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Doris Afreh

Doris joined the Board in 2015 and is a member of the HR committee. Doris has over 15 year’s experience as a senior HR professional working within different sectors including social care, education and private businesses. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Passionate about people, equality, inclusion and personally aligned to MRC’s values and principles.

As a busy practitioner currently working as a Director of HR for a children’s charity and serving as a school governor time to relax is limited. However Doris can occasionally be found dressed up in pink joining a fun run or two raising money for various charities.

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Rebekah Duncan

Rebekah joined the MRC Board in August 2018. She is Head of Operations for the Prince’s Trust, responsible for engaging local communities, government, education institutes and employers to deliver operations that address social mobility and youth unemployment. She has previously advised and supported local government and global organisations on corporate social responsibility and community impact agendas, including leading research programmes to secure significant investment into mentoring and employability opportunities for migrants & refugees.

Whilst completing her MSc in Social & Cultural Anthropology at UCL, Rebekah set up a food waste charity project that remains active today. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Communities Engagement and Enterprise, and a CELTA qualification gained working with Vietnamese refugees in Bangkok. A community organiser by background, she has sat on the Inspiration Network for Locality, and is a founding member of the Association of RSLM Practitioners. Her strong research background and passion for community integration, civil rights and social inclusion has drawn her to MRC’s mission and vision.

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Vebi Kosumi

Vebi Kosumi migrated to the UK from Kosovo during the dissolution of former Yugoslavia. He has worked with refugees and people seeking asylum since 2000 in the UK and abroad.

Vebi graduated in law – LLB in the University of Pristina, former Yugoslavia (SFRY), and Masters of Laws in International Law with International relations (LLM) from the University of Kent.

Currently he is working freelance consultant and country of origin expert on western Balkans region focusing on Albania and Kosovo.

For eight years Vebi was the Director of the Dover Detainee Visitors Group (now Samphire). He is a Trustee of Music in Detention since 2006 and Asylum Aid since 2013. As a board member, he contributed to the merger of Asylum Aid and Migrant Resource Centre. He ensures that the interests of the organisation are advanced appropriately and effectively, and the organisation is enabled to achieve its stated mission. Ensuring that the organisation operates within the legal and financial frameworks which apply to MRC as a registered charity.

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Isabella Pereira

Isabella is a Research Director in Ipsos MORI’s dedicated qualitative social research methods team, which she helped found in 2013.  She leads evaluations and research studies for government departments, think tanks and charities covering issues such as immigration, housing, welfare and family policy.  She also leads Ipsos MORI’s qualitative social research training programme and their in-house research ethics committee. Isabella is a trustee for Social Research Association and has been a mentee on the Fabian Women’s Network mentoring programme to support women into political and public life.  She has been a trustee of MRC since 2009, and is very proud to be involved with a such a diverse and innovative organisation.

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Richard Priestman

Richard Priestman is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years experience in the finance and banking sectors

Richard has spent over 25 years working for NatWest bank and Royal Bank of Scotland group where most recently he was managing director of Corporate Businesses of Lombard and a board director of Lombard the finance house and leasing division of the group.

He was also chair of the business division and a board director of the Finance and Leasing Association, a trade body that is responsible for over a third of all consumer lending and over a quarter of all fixed capital formation spending within the UK.

He has also worked overseas in Canada for the British Columbian Provincial Government where as a forensic accountant he was involved in an investigation into expenses abuse by provincial MPs

His public sector/voluntary experience includes being President and a board director for East Sussex Credit Union  and director and trustee for a Canadian social services charity. He is also the treasurer and a board member of Citizens Advice Board, and a board director of the Local Government Association

Richard is married with two children and is a graduate of Glasgow University having attained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree(BAcc)

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Sile Reynolds

Sile joined MRC as a trustee in 2015. She is the Lead Asylum Policy Advisor at Freedom from Torture and leads advocacy aimed at improving legal and policy protections for torture survivors as asylum applicants and refugees in the UK. She has over fifteen years’ experience in policy research and advocacy, covering asylum & migration, mental health and equalities. She has worked with non-governmental organisations including the British Refugee Council and Mind, as well as providing policy and casework expertise at UNHCR both in the UK and in the Republic of the Congo. She is motivated by a desire to better understand the experience of migrants in the UK and to help generate policy solutions that will make a meaningful difference to their lives.

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Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan joined MRC as a trustee in May 2018. Interested in all aspects of the huge challenges and opportunities inherent in migration, Jonathan is currently the Migration Researcher at the Social Market Foundation think tank. Prior to that he had a career as a financial lawyer in the City of London, including 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a managing director and European head of the legal function for Goldman’s asset management business. Jonathan has a BA in History from Oxford University and an LLM in Immigration Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

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