Kat worked for over 15 years with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK before joining ASAP in February 2018. For 13 years she worked at Refugee Action, managing policy strategy and developing services for asylum seekers and refugees throughout their time in the UK. She has also worked at Refugee Council, supporting a consortia of organisations offering advice on asylum support, and most recently she led Save the Children UK's policy work on safe routes and family reunion for children travelling from Europe to the UK. Kat has a long history with ASAP, having been on the Management Committee for 7 years.
Lilly joined ASAP in July 2017 , she came from Red Cross Portsmouth where she had been working for over 5 years first as the International family tracing Co-ordinator and most recently as the Refugee Support Volunteer Co-ordinator. Lilly has an MA in Human rights and a degree in sociology and social psychology.
Marie-Anne has worked in the refugee sector for the last ten years. After completing a Masters in Development Studies at SOAS she joined the British Red Cross Refugee Services in London as their women’s casework co-ordinator. There she was instrumental in building up their advice service also developing volunteering training and policies. In 2008 she joined ASAP as a legal adviser on the London Project. She has since held the post of Duty Scheme Co-ordinator and is currently working as a legal researcher supporting the solicitor in ASAP’s litigation work. She is the author of the No Credibility report published in 2011. She also works as a Duty Scheme advocate and ASAP trainer. Whilst working, Marie-Anne completed a law conversion course (the GDL) and in summer 2012 passed the Legal Practice Course with distinction.
Deborah worked for many years as a housing and social welfare solicitor before starting at ASAP in 2013, first at TV Edwards and then at Pierce Glynn. She was on the executive of the Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association, and had many reported homelessness cases in the higher courts, particularly against LB Tower Hamlets. She was also a freelance trainer for Shelter and Legal Action. After leaving private practice in 2009, she did an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, and then taught on the undergraduate law degree there. She co-writes the Support for Migrants update series in Legal Action magazine and writes the asylum support chapters in CPAG’s ‘Benefits for Migrants’ handbook.
John practised law in New York and London and has worked as a volunteer in the arts and the criminal justice system. Since May 2015 he has been helping at ASAP two days a week with the duty scheme and research. He enjoys the mix of policy and casework at ASAP and, as an immigrant himself, is glad to be helping other newcomers to these shores.
Mark rejoined ASAP in December 2015, having initially volunteered on the Duty Scheme (2011-2013) and covered the post of Legal Researcher (2013-2014) during Marie-Anne Fishwick’s maternity leave. Since taking up his current post Mark’s core work has been representing asylum seekers in their appeal hearings. He has also carried out research which was submitted to the House of Lords. Prior to working at ASAP Mark trained and qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. As part of his training, he was seconded to the human rights group Liberty for 6 months.
Dianah joined the ASAP team as the Finance and Operations Officer in February 2013. Dianah was born in Uganda and came to join her husband in the UK twelve years ago. Dianah holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree from the University of Essex and is currently pursuing an ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) qualification. Dianah has amassed over 12 years of experience in human resources, finance and administration in the international development sector and has worked in both Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, including work with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit a second tier refugee organisation in the UK.
Alice joined ASAP in Sep 2013. She began working with asylum seekers in 1998, as a volunteer English teacher at an immigration detention centre. Since then she has worked for the British Red Cross, The Refugee Council and Asylum Aid. During her time at Asylum Aid, she worked for the women’s project as an asylum support caseworker and was a member of the management committee that set up ASAP. Outside of the asylum field, she has worked for a local Women’s Aid project and has managed an advocacy project, focused on supporting people with learning disabilities. Her current role focuses on supporting women in the asylum support system and spans individual representation at the tribunal, training and policy work.
Aideen joined ASAP in August 2016 as our new training co-ordinator. After completing her PHD in International Relations, Aideen spent 5 years at the British Red Cross as their Women in crisis casework co-ordinator, where she developed extensive casework skills and specialist training programmes.