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At di:ga we believe in the power of language to change the world. We offer a range of services to do just that.

We are a small team of dedicated strategists and communicators, who feel privileged and excited to work with organisations that have something important to say. Our vision is a fairer, safer, more just world, where everyone has the chance to be heard. And our values include truth, simplicity, justice, integrity, and equality. Among the things we believe in are the sanctity of grammar, the power of simple, direct and clear prose, and the importance of finding an author’s (or an organisation’s) voice.

How we work

We work diligently, intelligently, strategically and questioningly. We will always defend clarity of expression and interrogate the purpose of a piece of communication. We listen, learn, reflect and help to transform. We love helping others to win the arguments we think are worth winning. We are humble about what we don’t know; respectful of the knowledge and expertise of others; and assertive about what we do know.

Who we work for

We work for causes we believe in, with the potential to be transformed by better communication.

A note on our name...

di:ga is the imperative form of "to speak" in Spanish. We use the phonetic spelling - the colon slows you down, so you don't say digger, which would be weird, and have nothing to do with communication.

Team

Amy Barry, Director

Amy is a former national newspaper journalist turned international development professional with over 15 years’ experience in media and strategic communications. Self-motivated, intelligent and able to lead and inspire others, Amy has proven management and policy skills, outstanding writing ability and comprehensive knowledge of and contacts in the national and international media. She is an experienced media trainer.

Amy is familiar with all areas of development policy, particularly international economic relations, agriculture, aid effectiveness, and climate change. Before setting up di:ga in 2011, she was Director of Communications at Global Witness and Head of News at Oxfam.

Amy started her career as a journalist working for The Times and The Mail on Sunday. She has a First in English Literature from Oxford and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and in her spare time she does yoga, rides horses, and swims at the Parliament Hill Lido.

Oliver Courtney, Associate Director

Oliver has spent 10 years delivering first-class communications for charities and media organisations. His main areas of expertise include strategy development, writing and editing, media relations and project management. He has a particular interest in how digital tools can be used to drive effective campaigns and advocacy.

Before joining di:ga Oliver was Head of News at Global Witness, where he consistently used strategic thinking and storytelling to trigger significant policy changes. In 2015, he oversaw the redesign of Global Witness’ current website, which saw a three-fold increase in web traffic in its first year and continues to open up new opportunities for innovative communications.

Before Global Witness, Oliver worked as Media Manager at Save the Children, where he led the organisation’s communications on UK child poverty, and in media publishing. Oliver has a First in English Literature from Oxford and an MSc in Politics and Communication from the LSE. He speaks French and loves reading, running and riding his bike.

Tom Dale, Associate

Tom is a former foreign correspondent with more than 12 years’ experience in news, campaigning, and communications strategy. During six years as a journalist, he reported and produced on the ground from Syria, Egypt and Libya for outlets including Reuters, the Guardian, the Independent, VICE News and Africa Confidential.

He has campaigned on international affairs for Crisis Action and domestic British ones for the Communication Workers’ Union, and has produced multimedia campaign material for Human Rights Watch and Equality Now. During a period as a conflict analyst focusing on Yemen, he provided briefings relied on by humanitarian organisations operating there, and gained experience working with large open data sets.

He enjoys long-form writing, improving his (persistently intermediate) Arabic, and is comfortable working overseas. Tom has a 2.1 from the University of Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Tara Burke

Tara Burke, Associate

Tara specialises in writing, editing, media work and digital content management. An excellent project manager with great interpersonal and team building skills, she delivers clear and effective communications on social and environmental issues. She started her career as a news reporter with a focus on court reporting before working for CAFOD in London and East Africa.

Since 2008, Tara has been freelancing for clients include National Trust, Oxfam, Bond, Development Initiatives and Bath & North East Somerset Council. She led di:ga's work for the Science Based Targets initiative, which involved coordinating a team from four partner organistions and developing and implementing a succesful communications strategy. She enjoys walking and cycling in the countryside with her family and dog.

Claudia Elliot, Associate

Claudia joined di:ga in 2017, before which she was Communications Manager at The Young Foundation and Animas Centre for Coaching, and Campaigns Communications Manager at CAFOD. She has spent 8 years developing impactful communication strategies and campaigns resulting in policy change, supporter recruitment and engagement, and increased profile for organisations working for social justice.

Claudia’s approach to communication is strategic and streamlined. She focuses on supporting the goals of an organisation, as opposed to creating more output or activity for the sake of it.  She places emphasis on purpose and impact, and always considers the intended audience to ensure communications are as relevant, accessible, and engaging as they can be.

Claudia has a degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and is an experienced coach: helping people find purpose and fulfilment, and working with social changemakers to increase their wellbeing and impact. She enjoys yoga, cycling, and cooking, and hopes that one day the last line of her bio will (truthfully) say that she can speak another language.

Felicity Slater, Associate

Felicity has a breadth of experience across politics and international development, bringing a deep understanding of social change, digital nous and excellent political instincts. She has a knack for communicating complex issues clearly and loves to write, edit and pitch beautiful copy.

Felicity joined di:ga from Bond, where she was Political Affairs Adviser, working with partners to design and implement public affairs strategies. Prior to that, Felicity worked in Save the Children UK’s Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns division and had a career in think-tanks and parliament. Felicity has a First in Politics from Cardiff University, and a Bachelor’s Diploma in Politics and a Master’s Diploma in European Affairs from Sciences Po Bordeaux. She speaks French and is a self-confessed Francophile.