Our team

Whether driven from their home by war and conflict, or fleeing persecution because of who they are, what they believe or who they love, everyone has the right to seek protection and feel safe again. Our team is committed to these principles and our mission is to mobilise support that helps displaced people rebuild their lives.

Our experience draws from diverse fields, including human rights, fundraising, media, politics, logistics and development. We are grateful to our Trustees who generously offer their time and expertise voluntarily.

Our trustees

Rebecca Perlman  Chair of Trustees
Charlotte Boyle - Chair of Trustees

Charlotte currently sits as a Board member at Coca Cola HBC AG, the FTSE 100 Coca Cola bottler operating in established and emerging markets across Europe and Africa, Capco plc, which owns the Covent Garden estate in central London, Knight Frank LLP, the global property advisers and Thatchers, the family owned cider maker.  She is a Trustee and chair of the Finance Committee of Alfanar, the venture philanthropy organisation which supports social enterprises in the Arab world.

Charlotte has a particular interest in leadership, talent, community, diversity and inclusion and her Board experience reflects this.  She chairs the Remuneration Committee at Coca Cola HBC and the Environment, Sustainability and Community Committee at Capco plc. She is the Designated Director for the Workforce at Coca Cola HBC and Capco plc.  She has a deep commitment to supporting refugees, formed from time she spent in Jordan in 1989 and most recently with Alfanar and its investments in refugee projects in Lebanon and Egypt.

She has a background of more than twenty years in professional services, starting her career with Egon Zehnder International, the global management consulting and leadership firm and then with Goldman Sachs in London and New York.  She subsequently spent 14 years as a Partner with The Zygos Partnership, the UK’s pre-eminent Board and CEO advisory firm.

Charlotte has a MA (Hons) from Oxford University and a MBA from London Business School. She was also a Bahrain British Foundation scholar at the University of Bahrain.

Katy Steward
Mevan Babakar - Trustee

Mevan is Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of the UK’s independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact. She is also a board member of the International Fact-Checking Network and co-authored The State of Automated Fact Checking in 2016.

Mevan runs Level Up, a mentoring program that connects UK tech professionals with early career developers in Iraq and Syria.

Born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents before fleeing Iraq and settling in the UK, Mevan was featured in the New York Times when she took a two-month sabbatical in 2019 to retrace the steps she took as a child.

Keith Felton  Trustee & Treasurer
Keith Felton - Trustee & Treasurer

Keith Felton was director of corporate services at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, for ten years until his retirement in 2020.

Prior to joining Crisis in 2009, Keith spent nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as head of finance & operations at Fleming Family & Partners, following qualification as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.

Keith is treasurer of UK for UNHCR and has served as a trustee of a number of other charities.

Keith and his wife are committed to supporting refugees, including hosting them for periods in their home to help them achieve stability in their lives.

Katy Steward
Claire Hajaj - Trustee

Claire Hajaj is a specialist in conflict and post-conflict dynamics. For 20 years, she has contributed to humanitarian, political and security strategies to mitigate conflicts in some of the world’s most complex settings. She worked for the United Nations in conflict zones across Lebanon, Kosovo, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan. Her experience ranges from negotiating community-level access for polio vaccinators in extremist regions on the Afghan-Pakistan border to supporting the UN Special Representative in Iraq during the height of the post-war insurgency. She played a key role to negotiate and produce a landmark stabilisation strategy for Lebanon to respond to the Syria crisis.

Sharing Palestinian and Jewish heritage, Claire is widely published across international media and policy institutes, including UN Centre for Policy Research where she is an Inaugural Fellow. She is currently Policy Director at Inter Mediate, an organisation established by Jonathan Powell to help heads of government and armed groups reach peace agreements.

Rebecca Perlman  Chair of Trustees
Rebecca Perlman - Trustee

Rebecca Perlman is a corporate and charities lawyer at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where she co-chairs the firm’s global impact investment and social finance practice, and leads the transactional side of the firm’s pro bono practice.

