Amy Ashlee

Senior Research Officer

Amy is REUK's Research Officer, and works on REUK's refugee education research across the UK and around the world.

Amy specialises in child-friendly and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining REUK, Amy worked in research, policy and advocacy at Plan International, and has carried out research on international children’s rights and gender equality topics in a number of contexts, including in Cambodia, India, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. She holds a BA in History from Durham University. She is currently studying for an MA in International Child Studies from King’s College London, focusing on education, child protection and forced displacement.

Andrew Cooper

Head of Educational Mentoring

Andrew heads up our Educational Mentoring programme across the UK and, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, plays a wider role in REUK's mission, strategy development and governance.

Prior to joining REUK in December 2019, Andrew ran a UK charity supporting work with children with special needs, and their families, in Thailand. Before this, he led a charity providing mentoring for young people leaving two London prisons.

Andrew has nearly fifteen years experience of working in the charity sector and is passionate about seeing communities coming alongside those facing difficult circumstances.

 

Alongside his role at REUK, Andrew is a trustee of two small charities.

Andy Moore

Interim Head of Finance and Operations

Prior to joining REUK in October 2021, Andy built up over 15 years experience in the charity sector, including as Head of Global Communications, Director of Marketing and Mobilisation and, most recently, Head of Operations. In these roles Andy led UK operations for an international NGO with a turnover of £4m, managed a diverse staff team encompassing Finance and Administration, People and Culture, and Communications and Fundraising, and delivered large scale events and projects across cultures, languages and locations.

 

At a time of growth for REUK, Andy brings a passion for developing and implementing organisational strategies and structures and a particular expertise in building strong teams and enabling the innovative delivery of strategic goals.

Annie Lawn

Fundraising and Communications Officer

Annie is REUK's Fundraising and Communications officer. After finishing her BSc (hons) Ecology degree, she spent a total of 9 months volunteering abroad working with sea turtles for wildlife non-profits, before taking a position as a research assistant in the rainforests of Costa Rica.

She developed skills working with databases and individual fundraising before moving back to the UK and working with nasen, a charitable membership organisation working to support children with special educational needs to access education.

Becca Torrance

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – East of England

Becca is the mentoring coordinator for the East of England and is based in Peterborough and Cambridge.

She grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland where she trained as a social worker and then worked in social services as an adult case manager.

After moving to the UK in 2017, she worked for an emergency accommodation provider in Cambridge supporting people struggling with homelessness.

She joined our team in May 2019 as our first staff member in the East of England. As a second part time role, Becca works as an artist with a focus on linocut printing.

Catherine Gladwell

Chief Executive

Catherine, REUK's founding Chief Executive, has worked with refugee and asylum-seeking young people in a variety of education related programmatic, policy and research roles since 2004.

 

Catherine has led large-scale multi-national programmes and worked in sixteen different countries for clients including UNICEF, UNHCR, and Save the Children. She is a founding director and board member at Jigsaw Consult, and a regular speaker at conferences and in the media.

She has a degree from Oxford University, a masters in education from University College London, and is an honorary fellow at Winchester University.

Dan Webb

Higher Education Lead Practitioner

Dan oversees our higher education advice line and runs our scholarships project, providing support and advice to the recipients of scholarships from the Schwab & Westheimer Trust.

Prior to joining REUK in 2019, Dan worked in frontline student support services at a Further Education college in Bath and as a Research Associate at Cardiff University on a project exploring the role of religion and spirituality in faith-based alcohol recovery centres.

Dan has a masters in cultural geography, a PhD in geopolitics and, alongside his role at REUK, he volunteers as an "Appropriate Adult", supporting young people and vulnerable adults who have been taken into police custody suspected of a criminal offences.

Divya Jose

Research Officer

Divya provides research and advocacy support on REUK’s research projects. Her research interests lie in forced migration, women and children in conflict and restorative justice.

 

Before joining REUK, she worked in research and advocacy at an anti-human trafficking organization, working with the government to strengthen the policy response against human trafficking in India. She specializes in qualitative research practices and social policy, and has conducted research on victim-centric criminal justice reforms and contributed to a comprehensive legislation against trafficking in persons in India.

