Catherine Gladwell


Catherine is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of RSN and has worked in the refugee education sector in the UK and internationally for the last ten years, in both education policy and programmes.  She has worked with refugee and conflict-affected children in 18 different countries, managing complex programmes and research projects.

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Hannah Elwyn

Programmes Manager (Specialist Educational Support)

Hannah manages RSN's specialist education support work team and has recently led our new innovation stream's first youth leadership course. Hannah joined RSN in 2010 and was responsible for expanding our educational mentoring programme across London as well as establishing our work equipping faith communities across the country to engage positively with asylum seekers and refugees.

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Emily Bowerman

Programmes Manager (Higher Education)

Emily has worked in the refugee sector for over ten years is an expert in the field of access to university for refugee and asylum seeking youth. She manages RSN's higher education programme and runs regular training to frontline staff and decision-makers within HE institutions. 

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Georgina Chetwynd

Programmes Manager (Educational Mentoring: Established Sites

Georgina oversees our educational mentoring hubs in London and Oxford. Before joining RSN, Georgina spent three years as a social worker with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, having also worked in child protection and fostering teams. Prior to her social work experience, Georgina worked overseas, first supporting an educational development charity in Pakistan work on their organisational structures, and then working with a disabled women’s charity in Kolkata, India, both through Voluntary Service Overseas. Georgina has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and an MA in Social Work from the University of Warwick.

Katie Barringer

Programmes Manager (Educational Mentoring: Regional Development)

Katie leads the development of our educational mentoring programme to new locations across the UK. Prior to joining RSN, Katie worked for almost a decade in the prison service where she had a number of management responsibilities including running the young offenders unit at Holloway prison and sitting on the SMT at Wormwood Scrubs prison.  She then spent six years in  Asia working for St Stephens Society where her responsibilities included leading a rehabilitation house for gang members coming off drugs.

Pasha Michaelsen

Operations Manager

Pasha, a qualified solicitor with experience working in international finance, investment and HR projects, leads our operations work streams and supports the team to manage, maintain and improve the performance, productivity and efficiency of RSN.  

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Bryony Norman

Senior Programmes Officer (Specialist Educational Support)

Bryony provides educational, psychosocial, and practical support to young people on through RSN's specialist educational support programme. Before joining RSN, Bryony worked in the international development and humanitarian sectors, most recently with returnees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

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Dan McEvoy

Specialist Support Worker (Higher Education)

Dan provides one-to-one advice and support to young people regarding access to university.  He has worked for over five years in the humanitarian and education sectors, most recently at the British Red Cross' international family tracing service and prior to that with UNHCR in Malaysia. Before this he worked as an ESOL teacher in South Korea and in primary education in the UK. He studied Politics and International Relations with the Open University, and has recently completed his work towards an MA in Human Rights and Global Ethics with the University of Leicester.

Mir Rahimi

Project Coordinator (Higher Education and Youth Advisory Board)

Mir works on RSN’s higher education programme and takes a lead on our Youth Advisory Board. Through his experience of working with vulnerable youth and displaced populations in Afghanistan, Australia, Greece and Rwanda, including with the Red Cross and UNHCR, Mir has developed extensive international humanitarian skills, specialising in protection, child protection and youth empowerment. Mir has a BA (Hons) in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MSc in political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a strong advocate of children’s, refugee and human rights and has spoken at a number of high level international conferences, including at the United Nations in Geneva.

Dan Webb

Project Coordinator (Higher Education)

Dan heads up our higher education advice line and runs our scholarships project, providing support and advice to the recipients of scholarships from the Schwab & Westheimer Trust. Dan has previously worked in frontline student support services at a Further Education college in Bath and as a Research Associate at Cardiff University on a project exploring the role of religion and spirituality in faith-based alcohol recovery centres. Dan has a masters in cultural geography, a PhD in geopolitics and, alongside his role at RSN, he volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’,  supporting young people and vulnerable adults who have been taken into police custody suspected of a criminal offences.

Saliha Majeed-Hajaj

Mentoring Coordinator (North London)

Saliha coordinates RSN's north London mentoring hub. A co-founder of the Migration Collective and an experienced researcher, Saliha brings to RSN's team a particular passion for the intersection of art, academia and action.

