Claire Eadington

Chief Executive

Claire was appointed Chief Executive of Patchwork in 2023 following roles in government as National Operations Director for a large public delivery body and and Head of Data Portfolio at the Central Digital and Data Office. After studying Music at St Hugh’s College Oxford, Claire spent her early career in event management and business support for a variety of charities and arts organisations. She graduated from the Patchwork Masterclass Programme during her first role in the public service.

Niamh Mac Namee


Niamh Mac Namee joined Patchwork Foundation in 2022 and now leads our delivery work as COO. Niamh joined the team after working at a social mobility charity, where she managed government and other public sector partnerships and programmes. Niamh started her career teaching English as a second language to university students and with civic organisations. Now she enjoys learning new languages herself and can often be found practising her Arabic, Irish and French.

Gemma Benham

Programmes Officer

Gemma Benham joined the Patchwork Foundation in 2021. Gemma read Modern and Contemporary History at Queen Mary University of London, including a year abroad in Washington, D.C. Whilst in Washington, she got involved with the U.S. Congressional midterm elections, canvassing and volunteering. Her undergraduate academic focus was looking at 20th Century American political history. She also studied an MA at Kings College London in Politics and Contemporary History, focusing on the role of gender in election campaigning. She also took part in the election to the General London Assembly in 2020, and has volunteering experience with a number of different political parties and organisations.

Juliet Pegg

Programmes and Communications Officer

Juliet joined the Patchwork Foundation in 2022 as the Programmes and Communications Officer, having previously been a graduate of the Masterclass Programme in 2021. Prior to joining Patchwork, Juliet worked for a political consultancy, and an international youth-focused charity which focused on making volunteering abroad more accessible. She continues to volunteer for STEAR, a youth-led think tank that aims to strengthen relations and build understanding between Europe and Asia. Juliet read Contemporary Chinese Studies and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and Ningbo, China, where she focused on China’s influence over human rights crises and social issues.

Zuzanna Juszkiewicz

Programmes Officer

Zuzanna joined the Patchwork Foundation in 2022 as the Programmes Assistant, and now leads on the delivery of our Masterclass programme and other events. She graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in History and Politics with a Year Abroad. Zuzanna spent a year at Uppsala University in Sweden, researching African cultural anthropology in film, Swedish migrant history, and European political systems. She has worked alongside young people through various job opportunities at universities and volunteering.

Lilit Avetisyan

Programmes Intern

Lilit Avetisyan is a student at UC Berkeley, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Russian Culture. She speaks Armenian, Russian, and English fluently, with experience in translation and interpreting. One of her passions is singing and musical theater, and her favorite musical is “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” This summer, she is interning in London as part of the UCB Global Internship Program, contributing to the Patchwork Foundation Team, and looking forward to it. Her work experience also includes working with a local homeless NGO in LA, showcasing her commitment to community service.