“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The Board of Trustees is accountable to the ENS membership, and has responsibility to oversee the governance of the Network with an operational focus on finance, funding, recruitment/management and reporting.

Stefanie Grant

Stefanie worked with Amnesty International, as Head of the international Research Department in London, and as Director of Amnesty’s US office in Washington DC. She then practised as a solicitor, specialising in migration, refugee and human rights law, at the Immigration Advisory Service, at Baker and McKenzie, and as a partner at Bindmans; she is now a consultant to Harrison Grant, solicitors. She later headed the research branch of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and was a consultant on migrants’ rights to the Global Commission on International Migration, and to the Council of Europe. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex Centre for Migration Research, working on migrant and refugee deaths at sea and issues of identification. She is Senior Advisor on Statelessness to the Equal Rights Trust, and a trustee of AMERA UK, and of Independent Diplomat.


Gábor Gyulai

Gábor has been working in the field of asylum since 2000. After working for two years at the UNHCR Representation in Hungary, he joined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, where he currently works as the director of the Refugee Programme and as an international trainer. His main fields of research and professional interest are nationality and statelessness; evidence and credibility assessment in asylum procedures; intercultural, language, gender and other interdisciplinary issues in the forced migration context; communication and media work; as well as human rights and refugee law education, including innovative teaching methods. In recent years, he has trained several hundreds of lawyers, judges, professors, asylum officers, police staff and social workers on these issues in various countries throughout Europe, Latin America and North Africa. He is a listed expert with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), and has collaborated in various frameworks with the UNHCR and the Open Society Justice Initiative. He is a founding member and the President of ENS.


Jack Heriz-Smith

Jack began his career supporting and then conducting executive search in emerging markets, working with the world's largest multinational companies to find and hire local business leaders across Sub Saharan Africa. In 2015, he transitioned into building corporate partnerships for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, and spent three years developing new fundraising relationships as well as managing ongoing ones. Since November 2018, he has been working at Shelter to develop long-term strategic corporate partnerships that raise money for the various services the organisation provides, whilst seeking out opportunities for those companies to add real value beyond just fundraising.


Ivanka Kostic

Ivanka is founder and Executive Director of Praxis and a lawyer with significant experience in the field of human rights and forced migration. She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Ivanka investigated war crimes and human rights violations for the Humanitarian Law Centre before working for the Norwegian Refugee Council as a senior lawyer for the Civil Rights Project. Later, as Project Manager she oversaw efforts to improve conditions for the influx of refugees and persons displaced by the conflict in former Yugoslavia by providing legal assistance and advocacy. Now, at Praxis, Ivanka continues to work on forced migration, statelessness, discrimination and access to social and economic rights in Serbia. In addition, she has worked to advance cross-border cooperation among the Western Balkan states and increase connections internationally.


Allan Leas (Chair)

Allan left South Africa in 1979 and was granted asylum on the grounds of his refusal to serve in the SADF. In London he was a founder member of the Committee on South African War Resisters, a period during which he worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the ANC. In 1989 he joined the Refugee Council. For sixteen years he then worked for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). Following this he undertook a one year consultancy for the Dutch Council for Refugees. For a three year period he worked as Executive Director of Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance. (AMERA). In 2012/13 he returned to ECRE as Acting Secretary General. As a consultant to the voluntary sector he has worked for many organisations, including OSI, UNHCR, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad and others. He has recently retired as an Adviser to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and is a Trustee for the Afghan and Central Asian Association. He has just finished producing a film on Emergency Resettlement for UNHCR and will be soon embarking on a similar film on refugee Integration. Allan is a published writer of educational history books and a performed playwright.


Daniel O'Connor (Treasurer)

Daniel is a career banker with extensive experience within treasury management. He currently works for Cynergy bank as their Senior Treasury Analyst managing the banks liquidity and market risks. He previously worked at HSBC where he held several senior positions including the Deputy Treasurer role in the Channel Islands. Dan has a keen interest in global markets and current affairs.


James Woodeson

James is founder and executive coach at Woodeson Executive Coaching, where he works with individuals and teams to improve their performance. Previously James worked for HSBC for 15 years and held senior positions within the Global Banking & Markets and Global Asset Management businesses in Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong, Jersey and Malta. James has a particular passion for commerce, problem solving and developing people.


Maurice Wren

Maurice joined the British Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, having previously been the Director of Asylum Aid (2002 – 2013) and a Trustee of the Refugee Council (2007-2012). Prior to joining Asylum Aid, Maurice held senior positions in the homelessness and housing field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT). Maurice was a cofounder of, and expert adviser to, the Independent Asylum Commission (2007-09); an expert adviser to the Centre for Social Justice enquiry into the UK asylum system ‘Asylum Matters’ (2007-08); a cofounder and member of the co-ordination group of Detention Forum (2009-present); and a member of the Home Office and Ministry of Justice’s Early Legal Advice Project Board (2010-2013). He is presently co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office, Chair of the Refugee Week Steering Group, a Trustee of Migrant Voice and of the newly established NGO Every Casualty.