UK staff

Our UK office is based in London, though we operate nationally:

CAN Mezzanine
32-36 Loman Street
SE1 0EH.

The nearest Underground stations are Southwark (Jubilee Line), Borough (Northern Line) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines, and National Rail). You can view us on a map: here.

In spite of the scale and diversity of our work, the Debate Mate office in London is staffed by a slim team. They are:


  • Margaret McCabe
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Margaret has over twenty years’ experience as a commercial barrister combined with two decades in the voluntary sector including Centre Point and the NSPCC Justice for Children programme.

Jess graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Comparative American Studies. As part of her degree she spent a year studying History at UCLA in the USA. Jess is a Teach First ‘07 Ambassador; she worked as an English and History teacher at the Lammas School and Sports College in East London and now heads up Debate Mate’s teacher training programme. During her time at the school she was appointed Whole School Literacy Coordinator and was committed to creating a debating community within the school. Jess joined the Debate Mate team in September 2010.

Enayah graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in English and American Literature. She completed her PGCE in 2005 and has worked in inner-London secondary schools since then, teaching English up to A Level. Enayah was Deputy of the English and Literacy Faculty for 5 years at Acland Burghley before joining the Debate Mate team in September 2015.

Seun graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics. There, she was President of the Nottingham Debating Union where she successfully launched a schools programme and represented Nottingham at the European and World Universities Debating Championships. Seun was a mentor on the Nepal 2010 programme and took the team to the 2011 World Schools Championship held in Dundee. She has worked for Debate Mate in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and is currently responsible for Debate Mate’s international development. Seun joined the team in September 2011.

Benedict has been involved with Debate Mate since its first year and has taught the programme in over a dozen schools. He won a scholarship to read for a Masters’ in International History at the LSE, having previously read International Relations & History at the same university. At LSE, Benedict founded and edited The London Globalist, an international affairs magazine with chapters across the world. In 2011, Benedict took part in Debate Mate Israel/Palestine, and before joining the team in 2012, spent a month teaching as part of the Debate Mate Jamaica programme.

Cindy completed an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and a BA in Media, Information, and Technoculture from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked extensively in children’s programming, having mentored with Debate Mate throughout her time at LSE and taught creative writing and theatre for over five years in her native Ottawa. She has led international summer programmes in Jamaica and Kenya, and now oversees the permanent Debate Mate programme in the Caribbean.

Emily graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics. Whilst at Nottingham she studied abroad at the University of Connecticut. Since graduating, Emily has completed the Teach First Programme where she taught English at an academy in South-East London. The highlight of her time on the Teach First Programme was running the Debate Mate Programme in her school, especially securing her school’s first victory at the Debate Mate Cup.

It’s Marie-France’s third year being involved in Debate Mate. She started as a mentor in 2014-2015, and worked as a Programme Director on the Primary Progamme in 2015-2016. She also co-lead the international programme in Kenya in Summer 2016. Marie-France graduated from Western University in her native Canada with a degree in Media and the Public Interest. She is very excited to be working as a Senior Programme Director this year and to see Debate Mate grow even more!

Alex recently graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Government. He has been involved with Debate Mate for three years, teaching at several schools in London and on a project with Barclays. Whilst at university, Alex co-founded a non profit consulting company, providing advice to charities and NGOs both in the London area and internationally. He also worked for the LSE student newspaper becoming Managing Editor in his final year. Alex is a keen musician and has performed at some of the most prestigious music venues in the UK including the Royal Albert Hall and Glyndebourne Opera, and continues to play on the London jazz circuit.

Joe graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in English Literature, mentoring for 2 years during his time as a student. In 2012, Joe was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF), a debate and international relations programme in America sponsored by the State Department. Whilst at university Joe co-ran a sell-out student club night, and spent two summers performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since joining the Debate Mate team full-time he has run the Re-Engagement Programme, designed a Debate Boxing Programme, and delivered the Debate Mate Programme across Rwanda.

Chiara graduated from SOAS with an LLB. She was a Debate Mate student in the Core Programme at secondary school in Camden and later mentored for Debate Mate while at SOAS. Before becoming a Programme Director she interned and volunteered for several NGOs and worked on President Obama’s reelection campaign in the United States.

