Migrant Action: Our team
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 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 vulnerabilityensuring 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.
Katrine Madsen: Development Consultant
With over 12 years’ experience of working or volunteering with the voluntary sector in the UK and abroad, I have seen first-hand the human cost of decisions and structures put in place which reduces the prospects of vulnerable individuals and thereby society as a whole. Far too often we see people falling through the cracks. Originally from Denmark I came to the UK in 2012 to join my husband who had gained employment in Leeds. Since completing my MSc Sustainability (Environment & Development) I have worked at community level with some of the most vulnerable members of society first managing the Green Doctor fuel poverty service and later as a Community Organiser with Citizens UK.
I joined Migrant Action in 2018 as I know through personal and professional experience the current gap in service provision for migrants. Migrant Action provides the perfect platform to help shed light on some of the barriers to successful and meaningful integration in the UK whilst providing advocacy and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
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 management 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.