Rachael is the Director of PlaceShapers, the network for 120 community-based housing associations. She leads the strategy and direction for the organisation, delivering member services, policy and campaigns with members.
Previously, Rachael was Head of Oxfam’s UK programme, leading Oxfam’s advocacy, campaigning and programme work on UK poverty. She led a team delivering programmes supporting women to move into work and challenging poverty and inequality. Rachael joined Oxfam from Shelter, where she held various senior policy and campaigning roles. She ran regional and national campaigns on housing, welfare reform and wider UK poverty issues. Before Shelter, Rachael worked as a support worker and in hostels for homeless people.
Rachael served for seven years as chair of Angel Shed Theatre Company, an inclusive theatre charity in Islington. She has also volunteered with Help Refugees and is involved in local campaigns in her community.
Ian is an experienced Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer. He has a mix of not for profit and commercial experience; having worked in the oil and gas industry in a range of senior roles in finance and associated functions, he moved to the not for profit sector in 2007. Having worked for organisations such as British Red Cross, WaterAid, EveryChild and the WEA, he is currently the Director of Finance and Information Systems at the Nuffield Foundation, and has served on a number of charity boards including Family for Every Child, ECPAT UK and the Refugee Therapy Centre. Ian lives in Oxfordshire.
Alphonsine Kabagabo is the Director of Women For Refugee Women a charity that supports women seeking asylum in UK to campaign for a fair asylum system. She is a survivor of the 94, Rwanda genocide. She is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of girls and young women and has 20 years of experience in leading programmes for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She led the development of transformative programmes that have given hundreds of young women the confidence to speak out and influence changes to policies on issues such as child marriage, HIV/AIDS prevention, fighting violence against girls and young women, and providing reproductive health services to women in refugee camps. She is a past trustee of Womankind, an international feminist organisation supporting women’s rights and a trustee of SURF, a non-profit organisation supporting survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Anne’s career began in housing rights advice before moving to supported housing where she gained a reputation for great services that engaged and empowered service users. After a successful spell in Adult Social Care commissioning, she was for more than a decade Operations Director at the largest rural housing association in the UK. She helped build an enviable reputation for high quality energy efficient homes and services.
Anne is an experienced voluntary non-exec director, in the not-for-profit sector, and is currently the Chair of Homeless Link and board member of Hightown Housing and Cluid Housing in Ireland. She works independently as a management consultant and interim director where she supports organisations to transform services by animating their social purpose.
Clare is an experienced and award winning programme-maker. She has been responsible for popular formats such as Great British Bake-Off as well as a wide range of individual films examining the fabric of Britain. Subjects range from the slave traffickers to domestic violence, cults to sex abuse. Recently she executive produced Jay Blades- Learning to Read at 51 (BBC One), about literacy.
Her engagement with refugees began with several films about immigration policy and experience. She was responsible for the multi-award winning 2016/17 series following refugees looking for a better life, Exodus, Our Journey to Europe and its sequel, Exodus: Our Journey Continues (BBC One). She commissioned A Very British History (BBC Four), two series about the immigrant experience in different British cities including Leicester Ugandan Asians, Vietnamese boat people, London Chinese, Birmingham Irish and Leeds Jews.
In 2020, Clare volunteered in Calais with Care4Calais. On her return, she set up a volunteer network to support refugees in hotels in South London. The 50-strong team now offers food, clothing, access to lawyers, welfare and advice to a changing population of about 500 and works with councils and community organizations to deliver support.
Previously Clare was for eight years a governor at London’s Graveney School, one of the capital’s largest comprehensives where she took a special interest in the media element of the curriculum.
For 12 years, Clare was a Trustee of the Horniman Museum, a museum which has a deep commitment to human cultures and the natural world. She was centrally involved in the digital and real world rebranding and was a director of Horniman Museum Enterprises. She is author of Mr. Horniman’s Walrus, about the lives and legacies of the Horniman family, due out September 2022.
Diana was the CEO of Victim Support from 2018 until July 2023 after being the Director of Operations from 2015-2018.
Prior to Victim Support, Diana was Director of Operations at Shelter for seven years where she was responsible for the charity’s advice and support services. She has also worked for four London boroughs and three housing associations, managing a wide range of housing, development and care services.
She was a trustee of the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network from 2014 until January 2023 and was chair between 2015-21. She was a non-judicial member of the Sentencing Council from 2019 until October 2023 and a trustee of the National Emergencies Trust from 2019-2021
Dr Gerry Power is Partner and Managing Director at Purpose, based in London.
For more than 25 years he has designed and directed multi-country global impact, measurement and learning studies on narrative change, campaigns, communication strategy, creative execution and public opinion for multilaterals (British Council, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO), foundations (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Democracy Fund, Luminate, Wellcome Trust) and NGOs (BRAC, HIVOS, SightSavers). His work has a particular focus on prejudice, equality and social justice.
Gerry was formerly Chief Research Officer at M&C Saatchi World Services. He also served as Director of Research and Learning at BBC Media Action, establishing an award-winning global research network across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was Vice President with Magid Associates, the media research and consulting firm in New York and London. Gerry has also served on the faculties at UCLA, UDLAP (Mexico), the University of Texas and the London School of Economics.
Gerry is an avid traveller, especially to Ardmore, County Waterford, in his native Ireland.
Ghino is a youth and community strategist. She started out as a youth worker supporting female participation and inclusion for young people with special needs and disabilities. As a young Kurdish refugee, she found a new home in London, and her formative experiences continue to inspire her work within communities.
Ghino holds a postgraduate qualification in Law and a MA in Applied Anthropology and hopes to continue research in the way language and stories shape our environment. She has shaped youth engagement strategies to effect change within communities, both in the UK and abroad. She has also worked with the business sector to develop meaningful Social Responsibility models. Ghino is currently working to improve outcomes for those affected by serious youth violence and exploitation across the UK working with national charities that lead in systems change.
Ghino is a big fan of Sarah Kay poetry, and is the mother to two little rock stars.
Harriet is a senior leader with experience across a breadth of sectors. She has spent over 20 years as a management consultant and Partner at PA Consulting, where she worked across government, health and life sciences sectors, helping organisations shape and deliver strategic change. Her early career was in charities and the NHS.
She has recently moved back to the charity sector, and is currently Deputy Chief Executive at RNID, where her role is to deliver the new strategy that makes this heritage charity relevant in the digital age.
Harriet lives in North London with her husband and three children. They are a regular host family for Refugees at Home.
Lyndall Stein has worked building support for international organisations working on a wide range of issues including the liberation of South Africa, access to treatments for HIV/AIDS, and poverty/inequality. She has worked in a variety of roles as CEO, and as a Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Campaigns- in a wide range of organisations including the African National Congress ActionAid, Care International, Concern Worldwide The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Big Issue, BOND, Practical Action, VSO, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Save the Children and WWF UK
She now specialises in senior interim assignments and has been a speaker and trainer both internationally and in the UK and regularly volunteers including projects in Ghana and during the Rohingha in Bangladesh. She was awarded the 2017 Lifetime achievement award by the Institute of Fundraising, is a Board member of Greenpeace UK and a regular contributor to the The Fair Observer.