Will graduated from King’s College, London with a degree in History in 2015. He also produced and starred in KCL Radio’s popular ‘History in Chapters’ show. Will worked as a mentor for two years in London and took part in the 2015 Summer Programme in Jamaica. As a Programme Director this year, he is responsible for the Scotland programme, and launching Debate Mate in Leeds!

Jack is responsible for the Core Programmes in Bristol and Manchester. He mentored in Bristol during his time at university, graduating with a degree in Drama: Theatre, Film, and Television last year.Throughout his time at Bristol, Jack was an active member of University of Bristol Television (UBTV). He became Station Manager in his final year, picking up the channel’s first award at the National Student Television Awards for Best Broadcaster. It was for this, and his personal involvement in producing creative video and written content, that he was shortlisted for the Guardian Student Media Awards 2015. He has also mentored as part of a debating summer camp in South Korea and is excited to be starting as a Programme Director this year!

Shona graduated from University College London in 2016 with a degree in History. During her final year at university she mentored on the pilot Primary Re-Engagement Programme, and has since mentored in Korea with Genesis Debate Programmes and in Rwanda on Debate Mate’s International Programme. Whilst at university, Shona was President of UCLs History Society. She is very excited to be taking responsibility for the Primary Programme in both Manchester and London.

Ade has been involved with Debate Mate in various capacities since 2008; starting on the programme as a student before going on to represent the social enterprise as a mentor in the United Kingdom and also in Nigeria. He read Economics and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, where he took a special interest in issues of Social Philosophy and starred in the ‘Kings and Queens of Speech’ Debate Mate documentary on Sky 1. Ade has joined the Debate Mate team this year as a Programme Director for the Nottingham region, and is excited to be involved in the re-engagement programme!

Gavin was a Debate Mate student since 2012. He completed the Core Programme as well as the Graduate School, and mentored for Debate Mate whilst in his final year of Sixth Form, along with coaching and running a debating club in his school. Gavin has been a finalist at a number of debating competitions. Additionally, he was in the top 10 best speakers at both UCLs and King’s College London’s novice university debating competitions. Gavin is currently working in the offices whilst on his Gap Year, before going on to study History and International Relations at SOAS.

Ife first got involved with Debate Mate in 2010 as a student on the Core Programme and has been working with Debate Mate since. In 2016, Ife was chosen to represent England at the World School Debate Championships where he became the World School Debate Champion. Outside of debating, Ife is Vice Chair of the British Youth Council, represented Hackney in the UK Youth Parliament and spoke at the dispatch box of the UK House of Commons representing London’s young people. He is also a keen writer and currently writing for the Huffington Post. Before he goes to university next year, Ife is working for Debate Mate and running its Graduate programme.


  • Will Sharp

Will has been involved with Debate Mate since 2008 and served as its Executive Programme Director until 2010. While at school, Will became heavily involved in debating and won the ESU Schools Mace in 2005.  Will read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, and competed at the 2006 WUDC in Dublin. He is now a Trainee Solicitor at Simmons and Simmons and has been a Programme Advisor since 2010.

  • Dr. James Dray

James first became involved with Debate Mate as a Mentor in 2010 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics and completed an Honours degree in Political Philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa before going to Oxford where he graduated with a Masters in Comparative Politics and an award winning D.Phil in African Politics. While at the University of Oxford he was elected President of the Oxford Union and won the European, World, and World Masters Debating Competitions. James is currently a Director at Brunswick, the global communications consultancy, where he works on international campaigns for blue chip companies and foundations.

  • Lewis Iwu

Lewis has been a Debate Mate mentor since it was founded and is a member of the Board of Trustees. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, where he was elected as President of the Oxford University Students’ Union. Additionally, representing Oxford, Lewis won the 2008 WUDC held in Thailand. Lewis is an active debating coach, having coached the Hong Kong National Team in 2006, the United Arab Emirates National team in 2010 and 2011 and the ESU England Schools Debating Team in 2012. He is currently the Director of the Fair Education Alliance.

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Can Mezzanine
32-36 Loman Street
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020 7922 8007