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 also Chair of ‘Refugees Welcome – Crawley’ and co-editor of Refugee Tales, published by Comma Press.
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.
Refugee Tales parliamentary officer and Refugee Tales supportKatie joined the GDWG staff team in April 2018.
Katie studied Law at Aberdeen University and then worked as a solicitor in London specialising in international child abduction and family law. She has been a volunteer visitor for four years and has volunteered with Refugee Tales for the past two years.
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.
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!
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.
Parliamentary Officer and Policy Support
Jean joined GDWG in February 2019 and works a day a week. Jean worked as a teacher and then a solicitor practising in public law and teaching community care law.
More recently Jean chaired a local refugee support group in Lewes and remains an active trustee of the group. She has been walking with Refugee Tales since its inception and volunteering with the parliamentary group for the last two years.