Jenni is also an active volunteer and campaigner for refugee charities, including as Chair of Trustees of Stories and Supper, a charity working with refugees of any status through food and storytelling.
An ex-BBC journalist with many years of experience in digital media, Katie clocked up over a decade at BBC News and CBBC Newsround before going on to work as a successful influencer, food writer, and freelance digital/social media editor.
She turned her hand to charity communications in 2018 where she has used her passion for storytelling to give a platform to people living on the margins. She’s well connected with the refugee sector having spent two years leading the Communications for Action Foundation in Newcastle, who provide migrants with supported housing, free English language classes and a social drop-in.
Katherine is a poet and novelist as well as a contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought on the early morning breakfast show. She loves writing, travelling, singing and occasional wild swimming, and tweets these adventures @KatherineMaxi.
Julia’s first encounter with the asylum system was when she visited the now-defunct Oakington Detention Centre as a student. Since then, she has reported in Calais and Athens for titles including the New Statesman and the Guardian. She loves travelling and the outdoors – weather and lockdowns permitting. She tweets @JuliaRampenMM.
She also completed a BA in History and International Relations from Loughborough University and was a student representative for a charity that fundraised for legal aid for refugees in Greece.
With her passion for human rights and interest in communications, she is keen to use digital professionally to help share the stories and amplify the voices of refugees and migrants.
She has also completed a BA in Education and Social Services and volunteered with multiple charities in Glasgow. She is also a board member of the Scottish Detainee Visitors.
Elahe is an adventurous outdoorsy person, and she was an experienced mountain/rock climber back in her homeland of Iran.
She loves camping, traveling, reading, and watching good movies.
A marketing and communications specialist with more than 20 years’ experience at senior management and director level in the education sector, Gary has, for the past two years, provided consultancy services to an FE college in the East of England and a West Midlands local authority within the Communities and Integration Directorate, gaining a keen interest in the refugee and migrant sector.
Gary hopes to bring some best practice marketing, communications and campaigns experience to the sector.
Elizabeth Liberda-Moreni, Treasurer
Agnès is a senior civil servant and professional economist. She has in-depth knowledge of Government, public policy and public affairs, having held roles spanning policy, economics and delivery of large programmes across Whitehall. She also has previous experience of advising print and broadcasting media clients on target audiences for Ipsos. Coming from a family with a long history of immigration herself, she moved to the UK twenty years ago. She is committed to promoting the positive contribution that immigrants from all backgrounds make to the UK economy and society, and to the public sector – from public administration to the frontline delivery of health, social care and education.
Dolores Modern is a Latin American migrant woman, who moved to the UK from Argentina in 2015. She is currently Policy and Communications Coordinator on Employment Rights at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS). She has a background in Political Science and Human Rights, and over 10 years of experience working in the women’s sector. She is passionate about fighting exploitation and inequality, about women’s issues and migration processes.
Zino is a psychology undergraduate at St Mary’s University in London. She also works as a Project Assistant at On Road Media and was previously a Let Us Learn Project Worker at Just for Kids Law. She has been campaigning on migrant issues since 2016 and is passionate about using her voice to change the conversation on migration. She moved to the UK with her family from Nigeria when she was aged nine and hopes that by sharing her own story and experiences she can help people to see migrants in a more human way. You can read more about Zeno’s story in our Human Journeys series.
Rachael has extensive experience of leading media and communications teams in not-for-profit organisations. Rachael is currently Head of Communications at the General Pharmaceutical Council, which regulates pharmacists and pharmacies. Previous experience includes working in senior communications roles for the General Medical Council, the National AIDS Trust and The Children’s Society, where she worked on major campaigns representing the interests of young refugees and asylum seekers and their families.
Shazia Ejaz is an experienced communications professional having worked in a variety of sectors. Her training ground was in government departments including Her Majesty’s Treasury which set her up to go on to work in a global management consultancy and a global affairs think tank. Having worked on political campaigns and now running communications for a business body, IMIX benefits from her strategic vision for communications and growing organisations.