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.
Lucila brings to FLEX an exciting mix of academic, campaigning and policy expertise centred on the rights of migrant workers and with experience of working with victims of exploitation. Prior to her role at LAWRS, Lucila led CLA UK, a coalition of Latin American organisations from the voluntary sector which raises awareness and understanding of the issues facing the Latin American community in the UK and provides a collective voice for the interests of this community. She also holds a PhD on migration, language and ethnic identity.
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 manages FLEX's advocacy coalitions and coordinates the work of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group (LEAG). Prior to joining FLEX in 2017, Letícia worked supporting the engagement of grassroots and community organisations in international human rights mechanisms and provided assistance to trafficked persons seeking asylum in the UK. Letícia holds a MSc in Social Policy and Development with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Meri Åhlberg carries out research for FLEX. Prior to joining FLEX, she worked for the ILO in Southeast Asia on labour migration issues, conducting research, policy advocacy, and capacity building, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Meri has an MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University.
Emily joined FLEX from her role as the Labour Market and Private Sector Advisor to the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Prior to this, she worked on a range of campaigns and projects at the Fair Tax Mark, the Living Wage Foundation and ShareAction. She was a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers for three years and is currently the chair of the board of the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC) and is on the Advisory Board for Commonwealth. She has an MSc in Social and Political Theory with distinction from Birkbeck University.
Lara conducts research for FLEX as well as training for peer researchers on our participatory research projects. She is currently undertaking an ESRC funded PhD at the University of Bristol Law School, exploring the political economy of labour unfreedom and is particularly interested in new and emerging participatory research methodologies. Lara has previously worked on research, capacity building and policy advocacy projects with the Platform of Human Rights Organisations of Malta, Restless Development Nepal, and South London Refugee Association. She also has extensive facilitation and university teaching experience. Lara has an MA in Human Rights with distinction from the University of Malta and an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies with distinction from the University of Bristol.