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 fifth 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 the Deputy Educational Development Director this year and will be overseeing the Core Programme. 

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 Senior Programme Director for the Nottingham region, and is excited to be involved in the Accelerate programme and DebateBox programmes!

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.

Alex graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Government. He has been involved with Debate Mate for four years, teaching at several schools in London and ran the Nepal 2017 programme. 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. In his spare time, Alex co-hosts the weekly politics podcast, Update the State.

Millie graduated from King’s College London with a degree in International Relations in 2017. Millie has mentored for Debate Mate on both the Core and  Accelerate programmes in schools across the UK, as well as on a number of their different projects, working with various organisations such as The Royal Parks Foundation, Intelligence Squared and The Premier League. During her time at university Millie was also Head of Research for KCL Simulations, a student run society that designs and hosts mock crisis simulations. Millie has also mentored internationally in Korea and this year is looking forward to returning to the North, overseeing the Manchester and Liverpool programmes

Mia recently graduated from the University of Oxford, having studied Classics at Oriel College. She has been involved with Debate Mate for over seven years, taking part in the Debate Mate Plus programme while at school and mentoring at schools in London and Nepal. While at university, she was elected Vice President of the Oxford Union Debating Society where she organised individual speaker addresses and public debates. She also rowed and coxed for her college’s Boat Club and was involved in lots of student theatre. Mia is excited to be running the Primary School Programme in London and Manchester this year and can’t wait to dust off her debating skills!

Hugo graduated from University College London in 2017 with a degree in Ancient History. He mentored with Debate Mate for three years, teaching in both primary and secondary schools across London. Hugo has worked with Debate Mate on a number of different projects, with organisations including The Royal Parks Foundation, Deloitte, and the Premier League. In 2016, he spent three weeks mentoring in Rwanda, and in 2017 was part of the Debate Mate team that helped to run the Parliamentary Debate World Congress in Japan. As the Programme Director for Scotland and Leeds this year, he is looking forward to delivering the programme to students across the UK.

Iranga graduated from Warwick University with a degree in History and Politics. She was a part of the 2010 team that won the UDL and Debate Mate Cup. Iranga mentored with Debate Mate for two years whilst at university as well on internationally in Kenya and Nepal. During her time at university Iranga was also the Ethnic Minorities Officer and Director of Talks at the Africa Summit. She looks forward to delivering a bigger and better Primary Programme!

George started with Debate Mate back in 2010. He first joined as a student on the Core Programme where he won the Debate Mate Cup. He later went on to spend four years with the Graduate School – representing Debate Mate in multiple finals at debating competitions across the country. Whilst still at school, George became a Debate Mate mentor and in the last three years he has worked on the Primary, Secondary and Graduate Programmes. Recently returned from judging at the European Universities Debating Championships, George will now be joining the team to run the Bristol Programme as well as taking over as coach of the Graduate School.

Jack has worked with Debate Mate as a Mentor and Programme Director for the Bristol and Manchester regions as well as internationally in South Korea and Nepal. He trained as a filmmaker at the University of Bristol where he was Station Manager for UBTV, twice winner of Best Broadcaster at the National Student Television Awards (NaSTA) 2016 and 2017. He was nominated for a Guardian Student Media Award in 2015 and has since toured film festivals with his recent shorts. He has been responsible for all the video content of Debate Mate since 2016.


  • 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
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020 7922 8007