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


  • Chief Executive Officer – Jasmine O’Connor

Programme and Advocacy Team

  • Head of Programme and Advocacy – Debbie McGrath
  • Africa Programme Coordinator (Mauritania and Tanzania) – Sarah Mathewson
  • Africa Programme Coordinator (Niger, Nigeria & Senegal) – Audrey Laffitte
  • Asia Programme Manager – Sally Kilner
  • India Project Officer – Sameer Taware
  • Nepal Project Officer – Neelam Sharma
  • Global Business and Human Rights Advisor – Vacant
  • Trafficking Prevention Project Officer – Leah Davison
  • Researcher and Co-ordinator for the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group – Anna Sereni
  • International Advocacy Manager – Kate Elsayed-Ali
  • Programme Funding Manager – Rod Leith
  • Programme Funding Coordinator – Paola Narracci
  • Learning and Accountability Manager – Laoise Ní Bhriain
  • Programme Support Coordinator – Sylvia Roberge

Fundraising and Communications Team

  • Head of Fundraising and Communications – Ryna Sherazi
  • Communications Manager – Jakub Sobik
  • Strategic Partnerships Manager – Major Gifts – Katherine Hart
  • Individual Giving Manager – Paul Sheehan
  • Fundraising and Communications Executive – Rebecca Chambers

Administration and Finance Team

  • Interim Director of Finance and Administration – Geoff Woodward
  • Business Support Officer – Harpreet Garcha
  • Finance and Administration Officer – Denise Seudieu

Contact our members of staff

The email address of Anti-Slavery International staff is their first initial followed by a dot and then their surname followed by, e.g. You can also call our main reception at (+44) 207 501 8920 and ask to be connected.


The Board of Trustees

Trustees have overall financial responsibility and decision-making and meets 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.

Tanya English (Chair)

Tanya is an experienced senior manager, with over 10 years’ experience at executive director and board level at homelessness charity St Mungo’s. Her experience ranges from fundraising, communications, marketing, policy, public affairs, research and the arts. She has worked within grant making and programme delivery organisations and has considerable experience of working with board members, as a board level manager for over 20 years with experience of board change management programmes and good governance. She is also a trustee of the Fulham Symphony Orchestral Society charity, and an experienced Quaker committee member.

Sarah Hemens (Vice-Chair)

Sarah is on a career break as she raises her young children. Her background is in international fundraising and communications in a broad range of fields including international human rights, humanitarian aid, opera, housing and homelessness and medical research. Sarah has an MA Hons in German from Edinburgh University and a certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the London School of Economics. She was also a Trustee and Chair of a human rights organization campaigning for better tourism.

Jen Harding (Treasurer)

Jen is a qualified accountant with over 5 years financial management experience within SME’s prior to a move to the not for profit sector in 2015. She is currently working as the financial controller for The Landmark Trust.  Jen has a LLB in Law from Kings College London, and studied human rights law at Birkbeck, University of London.

Lucy Claridge

Lucy is Legal Director at Minority Rights Group International (MRG), where she manages the legal department. Her work uses strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity building to improve access to justice for minority and indigenous communities worldwide.  Before joining MRG in 2009, Lucy was Legal Director at Kurdish Human Rights Project, where she managed a caseload before the European Court of Human Rights concerning human rights violations.  She has also spent several years in private practice, worked at Liberty and as Deputy Director of the London-based British Irish Rights Watch. Lucy is a qualified solicitor and graduate of Oxford and King’s College London.

Katy Dent

Katy has over 20 years’ experience of Human Resources leadership in a range of not-for-profit organisations, including homelessness charities Centrepoint and St Mungo’s Community Housing Association; international aid NGO MERLIN and the Southbank Centre.  More recently, she has provided HR consultancy advice to various charities including the RNIB and some YMCA organisations. Her career has also included ten years’ public sector experience as Human Resources Director of Arts Council England and HR Transformation Consultant for a London Borough.  She has been a Trustee for a variety of counselling, health and arts charities. Currently she sits as an Employment Tribunal Panel Member and is a Fellow and member of the HR Leaders’ Network of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Tom Fyans

Tom is currently Director of Campaigns and Policy at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, where he has strategic oversight of the advocacy and policy functions. Prior to that, he was Head of Campaigns (interim) at ActionAid UK, a development charity and is also the former Head of Campaigns at Amnesty International UK.

Nicholas Griffin QC

Nicholas is a barrister who practices in the fields of criminal and public law. He has a keen interest in the rules concerning all aspects of modern slavery and in the area of business and human rights more generally.

Frances Morris-Jones

Frances is a non-executive director with experience in the international energy sector. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Oil and Gas Authority; an External Governor of Portsmouth University, where she is also on the Audit and Quality Committee, a non-executive member of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee of the board of BSI Group, and a Trustee of Public Concern at Work, where she is also on the Remuneration Committee. Prior to this, she was a NED on the Board of Det Norske Veritas (now DNV-GL). She had an extensive and varied career with BP culminating in positions at Vice President level in the BP Exploration & Production segment; she then joined ConocoPhillips in 2008 and subsequently became Executive Director at 3Legs Resources, a shale explorer in Poland. She has a First Class degree from Oxford University and is fluent in French and Italian.

Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor has worked in journalism and programme making around the world for more than 30 years. She held senior positions running daily news, current affairs, investigations and then factual production in the BBC, and is now a media consultant, documentary executive producer, mentor and charity volunteer.

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