Hazel has worked and volunteered in the refugee and humanitarian sector for 17 years, in various roles in the UK, Europe and Sudan. Most recently she was the National Director at NACCOM, a national network of organisations working to end destitution amongst migrants. Prior to this she was the Director at the Asylum Support Appeals Project, a charity providing access to justice for people seeking asylum. She is currently the Chair of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation and a consultant Elder with Doulas Without Borders.
She has a degree in Law, and is based in Whitley Bay on the beautiful North East coast, so when she isn’t working she’s on the beach – or sometimes trying to do both!
[Hazel is currently on maternity leave.]
Laura is a social justice leader and US-qualified lawyer with twenty years of experience advocating for equality and human rights in the US and UK. Most recently, she was the Director of the Health Justice Program at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she brought an immigrant and racial justice focus to health justice advocacy campaigns. Before joining NYLPI, Laura worked at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice as a Senior Attorney litigating strategic federal and state class action cases seeking systemic reform in the public benefits system. Prior to NCLEJ, Laura was a Senior Legal Officer at the Commission for Racial Equality in the United Kingdom and a judicial law clerk (judicial assistant) for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Staff Attorneys’ Office. Laura has a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA and an M.Sc. in Gender Studies from Birkbeck College.
Prior to starting at Justice Together Initiative, Fidelia worked as a Grants Officer for the Research Project Grant scheme at the Leverhulme Trust. Her other experience has been varied and ranges from teaching in a state school in Bucaramanga, Colombia, to administrative work at a number of London schools and working at a Buddhist centre in South London. She has also volunteered and fundraised for a number of small London based charities.
She has a degree in Psychology (with a dissertation on the emotional response to music), is based in South London and when time permits is usually found meditating or experimenting with yet another recipe for pistachio and lemon cake.
Sheena is experienced in grant-making, having previously held positions in arts funding. At Arts Council England she worked on project grants, the National Portfolio, and project managed the Artists’ International Development Fund (co-funded by British Council).
Prior to joining TLEF, Sheena spent five years freelancing in the arts, working with contemporary performance companies, venues and independent artists as producer, project manager and fundraiser. Sheena specialised in disability arts and freelanced at Unlimited, a funding and commission programme for disabled artists.
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