Amy Ashlee is a Research Manager at Refugee Education UK, where she manages REUK’s research on refugee education issues in the UK and globally. Amy specialises in child- and youth-centred research methods and has more than six years’ experience in research and policy for NGOs, UN agencies, government departments and university partners. She holds a master’s in International Child Studies from King’s College London, and her academic research has focused on the intersection of forced displacement, psychosocial wellbeing and education.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Orientation Programme Facilitator
Anna is Facilitator of the Orientation Programme (job share), a four week English language and integration programme for newly arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Oxfordshire.
Prior to joining REUK, Anna coordinated the Orientation Programme for 3 years following several years as an OP volunteer. Before that, she was a literacy tutor for 8 years for Quest for Learning charity, teaching vulnerable and special needs pupils, in 12 primary schools in areas of urban deprivation in Oxfordshire.
Anna was International Exchange Coordinator for Triangle Arts Trust charity for 12 years, working alongside teams of visual artists in 12 African countries, India & the UK, sharing expertise to develop International Artists Workshops.
Senior Supporter Engagement and Communications Officer
Annie is REUK's Fundraising and Communications officer. After finishing her BSc (hons) Ecology degree, she spent a few years volunteering abroad working as a seasonal researcher 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.
Senior 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.
Educational Mentoring Coordinator: North London
Cara coordinates our educational mentoring hub in North London. Prior to joining REUK, she worked on various community projects, including a programme providing free sanitary products and tackling sexual assault in university facilities; analysing and identifying gaps in mental health provision in Cambridgeshire and volunteering for a student-run charity that provides legal aid to refugees.
She has a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Cambridge. Her research there focused on the creation of alternative forms of citizenship in response to political oppression and violence in Latin America. She recently moved back to the UK after travelling and working in North and South America.
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.
Educational Mentoring Coordinator: South London
Cennydd coordinates our educational mentoring hub in South London.
Prior to joining REUK, Cennydd was a refugee operations volunteer at Breaking Barriers and had also gained experience working with young people from non-traditional education backgrounds at the Sutton Trust. Throughout university, he was involved in various societies orientated around activism and advocacy, working with WaterAid, Oxfam UK and other student affiliate networks.
He holds a masters in Migration Mobility and Development from SOAS University of London. His research focused on examining the (im)mobility of Sub-Saharan forced migrants in Morocco, against the framings of the Global Compact for Migration.
Orientation Programme Facilitator
Charlotta is a Facilitator of the Orientation Programme (job-share) in Oxford. She has worked with asylum seekers and refugees for 18 years in education, counselling and support settings. She grew up in the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA and then lived in Namibia, Kenya and Togo before settling in Oxford.
In 2012 she set up the Orientation Programme for newly arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Oxfordshire, providing English lessons and sessions about living in the UK, the asylum process, wellbeing and staying safe. She has a master's degree in International Educational Development and is a qualified counsellor.
Charlotta is passionate about giving a warm welcome to asylum seekers and is hugely enjoying teaching the young people.
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 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.
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.
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.
Educational Mentoring Coordinator: East London
Eleftheria holds an MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights and is a CELTA-qualified teacher. She has extensive experience of developing and delivering English language programmes for community-based organisations in the UK supporting people from forced migrant backgrounds.
She previously worked as an ESOL tutor in Groundwork’s Afghan Response team, providing English language support to Afghan refugees in bridging hotels across London. Prior to that, she worked for Mojatu Foundation, administering training programmes for refugees in Nottingham who arrived through the Syrian Resettlement Programme. She is interested in how trauma-informed teaching practice and wellbeing-centred approaches to ESOL can enhance people’s educational outcomes and overall welfare.
Chief Programmes Officer
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.
Educational Mentoring Coordinator: East of England
Federica holds a Joint Master’s Degree in Global Economic Governance and Public Affairs from LUISS University and CIFE, for which she wrote her thesis on complementary education pathways for
Prior to joining REUK, she worked for an Italian NGO delivering capacity-building
courses for government and civil society officials working with people in need of protection.
Federica previously served as an intern with the Partnership and Coordination Service at the
UNHCR in Geneva, where her work focused on building partnerships with NGOs and FBOs to
deliver optimal results for refugees. Prior to that, she was an intern with OCHA’s Emergency
Further Education Lead Practitioner
George is part of REUK's Educational Progression team, which provides advice and training to practitioners 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.
Senior 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.
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.
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.
Further Education Lead Practitioner
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
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.
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.
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.
Finance and HR 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.
Senior Educational 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.
Educational Wellbeing Support Worker
Liban is an Education Wellbeing Support worker.
Having worked in residential settings supporting looked-after young people including unaccompanied minors, he is very familiar with the needs of our service users. He has several years of experience within youth support and community engagement work, including risk assessments, program implementation and providing mental health support.
He is very passionate about refugee rights, which is reflected in his previous roles and voluntary work with organisations including Mind, Sport England and ESDEG.
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.
Youth Advocacy Manager
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.
Education Welcome Project Manager
Niwa is part of the Welcome Project Team which provides education orientation and guidance for young people seeking asylum and refugees new to the UK.
Niwa is an educator at heart and has extensive experience in teaching and the UK education system. After graduating with Honours in Education in Canada, she taught various year groups in a primary school in Kent. In addition to an alternative provision to support young people back into mainstream education. In other roles, she has coordinated initial health assessments for newly arrived people seeking asylum.
She enjoys volunteering to teach ESOL Boosters and organising a weekly Community Conversation Cafe for people from forced migrant backgrounds.
Rachel is REUK’s Operations Administrator. She is responsible for providing administrative support for the recruitment, training, and onboarding of new staff. She works with the rest of the Operations team to ensure that the programmatic teams are able to provide high quality services to young people.
Prior to joining REUK, Rachel volunteered as an educational mentor for refugee students in London. She also has experience working as a community liaison for the New York State assembly where she managed communication between assembly members and constituents.
Rachel has an MA in International Migration and Public Policy from The London School of Economics. Her research focused on examining cross-border labor migration schemes as a development response to current and future environmental displacement.
Higher Education Coordinator
Rosy is a Higher Education Coordinator. 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.
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.
Senior Educational 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.