Our London-based Secretariat works closely with our members to deliver activities, including to oversee coordination, development and fundraising.
Chris Nash is the Director and co-founder of the European Network on Statelessness. He has worked in the refugee and migration field for over 20 years, initially as an asylum lawyer and then at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (Head of Policy and Advocacy), the Refugee Council of Australia (National Policy Director), Amnesty International (Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights Team) and Asylum Aid (International Protection Policy Coordinator). Chris has written widely on asylum, migration and statelessness policy. He has also previously worked as a consultant, including for the UN Refugee Agency.
Head of Policy and Research
Nina joined ENS in March 2017 to lead on research and policy work. She holds a masters degree in Migration Studies and a BA in Modern Iberian and Latin American Regional Studies. She previously worked at Scottish Refugee Council for over six years, and has extensive experience undertaking and leading research, policy development and advocacy with a focus on gender and refugee rights. She has also worked as a researcher at What Works Scotland, based at the University of Glasgow, and in a range of other professional and voluntary roles in the human rights field. Nina is also Convenor of the Board of Directors of Engender, Scotland’s leading third sector organisation working for women’s equality, and a trustee of the Ngbotima Charity Trust, supporting young people through education in Sierra Leone.
Head of Communications, Operations & Development
Jan joined ENS in November 2015 to work on communications, campaigns and online advocacy. His role evolved since to also cover operations and strategic planning. He holds a masters degree in politics and philosophy. Previously, Jan worked for the Migrants' Rights Network and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) managing media and communications work. He also worked as an external consultant for the European Medicine Agency (EMA) in their communications and web department and as a lead web developer at Small Axe Communications.
Campaigns & Engagement Coordinator
Tamara joined ENS in June 2021 to coordinate campaigning and community engagement work. She holds a BA in Arabic and Anthropology and is completing an MSC in Migration and Mobility, focussed on labour rights for asylum seekers. Tamara has worked on migration and refugee issues for over seven years. She worked as a community organiser involving affected migrant communities in engagement and outreach (Southern Brooks), a national campaigner on access to university for asylum seekers (Student Action for Refugees), a Parliamentary lobbyist on immigration law (ILPA) and an immigration adviser to asylum seekers and refugees. Tamara is one of the founders of Springboard Youth Academy, a holistic education programme for newly arrived refugee youth, and sits on their Advisory Board.
Legal Policy Officer
Patrícia joined the Secretariat in February 2020 to support law and policy development and deliver ENS' strategic litigation work. She holds a master's degree in International Law and is a qualified Portuguese lawyer. Patrícia has previously worked for the AIRE Centre as a legal researcher on asylum and children's rights and she practiced in a corporate law firm for over three years, providing legal advice to clients in Portugal and Mozambique. She also has experience in child protection and in the use of non-formal education to raise human rights awareness.
Operations and Partnerships Officer
Josephine joined the ENS secretariat team in June 2020 to help administer our expanded Secretariat and membership. Josephine provides events and project support, oversees ENS’ membership liaison and supports operations, HR, financial and governance administration. She holds a BSc in Psychology and previously worked as Programme Manager at My Life Films, a charity supporting people living with dementia. She has volunteered with marginalised people and communities in the UK, Europe and Zimbabwe.
Policy & Advocacy Officer
Alison joined the Secretariat in July 2021 to support ENS’s policy development and advocacy work. She holds an MA in Human Rights Law and a BA in Politics and International Relations. Alison previously worked in research and policy at Rights and Security International, a charity promoting human rights in the context of national security and counter terrorism. She has provided voluntary casework support at Advocate, the charity of the England and Wales Bar.