Anti-Slavery staff at annual Freedom Conference
Anti-Slavery International staff at our annual Freedom Conference

Director

  • Chief Executive Officer – Jasmine O’Connor

Advocacy and Programmes Team

  • Director of Advocacy and Programmes – Catherine Turner
  • Programme Management Co-Ordinator (Interim) – Emma Cain (Security Lead)
  • Africa Programme Officer (Niger) – Mohamed Camara
  • Africa Programme Officer (Tanzania and Ghana) – Marta Medusa
  • Africa Programme Officer (Mali and Mauritania) – Lamine Gaye
  • Nepal Project Officer – Neelam Sharma
  • Business and Human Rights Manager – Chloe Cranston
  • Business and Human Rights Policy and Research Officer – Rocio Domingo Ramos
  • Senior EU Adviser – Helene de Rengerve
  • Senior Programme Adviser (Safe Migration Project) – Siobhan Mahoney
  • Safe Migration Project Officer – Cristina Patriarca
  • International Advocacy Manager – Kate Elsayed-Ali
  • Safeguarding Manager – Olivia Shaw
  • UK ATMG Coordinator – James Fookes
  • Programme Support Coordinator – Sylvia Roberge

Fundraising and Communications Team

  • Head of Fundraising and Communications – Ryna Sherazi
  • Communications Manager – Jessica Turner
  • Fundraising and Communications Executive – Lizzie Muir
  • Digital Officer – Elizabeth Arif-Fear
  • Fundraising and Communications Assistant – Georgina Russell
  • Strategic Partnerships Manager – Major Gifts – Katherine Hart
  • Trusts & Major Gifts Officer – Emily Hughes
  • Programme Funding Manager – Rod Leith
  • Programme Partnerships Coordinator – Chris Peel

Administration and Finance Team

  • Finance Manager – Eunice Allan
  • Finance and Administration Officer – Denise Seudieu

The Board of Trustees

Trustees have overall financial responsibility and decision-making and meet six times a year in addition to Board Members’ attendance to the Governance, Human Resources and Finance subcommittees.

The Treasurer plays a key role and chairs the Board’s Finance subcommittee, which has specific remits for Financial Performance and budget control and compliance, key financial risks, accountability and information, efficiency and Value for Money; it produces regular reports to the Board and makes recommendations on financial matters, including financial controls.

Sunil Sheth (Chair)

Appointed by the board in August 2020, Sunil is the Senior Partner at Fladgate LLP co-heading its India desk and, until recently, also heading its Private Wealth Group and Inclusivity, Diversity and Respect programme.

Sunil has chaired the disability rights charity Sense International since 2011 and been a trustee since 2004.  Sunil has also been a trustee of One World Media Trust and a trustee of Victim Support, where he acted as Vice Chair from 2007-2010, in addition to being Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and trustee of The Hospice Biographers, a charity which offers terminally ill patients the chance to have their life stories professionally recorded on audio for their pleasure and relief and for their families to hear their voices and memories for generations to come. Sunil was a Founder of the Society of Asian Lawyers and was Chair of the organisation for many years.

Sunil is passionate about leveraging resources and influence to meet the needs of vulnerable people and has led major philanthropic efforts to do so.

He enjoys travel, theatre and sporting activities, and meeting and interacting with people from difference cultures and businesses.

Roxanne Abdulali (Vice-Chair)

Roxanne has over a decade of experience in international development programme management across Asia and Africa. She currently manages a large economic growth programme in Nigeria with Tetra Tech International Development Ltd. During her career, Roxanne managed a series of large rights-based socio-economic development programmes for organisations such as Oxfam GB and has extensive experience in work with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, supporting the empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised people.

Roxanne has for many years maintained a keen interest in anti-trafficking and slavery, including through her work in the fisheries and seafood sector in South-East Asia, which addressed issues around slavery and forced labour within business supply chains.

Roxanne holds a Global MBA from the Manchester Alliance Business School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Leeds.

