Staff

About the people who make GDWG
 

Anna Pincus

Director

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). 

anna@gdwg.org.uk

 

Marygold Lewis

Administrator

Marygold 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.

marygold@gdwg.org.uk

Josie Wade

Project Officer

Josie joined the Refugee Tales team in August 2020, having previously volunteered in the GDWG office. She has also volunteered with organisations including; Student Action for Refugees, Pathways to Independence and Nightline.

Having recently completed an MA in Human Rights, Josie is looking forward to working with GDWG to advocate for an end to indefinite detention and supporting the Refugee Tales community.

josie@gdwg.org.uk

Karris Hamilton

Senior 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.

karris@gdwg.org.uk

Frances Bell

Operations Manager

Frances joined the GDWG team in January 2021. She first walked with the Refugee Tales community in 2019, later joining the organising group as a volunteer. In 2020, she fundraised for GDWG as a Birthday Ambassador, walking 250 miles to mark the charity’s 25th birthday.

Frances has also volunteered with Good Chance Theatre, where she copyedited the Change the Word collective’s An Orchestra of Unexpected Sounds. The anthology was written by poets from over 20 countries who have made the UK their home.

frances@gdwg.org.uk

Ishiaba Kasonga

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. 

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. 

kasonga@gdwg.org.uk

Mana Shamshiri

Advocacy Coordinator

Mana joined the GDWG team in November 2020, having volunteered with Barnet Refugee Service as a youth support worker and as a legal caseworker at Kesar & Co’s Intervene Project. She also set up the London branch of Guiti News, a migrant-focused media outlet.
She speaks Farsi, French, Dari and English, and believes strongly in the goal of ending detention.

mana@gdwg.org.uk