Staff

Lucila Granada

Chief Executive

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:

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Lynda Bridger

Finance Officer

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.
 

Meri Åhlberg

Research Manager

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.

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Eleonora Paesani

Research Officer

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 Rosner

Operations and Communications Assistant

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 Johnson

Training Officer

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

Head of Policy

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 Bakare

FLEX Trainee

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. 

Ana-Sofia Baillet

Business Engagement and Accountability Lead

Ana-Sofia joined FLEX in November 2021 coordinating a project engaging with businesses to help them advance their corporate responsibility policies and practices. Prior to joining FLEX, she worked as Policy and Research Project Manager at Stop the Traffik, where she led the delivery of projects to provide Latin American women working in cleaning, hospitality and domestic work with information on their rights in the UK and support if experiencing exploitation in the workplace. She has experience assessing the effect of campaigns and their impact on migrant workers, as well as conducting Human Rights Impact Assessments and supply chain risk mapping. She holds an LLM from Suffolk University Law School (Boston, USA) and an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London.

Peter Wieltschnig

Policy and Networks Officer

Peter joined FLEX in November 2021 leading on FLEX’s advocacy at the London level and coordinating the work of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group (LEAG) and the Taskforce on Victims of Trafficking in Immigration Detention. Peter has a background in international humanitarian and human rights law, public policy as well as anti-trafficking research. He has previously worked as Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research, where he worked to identify trends and combat forced labour in Greater Manchester and on projects concerning the experience of victims’ of crime with the Irish police force, An Garda Síochána, as well as human security in conflict zones. Beyond this, Peter has experience in policy and the provision of legal advice, including on issues such as employment rights for refugees and prisoners’ rights. Peter has an LLB (First Class Honours) in Law & Human Rights and an LLM (Distinction) in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex.