Francesca Lee (Chair)
A senior corporate commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. She is qualified in England and Singapore and has worked extensively in-house with organisations including GE and GE Capital and financial services institutions. She has been a volunteer and trustee in a number of organisations including the AirUsers Council, governor of the Botley School in Oxford and Chair of the school’s finance committee and Secretary of the St Nicholas’ Society of Eton. She has also acted as a Mentor for sixth form students at the Wycombe Management Conference.
Natalie Stanton (Secretary)
Natalie is a research and communications professional, with broad experience of working across the private and public sectors. She has been involved with Refugee Rights Europe since its inception, helping to establish the charity and build its public profile. She is currently working in London as a Media Officer for a Member of the European Parliament, focusing on promoting freedom of movement and humanitarian migration policies. Natalie has a MA in International Conflict Studies from King's College, London.
Josh Alton (Treasurer)
With a professional background as an auditor, Josh is a qualified accountant (ACA) who has previously worked for 2 of the big four accountancy firms. He now works in practice and has a wealth of experience gained at several organisations in areas including strategic planning, corporate/management accounting and internal controls. He acts as a Trustee for another charity which focuses on research into mental health and wellbeing. He holds a first-class bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Naz has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in various capacities throughout the UK and Europe since 2006. She has worked with individuals as well as within communities and refugee camp settings. Through her work, she has gained extensive knowledge regarding the issues and challenges faced by this vulnerable group. She has worked with various organisations, including the Refugee Council/UK, British Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross, France Terre d’asile, Afghan Association Paiwand, Safe Passage, Second Tree (based in Greece) and Hopetowns. Naz has been involved in a variety of research studies with Refugee Rights Europe since November 2016 and is currently working as a consultant for the organisation. She is committed to making a positive change to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers by ensuring their basic Human Rights are upheld, as well as empowering and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
Mark currently works on the EU's humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. In previous roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Parliament he has worked on strategy to support human rights defenders and on developing human rights standards. He has worked with civil society and industry to develop human rights due diligence policies in the mining sector and to develop the first human rights standards and oversight mechanisms for the private security sector working in conflict environments. Aside from knowledge of human rights and humanitarian issues Mark also has some background in multilateral negotiations, particularly at EU level as well as through the UN and OECD on business and human rights issues.
Eleanor Harrison OBE
Eleanor Harrison OBE has a wealth of experience leading non-profit teams around the world. She is currently Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK; an award-winning global charity challenging traditional aid dynamics; using new technology to enable better access to funding, skills and learning for local organisations everywhere. Prior to this Eleanor ran a charity in Kenya for five years helping vulnerable children and their families build better lives. Previously she led innovative programmes for refugees and young people in the UK. Eleanor holds an MA in International Relations, University of Queensland and an MA in Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016) in recognition of her services to International Development. Eleanor is an elected Board Member for BOND - the UK NGO network for international development and the charity Peace Direct.
Having qualified as Chartered Management Accountant, Sabina has extensive experience working as a Finance Partner for multinational organizations, currently GlaxoSmithKline. Her wealth of experience ranges from strategic planning, performance management, control and governance. A life changing experience volunteering in Zambia has re-directed her focus on the humanitarian sector. Consequently, she is currently studying for a MSc in Sustainable Development at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). She holds a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from La Sapienza, University of Rome.
Dr Áine O’Brien
Dr Áine O’Brien is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, London and has worked across the arts, education and activism for over 25 years in the US, Ireland and the UK. Áine set up the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice in 2005, a doctoral programme aligning migration research with the creative arts; and created FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications) in 2007, developing creative, arts and cross-sector public projects focusing on migration. Her creative productions to date within the University sector, FOMACS and Counterpoints Arts (spanning across documentary film, print, exhibition and curation) explore global storylines linking migration with social justice and change. Including film productions: Silent Song (2000) on Kurdish lyrical protest in Europe; Here to Stay (2006) on migrant activism; and Promise and Unrest (2010) on gendered migration and long-distance motherhood. Other productions include a co-edited book/DVD-ROM Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice (Columbia University Press, 2007). Áine runs Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab platform, developing national and international learning/creative production partnerships (with artists, cultural and community organisations, policymakers and academic institutions). She coordinates the cross-platform Who Are We? Tate Exchange programme at Tate Modern; and is the Director of the CREATE/Counterpoints Arts’ summer school on ‘Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice’.
Cara Sanquest holds an LLM in Law from Trinity College Dublin and works as Campaigns and Reserach Manager for an MP. Cara has experience in campaigning and digital and has worked in management consulting at Accenture, Digital Transformation at Save the Children UK, and at Localgiving where she supported small charities to use technology. Cara co-founded the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign which led a global digital campaign called #HomeToVote for the Irish referendum to repeal the Eigth Amendment, and was part of the fundraising and digital teams of Together for Yes. Cara is interested in refugee rights and has volunteered with the Irish Immigrant Support Network (Nasc) where she carried out primary reserach into Direct Provision.