Governance and Trustees

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) is a registered charity (1124328) and registered company (4911257).  We are governed by a board of trustees, who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006.

Our charitable objective is to give charitable relief to immigrants and refugees who are suffering hardship, distress or are in need.

Our mission is to improve the welfare and wellbeing of people held in detention by offering friendship and advocating for fair treatment.

Please see our Articles of Association for more details: Articles of Association

The charity has seven paid employees,  and we otherwise deliver our services through volunteers. The volunteers visit people held in detention in the Gatwick area.

Our trustees are:

Marie Dewson (Chair)

Adrian Radford (Treasurer)

Avril Loveless

Felicity Dick

Pious Keku

Greg Clough

Jamie MacPherson

Michael Berkeley

Michael Heathcote

Harry Crossley

Laura Moffatt

Felicity Dick

Felicity started to visit detainees in the Beehive Detention Centre at Gatwick in 1995. She became the first Chair in 1996 when the group obtained charitable status and continued in that role until 2007. She has lead GDWG’s fundraising activities and, supported by staff and many dedicated trustees, the group has raised more than £1.5 million pounds since 1996.

She has a degree in Psychology and for many years worked on attitude studies for industrial companies. She has a Diploma in Counselling.

Avril Loveless

Avril became a volunteer visitor with GDWG in 2014 and has been active in the Refugee Tales project since the first walk in 2015. She has a commitment to social justice, equality, community and human rights which she feels are embodied in the work of GDWG and its outreach through friendship and practical engagement with people, networks and policy makers.

She was a Professor of Education at the University of Brighton until her retirement at the end of 2017. She lives in Brighton with her husband Geoff, who is a jazz musician.

Marie Dewson (Chair)

Marie Dewson has had an association with GDWG for more than 20 years, having been a visitor for 14 of these years.  She was introduced to the excellent work of the charity by Ann Locke, one of the founder members.  On Marie’s retirement she concentrated on her volunteer work for FineCellWork (a charity which helps prisoners) and also on being a trustee for Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid.  On relinquishing these posts after many years, Marie was delighted to be invited to become a trustee of GDWG.  Marie has also assisted in the Art Class at Tinsley House and at a food bank in Merstham.

Marie, a graduate of Glasgow University, taught for many years at St Bede’s School in Redhill and, along with her husband, Eddie, brought up four children and now has 10 grandchildren.

Jamie Macpherson

Jamie first heard of GDWG around 2005 and became a visitor in 2011 after his children left home and he had more free time. He has found the experience rewarding and fulfilling.

Jamie has been attending trustee meetings since December 2015 and believes that he has a good understanding of the work and aims of GDWG. He feels able to make a valuable contribution to the board as a visitor as well as through his business experience.

He has worked for most of his working life in the building industry and a recent switch to part time working has once again given him more free time to offer GDWG.

Pious Keku

Pious has lived experience of detention and GDWG supported him when he was detained.

Pious is a volunteer with the Red Cross and has volunteered with GDWG and Refugee Tales for over 5 years.

He wishes to bring his lived experience over two years and nine months in detention to work with the charity for change.

Adrian Radford (Treasurer)

Adrian started to visit people in the Beehive Detention Centre at Gatwick in 1995. He was appointed treasurer in 1996 and continued in this role until 2010. He is a chartered accountant and has worked in the charity sector in a variety of roles over the last 25 years. He has happily returned to become treasurer again and is looking forward to being part of GDWG again and the fantastic work that they do.

Greg Clough

In 2013 Greg heard that St John’s church in Watford were forming a choir. At his second service he met ‘Mahdi’, a 23-year old Iranian tailor, who had been visited in detention by GDWG. His parents had housed personal friends from Uganda, when they became refugees in 1971, and then a mother and young son from Sarajevo in 1992. Following their example, he offered Mahdi the spare room in his flat and transformed both their lives. Shocked by the tortuous six year wait, hopes, setbacks, re-detentions, adjournments and total lack of financial support for Mahdi, Greg wanted to be involved with GDWG.

A qualified Insolvency Practitioner he specialised in personal insolvency before switching to compliance and process technology roles. Mahdi is now Greg’s third God-child, has refugee status, and they share their flat in Hertfordshire with Tala their dog, enjoying off-the-beatentrack travel and learning to run a tailoring business.

Michael Berkeley

Michael started as a volunteer visitor with GDWG early in 2018 and continues to visit regularly.

He retired from full-time work in the City four years ago and now works part-time as an investor relations consultant and is a nonexecutive director of two companies – one a leading City PR firm and the other a stock exchange for growth companies. He worked in investment banking for 15 years followed by a further 18 years in communications consultancy. Before that he taught in Italy and in Japan.

Other experience includes 8 years as a Governor of an inner London state school where he chaired the Finance Committee and brief spells as a relief worker in Nepal and in India. He graduated from Cambridge in Classics and has an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan. He is married and has two more or less grown up sons.

Michael Heathcote

Michael became a trustee in 2021 after answering a request by GDWG for a new trustee with a financial background which was posted in the Arundel Cathedral newsletter.

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and runs his own financial consulting firm. His career and experience cover many industries both in the role of Finance Director or Financial Consultant.

He is currently a non-executive director of three companies.

He is a Freeman of the City of London.

He is part of the chaplaincy team at Ford prison and is also trustee of various UK charities (including the Friends of Arundel Cathedral and the Arundel Museum Society) he is also trustee/treasurer of an American Foundation.  

Michael was a founder and trustee of the Bosnia Family Aid Appeal; a UK registered charity set up to send medical and other aid to all peoples in Bosnia during the war; regardless of their creed or ethnic race. The charity was instrumental in sending aid valued at over £10 million during this time.

He is married to Melinda and has four children; three of whom live and work in North America. He was educated by the De La Salle Brothers at St Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill.

Harry Crossley

Harry first heard of the GDWG in 2021, when looking to find a way of giving back to the community and to support a charity with the skills learnt in the corporate sector. He has a long-standing passion for freedom of speech and equal opportunities and felt the GDWG was perfectly aligned to this.

Currently working in a global role for a healthcare company gives him frequent interaction with people from all over world where he loves to find out more and create connections. He has two young children who keep him and his wife fit from all the running around.

Other experience includes 8 years as a Governor of an inner London state school where he chaired the Finance Committee and brief spells as a relief worker in Nepal and in India. He graduated from Cambridge in Classics and has an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan. He is married and has two more or less grown up sons.

Laura Moffatt

Laura is in her 60s with husband, Colin, three grown-up sons, and three grandchildren. Laura recently retired from a General Nursing career she loved since training at the age of 18 – but for a break with election to the House of Commons as the MP for Crawley from 1997 until 2010.

Laura’s interest has grown in GDWG over the years, and this led to her becoming a visitor in 2018. There are many reasons that lead us to the door of GDWG. Laura knew she wanted to become more involved with the fight for those with no voice in detention, so she put herself forward to join the Board of Trustees and was very glad to be accepted.