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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.

Charlie King, Senior Associate

Charlie has nine years' experience delivering first-rate communications and media strategies for organisations in the public, charity and political spheres. He spent five years at Plan International UK, where he thrived devising campaigns on complex and challenging issues including FGM, sexual violence and taboos around menstruation. While running the organisation's press office, he helped to launch Plan as a domestic campaigning force, driving the debate on period poverty and helping to mastermind a number of UK policy wins.

He cut his teeth working for Gordon and Sarah Brown, where he honed his strong political instincts promoting the Browns' reputation at home and abroad. A sharp writer, Charlie also likes to keep his eye on the bigger picture, and is most interested in how genuinely strategic communications can deliver tangible, measurable change. Most recently, he worked for a stint in the NHS, building on his experience working with broadcasters, diffusing potential crises and navigating unwieldy organisations.

Charlie has a First in History from the University of Edinburgh and recently completed a postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations with the CIPR. He loves to run (when his knees allow) and is di:ga's proudest Brummie.

Jon Date, Senior Associate

Jon has nearly 10 years’ experience in communications, advocacy and campaigning across a range of issues including international development, humanitarian emergencies, tax justice and women’s rights. He has led a number of campaigns which have led to significant changes in government policy and corporate practice, as well as generating substantial public support and media coverage.

Before joining di:ga, Jon was Head of Government Relations at Oxfam GB. He was responsible for Oxfam’s engagement with the UK government and parliament, as well as advising colleagues on campaign strategy and theory of change. In this role he oversaw Oxfam’s award-winning political campaigning on the conflict in Yemen, and helped to begin rebuilding trust in Oxfam following the organisation’s safeguarding failures.

Before Oxfam, Jon worked on a range of successful campaign, public affairs, and media strategies in roles at ActionAid UK, the International Longevity Centre, Which?, and PR agency Blue Rubicon (now Teneo). He enjoys walking, travelling and playing bass guitar.

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.

Charlie Zajicek, Associate

Charlie is an experienced communications specialist with a track record in engaging policymakers on climate and environment issues. He is adept at taking dry, complex policy and making it relevant and accessible, while respecting the nuance and quality of the original content. His approach involves understanding key audiences, what they want, and how they will be most receptive to information or messaging. He’s in his element working across a range of media – from online, to film, to print.

Before joining di:ga Charlie was Senior Communications Officer at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where he ran communications for the organisation’s climate and environment programmes. Prior to that, he worked for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership. Alongside di:ga Charlie is studying an MSc at the University of Bristol. He’s researching the links between social change, media narratives and the climate emergency.

Anna Norman, Operations Manager

Anna has more than 15 years' management experience across a number of roles in academic publishing, the IT industry and non-profits. She joined di:ga from Camara Education, a social enterprise that sends refurbished computers and provides digital literacy training to schools and other institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  At Camara, she achieved 10-fold growth in annual corporate computer donations and helped drive the organisation's long-term sustainability. Prior to Camara, Anna worked at Sage Publications and Thomson Reuters.

Anna is a confirmed generalist, bringing a breadth and depth of skills and experience to her Operations Management role at di:ga. She has a mechanical engineering degree, post-graduate diploma in marketing, and recently completed an edX MOOC in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves sea swimming,  the freedom of the road (her motorbike) and every opportunity to visit and explore new places.

Our network

In addition to our core UK-based staff we have a network of friends and associates we can call on for jobs that are bigger than we can service, or that require certain skills or knowledge we don't have. We have freelancers and agencies we work with regularly in Brazil, China, the US and France who have excellent contacts with the media in their countries and wider regions. Amongst our regular collaborators are people who speak Chinese, French, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and German.

Our address book also includes hugely talented graphic designers, digital whizzes, political operators, filmmakers, and branding gurus and we're happy to facilitate an intro or manage the relationship ourselves. (Either way, we don't layer on finder's fees or unjustified additions to their standard rates). This means that we can build the team to fit your brief and you can get all the benefits of a big global agency, without the hefty price tag.