Oral Testimony Works was established 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 over 20 years, starting with a participatory research project on gender roles and farming systems in Northern Pakistan. While 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.
She is an experienced trainer, qualitative researcher and project manager and has edited and produced a range of outputs (publications, exhibitions, films and online materials). Her specialisms are community-based oral testimony and qualitative, participatory research; she also works with photography and video, as well as the mainstream media.
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 and a mentor with The Girls Network.
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 the award-winning 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 for 10 years. She oversaw the development of locally governed and staffed Panos Offices in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa and South Asia. Tracey is now a community development practitioner within the UK. After a decade of work with a local authority she established a UK-based Development Trust. Tracey currently runs a Big Lottery funded multi-million pound Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Programme which seeks build communities in the UK based on the strengths within them, and through this to reduce isolation among vulnerable people.
Oral Testimony Works also benefits from the expertise of a number of associates and advisors.