Andrew Barnett
Director of the UK Branch / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Andrew Barnett has been Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007. Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he held the post of Director of Policy Development and Communications. Prior to this, he was Director of Communications at the UK Sports Council and, before that, Head of Public Affairs at the National Consumer Council. Andrew previously held posts at HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England, and the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need. He is chair of the Novas Scarman Group of social enterprises, chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, and a trustee of Addaction, the UK's largest substance misuse charity, and has previously served voluntarily in a variety of capacities: as chair of the trustees of SPACE Studios, a London-based arts property charity; a director of Yorkshire Housing; and as a trustee of St Christopher's Fellowship, a housing association providing care and support to disadvantaged young people. Born in New South Wales, Australia, Andrew was educated at King's School, Bruton in Somerset, and St Andrews University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an enthusiast for contemporary abstract and Aboriginal art.

Jon Simmons
Head of Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management / UK Border Agency

Jon Simmons has been Director for Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management at the UK Border Agency since June 2009. Prior to that he spent 18 months on secondment at the Office for National Statistics overseeing the development of the national statistics publication hub, and for 7 years was in charge of the national crime statistics, and for the latter part of that period also Home Office research on crime, drugs and policing.

Ann Phoenix
Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit / Institute of Education, London

Ann Phoenix is Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Her research is mainly about social identities and the links between psychological experiences and social processes. Her research includes childhood wellbeing, transnational families, serial migration, language brokering, mixed parentage, gender, racialisation and intersectionality.

Lynda Lawrence
Newcomers Strategic Lead / Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Short biography and relevance for the round table to follow soon

Vaughan Jones
Chief Executive Officer / Praxis

Vaughan Jones is the founding Chief Executive of Praxis which provides services alongside refugees and migrants in Tower Hamlets and beyond. He holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College University of London. He has a strong interest in popular education methodologies, migration policies, community development, human rights and inter-faith relationships.

Will Somerville
Senior Policy Analyst / Migration Policy Institute

Will Somerville is a Senior Policy Analyst at MPI, where he works on the International Program. Previously, he worked for the Commission for Racial Equality, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, and the Institute for Public Policy Research. He holds a First Class Degree from Leeds University and a Master's with Distinction in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the prestigious Richard Titmuss Prize. He has managed over 20 research projects and has over 25 publications to his credit. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper and has edited five welfare rights and best practice books. His most recent book, Immigration under New Labour, was published in September 2007.

Katherine Mann
Partnership Co-ordinator / Next Steps Project, Living Lens

With a background in arts and policy research, third sector project development, and music-making, including work for ICAR and as an immigration detainee visitor, Katherine now works both as a musician and at participatory film-makers, Living Lens. She is currently partnership co-ordinator on a project working with women trafficked into the UK.

Heather Petch
Director / HACT, The housing action charity

Heather has been Director of HACT since January 2000. Prior to her current position, Heather was working in Leeds and London on two regeneration initiatives supporting local community organisations in developing regeneration projects. She also worked as a policy adviser to the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power. She is a former trustee and now National Assembly member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and was a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Immigration and Inclusion committee.

Gill Green
Senior Research Manager / Audit Commission

Short biography coming soon

Jake Ferguson
Chief Executive / Hackney CVS

Jake Ferguson is Chief Executive of Hackney CVS, the umbrella organisation which supports Hackney's 1900-strong voluntary and community sector. Jake has been with HCVS since 2001. His background as a medical student led him to work in Mosside Manchester on Diabetes research, and he then moved to London to focus on environment and health impact assessment at University College London. He has worked with Drug Action Teams and public health departments in Central London. As CEO of HCVS, Jake has lead responsibility for the Community Empowerment Network and its respective community engagement programmes, leading Team Hackney's response to capacity building local VCS orgs, supporting their involvement in LAA commissioning. The CEN also has a key role in helping local people and local community networks to influence local strategic policy. HCVS has supported the development of the Hackney Refugee Forum which is based in its offices in Dalston, Hackney. Jake is leading the development of a Migrant Strategy for Hackney working in Partnership with MigrationWork and Praxis.

Tim Baster
Executive Director / Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN)

I worked in trade union organisation in the construction industry from the mid 70s until the end of the 80s. From the early 90s until 2006 I represented asylum seekers before the UK immigration courts and ran a human rights charity for detained migrants. I got involved in climate change in 2007 because of its impact on forced migration.

Neil Amas
Director / Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees

Neil worked for refugee NGOs overseas and in the UK before becoming Director of ICAR in 2008. He has experience in providing legal casework, resettlement, health and social care services and has conducted research on community relations, RCOs, disabled refugees, financial inclusion and asylum legal representation.

