Without vital support from experienced professionals who share our vision, Here for Good would just be an idea. Find out more about our Trustees and Key Supporters here.
Tahmid graduated in Law with English from New College of the Humanities in 2016. He is 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 PRO. In addition to having a keen interest in politics and human rights, he is a Trustee at King's Head Theatre and has twice been nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy.
Tahmid is a Trustee of the charity.
Isabella graduated with a BSc in Government from LSE, and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law and Masters of Law Legal Practise Course. She qualified as a solicitor at the immigration and asylum law firm, Wesley Gryk LLP, before moving to her current role at refugee charity Safe Passage. In her spare time, Isabella sits on the Trustee Board of a leading UK NGO, 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 was nominated one of LSE's top 20 inspirational women in 2015 for her volunteer and campaign work.
Isabella is a Trustee of the Charity.
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.
Here for Good is very fortunate to receive extensive in-kind support, without which it would be unable to meet its charitable objectives.
Supporting the charity from its inception, Bindmans LLP, in particular John Halford (Partner and Head of Public Law & Human Rights) and Liz Barrett (Partner and Head of Immigration Law), continue to provide comprehensive pro bono legal support. Between them, John and Liz have decades of experience, both in the field of immigration law and also charitable legal initiatives.
Wesley Gryk (Senior Partner) and Alison Hunter (Partner and EU specialist) from the immigration and asylum firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors, have also provided Here for Good with invaluable legal support. The firm drafted the Advisory Guide and is also providing counsel for the charity more broadly.
Here for Good has worked closely with the3million to spread our message of tolerance and support. With their team of 50 volunteers working on policy, legal, media, social media and grassroots organising, the3million works tirelessly to ensure the concerns of EU citizens are heard.
The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) is a London based charity providing free legal advice on European human rights law and EU law. Their mission is promote awareness of European law and assist marginalised individuals to assert those rights.
ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) is a professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law.
UKCEN (UK Citizenship for European Nationals) was founded to help EU citizens settle in the UK. They do this by facilitating the acquisition of residence documentation and UK citizenship for nationals from EEA countries and their family members.
JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) is an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy. JCWI does this by challenging laws, supporting partners and influencing public debate.
Carla Mirallas Martinez
Carla joined the team as a solicitor/volunteer co-ordinator in May 2019. Working from Bindmans LLP in London, Carla will be providing advice to EEA nationals and their families on the impact of Brexit and will be co-ordinating a team of volunteer lawyers who are working on specific applications. She is a Registered European Lawyer (REL) and an accredited Level 2 Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
Owen joined Here for Good in February 2020 as the Outreach and Communications officer, having previously worked at Opportunity International. 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.
Hannah graduated from the University of Sussex in 2017 and completed her PgDip Legal Practice Course in 2018. She went on to work in fundraising and development with a UK international charity and a non-profit in the US. She is currently undertaking an LLM in International Human Rights Law alongside her work as Here for Good's Fundraising and Evaluation Officer.
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.
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.
Rachel is an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme. Rachel is a member of the private and corporate immigration teams at Paragon Law in Nottingham. Rachel has a particular interest in the controversial Right to Rent scheme as well as complex EU Settlement applications. She has trained both businesses and universities on the settled status scheme and run workshops on making applications for employees of large organisations.
Before joining Paragon Law, Rachel worked in the Home Office and for national asylum charity, Migrant Help. Rachel has a Master’s degree in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights.
Bianca joined the team on a secondment from South West London Law Centres. She will be providing support to EEA nationals and their family members in applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Bianca previously worked at the AIRE Centre and New Europeans on projects focused on EU law and the EU Settlement Scheme. She has studied law in both Italy and Germany, and has recently obtained a Master's degree from LSE.
Mayssa Benchenaa is a Swiss, Dutch and Algerian national who completed her degree in Graphic Design at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015. Following this, she worked in London for the independent creative communications consultancy Carr Kamasa Design for two years. She is responsible for Here for Good’s logo, infographics and website.
Katie Commons, Project Coordinator at the Migrant’s Law Project, has extensive experience in fundraising for immigration law initiatives. She is voluntarily supporting Here for Good with trusts and foundations applications.
Faith Scott Deuchar
Faith was Here for Good’s previous Fundraising and Communications Officer. She worked at Here for Good between October 2018 and July 2019, having previously worked at Amnesty International UK. Faith’s work was vital to Here for Good’s development as a young charity, helping us secure a number of important and strategic grants.
Faith was also a volunteer at PEN International, a freedom of expression organisation, and involved in the campaign for the release of imprisoned filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov.
Diane, a Mauritian national, graduated with a Film Production degree from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015 year. She is currently working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer in London, and carried out the photography for Here for Good's website.
Stefan was Here for Good's first intern, working on fundraising and communications. He has a degree in Biotechnology from Bristol University and a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College London. He has a background in politics and policy, previously working with Chatham House on global sustainable development. Stefan is now active in local politics and organising in the borough of Lambeth.
Professor A.C.Grayling CBE is a Supernumerary Fellow at Oxford University and Founder/Master of the New College of the Humanities in London and was a founding trustee of Here for Good. He is one of the world’s leading philosophers, having also authored over thirty books. Anthony has been a leading voice in the debate surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, strongly advocating the protection of rights for EEA citizens living in the UK.
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