Our team

Our trustees

The charity is hugely grateful to its Board of Trustees who contribute their time and expertise voluntarily to support the organisation and its governance. Our trustees bring a broad range of experience, drawing from across the global humanitarian space, the UK charity sector and specialist fields such as legal and finance.

Rebecca Perlman Chair of Trustees
Rebecca Perlman - Chair of Trustees
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.

Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Rebecca studied Modern History at the University of Oxford, following which she completed her law conversion in London.

As UK for UNHCR’s founding Chair, Rebecca has led the establishment and launch of the charity as the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner for the United Kingdom.

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.

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.

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.

Our CEO

Emma Cherniavsky, Chief Executive Officer, UK for UNHCR 

Emma Cherniavsky is the founding CEO of UK for UNHCR, which was established in 2019 as UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the United Kingdom. In this role, Emma leads the charity’s private sector partnership and fundraising activity across the UK in support of UNHCR’s global humanitarian relief work for forcibly displaced and stateless people. 

This includes corporate partnerships, trusts, foundations, major philanthropy and individual giving, as well as raising public awareness of global refugee crises to build support and engagement. 

Emma has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and senior management, working in the non-profit sector and in politics. Prior to joining UK for UNHCR, Emma served as Deputy CEO and Director of Fundraising for the 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. In her early career she worked for the Capital Group, the World Bank and the US State Department.  

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

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