Rebecca specialises in ESG, sustainable investment and philanthropy – advising corporates, entrepreneurs, investors, charities, not-for-profits, governments and multilateral organisations on a range of corporate, commercial and charity law issues.

In 2014, she was seconded to the Government of Sierra Leone as a legal adviser in the Office of the President, where she advised on the country’s response to the commercial impact of the Ebola crisis. She has also previously worked on secondment with the National Council for Civil Liberties.

As UK for UNHCR’s founding Chair, Rebecca led the establishment and launch of the charity as the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner for the United Kingdom. In June 2021, Rebecca’s term as Chair concluded and she continues to support the charity as trustee.

Rebecca also holds trusteeships with the Big Issue Invest Trust and the Freetown Foundation, and was a trustee of the Prisoners’ Advice Service from 2015-2019.

 

Arabella Phillimore  Trustee
Arabella Phillimore - Trustee

Arabella is the UK managing partner of the consultancy AlterMind. Prior to this she worked as a journalist at the Financial Times after having set up and run the conflict resolution NGO Inter Mediate with Jonathan Powell for several years.

Her previous experience includes working for UNICEF in India, Eurasia Group political risk consultancy in New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping in Kabul and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Arabella is a founding member of the UK for UNHCR Board of Trustees, and has supported the charity since launch.

Ori Raveh - Trustee
Ori Raveh - Trustee

Ori is Associate Partner in Bain & Company’s London office, with over ten years of experience advising international clients on corporate transformations, strategy and vision development, customer-led repositioning and operational improvement. In this role he advises CEOs, boards and teams to help them strengthen financial and operational results.

Prior to Bain Ori spent time advising Charitable endowments on their investment decisions to ensure financial stability and sufficient funding for worthwhile causes.

Ori is passionate about social impact and supporting refugees. He recently led Bain’s engagement with UNHCR to develop the strategic foundations for its ground-breaking social enterprise programme, MADE51. This helps refugee artisans build sustainable livelihoods and connect with global markets.

Katy Steward
Katy Steward - Trustee

Katy Steward has over fifteen years building human capability in the healthcare sector through regulation and organisation development.  

She has worked extensively in health leadership, including as a head of thought leadership and director of organisation development at the Kings Fund. Katy has also helped to deliver health regulation, first at Monitor, where she was responsible for the design of the new code of governance and then helping design the Well Led domain for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the first health regulator to inspect for culture. 

Katy has been an organisational coach for 5 NHS Trusts, network lead at the Kings Fund for NEDs and Chairs who want to strengthen board leadership. Katy has also served as a Trustee of the leading poverty charity, Oxfam (UK). 

Katy has also undertaken field visits to visit relief operations in countries such as Myanmar, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Our CEO

Emma Cherniavsky is the founding CEO of UK for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the United Kingdom. In this role, she leads all UK private sector partnership and fundraising activities in support of UNHCR’s international humanitarian relief programmes for displaced people.

Emma has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and senior management in the non-profit sector and in politics, including significant roles at the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and the Liberal Democrats.

Prior to joining UK for UNHCR, Emma served as Deputy CEO and Director of Fundraising for UK political party the Liberal Democrats, leading their fundraising efforts through three general election campaigns in six years and during the EU referendum in 2016.  

Emma previously served as Chief Development Officer of the International Crisis Group, the Brussels-based international NGO focused on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. She also spent a decade working in senior development roles for Human Rights Watch, helping build new fundraising committees for the organisation in North America and Europe as well as directing their office in Southern California. This included visiting programmes in countries such as India, Mexico and Morocco. 

In her early career, she worked for the Capital Group, the World Bank and the US State Department.   

As UK for UNHCR’s CEO, Emma leads the charity’s private sector partnership and fundraising activity across the UK, involving corporate partnerships, trusts, foundations, major philanthropy and individual giving, as well as raising public awareness of global refugee crises to build solidarity and engagement.  

Emma holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Brown University.   

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