James has been working with Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees over the last decade. Before RAMFEL, James was Head of Human Trafficking and victims of slavery support services for Migrant Help, running safe house and outreach services for the devolved governments in Northern Ireland and Scotland as well as services for victims in the South East of England and East Anglia. He also previously worked for Refugee Action and Red Cross Refugee Services and is a qualified immigration adviser. Prior to working with Refugees James worked for Save the Children UK in Beijing and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Nick has been with RAMFEL since 2014 and is an established and highly respected immigration adviser within the field. Nick is a level 3 advisor and specialises in human rights applications.
Clémence has been with RAMFEL since 2017 and is now our Immigration Service Manager. Clémence is a level 3 OISC advisor and specialises in Human Rights and EEA applications. She has previously worked for Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Louisa has been at RAMFEL since October 2018 and is now our Rough Sleeping Coordinator. She is a level 3 OISC adviser and specialises in applications for rough sleepers, NRPF lifts, and human rights. She has previously worked at Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Nihad is a qualified doctor overseas. On arriving to the UK he has worked with a number of refugee organisations as a health advisor. He has also worked for the Waltham Forest PCT- NHS as Community Health Advisor/advocate and as a mental health community development practitioner. Nihad has worked with Black Asian and Ethnic minority communities researching the development and provision of voluntary sector services for HIV/AIDS and Mental Health in particular. In 2010 Nihad joined RAMFEL as Health Access and Development Officer focusing on improving access to the local health and social care services by providing advocacy and advice for vulnerable clients. His past experience means he can identify short comings in the system and ensure the BAMER community to receive equal treatment while addressing their needs.
Nathan joined RAMFEL in 2017 and is our operations manager and previously worked with a homelessness charity providing support and counselling to rough sleepers. Nathan is passionate about providing support and advocacy for vulnerable people and migrants. He oversees the food bank and is also qualified at level 2 of the OISC.
Lex has worked in the migrants’ rights sector since 2017. She previously worked for SOAS Detainee Support, a visiting group working in solidarity with people held in immigration detention centres around London, and as a caseworker at Haringey Migrant Support Centre. Lex joined RAMFEL in 2019 and is qualified at OISC Level 2.
Clare has been at RAMFEL since January 2020 and is a level 2 OISC adviser specialising in human rights applications and NRPF lifts. She has previously worked at Praxis.
Alice has worked with vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers for over five years. She joined RAMFEL in February 2019 and she is now our Asylum Seekers and Refugees Casework Manager. She is also a level 3 OISC adviser specialising in human rights applications. She has previously worked at the British Red Cross and Refugee Council.
Rachel is a qualified Solicitor who has over 15 years’ experience in Asylum and Immigration matters. She is passionate about Human Rights and bringing change to Migrant lives.
Rachael has been involved in the refugee and migrant sector since 2010. She previously worked as a Legal Aid Immigration Solicitor at North Kensington Law Centre. Rachael joined RAMFEL in 2020 and is qualified at OISC Level 3.
Duduzile is a qualified Solicitor and has a strong commitment to human rights, she joined RAMFEL in January 2021 as a Rough Sleeping Casework Manger. Duduzile is also a trainer for ILPA and conducts training on asylum, human rights and immigration law. Duduzile is accredited as a Senior Immigration Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum accreditation Scheme. Duduzile has previously worked for a range of human rights facing organisations such as JCWI and Refugee Action as well as law firms specialising in human rights.
Jonathan joined RAMFEL in January 2021 as a member of the Rough Sleeping Casework team. He previously worked at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP, where he trained and qualified as a solicitor. Jonathan has volunteered with the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and Here for Good.
Mercedes Diaz joined RAMFEL in January 2021 as an immigration advisor accredited at Level 2 under the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. Prior to that she spent several years working for various immigration law firms in London. She has represented clients in cases involving asylum, human rights, deportation, detention, British nationality, entry clearance among other applications. Mercedes is especially interested in Human Rights.
Tom Lee (Chair)
Tom is a senior manager in Cancer Research UK and has a background in strategy and policy development, project management and organisation development in the UK, New Zealand and the Pacific. Having volunteered at RAMFEL a number of years ago, Tom joined the board in 2015 and became Chair in July 2017. He was asked to join the board because of his experience with strategy development and his links to the NHS and specifically CCGs in London – key partners for the charity.
Fatima Sulaiman (Vice-Chair)
Fatima joined the board in November 2018 as a trustee and currently holds the position of vice-chair. She is the Head of Research and Services at the medical research charity, Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK, where she has overseen and developed the organisation’s 5 year Research strategy which works across the healthcare industry to deliver benefits to underserved communities sooner rather than later. With over 10 years of experience within the health sector in a variety of roles, she brings a keen understanding of strategy development and the implementation needed in order to secure real change.
Jenna joined the RAMFEL Board in September 2015, bringing experience from both frontline service delivery and senior management roles in the refugee sector. She has successfully managed destitution, casework, family reunion and international family tracing services while working for NGO’s including the Red Cross and Northern Refugee Centre. Jenna has a strong interest in improving access to mental health services and currently works for Mind, where she leads on safeguarding and quality improvement.
Greta is a retired secondary school teacher who began volunteering with Ramfel in 1994. Greta has subsequently qualified at Level 2 of the OISC. In recent years she has specialised in helping asylum seekers to apply for support from the Home Office, which includes helping them to appeal if their support is stopped wrongly. Greta brings her insight into the daily work of the office as well as casework experience to the Board.
Ale joined the RAMFEL board in January 2019. He is Senior Product Counsel with Google’s device and services legal team where for the past 6 years he has worked both in its California HQ and London EMEA office. He assists the global launch of innovative Google hardware products, specialising in technical product regulations (safety, radio, EMC, environmental, eco-design, recyclability). Before joining Google, he worked for other major players in the tech industry and for an American law firm advising on outsourcing deals.
Francis joined the board in July 2017. He is Senior Bid Development Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, responsible for bid writing and developing the organisation’s case for support for high value donors. He brings ten years of experience in fundraising and communications in the health and social care sector, with a focus on statutory funding, charitable trusts and foundations, and major donors.
Rashmi Bhaskar Mukherjee
Rashimi has a background in Human Resources, Management Consulting, Change and Transformation, having managed various roles in APAC and EMEA over the last 18 years. She joined RAMFEL end of 2017.
Rashmi is currently engaged within the Real Estate sector, supporting an HR Operations transformation programme. She has previously worked within Financial Services, Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing. In the past, Rashmi has helped build organisation capability for a leading charity in the area of human trafficking. She is currently pursuing her post graduate in Organisational Leadership (Change, Strategy and Transformation) from the University of Oxford, and hopes to utilise her skills and education to impact causes close to her heart in the Not for Profit sector; immigration and human trafficking as well as causes defining and defending the rights of women and children to protection, education, health care, shelter and nutrition.
Felix Rehren (Treasurer)
Felix joined the board in 2019. He works in financial services, focusing on life insurance (annuities and pensions). He has a degree in mathematics. He is passionate about migrants’ rights and integration.