Oral Testimony Works is a Community Interest Company founded by Siobhan Warrington with support from co-directors Olivia Bennett and Tracey Cabache.
Siobhan Warrington is the director of Oral Testimony Works. She has worked on participatory research and communications in international development for 20 years, starting with a participatory research project on gender roles and farming systems in Northern Pakistan. Whilst at Panos London (1999-2012) she designed and implemented single and multi-country participatory communications and research projects on several themes including living with HIV and AIDS; internal displacement; and environmental change. Projects involved partnering with national NGOs as well as international agencies such as Save the Children UK, IFAD, and IPPF.
Her specialism is community-based oral testimony, but she also works with other approaches such as photography and video, as well as the mainstream media. She is an experienced trainer, researcher and project manager and has edited and produced a range of outputs (publications, exhibitions, films and online materials – see examples at Oral Testimonies).
Siobhan is editor of the International Work section of the Oral History Journal and served as committee member of the UK Oral History Society (2007-2014). She is also a visiting practioner at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, the University of York.
Olivia Bennett founded the Panos Oral Testimony Programme in 1991 and designed and led several international thematic oral history projects: Women and Conflict; Mountain development; and Development-induced Resettlement. She has written and edited numerous Panos publications and online outputs, and most recently co-authored Displaced: the Human Cost of Development and Resettlement (2012) published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Oral History Series.
Tracey Cabache was Panos London’s director of fundraising and deputy director. She is now a community development practitioner with a UK local authority but remains connected to the Panos network as a board member for Panos Eastern Africa and, until its closure in April 2013, Panos London.
Oral Testimony Works also benefits from the expertise of a number of associates and advisors including: Jane Martin of Creative Social Change; Clodagh Miskelly; Tim Williams; and Mitu Varma of Panos South Asia (www.panossouthasia.org)