Kirsty McNeill is a former Downing Street adviser and currently director of Themba HQ, a consulting firm. She spent three years at Number 10 leading on campaign, communication and outreach activities for Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  She is also on the boards of the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as well as sitting on the Campaign Council of British Influence, the cross-party campaign to keep Britain in the EU. She is part of the team behind www.ShouldWe.org, a new start-up providing non-partisan, online, crowd-sourced guides to public policy and evidence. 
McNeill was a trusted aide of Gordon Brown; she worked as his adviser in charge of external affairs.  She now worked as a strategy consultant to some of the world's leading campaigning organisations. 
Previously McNeill worked on the board of Make Poverty History and managed the Stop AIDS Campaign, successfully negotiating a commitment to universal access to AIDS treatment from the 2005 G8. She also worked as a campaigner for Shelter and in the Oxfam celebrities unit.