Lucila Granada, PhD
Lucila Granada joined FLEX as its CEO in July 2019. She was formerly director of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) which is a frontline feminist organisation run by and for Latin American women working with 5,000 women each year to provide them with support services and achieve advocacy aims. Prior to this, Lucila founded and led CLAUK, a campaign coalition of Latin American organisations campaigning for ethnic recognition and improved access to health and labour rights. Lucila was Chair of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group and a trustee at FLEX. She also holds a PhD on migration, language and ethnic identity from Aston University.
Since its foundation FLEX has built a small staff team of dedicated experts in the field of human trafficking, labour rights and women’s rights. FLEX’s staff are:
Lynda provides financial support to FLEX as an independent consultant. Lynda is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained with BDO. After leaving BDO in 2004, Lynda has worked in the not for profit sector initially as a Finance Manager for a Fairtrade charity, Twin and since 2011 as an independent consultant to a number of charities. Lynda has a wealth of experience in preparing SORP accounts and project reporting for major donors (EU, Comic Relief, DFID). Lynda has acted as a project consultant to the International Division of the British Red Cross and currently works with a portfolio of smaller charities.
Letícia Ishibashi coordinates the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group, the Taskforce on Victims of Trafficking in Immigration Detention and leads on FLEX's London advocacy. Prior to joining FLEX in 2017, Letícia supported the engagement of grassroots and community organisations in international human rights mechanisms, provided assistance to trafficked persons seeking asylum in the UK and conducted research on rights-based approaches to migration. Outside FLEX, Letícia is a trustee at Migrants' Rights Network. Letícia holds a MSc in Social Policy and Development with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Meri joined FLEX in 2017 as a Research Officer before becoming Research Manager in 2019. Prior to this role, she worked as a gender and labour migration consultant for the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. While at the ILO, she worked on a six-country project to promote the developmental impact of labour migration in Southeast-Asia and on a joint project with UN Women to prevent the exploitation of women migrant workers in the ASEAN region. She has an MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University.
Eleonora conducts research for FLEX as well as training and coordinating peer researchers for our participatory action research methodology. Eleonora has recently completed a MSc in Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Her dissertation explored the structural roots of exploitation of migrant workers in the agricultural sector in Italy, analysing the impact of supply chains and immigration policies on workers’ rights.
Natasha supports FLEX’s staff team and Board of Trustees, ensuring the smooth running of its operations, running FLEX's social media and supporting the implementation of its communications strategy. Natasha has worked and volunteered with a range of NGOs supporting migrants and refugees at both a grassroots and strategic level, working across fundraising, communications, administration, project coordination and monitoring & evaluation. She has an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL.
Dugald is developing FLEX’s training programme, working with front-line organisations to help them identify and support potential victims of labour exploitation. He has previously organised employment law training for trade unionists and young lawyers, and advised precarious workers on whistleblowing and related employment rights. Dugald has experience in various legal charities, such as representing clients pro bono in welfare benefit appeals and advising LGBT+ people on discrimination issues. He holds an LLB in Law with French Law from University College London and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Kate Roberts joined FLEX in August 2021. Kate has a background in workers’ rights, campaigning and advocacy as well as anti-trafficking work. Kate has previously worked as UK & Europe Manager at Anti-Slavery International and headed the Human Trafficking Foundation. She compiled and edited the Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards 2018, which UK Government committed to adopting in the current Victim Care Contract. Kate has also worked at Kalayaan, where she gave immigration and employment advice to migrant domestic workers in the UK as well as leading the organisation's policy and campaigning work, at a Sure Start programme and in International Development. She has a BA in Social Anthropology with Development Studies from Sussex University and an LLM (Distinction) in Human Rights from Birkbeck University, School of Law.
Ade is an International Relations (BA) graduate and is currently studying a Law masters (LLM). Her professional and academic interests range from migrant and gender justice to grassroots activism. She is heavily influenced by intersectional feminism, critical theory and decolonisation. She has participated in social justice through the Decolonise Keele Network, volunteering as a Legal Observer with Black Protest Legal and writing on a number of issues linked to her interests.