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Our UK team

Our UK team

Learn more about the people behind Women for Women International – UK and hear what inspires and motivates them to work here and be part of our mission.

A career with Women for Women International means working alongside a dynamic, ambitious and passionate team in the UK, US, Germany and our country offices.

Executive Team

Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Executive Director

I love working here because I get to be with inspirational women and men - from the women we help in countries affected by conflict to my colleagues in the office.

Negar Sharafi

Negar Sharafi

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

I am inspired by the enthusiasm of my colleagues and their dedication to creating real change in the world, as well as the strength and resilience of the women we serve in our programmes.

Shivonne Graham

Shivonne Graham

Managing Director

Women living in war zones, experience the very worst effects of gender inequality – and they are least able to speak out and be listened to. I’m proud to help raise the voices of women who are often ignored and forgotten.

Sophie Lloyd

Sophie Lloyd

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director

I want to help all women everywhere in our shared goal for gender equality and working for Women for Women International allows me to play a role in achieving this.

Finance and Operations Team

Carrie Brownlee

Carrie Brownlee

Director of Finance and Resources

I am inspired by the incredible, brave women who have survived unimaginable atrocities to become part of this mission to create a safer, more just world. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of my colleagues in the UK and around the world. I am inspired by my daughter.

Ghazala Awan

Ghazala Awan

Finance Manager

I am inspired by my sister, who continues to motivate me in the work I do here at Women for Women.

Giulia Mossa

Giulia Mossa

Finance Officer

I’m inspired by the women in my life and the women we serve. Together we can make the world a better place and with Women for Women International I can be part of this change.

Ingrid Thomson

Ingrid Thomson

Operations Assistant

I am proud to be part of an organisation which is striving to create a world in which women everywhere are empowered and their voices are heard.

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Team

Laurence Greening

Laurence Greening

Sponsorship and Database Manager

I am constantly inspired by the incredible stories of strength and perseverance of the women we work with. I also strongly believe that it’s important for men to play a part in achieving equality.

Lucy Scanlon

Lucy Scanlon

Head of Communications

Hearing stories of Women for Women International graduates who have started their own business or found the confidence to stand up for their rights is very inspiring.

Pamela Villacres

Pamela Villacres

Programme Funding and Partnerships Manager

For me, there is no greater inspiration than watching a woman defy the odds to reclaim her life back. I am proud to be a part of a movement that embraces these possibilities, and I am proud to be part of this change.

Paulina Stachnik

Paulina Stachnik

Digital and Campaign Lead

I am inspired by our amazing graduates, like Sylhane, who I met in Kosovo. She shared, "The classes that I attended really made me brave – they pulled out the best from us."

Preeya Varsani

Preeya Varsani

Head of Corporate and Community Fundraising

I’ve always been inspired by the work that Women for Women International do, and the opportunity to be part of an incredible team who are dedicated to creating real, tangible change in the world is amazing.

Sara Bowcutt

Sara Bowcutt

Director of Fundraising and Marketing

I love the phrase 'Empowered women, empower women' – and I think that Women for Women International’s work encompasses this. That’s what inspires me to do my job.

Sarah Wyns

Sarah Wyns

Corporate and Community Fundraising Assistant

I am proud to be part of an organisation where each person is truly committed to raising women survivors of war's voices. The incredible achievements of both the team and the resilient women we serve motivates me to work hard every day.

Zoe Elliott

Zoe Elliott

Special Events Team Lead

I’m proud to be part of an amazing team working to create change and transform the lives of women, their families and communities. When women support each other incredible things do happen.

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Policy and Advocacy Team

Stephanie Siddall

Stephanie Siddall

Global Policy & Advocacy Advisor

I’m inspired by the stories of strength, dedication and leadership that I hear from the women we serve around the world – including those who, despite the immense challenges they face, use their voices to become advocates for change in their communities.

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