We are registered with England & Wales Charity Commission: number 1174070.
We have appointed three great trustees who will guide our strategic direction, offer valuable advice and ensure we are making the best possible decisions in the interests of the refugees we support.
My mother arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied 8 year old. As I grew up this fact was a big part of who we were as a family. My mother is a very strong woman and the moral compass she instilled in me and my three sisters was a high sense of right and wrong, as well as the need to be part of the community.
I consider myself a world citizen. I have spent much of my working life running small businesses and over the past 9 years have done this remotely while living in one of the many countries my partner worked, currently Palma de Mallorca. I’m a problem solver, have a degree in Statistics and am a chartered accountant.
As with others I met while volunteering in Greece, the vetting process and the clear aims and instructions received before arrival and at the camp made me confident that my time and the money I raised were going to be used to really make a difference. I was honoured to be asked to be a trustee and am very aware of the responsibility I have to every stakeholder by accepting. I intend taking an active role in helping further develop Refugee Support into a charity achieving its aims for as long as there are refugees in need.
With a 25 year history in executive search I have built and run globally recognised talent management organisations. My entire career has been people focussed negotiating at the highest level and building lasting relationships with leaders of the world’s leading tech companies including Apple. Although driven to run profitable businesses I am a people person and one who understands how to build cultures in businesses and careers alike.
My reasons for becoming a trustee are again people focussed. Watching news on the human flow from warring countries into refugee camps disturbed me utterly and in November 2017 I had the opportunity to do something. Refugee Support’s ethos of providing aid with dignity was compelling and after an efficient and slick process I found myself in one of the camps in Greece where they operate, Filippiada. I went with my daughter to work in the camp and experienced the respect, passion and commitment that are the core values of Refugee Support. I returned to Katsikas in November 2018 where again I could see the real difference that Refugee Support makes to these brave but traumatised residents who truly appreciate their work whether it be in the form of a warm welcome, a weekly food shop including beautiful fruit and vegetables locally produced or in the provision of much needed clothes.
I am entrepreneurial and creative and I hope to use these skills in my role as a trustee to fundraise within the corporate market and also to raise awareness.
I spent my early childhood near the border of Mexico in a community deeply involved and affected by the Vietnam war. By my 10th birthday I learned that equality existed on the battlefield but not at home. We became the children of protests, agitating for finding ways to do “it” differently.
I first heard about Refugee Support from a friend in Brighton who had been working in Calais providing aid to refugees in what used to be called the “Jungle”. I liked the simplicity of message, to provide Aid with Dignity, and over the years have seen it make a real difference to peoples lives, giving them respect and a feeling of normalcy in a very unpredictable world.
I have worked on the ground in conflict areas, done feasibility studies for primary health care in communities coming out of decades of war and even had a radio programme which translated clandestine broadcasts from areas that newly arrived residents came from, providing much needed news of “home”. I sought ways to introduce development study into the national curriculum, getting children to work with children in other countries to better understand the reasons behind conflict and why people have to sometimes leave their homes and seek refuge.
After witnessing all that was happening in the Southwest Asia region in 2015, I like many felt that I had to do something to help families fleeing for their safety. In Nov of 2015, I joined the staff at Carry the Future (CTF), a US non-profit, and began working closely with Refugee Support shortly there after.
Together, Refugee Support and CTF have worked to provide aid for newborns and moms, food, emergency relief items, diapers and feminine pads to the residents that Refugee Support serves. I am excited to join Refugee Support as a Trustee and to use my many years of volunteer management experience to continue helping the world’s most vulnerable population.
I have been a US military spouse for more than 18 years and have lived all over the world, to include the US, Turkey, Japan and currently England. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education, a Master’s Certificate in Advance International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning. I currently live at RAF Lakenheath, England with my husband and two children ages 6 and 9.