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Meet our team

Meet our team

Executive Team

Aleks Michalik

Aleks Michalik

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director

I love working with Women for Women International–​ UK because I know everything we do has a positive impact on the women survivors of war, their families and whole communities.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Executive Director

I love working here because I get to be with inspirational women and men - from the women we help in countries affected by conflict to my colleagues in the office.

Dani Mason

Dani Mason

Chief of Staff

I am inspired to work together with colleagues around the world in creating the world we want to live in –​ a world where all women’s voices are heard, and their rights are respected.

Negar Sharafi

Negar Sharafi

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

I am inspired by the enthusiasm of my colleagues and their dedication to creating real change in the world, as well as the strength and resilience of the women we serve in our programmes.

Rachel Cropper

Rachel Cropper

Administrative Assistant - Operations and Resources

Hearing stories about how the women we work with have been able to send their children to school, educate their friends on their rights and fulfil their potential is definitely a highlight of working within this organisation.

Shivonne Graham

Shivonne Graham

Managing Director

Women living in war zones, experience the very worst effects of gender inequality – and they are least able to speak out and be listened to. I’m proud to help raise the voices of women who are often ignored and forgotten.

Finance and Operations Team

Ghazala Awan

Ghazala Awan

Finance Manager

I am inspired by my sister, who continues to motivate me in the work I do here at Women for Women.

Nick Waring

Nick Waring

Director of Finance and Resources

I love working for a charity that delivers real transformative change amongst such marginalised and vulnerable women.

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Team

Laurence Greening

Laurence Greening

Sponsorship and Database Manager

I am constantly inspired by the incredible stories of strength and perseverance of the women we work with. I also strongly believe that it’s important for men to play a part in achieving equality.

Lucy Scanlon

Lucy Scanlon

Senior Communications and Marketing Manager

Hearing stories of Women for Women International graduates who have started their own business or found the confidence to stand up for their rights is very inspiring.

Pamela Villacres

Pamela Villacres

Programme Funding & Partnerships Coordinator

For me, there is no greater inspiration than watching a woman defy the odds to reclaim her life back. I am proud to be a part of a movement that embraces these possibilities, and I am proud to be part of this change.

Paulina Stachnik

Paulina Stachnik

Campaign Manager

I am inspired by our amazing graduates, like Sylhane, who I met in Kosovo. She shared, "The classes that I attended really made me brave – they pulled out the best from us."

Preeya Varsani

Preeya Varsani

Corporate Partnerships and PR Senior Manager

I’ve always been inspired by the work that Women for Women International do, and the opportunity to be part of an incredible team who are dedicated to creating real, tangible change in the world is amazing.

Sara Bowcutt

Sara Bowcutt

Associate Director of Corporate & Community Fundraising

I love the phrase 'Empowered women, empower women' – and I think that Women for Women International’s work encompasses this. That’s what inspires me to do my job.

Sylvia Kamara

Sylvia Kamara

Communications Assistant

I am Inspired by the incredible women in our programmes and their strength and determination to overcome the worst of circumstances.

Victoria Noble

Victoria Noble

Fundraising and Marketing Officer

Women for Women International’s belief that ‘women’s equality is everyone’s business’ has always inspired me. Bringing men and women together is paramount to change and I feel so fortunate to help facilitate these important conversations.

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Policy and Advocacy Team

Carron Mann

Carron Mann

Head of Policy and Advocacy

I'm inspired by the resilience of the women we work with and the unwavering passion of my colleagues across the world to deliver our mission.

Sarah Redd

Sarah Redd

Policy and Advocacy Officer

I am continuously inspired by women around the world, joined together by sisterhood, who are supporting and empowering each other and creating a world full of courage and hope.

Stephanie Siddall

Stephanie Siddall

Global Advocacy Manager

I’m inspired by the stories of strength, dedication and leadership that I hear from the women we serve around the world – including those who, despite the immense challenges they face, use their voices to become advocates for change in their communities.