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.
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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.
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Russell Whiting (Chair)
Russell joined the Ramfel Board in 2013 and became Chair in 2015. Russell has worked in policy roles for almost ten years and assists with Ramfel policy in addition to having oversight of the organisation. Russell has experience of working with homeless migrants and has also run a foodbank in East London.
Tom Lee (Vice- Chair)
Tom is a Senior manager in Cancer Research UK with a Background in strategy and project management, NGO grant funding (from the funder side), and organisation development. Tom was a volunteer at RAMFEL and was asked to join the board because of his understanding of and links to the NHS and specifically CCGs in London – key partners and potential sources of income for the charity.
Jenna Warr (Treasurer)
Jenna joined the Ramfel board in September 2015. She is an experienced service manager with ten years of programme and financial management experience in health and voluntary organisations including the British Red Cross, Northern Refugee Centre and NHS. Jenna is an OISC level 1 advisor with extensive experience developing services for refugees and vulnerable migrants including casework services and orientation projects for new arrivals.
Beth Coyne (Secretary)
Beth has worked in the homelessness sector, local authority and with NHS/CCGs. Her special interests are rough sleeping, health and employment, and she has experience of fundraising, project and personnel management.
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.
Mohamadou is an immigration, asylum and public law solicitor with a background in social care and youth empowerment. Mohamadou helps Ramfel with general updates on policies and legislation relating to all immigration and asylum matters including EEA immigration issues and issues related to victims of trafficking. He also brings his knowledge with matters regarding children leaving care legislation. He provides training on behalf of the organisation to raise funds