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

Director

  • Chief Executive Officer – Jasmine O’Connor

Programme and Advocacy Team

  • Head of Influencing and Programmes – Catherine Turner
  • Programme Management Co-Ordinator (Interim) – Emma Cain (Safeguarding Lead)
  • Africa Programme Coordinator (Mauritania, Tanzania, Niger, Nigeria, Mali & Senegal) – Emmanuelle Tremeau
  • Asia Programme Manager – Sally Kilner
  • 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
  • Safe Migration Project Officer – Leah Davison
  • International Advocacy Manager – Kate Elsayed-Ali
  • Policy and Monitoring Assistant – Ayomide Sotubo
  • Programme Support Coordinator – Sylvia Roberge

Fundraising and Communications Team

  • Head of Fundraising and Communications – Ryna Sherazi
  • Strategic Partnerships Manager – Major Gifts – Katherine Hart
  • Programme Funding Manager – Rod Leith
  • Fundraising and Communications Executive – Lizzie Muir

Administration and Finance Team

  • Head of Finance and Resources – Shane Carter
  • 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 a Senior Partner at Fladgate LLP 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 been a trustee of One World Media Trust and a trustee of Victim Support, where he acted as Vice Chair from 2007-2010 and was also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. Sunil is also a 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. In addition, 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.

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

Anti-Slavery International staff and trustees welcome Sunil’s valuable governance experience, business acumen and vision for the work of Anti-Slavery International. 

Sarah Hemens (Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Lead)

Sarah is Director of New Books in German, a multi-stakeholder project which promotes German-language literature in the UK, USA and across the world. She previously worked in grants fundraising and communications in international human rights, working with institutional donors in Europe, the US and Africa and managing a communications and publications programme. She has also worked in housing and homelessness, biomedical research, the arts and international development. Sarah has also been Trustee and Chair of a membership organisation advocating for respect for human rights in tourism.

Sarah has an MA (Hons.) in German from Edinburgh University as well as a certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the London School of Economics.

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. This includes chairing the Audit & Risk Committee of Whittington Health NHS Trust from 2011 to 2014 and chairing of the Quality Commission of the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman from 2012 to 2016.

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.

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 ASI 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.

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.

Anood Al-Samerai

Anood came the UK as a child, her family fleeing from war. With the support of a volunteer mentor, Anood secured a place at Oxford University, graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

After running the parliamentary office of the Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes for two years, Anood spent 10 years as Leader of the Opposition on Southwark Council, in which role she was responsible for strategy inside and outside the town hall.

Over these ten years, Anood worked closely with stakeholders including residents, law centres and community groups. She challenged local, regional, and national policies and developed new partnership networks, and led successful campaigns such as saving disability day centres and youth services. For the
last two years Anood has been a Director of the Liberal Democrat London Mayor and Assembly Campaign.

Anood is passionate about social justice, dedicating her career to fighting for a fairer society where everyone has the freedom to decide their own destiny.

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.

Roxanne Abdulali

Roxanne has over a decade of experience in international development programme management across Asia and Africa. She is also currently a senior manager with Development Pathways Ltd., an international development consulting company, and sits on the Board of Directors for Lanka Social Ventures, a social enterprise incubator in Sri Lanka. 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, and through her work in the fisheries and seafood sector in South East Asia, has had further exposure to issues around slavery and forced labour within business supply chains. She is excited to now have the opportunity to continue her support to anti-slavery initiatives as a Trustee for ASI.

Katy Dent

Katy has over 25 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.

Currently, she is HR Director for One Housing Group, a large London based housing association employing over 1500 people. 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.

Judy Lister

Over her working career, Judy has been Regional Director of Save the Children in both East & Central Africa and UK/Europe, and London/Midlands Director of Save the Children UK. 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 challenge or to take 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 is an experienced non-executive director with a background 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, where she was also formerly Interim Chair. She serves as an External Governor of Portsmouth University, where she is also on the Audit and Quality and Nomination Committees, a non-executive member of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee of the board of BSI Group, and a Trustee of the whistleblowing charity, Protect, 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).

Frances 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, where she was awarded a University Scholarship, and has followed an Executive Development programme at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. She is fluent in French and Italian.

Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor has 30 year’s global experience in broadcast and journalism, including Board and Senior Leadership roles in news and factual production in the BBC. She is a consultant and executive coach for leaders, teams and those experiencing change.

Tom Palakudiyil

Tom recently retired from his role as the Regional Director for South Asia at WaterAid, where he oversaw and coordinated WaterAid’s work in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. Tom also has over 25 years’ experience in the development sector in India and South Asia. Prior to joining WaterAid, he worked for Christian Aid, first as Country Director for India, and subsequently as Regional Manager for South Asia.

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 – valuable experience and insight required to provide support and challenge, and make a meaningful contribution to the success and achievements of ASI’s goals and objectives.

Tom holds a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich. He has also taught at post-graduate level for over ten years, including five years at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India.

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 the 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 is currently a trustee of AIDS Health Care Foundation UK (AHF-UK) that delivers HIV/AIDS support in the UK and to over 60 countries around the world.

Soumya Singh

Soumya is a versatile HR generalist with over ten years of high-quality strategic and operational experience gained across a range of high-performing organisations including: consulting and professional services firms, technology businesses, start-ups and charities.

Soumya currently splits her time as Head of People at Smart Energy GB and Head of HR Consulting at Boringbits, whilst also volunteering as HR Manager for a leading suicide prevention charity, The Listening Place and serving as the HR Trustee on the Board of Independent Film Trust, offering strategic input into the key decision-making and governance processes.

Soumya has successfully delivered change and capability programs involving multiple stakeholders, ranging from senior business leaders, employees, subject matter experts and trade unions. The nature of change management projects varied from introducing new technology, frameworks, restructures, mergers and acquisitions, TUPE and redundancies to culture change interventions.

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