Our Chief Executive
Richard Hammond joined us in early 2019 as our first Chief Executive. Richard has 30 years’ experience within the charity sector leading successful teams within organisations such as Save the Children, ActionAid and RNIB as well as a number of charities within the health sector.
Richard has a strong background in fundraising and strategy development and prior to joining us held a number of Director roles and joined us from Prospect Hospice where he was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Income Generation. Richard is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and is a qualified facilitator. Richard can be contacted on 07495 552322 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Executive Assistant
Hannah Williams joined us in November 2020 as our first Executive Assistant. Hannah has a wealth of experience in the corporate and charity sectors with a background in marketing and business development. Hannah’s charity experience includes 16 years as a volunteer supporting organisations such as Samaritans and Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS). Hannah can be contacted on 07376 721325 or at email@example.com
Manager of Arrival Packs and Sleep Packs Project
Karen Ashcroft is the Manager of our Arrival Packs and Sleep Packs Project. Before joining as a staff member in June 2020, Karen had been volunteering with The Separated Child Foundation since June 2018 as a regular and much valued Purple Packer, helping with the assembly of arrival packs and sleep packs, as well as couriering packs on occasion. Karen came to us with 17 years’ supply chain experience from a brewing and packaging environment, working mostly in materials planning and stock control, and has a lot of expertise that is relevant to our project.
Nicola Johnstone joined us in June 2021 as our first Programme Manager. Nicola has 10 years’ experience in project development and delivery, programme management and monitoring and evaluations. After graduating with a law degree specialising in refugee and international humanitarian law, Nicola worked for seven years for the Australian Department of Home Affairs managing projects and programmes supporting refugees in both detention and community settings in Australia, Nauru and Papua New Guinea. She established and directly managed the refugee settlement programme in Nauru including the provision of specialised services for unaccompanied refugee minors and young persons (13-21yrs), working with them on a daily basis. For the last three years, Nicola has worked as the Operations Support Manager for RE:ACT and managed over 180 operations in the UK in response to Covid-19. Nicola is currently studying for a Masters in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration.
Egerton Gbonda taught Science at Christ the King College (Sierra Leone) after completing a Science and Education degree at the University of Sierra Leone. He worked as a supply teacher in a number of London schools and completed a Master’s degree in Refugee Studies at the University of East London. He is experienced in supporting young refugees and asylum seekers in developing life skills, and has worked in Club Class since its inception in 2010.
Ama Ata Aidoo, a playwright, poet and novelist, has won many literary awards, including the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel Changes. Her writing particularly deals with the tension between Western and African world views. Many of her protagonists are women who defy stereotypical female roles. Ama Ata has spent a great deal of time lecturing in Africa, Europe and North America.
Lord (Alfred) Dubs has held key positions in local and national government, and in several influential organisations. He was Labour MP (1979—87), Director of the Refugee Council (1988—95) and since 1994 a Labour life peer, Baron Dubs of Battersea. A child refugee fleeing Nazism, he champions the rights of unaccompanied refugee children: he successfully introduced an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 to offer them safe passage to Britain during the refugee crisis.
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Dr Anthony Julius is a prominent British lawyer and academic, whose doctorate is in English literature. A highly regarded litigation lawyer, he has acted for many high profile clients. He is currently Deputy Chair of the prestigious London law firm Mishcon de Reya, Chair of the London Consortium and Vice-President of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
The Baroness Neuberger DBE is a rabbi and social reformer, and in the period 1997-2004 she was chief executive of the King’s Fund. Julia Neuberger was created a life peer in 2004 and in 2007 was appointed chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering. Her publications include The Moral State We’re In (2005). She became senior rabbi of West London Synagogue in 2011.
Jonathan Ross OBE is a film critic, chat show host and presenter of television and radio. His Queen’s Birthday Honour in 2005 was given for services to broadcasting and he has also received awards from the entertainment industry, including BAFTA three times for television entertainment performance and, in 2008, the Sony Gold Award ‘Music Radio Personality of the Year’.
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Jonty Hurwitz, formerly a financial entrepreneur, is an engineer, technological innovator and scientifically inspired artist who is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His anamorphic statues, using Nano technology, are recognised as the smallest human form ever created. Elements of his work focus on the experiences of displacement and refuge.
Sarah Kleiman is a solicitor, and the General Counsel of a large City law firm. She has a keen interest in professional ethics and diversity, and speaks on both topics. She is proud to be from Grimsby.
