informed by and relevant to people’s lived experiences.

Maddie has previously worked as a Project Officer for Watford Borough Council where she independently conducted research into a local grade II* listed building. The work involved producing a webpage and museum exhibition to share the history and significance of the building with the local community. As part of her MSc Maddie worked as a consultant for International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). She conducted primary research into best practices for better supporting LGBTIQ+ individuals and communities in humanitarian disaster response across Asia and the Pacific.