 

She holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a postgraduate diploma in International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR University of Law.

Dorothy Abissah

Administration and Finance Assistant

Dorothy works in our office, providing vital administrative and research support and making sure we all keep up to date with data entry.

Before working for REUK Dorothy completed a BSc in Professional Accounting and gained work experience with an international accounting and audit firm and in real estate finance.

In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys looking after children.

Ehsan Habibi

Further Education Project Coordinator (West Midlands)

Ehsan provides support, advice, and guidance to refugees and asylum seekers in their attempt to access further education. Ehsan came to the UK under ARAP scheme in November 2021. He has worked as teaching and learning manager in a World Bank funded project at the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan. He has worked with universities and academic staff in the capacity development programs. He led and organised indoor and outdoor training programs to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at the tertiary level. He has taught English at universities and colleges for more than four years. He has worked as a volunteer at Azadi Charity and Halesowen College since he came to the UK. Ehsan holds a master of TESL from India. He was in the final semester of his second master in education leadership and management when the Taliban came and the programme disrupted.

Emily Bowerman

Head of Programmes

Emily supports programme leaders to provide high quality services to young people in the UK, alongside her responsibility for the development and delivery of REUK’s fundraising and communications strategies.

Since joining REUK in 2012, Emily has co-authored a range of education-focussed toolkits and research reports, and has written and spoken widely about issues affecting young refugees at international conferences and in the press.

Emily has over 15 years experience in voluntary sector agencies in the UK and overseas, she is a qualified TEFL teacher, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, and has an MSc in Migration and Development from SOAS, University of London.

George Kalibala

Further Education Project Coordinator

George coordinates our Further Education project. He provides advice and guidance to professionals and young refugees facing complex barriers to accessing further education in the UK.

Prior to joining REUK, George worked with various charity organisations across London, providing educational and mental health support to vulnerable young people in care.

Alongside his role at REUK, George is studying medicine at King's College London. He also has experience in coordinating Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials in the NHS.

Giulia Clericetti

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – Oxford

Giulia coordinates our educational mentoring hub in Oxford. Prior to joining REUK, Giulia worked in Greece, setting up and managing an education programme in two refugee camps in the mainland.

She then participated in a research project on refugees/asylum seekers and digital identity in Italy, and conducted research on teachers of refugees in Lebanon, as part of her thesis project.

She holds a masters in International Relations from Rome Tre University, Italy, and a MPhil in Education and International Development from Cambridge University, UK.

Hamid Khan

Education Welcome Project Officer

Hamid Khan is the Education Welcome Project Officer at Refugee Education UK. He provides practical, logistical and administrative support to our newest project, which extends our educational support to hundreds of newly-arrived refugees refugees.

 

Before joining REUK, Hamid worked in business development for a range of organisations at different stages of their journeys. Hamid joins REUK with a deep understanding of how the organisation has grown, having first met REUK as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child some years ago. Since then, he has served as REUK’s longest-serving Chair of the Youth Advisory Board. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Hamid believes in equality and diversity, especially when it comes to the education rights of young people displaced by conflict.

Hammed Kayode Alabi

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – West London

Hammed coordinates our educational mentoring hub in West London. Before joining REUK, he worked with the Mastercard Foundation on the Foundation for All project.

 

He co-created and co-led a mentoring programme to prepare refugee learners in Uganda for Higher Education. He further researched the experience of refugees in accessing higher education through Bridging Education programmes in Uganda.

 

Hammed worked as a Regional Manager with Peace First (Sub-Saharan Africa), where he mentored and connected young people in the region to funding and resources to create social change. He holds a Masters Degree in Africa and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. 

Hannah Elwyn

Head of Culture, Ethos and Innovation

As part of REUK’s Senior Leadership Team, Hannah contributes to the overall direction and running of REUK, with a focus on our ethos, culture and innovation. She is currently heading our values-based youth leadership course, the current focus of our innovation stream.

