StaffAbout the people who make GDWG
Anna worked for the British Council before joining Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group as a volunteer. She has worked in the GDWG office for ten years.
Anna is co-editor of Refugee Tales, published by Comma Press.
Anna is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, commonly known as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Detainee Advocacy CoordinatorDaniel joined the GDWG team in June 2018. His career background is in refugees and mental health – he has worked with refugees in Lebanon, Poland, and Greece, and in mental health here in the UK.
Daniel has followed the excellent work of GDWG for some time now, and was delighted to be able to contribute to our work. He believes strongly in the goal of ending indefinite detention, and in supporting people currently stuck in detention centres with no end in sight.
Development Officer and Project Support
Mary joined the GDWG staff team in January 2019 having been previously involved with Refugee Tales for five years as a volunteer. She has worked in development and leadership within charities and churches for more than thirty years.
Mary studied International Development and Refugee Studies at the University of East London and recently completed a PhD which looked at the interaction of refugees and church communities in London. However, she would describe herself as more of an activist than an academic!
AdministratorMarygold started work as GDWG’s administrator in October 2017. Prior to this, Marygold volunteered with the service for two years, assisting with office support and visiting detainees.
Marygold has travelled and worked in approximately 68 countries throughout her career. This has included work with the UN in Somalia and Niger, as well as independently in Senegal, the West Indies and the UK as a librarian, documentalist and records manager.
Advocacy & Administration Support Officer
Kasonga joined the team in February 2020. He has both refugee background and lived experience of immigration detention in the UK. He therefore understands the world of migrants including asylum seekers well and he uses this to advocate for their welfare in the UK.
Due to his counselling skills he uses active listening and a person-centred approach when it comes to supporting people both inside and outside detention.
Kasonga is also a senior member of the experts-by-experience group, Freed Voices and he has been heavily involved with the group since 2016. He believes that people with lived experience should play a central part in the debate around immigration detention; and the public must be well informed about the human right abuses related to the indefinite immigration detention in the UK.
Detainee Advocacy Coordinator
Karris joined the GDWG team in February 2019. Prior to this Karris had worked as a support worker in a mental health supported accommodation and at an HIV advocacy charity.
Karris has volunteered with migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum for around 5 years, with a number of organisations including; the British Red Cross, L’Auberge des Migrants and SOAS Detainee Support, as a volunteer visitor.
Izzy joined the GDWG team in November 2019. She is passionate about the goal of ending indefinite detention and raising awareness on the subject.
She began volunteering for ‘Refugees Welcome – Crawley’ 4 years ago and later became co-chair of the education committee. Since then, Izzy has been involved with Refugee Tales, organising projects in the community and delivering assemblies to young people as part of the outreach work. Izzy is delighted to be contributing to the fantastic work of GDWG alongside her studies at Drama school.