Unchecked is a new organisation working across civil society to build a counter movement against the erosion of important regulations, and of the enforcement teams which defend them.

Unchecked exists to tell a new story about public protections, one which activates the values that we think most people hold – values of fairness, common-sense, balance, love of family and of natural spaces. We want to show that most people value shared rules as the framework for a decent society – where the food we eat and the things we buy are safe, where the natural environment is protected, and our homes and workplaces are secure. A society where sensible safeguards mean we can get on with doing the things we love, with the people we love.

We show that the continued erosion of important regulations and regulators is a bad idea: it undermines important public policy goals like climate change mitigation, is bad for businesses, and is unsupported by most of the British public. What’s more, the assault on our shared protections can – and does – cause serious harm.

We focus on a range of issues; the environment, health, food safety, consumer protection, workers’ rights and local spaces. Through research and investigations, public campaigning, strategic communications research and political advocacy, we work alongside our civil society partners to show that strong protections underpin the things that matter to people.

Unchecked is a new organisation working across civil society to build a counter movement against the erosion of important regulations, and of the enforcement teams which defend them.

Unchecked exists to tell a new story about public protections, one which activates the values that we think most people hold – values of fairness, common-sense, balance, love of family and of natural spaces. We want to show that most people value shared rules as the framework for a decent society – where the food we eat and the things we buy are safe, where the natural environment is protected, and our homes and workplaces are secure. A society where sensible safeguards mean we can get on with doing the things we love, with the people we love.

We show that the continued erosion of important regulations and regulators is a bad idea: it undermines important public policy goals like climate change mitigation, is bad for businesses, and is unsupported by most of the British public. What’s more, the assault on our shared protections can – and does – cause serious harm.

We focus on a range of issues; the environment, health, food safety, consumer protection, workers’ rights and local spaces. Through research and investigations, public campaigning, strategic communications research and political advocacy, we work alongside our civil society partners to show that strong protections underpin the things that matter to people.


WHO WE ARE

Unchecked emerged out of a scoping research project in 2018, when a small team of experienced campaigners and researchers began investigating why the UK’s regulatory framework, and the agencies working to defend it, appeared to be failing to protect the UK public in many areas. This work was carried out by Emma Rose (formerly of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics), Maddy Carroll (now Senior Associate at the European Climate Foundation), Dom Goggins (experienced climate change strategist), Chris Rose (author of How to Win Campaigns), and Jon Cracknell and Harriet Williams of the JMG Foundation. Our core team is below.



WHO WE ARE

Unchecked emerged out of a scoping research project in 2018, when a small team of experienced campaigners and researchers began investigating why the UK’s regulatory framework, and the agencies working to defend it, appeared to be failing to protect the UK public in many areas. This work was carried out by Emma Rose (formerly of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics), Maddy Carroll (now Senior Associate at the European Climate Foundation), Dom Goggins (experienced climate change strategist), Chris Rose (author of How to Win Campaigns), and Jon Cracknell and Harriet Williams of the JMG Foundation. Our core team is below.


Emma Rose, Director, Co-founder

Jon Cracknell, Advisory Group Chair, Co-founder

Luke Holland, Media (Cathod Du)

Tom Quinn, Digital Communications Manager

ADVISORY GROUP

Craig Bennett: CEO, Friends of the Earth
Craig is Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

Jon Cracknell (Chair): Director, JMG Foundation
Jon manages the Goldsmith family’s grant-making, most of which supports environmental campaigning. He is trust secretary of The Ecology Trust and has been heavily involved in the Environmental Funders Network and similar networks outside the UK.

Kath Dalmeny: CEO, Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming
Kath is Chief Executive Officer of Sustain. She served as a Commissioner for the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission in 2018, and has advised organisations including the National Consumer Council, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Food Climate Research Network, Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency.

Miles King FLS: CEO, People Need Nature
Miles has worked in UK nature conservation for over 30 years. He runs People Need Nature and writes about nature and politics.

Steve Nash: Consumer Advisor on E. coli O157
Steve has been looking into the problems surrounding the causes of this bacterium in relation to food safety and hygiene for over 20 years, from a consumer perspective.

Argo Scott: Campaign Strategist
Argo is a campaign strategist and movement builder. They draw on experience leading the digital mobilisation team at Greenpeace UK, directing global campaigns for All Out and running rapid fire campaigns in the start up days of 38 Degrees.

ADVISORY GROUP

Craig Bennett: CEO, Friends of the Earth
Craig is Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

Jon Cracknell (Chair): Director, JMG Foundation
Jon manages the Goldsmith family’s grant-making, most of which supports environmental campaigning. He is trust secretary of The Ecology Trust and has been heavily involved in the Environmental Funders Network and similar networks outside the UK.

Kath Dalmeny: CEO, Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming
Kath is Chief Executive Officer of Sustain. She served as a Commissioner for the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission in 2018, and has advised organisations including the National Consumer Council, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Food Climate Research Network, Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency.

Miles King FLS: CEO, People Need Nature
Miles has worked in UK nature conservation for over 30 years. He runs People Need Nature and writes about nature and politics.

Steve Nash: Consumer Advisor on E. coli O157
Steve has been looking into the problems surrounding the causes of this bacterium in relation to food safety and hygiene for over 20 years, from a consumer perspective.

Argo Scott: Campaign Strategist
Argo is a campaign strategist and movement builder. They draw on experience leading the digital mobilisation team at Greenpeace UK, directing global campaigns for All Out and running rapid fire campaigns in the start up days of 38 Degrees.