Hannah has co-authored a number of REUK’s reports and spoken on issues affecting young refugees and asylum seekers at international academic conferences. She has taken a lead on REUK’s on developing training to engage UK faith communities to support local refugee populations.

Hannah has a BA in Law and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Essex.

Huw Hides

Further Education Project Coordinator

Huw works in our Further Education team, providing advice and guidance for young people and professionals in order to remove the barriers that refugees and asylum seekers face in accessing further education. Prior to working for REUK, Huw managed a supported accommodation project for young people who had been homeless or vulnerably housed in the South West of England. In other roles, Huw has launched innovative youth programmes in a variety of contexts. 

 

Huw has a keen interest in how government policy directly impacts the lives of ordinary people, and has completed a postgraduate diploma in Social and Public Policy. 


Huw has spent time overseas and has worked alongside a number of NGOs in Senegal, France, Palestine and Italy

Jane Thorson

Head of Educational Wellbeing

Jane heads up our Educational Wellbeing programme across the UK and, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, plays a wider role in REUK’s mission, strategy development and governance. Prior to this role, Jane worked the past nine years managing and supporting direct service providers working with individuals experiencing violence, including human trafficking, in the United States, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her research on Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan led to the development of the first programme focused on supporting male child survivors of human trafficking in Afghanistan. Jane has over 20 years of educational development experience. She completed her undergraduate studies at the College of the Ozarks, receiving dual degrees in Primary Education and Spanish, and has an Ed.M in International Educational Development from Boston University. 

Jessica Gladwell

Community and Projects Manager

Jess project manages the refurbishment of 60–62 High Street, an old bank building in the centre of Harlesden that will become REUK's new headquarters and a social impact hub to serve the local community.

Prior to joining REUK, Jess worked for a publishing house, specialising in the project management of complex colour titles and commissioning genre fiction. Alongside this Jess was a mentor with Thrive, a charity supporting teenagers from disadvantaged areas, and is passionate about the impact of one to one work.

Jess is excited about creating a welcoming space for the young refugees REUK works to make their own.

Katie Barringer

Head of Educational Progression

Katie leads REUK's Higher Education programme and, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, plays a wider role in REUK's mission, strategy development and governance.

Prior to this role, she headed up the development of our educational mentoring programme across new locations in the UK. Before joining REUK, Katie worked for almost a decade in the prison service where she had a number of management responsibilities, including running the young offenders unit at Holloway prison and sitting on the Senior Management Team at Wormwood Scrubs prison.

She also spent six years in Asia working for St Stephens Society, leading a rehabilitation house for gang members recovering from drug addiction.

Kellie McLean

Administration and Finance Manager

With extensive office management and finance experience in various private and third-sector organisations, Kellie is responsible for monitoring all of our income and donations, overseeing payroll, paying our suppliers, managing our office and ensuring that our London-based and remote workers have the equipment and support they need to do their jobs well.

Lara Kelly

Senior Education and Wellbeing Support Worker

Lara is part of our specialist education and wellbeing support programme, providing additional help, advice and support to young people in our educational mentoring programme across London.

Before joining REUK in June 2019, Lara worked on a pilot project at Hounslow Council which, through research and intervention, sought to reduce social isolation and reliance on public services by strengthening people's support networks, resilience and independence.

A qualified social worker, Lara's previous roles in South Africa included working as a community social worker for a Christian NGO in deprived areas of Durban, supporting people through an array of social issues from her base in a local school and community centre.

Mariia Donets

Education Welcome Project Officer

Mariia is an Education Welcome Project Officer at REUK. She is the first point of contact for refugees and asylum seekers looking for educational advice and guidance on education. 


Her previous experience is running an NGO Goncharenko centre in Ukraine, which provides free education to around 10, 000 people of different ages every month. She is a co-founder of the Ukrainian Volunteer Service, a NGO with 7000 members which focuses on developing a culture of volunteering.  Since 2016, she has consulted various charities on how to improve their organisational culture and work more efficiently with volunteers.


She was previously a youth delegate, representing Ukraine at the United Nations General Assembly in 2018.