Peter Freedman (Treasurer)

Recently retired as the Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, Peter has extensive global experience of Boards across private public and social sectors.

As CEO of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Peter was able to persuade the world’s leading consumer companies formally to commit to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains – the first global industry to do so, in 2015.   As part of his work at the CGF, Peter worked extensively on the organisation’s culture and processes so that decision-making and operational effectiveness were better able to benefit from equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workforce.

Now, having recently left the CGF, he is keen to find a way to continue to contribute to the fight against slavery. He is excited by the emphasis that Anti-Slavery International place in the new strategy on both policy change and supply chain implementation and understands the importance of consumer/public pressure and some of the techniques to build it.

Peter’s Board experience in the social sector includes chairing the Board of Spring Impact, a social enterprise consulting firm, since 2018, chairing the Audit & Risk Committee of Whittington Health NHS Trust from 2011 to 2014 and chairing the Quality Committee of the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman from 2012 to 2016.

Anood Al-Samerai

Anood came the UK as a child, her family fleeing from war. She is passionate about social justice, dedicating her career to fighting for a fairer society where everyone has the freedom to decide their own destiny.

After running the office of Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes for six years, Anood spent ten years as Leader of the Opposition on Southwark Council. She was responsible for strategy and operations and worked closely with stakeholders including residents,  law centres and community groups. She challenged local, regional, and national policies, developed new partnership networks, and led successful campaigns such as saving disability day centres and youth services.

Between 2014 and 2019, Anood was the Director of an education charity, TalentEd, which matches retired teachers with bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She led the expansion from a small pilot to a national charity which worked with over 1,000 students and 350 retired teachers, raising and managing funds, brokering relationships with new partners, and overseeing business planning and governance.

For the last two years, Anood has been Director of the Liberal Democrats’ London Campaign, resulting in a doubling of the party’s representation on the London Assembly.

Fiona Hill

The first female Chief-of-Staff to a UK Prime Minster, Fiona played a role in setting the domestic agenda for the UK including the budget from 2016 to 2017.

Fiona has long campaigned on issues relating to modern slavery, including while she was in government, and was the architect of two Acts of Parliament: Modern Slavery Act and Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

After leaving the Home Office, Fiona undertook research at the Centre for Social Justice looking at the organised crime behind human trafficking across Europe, working closely with Europol and Eurojust.

More recently, Fiona has been working with Refuge and has been part of the changes to realign operationally to help victims who have been trafficked from all over the world. Fiona also informally advises the senior team at the Global Fund to End Slavery.

Judy Lister

Over her working career, Judy has worked at Director level for Save the Children UK in East & Central Africa and UK/Europe. With extensive international experience and connections as an International Development Director across the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia, Judy has particular expertise in change management and transition in different global contexts.

Changing attitudes towards children’s rights has been central to Judy’s working life and her interest areas invariably led her to ‘unpopular causes’ such as children of prisoners, Gypsies and Travellers, juvenile offenders and more recently children living and working on the street both in the UK, India and East Africa. For all these groups, changing attitudes was a significant challenge as was policy and legal reform. She likes to think laterally and strategically and to bring on board unusual partners where this is more likely to effect change than through grassroots lobbying.

The roles Judy has undertaken as an interim CEO/Director/Consultant in recent years have broadened her experience of organisational culture, challenges, and obstacles to change. As a Senior Manager , she was responsible for budgets over £20m and substantial global staff teams. Judy is not afraid to  take on a challenge or to make tough decisions where failure to do so is to the detriment of the organisation’s mission and believes this is also appropriate as a Trustee, notwithstanding the important governance requirements of the role.

Frances Morris-Jones

Frances Morris-Jones is an experienced Board director and business leader with extensive knowledge of the international energy sector and has worked in companies of all sizes and across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She has recently completed six years as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and former Chair of the Oil and Gas Authority, a public sector regulator, and holds other non-executive roles as Governor and Committee Chair for the University of Portsmouth, Vice-Chair of Protect, the Whistleblowing Charity and member of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee for BSI Group.

