Fidelis Chebe: Founder and Project Director
In an increasingly challenging migration environment, our commitment to meet the needs and sustain the aspirations and hopes of those who seek our support is even more resolute. Underpinned by the lived experience of migration in the UK and my expertise in conflict & Peacebuilding, organisational development, leadership and change management, I am deeply passionate about people, equality and social justice. This is exemplified through advocacy and sustainable delivery of appropriate high-quality services for vulnerable migrants who do not fit into the neat categories of migration and often fall through the cracks of the immigration system.
I enjoy my responsibility as head of Migrant Action pioneering support exclusively for other vulnerable migrants that are non-asylum seekers/refugees. Working collaboratively with an amazing team of volunteers and trustees, our aim is to build an advocacy organisation that is innovatively resilient able to respond to the challenges, needs and hopes of migrants who access our service. Each day brings a new challenge but with each new challenge comes new opportunities and hopes. With a strong team, our partners and supporters, we are committed to our vision: empowering migrants and ending vulnerability ensuring that the people we support assert their rights and realise their full potential.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family which helps me stay sane and focused. I also undertake research & publication and social action-oriented activities.
Communications & Social media
Jack has transformed Migrant Action’s communications since joining the team in 2020 as a volunteer. The organisation is now very active on social media and Jack’s work is strengthening networking with a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals working together to advance human rights, justice and a more humane and fair immigration system.
Jack writes; ‘I am a third-year communication and media student at the University of Leeds, passionate about advocacy and social justice. My work consists of ensuring Migrant Action’s ethos is made aware of digital platforms. I work with a small team to help establish digital awareness of Migrant Action’s main aims and objectives, whilst simultaneously managing and designing content for our website and social media platforms.
Outside of Migrant Action, I have a growing interest in local and global politics, as well as live music.’
My name is Julie a Social Science graduate of Leeds University. I graduated in 2005 and post-graduate worked at a local college , I continued with my education and completed teaching qualifications. In 2020 I attended and completed a TEFL course to teach English as a foreign language. I feel passionate about teaching, mentoring and supporting people in their achievements.
Within my teaching I aim to create a stimulating and safe learning environment by engaging and motivating people to improve English and learn new life skills.
Away from work I love to see my family and friends. I also like to listen to music and when it is possible, we go to Rock Festivals to listen to and enjoy the atmosphere of live music events.
Advocacy & Integration Worker
My name is Babita and I Indian by birth. I have lived in Barnsley for over 15 years. In the last 10 years, I have worked as a housing officer with 13 local councils in the UK including; Lincoln, Wolverhampton, and London -Tonbridge-Malling, Tonbridge-Wells, Royal Greenwich, Enfield,
Watford, Brent, Barnet and Haringey.
I am looking forward to this new exciting challenge working with the rest of the team at Migrant Action to empower migrants overcome barriers and access rights and justice. I am passionate about supporting individuals to feel welcome, integrate and rebuild their lives in the UK.
Migrant Action volunteers
Migrant Action’s volunteers are a tremendous resource for the organisation as they bring a wide range of valuable skills, experience and knowledge helping to enhance our capacity for development, service delivery and engagement with our stakeholders. Our volunteer team undertake carved out specific roles in Research, Communications, Fundraising and admin support. Working in small teams, they enrich the organisation with their brilliant work whilst gaining valuable insight and experience of working with all categories of migrants.
Migrant Action’s operational governance is overseen by a 5 person steering committee responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the organisation. They are an invaluable part of the Migrant Action team offering sound guidance and support to the project director.
Hello, my name’s Julia Kinch and I joined Migrant Action’s Steering Group in 2018. I’ve worked in both third/public sector organisations for the last 8 years in a number of roles including volunteer management, fundraising, research, and grant-making. I currently volunteer with a number of organisations working with individuals with learning disabilities
advocacy and Holocaust Survivors.
I have a very personal connection to migration in that my grandmother moved to the UK from what was then Czechoslovakia in 1947, after having survived Auschwitz and being liberated on a death march to Bergen-Belsen on Easter Sunday 1945. I have learned through her experiences, and my own, the importance of challenging discrimination and prejudice, and how challenging it can be to navigate new systems and bureaucracy.
I was really keen to join Migrant Action because they capture the needs, empower and support groups of migrants who are often unseen and forgotten by many and for whom there is often little support.
Dr Muna Abdi
Dr Muna Abdi is an internationally renowned Education and Racial Equity Consultant with over 10 years of experience in antiracist research, training and development.
Dr Abdi has previously worked as a University Lecturer and is now the Founder and Director of MA Education Consultancy; a Community Interest Company that works to bridge the gap between community voice, and institutional change. MA Education works with client groups in all sectors and of all sizes, to support them in developing equitable and inclusive structures and practices.
Dr Bassey Ebenso
Bassey Ebenso is a medical doctor by training and currently works as a lecturer in International Public Health at the University of Leeds. He has over 25 years of experience in global health focusing on strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income contexts the first 15 years of which were in management positions in disease control programs in
Nigeria and the Niger Republic, including working as Country Director of The Leprosy Mission International.
Mike Winter PhD
Mike Winter Ph.D., formerly a researcher in Agricultural Biosciences, now with a research interest in the politics of sovereignty, the development of the nation-state, particularly with respect to land, its use, ownership, power, control and borders, and the displacement of peoples from their lands, predominantly that which has arisen since the industrial revolution
up to the modern-day.