Kate Brown and Monika Kruesmann
Kate and Monika work in partnership to develop and realise Reset’s strategy to realise the potential of Community Sponsorship.
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I am an experienced voluntary sector leader, researcher and educator. Most recently, I led local charity Learn English at Home (LEAH), training local volunteers to teach English to refugee and migrant adults with very low language levels. My first career was as a secondary school Citizenship teacher and I have a PhD in learning theory.
I believe strongly in the power of individuals and communities to bring about change. At LEAH I saw how effective local community members could be in supporting new arrivals to integrate through language, and as a teacher of Citizenship I know how much young people are motivated to make a difference. I am proud to be part of the growth of Community Sponsorship: a unique way to change a family’s life and your community.
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I come to Reset from a background in charities (I was previously Head of Programmes at a global education charity) and government; I spent almost ten years with the Federal Government in Australia. I've also spent time in academia, when I gained a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. A common thread through all my experiences is an interest in international issues, and in helping people gain the skills and confidence to be their best; a narrative that fits well with Reset's work.
I have always been aware of the complex, sensitive, and deeply rewarding experience that refugee integration involves. My parents were refugees, and I understand first hand how community support and engagement can make all the difference to refugee families, and their communities, across generations. The opportunity to lead Reset and champion a cause I feel so strongly about is a gift and a challenge I'm thrilled to accept.
Head of Operations
I have a varied role at Reset, leading our training and advice team, managing programmes supporting all of those involved in the Community Sponsorship programme and looking after all areas of the operational side of the charity. I have over 15 years’ experience working in senior positions in the charity sector, including roles in genocide memorial, human rights and animal welfare. I volunteer with my local foodbank and support asylum seekers and refugees locally.
I am so inspired by the individuals coming together through sponsorship to welcome a refugee family into their community. Sharing a purpose to do something good for others, I am constantly amazed at the great lengths that those in the UK will go to help resettled families to create a new home. I want to make sure that Reset can offer all the advice, support and encouragement that groups need to support and empower families resettled through Community Sponsorship.
Training, Support and Advice Coordinator - currently on maternity leave
My role is to develop training resources and to provide capacity building to Community Sponsorship Groups. I am here to support groups throughout each stage of the process in order to successfully welcome a refugee family in their communities. I have a master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development and have over five years of international field experience in refugee resettlement. Most recently, I worked at UNHCR Jordan where my role was to review resettlement referrals for the UK and other European countries and to deliver standardised training to national and international caseworkers.
I strongly believe in resettlement as a durable solution for those in protracted refugee situations as it is not only a way to offer a new beginning to those affected by conflict but it is also a tool for responsibility sharing within the international community. I am inspired by groups who have decided to take on a share of the international community’s responsibility by welcoming and supporting refugee families in their own communities, demonstrating the power that individuals can wield to make a difference in global issues.
Training, Support and Advice Coordinator
Before joining Reset I worked for 3 years in a charity commissioned by several Local Authorities in London to deliver refugee resettlement programmes. I was a manager responsible for the operational side of work, line manging and providing support to caseworkers allocated to the families. My passion for working with refugees and migrants comes from what I learned during my MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and from my personal experiences of migration. I am also a trustee at a local social centre for migrants.
I believe that each one of us has the capacity to make a difference to the world. The Community Sponsorship scheme gives people across the UK a unique opportunity not only to be part of a solution to a global humanitarian crisis, but also to positively change lives of others. Now, at the beginning of my journey with Reset, I feel excited to be able to support the amazing work that Community Sponsorship Groups across the country do.
Emmeline Skinner Cassidy
Communications and External Affairs Coordinator
I come from Durham and first began working with refugees and asylum seekers in the North East as a teenager. I went on to study Arabic at Oxford University and spent a year in Amman where, alongside my studies, I volunteered with Oxfam’s Syrian refugee support programme. I completed a Master’s degree in Migration Studies at SOAS and worked as a Community Advocate in North London before starting work with Reset.
I believe passionately in Britain’s duty to welcome refugees and asylum seekers from around the world. Community Sponsorship is an exciting innovation which has the potential to improve the experiences of refugees when they arrive in the UK and to engage more people in the UK positively in the processes of providing refuge and asylum.