Without vital support from experienced professionals who share our vision, Here for Good would just be an idea. Find out more about our staff and trustees here.
Isabella works as an asylum and human rights lawyer at the charity, Safe Passage. Prior to this, she trained at and qualified as a solicitor at the immigration and asylum law firm, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP.
In her spare time, Isabella sits on the Trustee Board of a leading NGO, Restless Development, and helps run a charitable project called Access to Education Sierra Leone. She previously worked at South West London Law Centres, where she helped to run their free legal advice clinics.
Isabella graduated with a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and Masters of Law Legal Practise Course at BPP Law School.
She was nominated one of LSE's top 20 inspirational women in 2015 for her volunteer and campaign work, and alongside Tahmid, was named as a Social Entrepreneur on the Forbes Under 30 List 2020.
Isabella is a Trustee of the Charity.
Tahmid graduated in Law with English, and as valedictorian, from New College of the Humanities in 2016. He was a Co-Founder and Director of The People's Challenge, a crowdfunded pressure group which was a party in the Article 50 Miller litigation, and works in public affairs at the international communications agency PRO.
In addition to having a keen interest in politics and human rights, he is a Trustee of five charities including The King's Head Theatre and The Access Project. He is a 2020 judge for the Charity Times Awards and regularly speaks on political, business and activist panels.
Alongside Isabella, Tahmid was named as a Social Entrepreneur on the Forbes Under 30 List 2020, and was previously twice shortlisted in Law and Policy.
Tahmid is a Trustee of the charity.
Carla Mirallas Martinez
Carla joined the team as a lawyer/volunteer co-ordinator in May 2019. Working from Bindmans LLP, Carla provides advice and assistance to EEA nationals and also coordinates Here for Good's network of volunteer lawyers.
Carla is a Registered European Lawyer (REL) and an accredited Level 2 Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
Bianca joined the team as a lawyer in April 2020. Working from South West London Law Centres, she provides advice and assistance to EEA nationals and their family members primarily in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Bianca previously worked at the AIRE Centre and New Europeans on projects focused on EU law and the EUSS. She has studied law in both Italy and Germany, and has recently obtained a Master's degree from LSE.
Mala joined the team as a solicitor in January 2021, working from Wilson Solicitors LLP in London. Mala provides advice to EEA nationals and their families on the impact of Brexit, focusing particularly on complex casework. She previously trained and qualified as a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP.
Mala is also a volunteer lawyer for the Waterloo Legal Advice Service and an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).
Libby joined the team as a paralegal in November 2020 working from Bindmans LLP. Libby supports the team, providing casework support and liaising with volunteers.
Libby is a qualified solicitor who formerly specialised in commercial litigation and she has a Master’s degree in Human Rights. Libby has previously worked with a number of pro-bono and charitable organisations, most recently Islington Law Centre.
Thalej Vasishta is the founder and CEO of Paragon Law and a Senior Solicitor at the firm. Thal specialises in corporate immigration law, advising businesses in their application for and maintaining their sponsor licence.
Thal heads up the Brexit Group at Paragon Law which is active in advising clients in Brexit contingency planning, advising EU nationals on Brexit implications and applications under the settled status scheme. Thal provides training to businesses, trade organisations, universities and business representative groups on Brexit, workers and the future of UK immigration law.
Thal has been recognised as a leader in the field of immigration law by The Legal 500 for consecutive years.
Thalej has brought Paragon into partnership with Here For Good to help vulnerable people across the Midlands.
Nigel Smith heads up Paragon Law’s private and family immigration department. He is a qualified solicitor from New Zealand with 15 years’ experience in global immigration.
With a broad range of experience in UK immigration matters, Nigel represents clients with complex immigration issues both at the initial stages and right through to the Court of Appeal.
Nigel has dealt with multiple complex EU Settlement Scheme applications with a fantastic success rate.
George is an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme. George is a member of the private and corporate immigration teams at Paragon Law in Nottingham.
George has a particular interest in family reunion applications for refugees as well as complex EU settlement scheme applications. George has assisted with multiple complex EU Settlement Scheme applications with a fantastic success rate.
Elliott is an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme. Elliott is a member of the private immigration team at Paragon Law in Nottingham. Elliott has experience in assisting with a range of immigration applications including complex EU Settlement Scheme applications
FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Hannah joined Here for Good in January 2020 as the Fundraising and Evaluation Officer, having previously worked in fundraising and development for a UK international charity and a non-profit in the US. She manages Here for Good's Fundraising and Evaluation strategy. Hannah is also a Doctoral (PhD) Researcher at the University of Sussex, specialising in environmental law and social justice. She holds a LLB, LPC, and LLM in International Human Rights Law.
Owen joined Here for Good in February 2020 as the Outreach and Communications Officer, having previously worked at Opportunity International and the Northern Ireland Bureau. He coordinates advice events for EEA nationals across the UK, and oversees the charity's communications strategy. He is a graduate of University College London, and speaks Spanish and Italian. Alongside his role at Here for Good, Owen works in EU public affairs in Brussels.
Kim Hooper is a chartered accountant, previously holding Senior Manager posts at both Ernst & Young and PWC, working with clients ranging from PepsiCo to Warner Bros. With a passion for charity work, Kim founded her own accountancy practice specialising in charities and small businesses. She particularly supports Here for Good with its charity governance.
Dr Marianna Koli is Head of the Faculty of Economics and Senior Lecturer at New College of the Humanities. She specialises in International Development, and has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in economics and global affairs, including migration. She is originally from Finland, was educated at the University of Manchester in Management, Economics, and International Development, and has also taught at the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher has been the Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre in Islington since 2010, as well as founding The Cock Tavern and Hope theatres. An Olivier Award winner, Adam was born to Irish parents in Australia, moving to the UK in 2002. As a registered charity with no public funding, Adam successfully leads a team fundraising £100k each year to keep the King’s Head Theatre doors open. He has passion for social justice, which he pursues by giving a voice to minorities in his art and beyond.
Charles is a highly experienced international lawyer. He has been the Managing Director of Oberon Books for over 20 years, primarily responsible for finance, administration and contracts. He also has 17 years of experience the hotel industry, as Vice President Legal at InterContinental Hotels Group. He has specialist knowledge and experience in negotiating, signing and operating hotel management legal agreements all over the world – from Russia to the Middle East and Germany to Ukraine.
Susan graduated with a degree in Law and Economics from New College of the Humanities in 2015. Originally from Greece, Susan is now working in London as an associate in Clifford Chance LLP's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Susan has been passionate about and heavily involved in a range of pro bono initiatives since starting work, including spending several months working at the Mary Ward Legal Centre offering free legal advice to clients in respect of disability-related benefits.
Gary is an actuary that specialises in governance, reward, culture and organisational issues. He has been a partner at the global actuarial, HR and benefits consulting firm, Mercer, for the last 9 years. Prior to this he was a partner at PwC for 15 years. He specialises at modelling future workforce supply in the UK and other countries, particularly the impact of migration and changing participation, and consults with organisations on all aspects of their people strategies. He also currently has responsibility for driving Mercer’s market-oriented Brexit strategy.
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