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Management Committee

Paulette Mengnjo - Chair of Management Committee

Originally from the British Southern Cameroon, now living in Solihull in the West Midlands, Paulette is a very active person when it comes to human rights activities. In addition to her responsibilities as chair of Right to Remain, Paulette is very involved with voluntary work with local groups and with roles in her church, who are like her family in the United Kingdom. Paulette has been fighting for her own right to remain in Britain for the past seven years and has now won her right stay.

Tienga Ngale - Secretary

Tienga was involved in setting up the Cameroon Community Welfare & Development Association (CACOWEDA), and was a trustee of the Notre Dame Refugee Centre from 2003 to 2010.  He coordinated the activity of the Cameroon Support Network until 2011, and was very involved with the Strangers Into Citizens Campaigns both in 2007 and 2009.  He has also been a Trade Union Rep, and worked as an advisor in welfare rights and health and social care.

Robert Swinfen - Treasurer

Robert works in a management capacity at The Iona Community and formerly worked for SACRO, Richmond Fellowship, NACRO and Oxfam and served on the Boards of Stepping Stones for Families and also the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations as well as Survivors Poetry Scotland and many other community bodies. He is a professional qualified accountant.

Pinar Aksu

Pinar Aksu works with Migrant Voice as a Community Development worker in Glasgow and with Active Inquiry using Theatre of the Oppressed methods. She has been involved with asylum and refugee rights since a young age. She is involved and a committee member at the Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and Stand Up to Racism Scotland.

Giorgia Gamba

Giorgia moved to London from Italy over ten years ago. She worked in refugee camps in Albania and Kosovo in the late 1990s and visited people in detention centres in London as well as being on the board of Detention Action. She now works as a Learning and Development professional, designing and developing training courses and related content for FTSE 100 companies and large third sector and public sector organisations. She has been a volunteer trainer for the British Red Cross for over 10 years, delivering courses on a range of areas including on volunteer behaviours when working with refugees.

Panyika Anselm Karimanzira

Panyika is the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the UK Chapter of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe.  He has been involved with human rights and anti-deportation campaigning in Manchester and Liverpool, and has participated in the Zimbabwe Vigil demonstrations in London.  He is a political activist (in the Zimbabwean context) and Vice Chairperson of Europe Province of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU).

Andrew Leak

Andrew leads the Medico-Legal Services and Legal Protection Team at the Helen Bamber Foundation. He is a lawyer with over 16 years experience, the majority of which has been spent representing highly vulnerable people including children, hunger strikers and victims of domestic violence and trafficking.

Bill MacKeith

Bill is a freelance book and magazine editor, member of the National Union of Journalists and for over 25 years an officer of Oxford Trades Union Council. Active in anti privatisation campaigns he is also a founder member of the Campaign to Close Campsfield and the Barbed Wire Britain anti-detention network.

Alison Phipps

Alison is co-convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration network at the University of Glasgow She is a Professor of languages and intercultural studies and has long convening and board membership experience with The British Council, The Iona Community and the World Council of Churches as well as volunteering with several asylum organisations in Glasgow for many years.

Katherine Rennie

Katherine is a retired solicitor and mediator and has recently moved to live in St Ives, Cornwall. She is a Local Preacher with the Methodist church and a member of the Iona Community. Whilst living in Glasgow she was active in work with asylum seekers and refugees, and was a Trustee and Secretary to the Board of Trustees of a Nightshelter for Destitute Asylum seekers.

Phill Wilcox

Phill has over ten years experience as an asylum caseworker with Refugee and Migrant Justice, the Immigration Advisory Service and more recently as a caseworker and researcher for the Manuel Bravo Project. Phill is also a final year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, London.