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What is it like to work in the policy, external affairs and research team at the Trussell Trust?

We spoke to Garry Lemon, director of policy, external affairs and research at The Trussell Trust, about what makes a workplace worth turning up to each day and the career opportunities currently available in his team.

Garry Lemon, director of policy, external affairs and research, The Trussell Trust
Garry Lemon, director of policy, external affairs and research, The Trussell Trust

Tell me about the policy, external affairs and research team at The Trussell Trust and the work you do

Our policy, external affairs and research (PEAR) team challenges injustice by raising awareness of the reality of hunger and poverty through the media, engaging policy makers who have the power to make crucial change, undertaking vital research to shed more light on why people face hunger today and campaigning for structural change so we can work towards a future where no one needs a foodbank.

Why is it an exciting time to join the team?

We’re determined to end hunger and poverty in the UK. We’ve always worked to raise awareness of foodbank use and call for change, but over the last year we’ve been able to develop this even further to work alongside foodbanks to gather high quality evidence, grow public understanding of who needs a foodbank and why, gather public support for practical change, and ultimately, effect national policy change. We’re preparing to step up our work on all of this in a big way, so now is the time to join.

What's the most exciting project you have you worked on recently?

Being a part of working to highlight the impact on people referred to foodbanks following the roll out of Universal Credit in a community has been one of the most important things I’ve worked on recently. As a UK-wide network of frontline charities responding to offer emergency help when people referred are unable to afford food, we are able to harness the power of grassroots community organisations to respond as one collective voice at a national level.

What roles are you recruiting for and what do they involve?

We’re looking for two media coordinators with exceptional writing skills, along with experience of securing quality media coverage and social media, to help us raise awareness amongst the public.

We’re also looking for a policy & research coordinator to help pinpoint the reasons people fall into poverty and develop policy recommendations that make a real difference.

And we’re recruiting for a head of marketing & communications to help us stay at the forefront of the national conversation through all of our communications work as we call for change to eventually eliminate UK hunger once and for all.

Find out more and apply for the latest job vacancies at The Trussell Trust on Third Sector Jobs, the specialist charity job board

What sort of people make a great fit for the PEAR team?

We have quite a few roles going at the moment so there’s space for people with lots of different skill sets (from policy wonks to marketing and media professionals!), but the one thing everyone in the team has is a shared driving force to see an end to the need for foodbanks. No one should need a foodbank in the UK and we’re all determined to see that future.

What is the highlight of your typical day?

There is genuinely no such thing as a typical day in our department. One day you might be in a foodbank listening to people telling the story of how they ended up needing emergency food, the next you'll be in parliament, sharing those stories with MPs and decision makers.

And your biggest challenge?

At the moment our biggest issue is capacity. When your mission is to end hunger and poverty in the UK, and you only have a small team, you're forced to prioritise. I really look forward to having more hands on deck so we can start to tackle more of the systemic issues that drive people to foodbanks.


A place where everyone has each other’s back and can pull together to work towards the bigger picture, even when you’re all working under pressure. Having that, and seeing each member of the team as a person with valuable insights, whatever their role or level, makes a workplace worth turning up to every day.

What makes a 'wonderful workplace' in your eyes?

Treating each other as people. A place where everyone has each other’s back and can pull together to work towards the bigger picture, even when you’re all working under pressure. Having that, and seeing each member of the team as a person with valuable insights, whatever their role or level, makes a workplace worth turning up to every day.

Sum up what it's like to work in the PEAR team at The Trussell Trust

No two days are the same and you never know what might come through at the end of the phone. The team is enthusiastic, dynamic and consistently punches above its weight – but we also know how to relax at the end of the day. Everyone’s working towards the same thing, and that’s what makes the difference.

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