Moses Seitler

Youth Advocacy Coordinator

Moses manages REUK's Communications and leads on working young people 's voices and creativity into the services REUK provides. This includes bringing colleagues, volunteers and young people together to share our work and the progress that young people are making. It also means coordinating the Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people supported by REUK who offer advice on how to improve our services and organisation as a whole.

 

Moses is also the founder and director of the social enterprise Screen Share UK, which refurbishes laptops for refugees in the UK. Before joining REUK, Moses headed up the education and community engagement programme for the human rights advocacy charity René Cassin. He has experience working internationally, coordinating sports camps for Yazidi refugee children in Serres, Greece.

Rachel Sears

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – North London and East London

Rachel coordinates our educational mentoring hub in north London. Prior to joining REUK, Rachel spent a summer providing administrative support to a language school in Morocco,while learning Arabic.

This was preceded by three years teaching music in schools across Brent and helping develop Brent Music Service's "Wider Opportunities" programme, which aims to promote access and inclusion in music education. Rachel is also currently studying for a masters in Music and Development at SOAS, University of London, where her research interests include social justice, participatory research methods, and community music making.

Rachel has a PGCE in Secondary Education and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford.

Rosy Cockburn

Senior Educational Mentoring Coordinator – Birmingham

Rosy coordinates our mentoring hub in the Birmingham area. Before joining REUK, Rosy was a programme manager at Heartlift, a charity working with young people who had been excluded from mainstream school or for whom mainstream education was no longer sustainable.

Rosy studied Chemistry at Nottingham University before going on to work with Student Finance. She later completed a PGCE and worked as a primary school teacher where she became interested in helping young people overcome barriers to accessing education.

Alongside her role at REUK, Rosy supports Dyspraxia Education, a not for profit organisation which exists to enable pupils with neurodevelopmental conditions to fully access and participate in education.

Suzie Hance-Barkley

Head of Finance and Operations

Suzie joined REUK in March 2021 to lead REUK's Finance and Operations team. Her career has spanned the corporate and charity sectors; her most recent role at PwC involved managing UK-wide Social Mobility skills programmes for young people from under-represented backgrounds. There she launched an Employability Skills Support programme for refugees across the UK.

Suzie is a Chartered Accountant (ACA), speaks Spanish, Italian, French and basic Mandarin. She sings professionally in her spare time and currently lives in Bristol, having worked across a range of continents.

Tayo Obi

Operations Officer

Tayo joined REUK in December 2019 to support the alignment of our fundraising and programmatic processes and to deliver more effective development and education support for young people.

Based in our head office, she provides administrative and operational assistance to the team, helping them to embody REUK’s innovative style while increasing their impact regionally. Tayo is particularly interested in education as a tool against and a haven from the difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers.

She has worked towards other education causes in Nigeria at Spaces for Change NGO and at a school for disadvantaged children.

Yusef Sanei

Education and Wellbeing Support Worker

Yusef is part of REUK's Education and Wellbeing Support team, which works alongside our educational mentoring programme in order to provide additional help, support and advice to young refugees across London.

Before joining REUK, Yusef worked with several educational charities, providing support to underprivileged young people in order to help them access universities and higher education. Yusef obtained a Master's degree from the SOAS in "Religion and Global Politics" in order to better understand contemporary and historical events that lead to inequality, injustice and displacement.

When not working at REUK, Yusef is a private meditation and wellbeing instructor, working with both the public and across several schools.

Yvie Younane

Senior Educational Mentoring Coordinator – South London

Yvie coordinates REUK’s mentoring hub in south London (including Croydon). In addition to supporting mentoring pairs and matching new volunteers with young people, Yvie leads on the safeguarding and consent elements of REUK’s communications work.  

 

Yvie is a CELTA-qualified English language teacher and has taught English in Greece and the south of France. In her previous work with Action for Education, she planned and delivered English lessons and empowerment-focused workshops for young refugees and asylum seekers on Chios Island. She has also worked at the British Red Cross Young Refugee Service, where she coordinated the’ Refugee and Befriending (RnB) project for unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children in London.

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