Ben Pollard

Founder & CEO

Ben began his career documenting and supporting displaced communities in Bangladesh, East Africa and Zimbabwe before training as a community organiser in Washington DC and London where he co-founded the Citizens UK campaign to increase Syrian refugee resettlement.


Eliot Fineberg


Eliot has spent more than 10 years working at the intersection of service design, technology and delivery. He has been Deputy Director at the Ministry of Justice, Products Lead at FutureGov and has a background in product management and digital strategy. He thinks interesting things happen when the creative, passionate and analytical people work together.


Andrew Chaplin

Delivery Lead

Andrew is a graduate of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He also has three years' experience in the voluntary sector, including managing campaign groups with SPEAK Network and working alongside refugees in the West Bank and South Africa.


Claire Brown

Communications Lead

Claire began her career as a journalist before making the leap into the worlds of marketing, communications and funding. She's spent the past 10 years having fun in education and the third sector, where she's specialised in developing programmes and campaigns to engage young people and adults experiencing poverty and disadvantage.


Celia Mellow

East Midlands Funding & Ops Manager

Celia is a final year student at the University of Derby studying Global Development with Sociology. She has been an active member of Student Action for Refugees (STAR) and took on the role of president in her third year. She started an intern position with Local Welcome after a few months of assisting in co-ordination of Local Welcome lunches in Derby where STAR members attend regularly.


Unika Gratiam

Research Trainee

Unika is passionate about how psychosocial issues affect people in society and has spent the past has 17 years working in community mental health with organisations including Refugee Council, MIND and Cambridge House. She has a degree in Psychology and Counselling and is currently studying for her MA in Psychosocial Studies.





Alice Newton-Rex

Alice is VP of Product at WorldRemit, a fintech start-up that helps migrants send money back to friends and family in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before that she was a product manager on GOV.UK, and co-wrote the first digital strategy for the Ministry of Justice.


Dr Ella Fitzsimmons

Ella is a digital strategist and writer. She helps digital teams work out what they do and how they talk about it. She's Swedish and American and has worked in 3 continents, most recently at the Government Digital Services (GDS), Doteveryone and now the Co-op Digital. She recently finished her PhD thesis about how new communities of Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women are emerging online.


Nick Gretton

Nick is an experienced finance director and board member who loves to help organisations make an impact. He has worked for a number of technology businesses and has helped many non-profit organisations, in the fields of education, sustainability and faith-based projects.


James Darling

James has over 10 years of experience in the digital sector. He has been Technical Architect of the Labour Party, Head of Software Development at Ministry of Justice, Technical Lead at GOV.UK and Creative Technologist at design consultancy BERG. James also co-founded Rewired State.


Martin Dittus

Martin has a decade of experience in community organisations and social computing. He is currently completing a PhD at UCL, researching community engagement for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He was a director and trustee at the London Hackspace, organiser and facilitator at Occupy London, Hack the Barbican, Electromagnetic Field, the Air Quality Egg DIY sensing community and others, and was a software developer for



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Beadie Finzi

Beadie is Foundation Director of Doc Society. In addition to executive producing a number of films, Beadie is responsible for the global Good Pitch programme and helping develop tools for the field such as the Impact Field Guide and the Doc Impact Award. Beadie is also an experienced filmmaker. Titles include Only When I Dance, released theatrically in the UK and US. She produced Unknown White Male in 2005, which played at Sundance Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted.


Lindsey Boswell

Since 2010 Lindsey has been CEO of FareShare the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste . FareShare is a network of amazing people, volunteers and staff, who work hard to source surplus food from the food industry and redistribute it to charities. Since 2010 we have gone from 3,600 tonnes passed to 700 charities feeding 35,500 people per day and saving the charities nearly £8 million to now 13,552 tonnes to 7,000 charities, feeding 500,000 people per week and providing more than 28.6 million meals a year.. All done with in date, fit to retail food that is surplus in the food industries supply chain.


Tom Baker

Tom is Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children UK, and previously worked at Bond - the UK network for organisations working in international development, Tearfund and Chrisitan Aid, where he led campaigns on a range of aid and development topics, as well as supporting campaigning organisations across the world. He blogs at Thoughtful Campaigner and is a keen observer of the rapidly changing trends in advocacy in the UK and beyond. Away from work he's a keen runner and triathlete.


Teem Khan

Teem Khan has 10 years experience as a retail operations manager and is an active campaigner in the LGBTQ & refugee community. He is also a member of the Gay Man dance Company (GMDC). He is currently seeking sanctuary in the UK.