National Campaigner Committee

The NCC is a group of elected Fairtrade campaigners who represent the views of campaigners from their region. 

About the National Campaigner Committee 

  • The National Campaigner Committee (NCC) helps to mould the direction of the Fairtrade Foundation, represents campaigners at a governance level and also feeds into the development of Fairtrade campaigns and resources.
  • It is a member organisation of the Fairtrade Foundation, with the same voting rights and responsibilities as existing member organisations.
  • The NCC meets regularly and summaries of each meeting are available at the bottom of this page.
  • Read the terms of reference for the NCC.
  • Before the NCC was established an unelected body of campaigners, the Campaign Advisory Group (CAG), helped feed into the work of the Foundation.

How do I participate?

Regional meetings are held at least every other year, which you can attend and feed into. Your region's representative will also be in contact with updates and communications about Fairtrade campaigns. Any members of Fairtrade campaign groups (Towns, Schools, Universities, Colleges and Faith communities) registered with the Fairtrade Foundation are eligible to stand for election to the NCC.


Elections are held at the regional supporter conferencesIf you're interested in standing please contact us on

Meetings in 2016

  • Thursday 28 January - see summary below
  • Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May - see summary below
  • Wednesday 21 September

Who is my representative?

Elections are currently held every three years. Click on your rep's name to contact them by email.

 Name  Group  Region representing


 East England

Patrick Reyburn

 Fairtrade Islington & Fairtrade London


Liz Cotton

Paisley Fairtrade Town, Bridge of Weir and Houston Fairtrade villages


Yvonne Ewington

 Sunderland Fairtrade City

 North England

Sue Tuckwell

 Pill, Easton-in-Gordano and Ham Green Fairtrade Group

 South West

Nicola Bunting

 Thanet Fairtrade Initiative

 South East

Matthew Lee

 Melbourne Methodist Church

 East Midlands

Bernard Emblem

 Bury Fairtrade 

 North West




Karen Palframan

 Ilkley Fairtrade Town & Bradford Fairtrade Zone




 Northern Ireland

 Barbara Gwinnett

 Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership

 West Midlands

Further Information

The NCC is responsible for:

  • Ensuring Fairtrade supporters can better feed into the work of the Fairtrade Foundation and hold it to account.
  • Advising on the development and implementation of projects and activities directly involving grassroots supporters.
  • Recommending improvements to existing support for campaigners in addition to new materials, resources and training opportunities.
  • Advising on developments to existing Fairtrade schemes including renewal processes, goals and communications.
  • Advising on new campaign areas and activities.
  • Offering experience and advice around Fairtrade campaigns and campaigners to other teams within the Fairtrade Foundation
  • The NCC helps to mould the direction of the Fairtrade Foundation, represents campaigners at a governance level and also feeds into the development of Fairtrade campaigns and resources.

The NCC considers areas related to:

  • Developing the impact of the Fairtrade movement in wider campaigns on trade and poverty.
  • Campaign development.
  • Communication with the grassroots, particularly around new product / category launches.
  • Relevant marketing activities,  promotional campaigns (for example Fairtrade Fortnight) and supporter focused materials and messaging. 
  • Developing ways to create closer links and greater direct communication between consumers and producers. 
  • Other areas as identified by the NCC and the Fairtrade Foundation.

The NCC helps with the two-way exchange of information between the Fairtrade Foundation and campaign groups. The NCC is represented at AGMs feeding into the governance of the Foundation. See the flow chart below which represents these relationships.

National Campaigner Committee flow chart

NCC Meeting Summaries


17 and 18 May click here for a summary

28 January click here for a summary


9 September click here for a summary

4 June click here for a summary

21 April click here for a summary

15 January click here for a summary


9 September click here for a summary

17 June click here for a summary

30 April click here for a summary

16 January click here for a summary


For summaries from meetings up until 2013, please get in touch