The #FeeNotFree Team
Chris Williams, Chair & Board Member
Chris is the CEO of Network Freelance, a community for freelancers, created by freelancers. Chris has a huge passion for the freelancing industry, and with Network Freelance being a 'pro freelance' community, it only seemed right for him to head up the #FeeNotFree campaign. Chris works on multiple projects including Network Freelance, NSU Tools and Fee Not Free, all campaigns geared towards start-ups and freelancers. Chris is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the UK Freelancing market.
Hayley is a Social Media Manager and has been working as a freelancer for over three years. With extensive experience in the staffing industry, Hayley has not only come across clients who are not willing to pay herself, but also meets a lot of job seekers and freelancers who are unable to find paid opportunities. We are excited to have Hayley on board, as she will be taking an active presence on our social channels and engaging with you all!
Paul, winner of IPSE's Freelancer of The Year 2015 Award is a board member that brings expertise, knowledge and passion to the #FeeNotFree Campaign. Paul has been freelancing since 2004 and is a software developer/architect who also consider himself to be a problem solver, rapid prototyper, as well as an expert in existing apps and software as a service development. Paul is working on some extremely groundbreaking developments for the freelancing industry, which we're also looking forwards to introducing.
We're very lucky to have Kelly on board the #FeeNotFree campaign, as she was announced IPSE Freelancer of the year 2015 (alongside Paul Allington). Following university, Kelly saw the demand for her copywriting rise rapidly, and therefore decided to go 'freelance', enabling her to work flexibly. Since then, Kelly has grown her freelance venture into a thriving business and we're extremely excited to see the content that she's able to come up with for the campaign.
Hayley Jenkins, Board Member
Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Board
Paul Allington, Board Member
What is #FeeNotFree?
Our community is founded on the belief that no one should work for free. Promises of exposure don’t pay bills. Experience doesn’t put dinner on the table. Offering these in place of pay is nothing short of exploitation. #FeeNotFree aims to raise awareness of some of the biggest issues facing freelancers today, to herald a new age of flexible working based on mutual respect.
#FeeNotFree is committed to redefining the boundaries between client and freelancer, to bring an end to low or no paid work on the vague promise of receiving experience or exposure in return.
This exploitation is all too common in large corporations, where brands have the power to manipulate freelancers – especially those new to the industry. Our mission is to educate both businesses and freelancers on the importance of valuing the freelance community, to empower a workforce that is often seen as disposable. The salient issues affecting millions of freelancers have so far been overlooked at a government level. By raising awareness about these problems, our mission is to secure a government charter that sets the benchmark for freelance working in the future.
There are now over 1.4 million freelancers in the UK, who play a valuable role in making their expertise flexible and accessible to businesses big and small. However, when it comes to the relationship between client and freelancer, there is often a lack of understanding. When communication breaks down, both parties suffer, and the end result is rarely pretty.
Established in 2015, #FeeNotFree draws upon the experiences of businesses and freelancers who have seen first-hand the consequences of exploiting the freelance community. It’s not just about low or no pay – it’s about building relationships based on trust and respect, just as you’d expect between an employer and their employee.
If you’d like to join our community, support the campaign, or have your say, get in touch here – we’d love to hear from you.