Right to Remain, Management Committee 

Catherine Hurley (Chair)

Catherine is the Business and Operations Manager of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she ran the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge and the Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London. She has a breadth of experience in strategic planning, policy development, financial and grant management and people management. She has been active in a voluntary capacity in the migration justice movement for nearly ten years, including a stint as social media volunteer for the Detention Forum.

Phill Wilcox

Phill Wilcox is a researcher based between the UK and Germany. She has a PhD in anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London and has been active in migration and social justice issues for many years. Phill is also a qualified immigration advisor working for the Manuel Bravo Project in Leeds. 

Hyab Yohannes

Hyab Yohannes is an academic with a PhD in ‘The Realities of Eritrean Refugees in a Carceral Age‘ from the University of Glasgow. Currently, he works as a project academic coordinator at the University of Glasgow, where he conducts research, synthesises findings, and provides insights on theoretical, methodological, and policy-oriented questions. He is co-editing a Special Issue on decolonising knowledge production for the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication and a Handbook of Cultures of Sustainable Peace for Multilingual Matters. Additionally, Hyab has recently signed a book contract with Routledge for his upcoming book titled ‘The Coloniality of the Refugee.’ Hyab is also a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

Tom Gee (Treasurer)

Tom joined the Right to Remain Management Committee as Treasurer in 2020. He is a qualified accountant currently working as Financial Controller for a publicly-owned regeneration corporation in East London, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors.

Callum Lynch

Callum is an LLB Law and LLM International Human Rights Law graduate. He works as an Advice & Information Officer at the human rights organisation Liberty, where he provides human rights legal advice to members of the public on a range of issues, produces informational resources, and develops collaborative projects with grassroots organisations, including protest rights trainings. He is a former volunteer with Right to Remain, and has worked within numerous human rights organisations, including Detention Action, Prisoners’ Advice Service, REDRESS, Black Protest Legal Support, and the Human Dignity Trust. He organises with Lambeth Cop Watch to challenge discriminatory and oppressive policing in his community, and volunteers as a legal observer at protests with Black Protest Legal Support. He has been a trustee for Brixton Advice Centre for the last two years.

Stephanie Habib

Stephanie is the Development Manager at English for Action (EFA) London, a grassroots language education charity that works alongside migrant communities in London to organise for change. Before joining the EFA team in 2021, Stephanie earned an MA in Media Practice for Development & Social Change at the University of Sussex. There, she focused her research on the ways in which the news media uses language to depict marginalised social groups, particularly relating to issues surrounding poverty, race, and social mobility. Prior to her graduate studies, Stephanie spent time working as a news reporter in the United States and later as an EFL teacher in state schools in France and Spain.

Zainabb Hull

Zainabb is a queer, disabled, brown Muslim femme from London who works at Organise, a campaigning platform for workers’ rights. Alongside their work at Organise, Zainabb is a freelance writer and editor. They’ve spent many years organising at a grassroots level, working towards abolition and disability justice. They’re interested in decolonisation and anti-racism, pop culture, and Black and brown trans joy.