Who We Are
HomeWorkers Worldwide (HWW) is a UK-based organisation set up to support the movement of homebased workers around the world.
Homebased workers are found throughout the world, in countries of the South and the North. Since the 1970s, there has been a growing movement to organise for visibility and recognition, to improve working and living conditions. HWW exists to support this movement and to help it grow.
The HWW office is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and is staffed by a combination of part-time staff and volunteers. HWW is a not-for-profit organisation, whose work is overseen by a team of six trustees.
Director of Vera Media, Leeds, UK; Chair of HWW
Alison (Al) Garthwaite BA, MA, DMS, PGCE, has co-directed her own community-based social enterprise, Vera Media, for twenty one years. Vera Media has produced several films about homeworking and organised photo-exhibitions and exhibits of homeworkers’ work. Al has extensive experience of working with women, community outreach and participatory production, and of the public and NGO sectors. She is a trustee or board member of seven other NGOs, including the Feminist Archive, New Working Ways (formerly New Working Women) and the West Yorkshire Learning Consortium. Al is a founder member of the HWW Trust.
Former Director of NGH, the National Group on Homeworking, Leeds, UK
Linda Devereux MBE is the former director of the National Group on Homeworking (NGH). Linda has been active in the movement for homeworkers’ rights for many years, initially working in West Yorkshire and later with NGH. Linda has represented homeworkers in the UK in the Ethical Trading Initiative and has experience of working with a range of other organisations including trade unions, Oxfam and other national and international bodies. Linda has experience of managing a voluntary organisation including finances and fund-raising, and is now Company Secretary for LCVS Enterprises.
Director of IGRECA, Training Organisation, Portugal
Anne Marie Delettrez is an economist currently living in Lisbon, Portugal. Anne Marie has experience of working in Mozambique and Nicaragua and has more recently concentrated on research and advocacy around homeworking issues in Portugal. She is an active member of the European Homeworking Group. She also has extensive experience in training and evaluation in Portugal.
Programme Coordinator, Todmorden, UK
Lucy Brill worked for Oxfam on poverty and livelihood programmes in England between 2008-14, and on research projects at Bradford and Manchester universities. She is also a founder member of the Great Rock Cooperative, a retail outlet selling locally produced food in Calderdale, including the food she and her partner produce on their smallholding in the Pennines. Lucy’s doctoral thesis explored the situation of homeworkers within a globalising world, focusing specifically on homeworkers, and the organisations working with them, in the UK and Chile. Lucy also has practical experience of working with homeworker organisations both in the UK and in Chile.
Labour rights consultant and activist, Oxford, UK
Peter is a consultant/activist working on labour rights and livelihoods with wide experience in international development. This experience includes 14 years in Oxfam, managing field programmes in Brazil and Oxfam’s Fair Trade Programme and finally as Global Livelihoods Adviser, focusing on the rights of informal workers (homeworkers, smallholder farmers and their employees) in global supply chains.
Peter is active in the Ethical Trading Initiative, representing HWW in the ETI Homeworker Project and in our engagement with ETI member companies. He is employed part-time as Co-ordinator of the ETI NGO Caucus and also by Oxfam International, supporting their strategy to improve the impact of Fairtrade on labour rights.
Programme Manager, Church Action on Poverty, Manchester, UK
Julie Jarman has worked on poverty alleviation projects in the UK and internationally for 30 years. She worked for WaterAid for 6 years, 3 in Tanzania on a large scale water and sanitation project, and 3 based in the UK on policy and advocacy. More recently she worked for Oxfam as the England Director in the UK Poverty Programme for 13 years, and in this role supported work on the labour rights of vulnerable workers in the UK. She has a particular commitment to work on homeworking and the labour rights of vulnerable women workers. Julie’s main skills are in strategic planning, programme management and fundraising.