Yesim Guzelpinar
General Manager / London Turkish Film Festival

After graduating in English Language and Literature in Turkey, Yesim studied Linguistics in London and completed a masters degree in European Social Policy at the LSE. In 1999 Yesim founded Balik Arts, an organisation working with Turkish speaking children and young people, where she got involved in many local and international projects. These now include information/advice/guidance, filmmaking, radio broadcasting, drama, crime prevention, literacy and parenting projects. The short films produced by the young people of Balik Arts have been regularly shown at the London Turkish Film Festival. The collaboration with the LTFF extended to an audience development project, and since 2008, a full partnership. In 2009, she was the co-founder with Vedide Kaymak of the LTFF as an independent organisation.

Ben Gidley
Senior Researcher / COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society)

Ben is a senior researcher, working on projects around diversity, integration and cohesion, at COMPAS in Oxford. As well as ethnographic and policy research around contemporary migration and diaspora, focusing on urban contexts in the UK, he has worked historically on Jewish migration in East London, on the politics of regeneration and community development, on cultural economies and on culturally based social inclusion projects.

Bill Bolloten
Education consultant / Freelance

Bill Bolloten is an independent consultant who provides advice, training and consultancy to local authorities, schools and the voluntary sector across the UK. His areas of work include refugee children and young people, international new arrivals, pupil mobility and community cohesion. His publications include SHARED Futures (Salusbury WORLD, Comic Relief, 2008), Positive Press: Working with the media to challenge discrimination, (Save the Children, 2008) and Home from Home: A guidance and resource pack for the welcome and inclusion of refugee children and families in school (Save the Children, 2004).

Alessio D'Angelo
Lecturer in Social Sciences / Middlesex University

Alessio is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Department of Social Sciences, Middlesex University and has recently been appointed the Business and Community Interaction (BCI) Champion, promoting and coordinating activities in partnership with private and community organisations. He has also worked as a freelance researcher and consultant for various third sector organisations. His research interests include migration studies, diversity and identity, community organisations, service provision and social exclusion. Recent research projects include large grants from the European Commission, The Big Lottery Fund, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Islington Council and Equality and Human Rights Commission. He is currently working on a research project on 'Migrant and minority community organisations: funding, sustainability and ways forward' the preliminary report for which was launched on June 8th. Tel. 020 8411 4818. email:

Susan Cueva
National Development Officer / UNISON

Susan's resposnsibility at UNISON is organising and training vulnerable workers, including migrant and refugee members of UNISON, who are working in outsourced area of the public services, mainly employed by private contractors. She also takes lead on campaign and policy issues around migration, especially those which affect UNISON members and represents UNISON in the some campaign groups with other organisations around regularisation of migrants and the right to work for asylum seekers. In a private capacity, Susan is a Trustee of Refugee Action and a member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

John Speyer
Director / Music in Detention

Joh has been Director of Music In Detention for the last two and a half years. Prior to that he was CEO of a Development Trust in Sheffield, involved with the developing and running of services for disadvantaged and vulnerable people, asset based development, regeneration partnerships. John has been Involved as a volunteer for some years in cohesion initiatives and campaigning against the far right.

Chris Myant
Head of Good Relations / The Equality and Human Rights Commission

Short biography coming soon.

Esme Peach
External Affairs Coordinator / Refugee Action

Having previously worked at ICAR in an information and research capacity, Esme recently coordinated Refugee Action's Refugee Awareness Project. This flagship multi-sited project aimed to increase public understanding of refugees in three locations in England through interactive workshops and talks delivered by refugee and other local community volunteers and arts events. The project was short-listed for the Awards for Bridging Cultures and the Queen's Award for Volunteering. Currently Esme coordinates Refugee Actionapos;s events and high profile supporter relations and its partnership with arts institutions and other corporations. She also leads on the development of public outreach materials and supports a network of refugee ambassadors. Creative partnerships she has established include work with Actors for Human Rights, Women for Refugee Women, the Young Vic, BFI Southbank,, Lush and Lucky Voice. Esme represents Refugee Action on the inter-agency Refugee Week coordinating group and sits on the advisory board for Platforma, a new project for promoting refugee-related arts supported by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation. Esme holds a Masters with distinction in Social Research Methods (Migration Studies) and first class degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.