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Franziska Brandt

Mentoring Coordinator (East London)

Franziska has coordinated RSN's mentoring hub in east London since March 2018. Before joining RSN, Franziska worked with NGOs in South East Asia, supporting migrant workers and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and providing legal aid to refugees, including unaccompanied children and young people, seeking protection in Malaysia. Franziska has studied law in Switzerland and in the UK and speaks English, French and German. 

Please note that Fransika is currently on maternity leave and  all enquiries about east London should be directed to Tom.

Tom Martin

Mentoring Coordinator (East London)

Tom leads our mentoring hub in east London. Before joining RSN, Tom supported the improvement of science in primary schools as a 'Scientist in Residence' with the Islington Local Education Authority. Prior to this, Tom taught Physics at Aylward Academy where he also took on the role of Head of Vocational Sciences and was promoted to Lead Practitioner in charge of the whole school’s teaching and learning improvement. Alongside his role at RSN, Tom now works at Action for Refugees in Lewisham where he leads on fundraising, supports their  strategic development and runs the Rainbow Club Saturday School,  an educational project attended by 70 children from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.

Yvie Younane

Mentoring Coordinator (West London)

Yvie coordinates RSN’s mentoring hub in west London and provides extra support to our east hub. A CELTA-qualified English language teacher, Yvie has taught English in Greece and the south of France. While working with Action for Education (AFE) on Chios Island, she planned and delivered engaging English lessons for young refugees and asylum seekers, coordinated empowerment-focussed workshops for young refugee women, and coordinated and delivered ESL training sessions for volunteers. Alongside her role at RSN, Yvie works at  the British Red Cross Young Refugee Service, coordinating the Refugee and Befriending (RnB) project for unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children in Camden which helps young people  improve their English, make friends and gain confidence.  

Susanna Epling

Mentoring Coordinator (South London and Croydon)

Susanna leads RSN’s mentoring hub in south London and Croydon. Prior to working at RSN, she volunteered with the Refugee Council's integration team and at the Women's Environmental Network's Soil Sisters project, supporting women and children at safe houses in east London through therapeutic gardening sessions. She brings a wealth of experience of the refugee and education sectors in the US, including working for several years at a refugee resettlement agency, co-directing a    refugee health community project, working at a community  college with vulnerable young adults and with international students at university level. Susanna has a masters in public health and maternal child health with a particular focus on refugee health and mental health.

Lydia Mitton 

Mentoring Coordinator (Birmingham)  

Lydia coordinates RSN's educational mentoring hub in the Birmingham area. An education enthusiast with an MA in Conflict, Development and Security and over ten years experience in refugee integration, Lydia has worked in South Sudan, Laos PDR, South Africa, Mozambique and the UK with both NGOs and intergovernmental organisations. She has a particular interest in supporting survivors of trafficking and young people with post traumatic stress disorder.

Torie Stubbs

Mentoring Coordinator (Oxford)

Torie coordinates RSN's mentoring hub in Oxford. Torie has a degree from Durham University in Anthropology and Biology and has worked in various roles with vulnerable young people and adults in the UK, including young mothers, women struggling with mental health and addiction issues, and offenders in prison and on re-entry to their communities. Torie volunteered with Tearfund to set up educational programmes for orphaned children in South Africa and now,  alongside her role at RSN, she works for Open Doors, a charity that stands with Christians around the world who are being persecuted because        of their faith.

Freya Turner

Research and Fundraising Officer

Freya plays a central role within RSN's research projects, fundraising and supporter engagement. Before joining RSN she was the coordinator of a small Oxford-based charity which provides free English lessons to local children who speak English as an additional language, including many from a refugee or asylum seeking background. She holds an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.

Carolyn Burke

Training and Youth Leadership Coordinator

Having set up RSN's mentoring hubs in west London and Birmingham, Carolyn currently coordinates RSN's training and youth leadership course. She is a qualified TEFL teacher with a BA in Development Studies and Geography from SOAS and has over eight years of youth work experience.

Kellie McLean

Administration and Finance Manager

With extensive office management and finance experience in various private and third-sector organisations, Kellie is responsible for monitoring all of our income and donations, overseeing payroll, paying our suppliers, managing our office and ensuring that our London-based and remote workers have the equipment and support they need to do their jobs well.

Dorothy Abissah

Administration and Finance Assistant

Dorothy works in our office, providing vital administrative and research support and making sure we all keep up to date with data entry. Before working for RSN Dorothy completed a BSc in Professional Accounting and gained work experience with an international accounting and audit firm and in real estate finance. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys looking after children. 

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