Prior to this, she was a non-executive director on the board of DNV. She brings considerable expertise in strategy, governance, risk management and financial oversight.

Tom Palakudiyil

As an international development professional, Tom has worked at grassroots, national and international levels since 1982. From 2005 up until September 2019, he led WaterAid UK’s program in the Asia Region after working with Christian Aid, first as Country Director for India, and subsequently as Regional Manager for South Asia.

Tom also taught at post-graduate level for over 10 years, including five years at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Tom currently sits on the boards of Anti-Slavery International, Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP) – India, and Dalit Solidarity Network – UK, where he is also the vice chair.

Tom has seen for himself the power of well-planned and well executed programmes to transform lives, and the credibility they bring to campaigns seeking to bring about lasting change. Shared values led him to join Anti-Slavery International as a trustee. Working to help empower people and realise their rights and freedoms – especially those who are marginalised – has been a key motivator for Tom throughout his professional career and a critical force behind the choices he has made throughout his life.

Ben Rawlings

Ben is a senior career diplomat specialising in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, national and international security, and human rights. He is currently Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission Cyprus.

Experienced in organisational development and leadership, policy development, international engagement and risk management, Ben is looking to work with Anti-Slavery International to empower vulnerable and marginalised groups and deliver sustainable systemic change.

Ben was Joint Head of the UK Government’s Forced Marriage Unit from 2010-2012 and was subsequently seconded to the Home Office shortly after the Modern Slavery Act came into force, working as a bridge between modern slavery and human trafficking work and the areas of national security and counter terrorism.

Using political acumen to inform policy development and delivery has always been the core of his work, and he believes in empowering people, giving them their own voice to effect change.

Adil Shah

Adil has over 20 years’ experience in the finance and operations departments of a number of international NGOs, including UK-Med, Action on Disability and Development, and International Medical Corps.

In all these roles Adil has been part of the senior management team, working closely with Chief Executives and boards of trustees, guiding the organisation’s strategic and business planning processes and developing appropriate financial, human resource and governance strategies to ensure the sustainability and impact of the charity.

Adil has lived and worked in Pakistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, DR Congo, and United Kingdom and visited Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sudan and Cambodia for short term assignments. He is fluent in several languages including English, Urdu, Shina, Burushaski and Punjabi.

Adil was a founding trustee of AIDS Health Care Foundation UK (AHF-UK), which  delivers HIV/AIDS support in the UK and to over sixty countries around the world, Sustain Health Partnership, Aga Khan Education Services Pakistan and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan.

Soumya Singh

Soumya is a versatile HR generalist with over ten years of high-quality experience gained across a range of sectors and organisations in the UK. She currently splits her time as Head of People at Smart Energy GB and as Head of HR Consulting at Boringbits, doing consultancy work.

Soumya’s experience is a blend of strategic business partnering and HR operations, and the key sectors she has worked in are science, technology, and consulting firms. She has worked as a business partner for established organisations, including UK’s prestigious national academy of science, The Royal Society, and she has set up scalable HR function from scratch for several UK start-ups. Soumya has recently ventured into the consultancy space offering her expertise to an exciting mix of clients ranging from a FTSE10 business, a fem-tech start-up, and a leading human rights organisation.

Soumya strives to add value to a host of organisations in various capacities. She works as a senior lecturer (HRM and OB) at Kingston Business School and brings industry practitioner insights to postgraduate and undergraduate students. She also volunteers her time as HR Manager for a leading suicide prevention charity and is on the board of The Independent Film Trust and IFT Studios offering strategic input into key decision-making and governance processes.

Soumya is committed to raising awareness on unconscious bias and stereotypes and she actively champions principles of ‘diversity and inclusion by design’ to help remove barriers so that people can offer their best to their jobs and the organisations they work for.

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