Robin Richardson (Founding Chair – 2007-14) was formerly a director of a consultancy specialising in equality and diversity, the director of the Runnymede Trust and a local authority chief inspector for education. He is the author of many publications on equality and diversity issues, and is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences. He was drafting editor of Living with Difference, the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (2015).
Mark Friend (Trustee – 2007-14, Chair – 2014-21) is Strategy Director at Cancer Research UK. He was previously at the BBC where he led the strategy team and developed and managed new digital products such as iPlayer Radio, podcasting and music services. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director of North East London NHS Foundation Trust. He previously worked as a management consultant and in business development for media and public service organisations. Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a qualified Executive Coach.
Gloria Abramoff FRSA (Chair: Communications Committee) is the Managing Director of Tonic Productions, specialising in award winning editorial content for BBC networks, corporates and charities. As an Executive Consultant, she is also developing creative primary school content linking the curriculum to careers. Previously at the BBC, she was the Creative Director of Children In Need and Project Director for multi media social engagement campaigns. A retired Trustee of both the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and The Radio Academy, she is an active advocate concentrating on story telling, working with several charities to help develop their work and impact.
Sarah Castro MBE (Chair) is currently Head of Safeguarding at SafeToNet. Sarah was previously Director of Development at Safer London, has worked in consultancy and acted as Chair of the Metropolitan Police Tower Hamlets Police Independent Advisory Group. Sarah is also Chair for Social Ark CIC, a social enterprise incubator programme based in Tower Hamlets that supports young people from under-resourced, resilient communities to use their lived experiences to develop social businesses of their own.
Angela Gluck (Link trustee for Arrival Packs and Sleep Packs Projects; Member: Communications Committee) has worked as a teacher, lecturer, teacher-trainer, school inspector and curriculum creator, has authored over 40 books on religion, history and education, and broadcasts on these subjects. Much of her professional life has centred around interfaith dialogue and issues related to life in a pluralist society. From 1993 to 2011, she co-directed an educational consultancy specialising in equality and diversity; she is currently a freelance educator, trainer and writer.
Michael Marx FCA (Treasurer) is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former member of the UK Listing Authority Advisory Committee. He was chief executive of Development Securities plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange, for 21 years up to July 2015; and was chair of Nationwide Accident Repair Services plc, listed on AIM, for 9 years to May 2015. He is currently Trustee of The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, JW3 and The Jonathan Levene Music Scholarship.
Christina Moore (Member: Communications Committee) has worn many hats in the digital field and is largely known as a digital audio evangelist. Christina has been a Judge for The British Podcast Awards, Audio Production Awards and facilitated the Spotify Sound Up Accelerator Programme, as part of her mission to bring engaging content to audiences and champion the careers of creatives.
Arnaud Vervoitte (Member: Communications Committee) is INQUEST’s Operations Director. A politics graduate holding a Master’s degree in global politics and race relations, he has worked with refugees for 12 years, including as the manager of a national children education project and as the senior manager responsible for asylum support in London, West Midlands and the East of England at the Refugee Council. Prior to joining INQUEST, Arnaud was the managing director of Just for Kids Law, a legal charity supporting children and young people. He is a passionate campaigner on social justice issues, including anti-racism, gender equality and the rights of refugees and migrants.
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Rachel Ouseley, having first been a teacher of modern languages, taught children with profound and complex learning difficulties for many years. Now retired, she continues to maintain contacts with her former school as a supply teacher. She also tutors individuals.
Our Senior Volunteers
Writer and LinkedIn Volunteer
Roma Felstein is a freelance journalist. She worked as a radio producer with the BBC and a tv executive for satellite broadcasting before setting up a training company. Currently she volunteers with a number of asylum organisations.
Voluntary Roles in the Arrival Packs and Sleep Packs Projects
Recruitment and coordination of volunteers
Nikki Clarke is a PhD student at Birkbeck (University of London) and was a BBC journalist for over 30 years. She has volunteered with Separated Child since 2016 because it’s a practical way of doing something to help.
Carole Harris has a MSc degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. For 21 years she worked for the United Nations in various parts of the world, in a range of contexts and programmes, including development and peace-keeping. She is an active Rotarian.
Irene Kay is a retired primary school headteacher. Her particular interest in supporting lone refugee youth stems from both her parents being welcomed to this country as teenagers when they fled Nazi Germany.
Lisa Bard is a project manager, specialising in delivering IT projects. She organises the night shelter at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, working with Together In Barnet and Homeless Action in Barnet. Lisa also chairs the Local Advisory Board of Career Ready at The London Academy in Edgware and mentors 6th formers.
We are dependant on your generous donations of money and time to provide our services to the vulnerable and traumatised separated children who need our help.