Juan Camilo
Project Manager, Strengthening Migrants' Rights in London / MRN (Migrants' Rights Network)

Juan Camilo coordinates the London work of the Migrants' Rights Network. He has previously worked with Latin American migrant community organisations in London and at Praxis coordinating a cultural festival of new communities in Tower Hamlets. He recently completed a PhD in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London based on research with Latin American migrants in London.

Allan Cox
Statistician / CLG (Communities and Local Government)

Short biography and relevance for the round table to follow soon

Richard Stanton
Co-Director and Chair / MigrationWork

After graduating as MA in International Relations at Sussex University (UK), Richard worked as a researcher on a range of issues from international development to the funding of local authorities. His research included comparative work across EU member states on investment in local infrastructure, and on systems of local and regional government. Then as an officer of the Greater London Authority from 2000 to 2008 he led work for the Mayor of London to develop regional policy on immigration and asylum, and a strategic approach to the integration of migrants in Europe's most diverse city. Richard offers particular expertise in strategy for migrant integration including employment; financial allocation; use of data; and policy analysis at national or EU level. For the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scoping study Richard interviewed a number of government and local authority representatives with a particular interest in the field of migration.

Sue Lukes
Co-Director / MigrationWork

Sue has been freelance since 1996, but started in refugee resettlement in 1974 as a volunteer. Having got a degree in Modern History (specialising in 17th century Wales) from Somerville College, Oxford, she run a resettlement and community development programme with Latin American refugees. From 1983 she worked in housing, variously running housing aid, information, research, policy and legal services in London, latterly for Shelter. She chairs Music in Detention, is on the board of ARHAG HA Ltd and a member of the London mayor7apso;s Housing Equalities Standing Group. Sue speaks Spanish and was the project lead for the scoping study on future directions for work of migration.

Zafir Behlic
Consultant / MigrationWork

Zafir Behlic has worked as a freelance consultant since 2004, after 11 years as a manager, adviser and development worker in the voluntary sector in the UK. He holds a Master's with Distinction in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex. Zafir has worked on a range of refugee, migration and media projects in the UK and Europe. With other partners he also runs Eazymultimedia, a small multimedia company, providing design and web-based solutions. In addition to the personal refugee experience in the early 1990s, Zafir has lived and worked in Croatia, Switzerland, UK and Slovenia and speaks three languages. For the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scoping study Zafir interviewed a number of practitioners and independent foundations active in the field of migration.

Martin Essayan
Trustee / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Martin Essayan is the member of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation responsible for the UK Branch. He is also responsible for the Foundation's Armenian Communities Department, which supports the Armenian emigrant communities around the world. Before taking on these roles he was a strategy consultant. He is a British citizen of Armenian origin.

Annabel Knight
Project Officer / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Annabel Knight was born in the UK and currently lives in London. She works on transnational and national initiatives at the Foundation, including an extensive European programme on Ageing. While working in Lisbon, Annabel has accompanied the launch of the first Social Stock Exchange in Europe. Having lived and worked in England, Spain, Portugal and Chile, Annabel graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class BA in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies.

Isabel Lucena
International Officer (Cultural Understanding) / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Isabel Lucena is a Portuguese national resident in the UK since 1987. She joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2002, initially working for its Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations programme and, for the past two years, as International Officer in the area of Cultural Understanding. Before joining the Foundation, she was an arts correspondent for Portuguese publications and national radio, and still collaborates with UK world-music publications as a Portuguese/Lusophone music expert. She has studied in Lisbon, Barcelona and London where she has completed a BA in Media and Cultural Studies followed by an MA in arts management, both at the London College of Printing (currently London College of Communications - University of the Arts).

Louisa Hooper
Project Officer / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Louisa Hooper is involved in developing the UK Branch's environment work. Until 2009, she worked in its Communications Department and has edited a range of publications, including the ICAR report, Understanding the Stranger (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2006). She is also Secretary to the Trustees for the Saint Sarkis Charity Trust (a sister charity which primarily supports Armenian-related projects and diaspora organisations). She has taught English in Japan and the UK, worked for the Japan National Tourist Organisation in London, and in publishing.

Rob Clyne
Office Manager / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Short bio coming soon



Danny Dorling
Professor of Human Geography / University of Sheffield

Since 2003 Danny has been a Professor of Human Geography in the University of Sheffield. In 2008-9 he was a member of the Academic Reference Group advising Ministers on the Social Mobility White Paper. In 2009 he joined the World Health Organization's Scientific Resource Group on Health Equity Analysis and Research. With colleagues he has published over 25 books and 400 papers. (Prof. Dorling is not attending the event but has made a written contribution)