Every person fleeing persecution should be able to access safe and legal routes to sanctuary but today millions of people fleeing conflict are trapped in harm’s way with no safe and legal way out.

Children are stuffed into suffocating lorries, families climb into sinking boats, desperate adults try to scale barbed wire fences. All in pursuit of something they often already have a legal right to: whether it’s to reach their family members or to be resettled away from conflict because of their extreme need.


Our vision is a world in which every person fleeing persecution can access publicly-supported safe and legal routes to a place where they can lead a full and dignified life.


Our mission is to open up safe and legal routes to protection through advocacy, community organising and legal work. We then support people’s first steps to rebuilding their lives in the UK.


We are ground breaking, determined, and compassionate.


Helen Manley
Head of Finance and Operations

Helen is responsible for shaping, implementing and strengthening the organisation’s systems, processes and infrastructure to guide and support the growth of Safe Passage. She heads up finance, operations and HR; as part of the senior management team, she is across the day to day management as well as its strategic direction.

Beth Gardiner-Smith
CEO (On Maternity Leave)

Beth is responsible for political strategy and engagement, including advising on public policy and working with key stakeholders on campaigns. She also acts as a direct link with grassroots groups, helping to develop leadership within communities.

Beth is currently Acting Project Lead.

Laura Griffiths
Casework and Programmes Lead

Laura is responsible for managing, planning and delivering operations in all our field locations. Her work involves both the set up and wind down of locations – for example, in Calais.

Laura is currently on maternity leave.

Emma Watson
Development Manager

Emma oversees Safe Passage’s fundraising from a range of sources, including individuals and organisations. She communicates with donors and supporters and makes sure processes are in place to track and report on income.

Sophie Spencer
Greece Field Coordinator

Sophie is based in Athens. She manages and supports the logistical, technical and administrative casework operations of the Safe Passage programme in Greece.

Olga Siebert
Northern Europe Field Manager

Olga is responsible for EU advocacy on the future of safe and legal routes within Europe, such as Dublin III’s family reunion provisions. She is also in charge of developing relationships and networks with NGOs and legal practitioners across Europe as well as promoting safe and legal channels at European Union level through advocacy, research and campaigns.

Anahita Fazli
Separated Family Organiser

Anahita is a Separated Family Organizer and Interpreter for Dari and Pashto languages. Her role involves the identification of refugee families in the UK who have relatives, especially children, separated from them. She supports the families maintaining contacts with their loved ones while reunification cases are processed. She also helps with Safe Passage’s office administration.

Darby O'Donnell

Darby is part of the UK casework team. She supports Safe Passage’s legal partners and field teams in advocating for children and vulnerable adults within and outside Europe to be reunited with family members in the UK. Darby’s work includes expanding legal capacity, streamlining casework processes, and supervising legal research conducted by volunteer lawyers. Darby’s role is supported by a post-graduate Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellowship.

Mike Hamilton
Digital Communications Manager

Mike is a member of the Campaigns and Development teams. He develops our strategy for digital communications on campaigns including social media and email. He encourages our audiences to get involved in actions both on and offline to help win vital Safe Passage campaigns. He strengthens our relationship with existing supporters, as well as recruiting new ones.



Natasha Rosner
Development Officer

Natasha supports Safe Passage’s communications and fundraising from a range of sources, including individuals and organisations, as well as developing its community and corporate fundraising.

Thanie Stathopoulou
Greece Legal Coordinator

Thanie is based in Athens. She has joined the Greek field team as legal coordinator and is involved in research, casework and advocacy focusing on family reunion of unaccompanied children and adult asylum seekers arriving in Greece.

Claire Fourel
Joint Head of Casework and Programmes

Claire is responsible for developing Safe Passage casework strategy and legal capacity in the UK, and supporting our casework teams across Europe to deliver on Safe Passage’s mission to reunite children and vulnerable adults with family members. 

Claire is also a pro bono charity lawyer at Ashurst LLP and is on secondment part time to Safe Passage. 

Sophie Ea
UK Project Coordinator

As part of the UK team, Sophie is working with asylum seekers and refugees by linking them with immigration lawyers and support organisations. Sophie is also managing the Community Mentor programme and is working on policy projects with other refugees and children organisations.

The photographs used on this website are reproduced with the kind permission of Lucy Mohr (Freelance Photojournalist), Lilian Simonsson and Roxanne Courtney.


Juliet Stevenson

Campaigner and Actress

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa


Lily Caprani

Unicef UK

Alex Fraser

Red Cross

Neil Jameson

Executive Director, Citizens UK

Martha Mackenzie

Save the Children

Bishop Jonathan Clark

Bishop of Croydon

Claire Fourel


Dr Kaneez Shaid

Chair of Citizens UK Trustees

Tracey Seaward

Campaigner and Producer

Dr Steve Mowle

Citizens UK Trustee

Oliver Pawle

Natasha Walters

Women for Refugee Women

Meriel Barclay

Citizens UK Trustee

Fardous Bahbouh


Fatima Al Ahmad