As part of RSN’s Senior Leadership Team, Hannah contributes to the overall direction and running of RSN, with a focus on our ethos, culture and innovation. She is currently heading up the development of our values-based youth leadership course, the current focus of our innovation stream, following a successful pilot.
In her 10 years of experience working directly with vulnerable refugee and asylum-seeking people both in the UK and internationally, Hannah has developed a passion and expertise for reaching people with complex and severe needs, and identifying new and creative solutions to their challenges. At RSN, since she joined the team in 2011, she has been responsible for expanding our mentoring programme to be London-wide, managing and developing our specialist support work programme, as well as developing training to engage UK faith communities to support local refugee populations. At the heart of all the work Hannah engages with is an underlying desire to see those who have lived through conflict and crisis strengthened and encouraged with hope for the future.
Hannah has co-authored a number of reports at RSN including Broken Futures, which looks at the experiences of appeal rights exhausted young Afghans, and I just want to study, highlighting the barriers faced by young asylum seekers hoping to access university. She has also spoken on issues affecting young refugees and asylum seekers at international academic conferences and is currently an associate member, in an advisory capacity, for a piece of research on the experiences of recently arrived Afghans in Europe (the Swiss Network for International Studies)
Hannah has also taken a lead on RSN’s work with faith communities. She has run a national training day for youth workers, has delivered training to a group of churches in the Geneva-area in Switzerland as well as sitting on the steering committee for For Refugees, an initiative seeking to inspire and equip the UK church to welcome refugees and asylum seekers.
Hannah speaks fluent German and Italian and has a BA in Law and Development Studies from SOAS (Univ. of London) and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Essex.