the do team
meet the people behind The DoNation
Hermione Taylor, Founding Director
Hermione has never liked to be conventional, and has always been a sucker for a challenge. Why else, as a diabetic with a metal femur, would she have decided to cycle from London to Morocco? And then returned to set up a social enterprise in exciting but un-trodden territory in the midst of the financial crisis?
Hermione completed an MSc in Environmental Technology, learning the ins and outs of the global environmental scenario and international climate policy. Her thesis acted as great market research for The DoNation – it was the first comprehensive analysis of the role of climate change pledge schemes on environmental behaviour change. How handy.
Hermione has also spent a great chunk of time working in Vancouver, Canada – a place that remains close to her heart. She’s always known she wanted to work in the environmental field and has a diverse range of experience, but she had never dreamt of setting up her own business... it all came about rather by surprise.
Daily dose of fun? Cycling home with her hands in the air
Harriet Rockliff, Marketing and Operations Officer
Harriet has always been into the green way of living with a love for bargain hunting in charity shops, cooking yummy vegetarian food and recycling everything; but she only recently discovered she could make a career out of her interests. After writing her MA thesis on the barriers to individual action on climate change she is now poised to take on that challenge at a practical level with The DoNation.
Harriet loves an adventure and spent two years working at a primary school out in sunny Madrid (lucky girl!) where she learnt some great networking and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to chat away happily in Spanish.
Now she’s ready for another challenge, and after interning at The DoNation for five months she was delighted to be taken on board full-time; ready to get her teeth stuck into our up and coming projects.
Daily dose of fun? Cooking delicious food with the music blaring
Tom Davies, Intern
Since leaving University, Tom has done work experience in social enterprises and think tanks, and is looking to get into social and environmental business in earnest. He has always been interested in sustainability and is convinced of the power of individuals coming together to make a big difference, so is therefore delighted to be interning with DoNation. He will be doing some data analysis as well as helping out with the many ongoing projects.
Daily dose of fun? Watching TV with his dog
Jade Hoffman, Intern
Being involved in projects that reflect her own values is a big priority in Jade's work. She trained as a biologist with a focus on the environment, and then studied scientific documentary filmmaking as a way to get others interested in matters close to her own heart. Having spent much of her time since university making short films about good businesses and great ideas, working for The DoNation seemed like a perfect fit. She is really excited to be part of the team and will be working mainly on communications, but also any other projects that need a hand.
Daily dose of fun? Experimenting with hit-and-miss homebrews.
We are supported by a fantastic advisory group, including:
Peter MacRobert, entrepreneur and software developer, currently Head of R&D at News International; and
Julia Rehbolz, Head of Ignite, the UK's first impact investment fund focussing on the energy sector.
Julian Smith, business and funding expert, specialising in funding strategies, capital structures, corporate strategy and digital media.