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.

Ayesha Williams

Online Learning Transition Project Manager

Ayesha leads REUK's digital transition project, working with our programme teams to transform in-person training into impactful and engaging online formats.

She is a qualified teacher and she uses her skills to help colleagues realise their potential as training creators and facilitators.

Ayesha has worked in the UK Further Education sector for 12 years, mainly leading development projects for youth and teachers in Latin America.

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.

Bryony Norman

Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead Practitioner

Bryony heads up our specialist education and wellbeing support programme. Prior to joining REUK in 2013, Bryony worked for seven years in an international humanitarian and development organisation, deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan.

Bryony was one of the principal researchers on REUK’s After Return report which documented the outcomes of former unaccompanied minors who are forcibly removed to Afghanistan.

Bryony is passionate about supporting young refugees holistically in promoting emotional wellbeing and in exploring and enabling access to education. Bryony has a masters in Near and Middle East Studies from SOAS and a postgraduate certificate from the Tavistock Centre in mental health and wellbeing for young people and adults.

Carolyn Burke

Senior Programme Officer – Youth Leadership

Having set up REUK's mentoring hubs in west London and Birmingham, Carolyn currently coordinates REUK's training and youth leadership course.

She is a qualified TEFL teacher with a BA in Development Studies and Geography from SOAS and has over eight years of youth work experience.

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 Project Coordinator

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.

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.

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 and is the first point of contact for those seeking further education advice and training.

Prior to joining REUK in December 2020, he worked with various charities across London, providing educational support to vulnerable young people. George's role included facilitating a therapeutic environment that aimed to make young people feel safe and supported.

George also has experience working with the NHS in the clinical research field, coordinating Covid-19 clinical trials. He is also a past user of REUK’s Higher Education Advice line, the support he received has motivated him to help others by working for REUK.

Giulia Clericetti

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – Oxford & West London

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.

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 RSN, 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.

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

Refurbishment Project 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.

Moses Seitler

Youth Advocacy Project Coordinator

Moses works across the REUK teams to fundraise and manage communications. He is the point of contact for those whose donations make REUK's work possible. Before joining REUK, Moses provided workforce support to doctors and nurses at the Royal Free Hospital.

He has co-ordinated summer camps for Yazidi refugee children in Serres, Greece, and headed up education and community engagement programmes for the human rights advocacy charity René Cassin.

He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Manchester, and Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Moses is also the founder and director of the social enterprise Screen Share UK, which refurbishes laptops for young refugees.

Rachel Sears

Educational Mentoring Coordinator – North London & 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.

Salma Majeed

Higher Education Advisor

Salma supports REUK's Higher Education Programme by offering insight, advice and training to higher education institutions.

Her own experience of forced migration and the asylum system in the UK allows her to share and highlight the main problems that young refugees face in the context of their education. She has also been instrumental in creating REUK's diversity traineeship.

Salma is a past mentee and intern at REUK, and believes education is the biggest hope for refugees and asylum seekers to survive and thrive.

Her own experience of being motivated to chase her dreams and not give up by her mentor has moved her to give back to REUK.

Susanna Epling

Senior Educational Mentoring Coordinator – East London

Susanna coordinates REUK’s mentoring hub in east London.

Prior to joining REUK, she volunteered with the Refugee Council's integration team and at the Women's Environmental Network's Soil Sisters project, supporting women and children at safe houses in east London through therapeutic gardening sessions.

She brings a wealth of experience of the refugee and education sectors in the US, including working for several years at a refugee resettlement agency, co-directing a refugee health community project, and working at a community college with vulnerable young adults and with international students at university level. Susanna has a masters in public health and maternal child health with a particular focus on refugees.

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). A CELTA-qualified English language teacher, Yvie has taught English in Greece and the south of France. While working with Action for Education (AFE) on Chios Island, she planned and delivered engaging English lessons for young refugees and asylum seekers, coordinated empowerment-focussed workshops for young refugee women, and coordinated and delivered ESL training sessions for volunteers.

Alongside her role at REUK, Yvie works at the British Red Cross Young Refugee Service, coordinating the Refugee and Befriending (RnB) project for unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children in Camden which helps young people improve their English, make friends and gain confidence.

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