About Us

Our purpose is to help eliminate poverty, protect human rights and preserve the environment through supporting progressive organisations to increase their effectiveness in advocacy, campaigning and communications. We base our work on a clear set of values and beliefs.

Our Core Team

Ian Chandler – Founder, Director and Senior Consultant
Ian Chandler pictureStarting as a student activist, Ian has 35 years of experience in campaigning, advocacy and NGO management. He has run a development education centre in the UK, set up a media agency in Jordan specialising in Palestinian issues, been Media Director of Amnesty International and Campaigns Manager of Oxfam GB. In this latter role, he developed Oxfam’s campaigning strategy (including its supporter development strategy) as well as developing and managing campaigns on labour rights in the clothing industry, conflict, arms trade and education (including helping set up the Global Campaign for Education). As a consultant, Ian has been hired by 100 organisations in 57 countries, building a global reputation as a highly skilled strategist, campaigner and trainer. He developed a range of innovative and participatory advocacy and campaign planning models and tools, including the Advocacy & Campaigning Cycle and a new method of stakeholder analysis for advocacy. He is committed to diversity, sensitive to cross-cultural & gender issues, and is experienced in working with a range of nationalities and cultures and with people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

Karin Chandler – Director
After working in the arts and as an English Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, Karin moved to working with disadvantaged groups. She has been a youth worker, a group facilitator with the Princes Trust, set up a volunteer mentoring programme in a prison as well as ran a programme to enable young people to participate in local decision-making. She is the author of “Are you listening to me?”, a study of innovative programmes that give a voice to very young children.

We also work with a range of other highly skilled and experienced specialist consultants when required.

The Pressure Group and The Pressure Group Consultancy are trading names of Ian & Karin Chandler Ltd, a company registered in England & Wales, number 5757443. Registered office: Lower Walson, Skenfrith, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8UF, UK.