Our team

Emma Harrison, Chief Executive

Emma is passionate about the role of good communications in changing attitudes and building movements for change. She has worked in international development, the disability sector and the consumer movement.

An Arsenal supporter, owned by her pug Raffles, and with strong opinions about how the media shapes our world, she tweets extensively at @emma_campaigner

Denise Meredith, Media Director

Denise Meredith has been a campaigner on climate change, forests, illegal wildlife trade and biodiversity for leading NGOs including WWF, IUCN, The Climate Group and Greenpeace. She headed up the press office for the British Red Cross leading on the Global Landmines Campaign, the Rwandan genocide, the Bosnian war and all international disasters.

A widely published author, she believes storytelling runs in the heart of all great communications. Having worked extensively in wars, disaster situations and with refugees, she is passionate about giving marginalised people a voice and above all, access to the media. She tweets @DE_Meredith

Katherine Maxwell-Rose, Digital Communications Manager

Katherine is a communications specialist with a wide variety of experience in the arts and charity sector. After working as co-artistic director of her own theatre company for a decade, she decided to use her passion for storytelling to campaign for social change. Previously, she worked as an online editor with the NGO, Tearfund which included training young people to advocate and communicate on issues of poverty, climate change and sustainability. She firmly believes in the power of stories to bring about social, political and cultural change.

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

Matteo Besana, Communications and Media Manager

Matteo is motivated by making the UK more welcoming for migrants and for the public debate surrounding the topic to be more nuanced and positive. He is a trained journalist and communication specialist with experience working in research centres, European institutions and political parties. After working for think tanks in the Netherlands he moved back to London where he was working in the press office of the European Parliament in the UK. Following a stint as a contractor for several European institutions he started working at the Green party in the UK as Senior Press Officer.

A music lover and an avid reader powered by a strong cup of Italian coffee, he always buys too many books and too many records. He tweets at @matteo_besana

Niall Mann, Regional Communications Coordinator (West Midlands)

Niall is the regional communications coordinator for IMiX in the West Midlands, supporting organisations working in the migration sector in the region with their communications and media efforts. He also works as communications officer for The Refugee and Migrant Centre (Black Country and Birmingham).

Previously he managed communications for Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, a charity offering frontline support to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.

Before this, he headed communications for The Mercian Regiment, one of 18 infantry units in the British Army.

Emily Jones, Office Manager

Before joining the communications and charity sector, Emily worked for many years in financial services. Alongside this she completed a BA in International Studies with RMIT, Melbourne, and has a long-standing interest in migration and human rights. Outside of work, Emily is kept busy by her two young children and is most content when crafting, practicing yoga or on holiday by the sea.

Anna Lincoln, Media and Campaigns Intern

Anna is a media and campaigns intern for IMIX. After completing her MA in Gender Studies at SOAS last year, she has been interning with several charities including RefuAid. Anna is from London and in her spare time she enjoys making silver jewellery, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

Our Trustees

Geraldine Blake, Chair

Geraldine’s career has been in civil society, most recently as Chief Executive of Community Links, a social action charity working alongside local people to tackle inequality in east London and to share the learning nationally. Prior to that, Geraldine founded and ran a social enterprise, GAP Research, which supported residents and service users in highly diverse communities to work with public agencies to improve services and design effective solutions to long standing problems.

Geraldine is currently drawing on her frontline experience for systems change projects in the independent grant-making sector, with three roles with London Funders, Trust for London and the John Ellerman Foundation.

Alejandra Baigun

Alejandra is an Innovative Finance Advisor at iGravity and is part of the coordinating team of the Gender Finance Collaborative. She previously worked as a Project Manager at Acrux Partners, where she conducted UNHCR’s feasibility study for increasing the number of Syrian Refugees in Argentina.

Prior to that she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Initiative, Opportunities for the Majority, supporting investment into companies targeting the base-of-the-pyramid (BOP) market. Previous private sector experience involved working at Google and Booz & Co. Before entering the private sector, she was a research assistant at Harvard University focusing on impact evaluation. Alejandra is a currently studying for an MA in finance at London Business School and holds a masters degree in economics from Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina, where she also completed a bachelor’s degree in of economics.

Shazia Ejaz

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.

Joe Levenson

Joe is Director of Communications and Campaigns at the Young Women’s Trust, a national charity which supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay. He has extensive communications and policy experience and an interest in communicating on challenging issues. Joe was previously Director of Communications at the National Council for Palliative Care, where he also led on the Dying Matters Coalition. Before that he was Head of Communications at the Refugee Council. He has also worked at the Greater London Authority, as Specialist Adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights and within prison reform.

Phoebe Griffith

Phoebe is a recognised media commentator, public speaker and advisor on a range of migration issues. She is an associate director at the Institute for Public Policy Research. In recent months, she has been seconded to the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, presented to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, the government’s review on social integration, the London Strategic Migration Partnership among others.

Before joining IPPR Phoebe worked at a leading grant making foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, where she developed several major programmes on migration and integration. She has also worked for several UK think tanks. Phoebe has an MA in Latin American politics and society, a BA from Oxford University and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.

Zeno Onokaye-Akaka

Zeno 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.

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