Our team
Our staff

Carla Manso Garcia
Communications Manager

Carla joined in 2021 to lead and deliver Rainbow Migration’s external communications. She previously worked in similar positions at Cripplegate Foundation and the International Detention Coalition. She is from Barcelona and holds an MA in International Journalism. 

Claire Fletcher
Asylum Support Worker

Claire has been with Rainbow Migration since 2018 and is one of the LGBTQI+ Asylum Support Workers within the Support Service Team. She has worked and volunteered for various NGOs advocating for the rights of refugees for the past eight years. 

Dane Buckley
Support Services Manager

Dane leads on growing, developing and delivering services offering practical and emotional support to LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum. His previous role was in the Leaving Care Team (Medway Social Services) and before that he was the Wellbeing Service Manager for the London Irish Centre.

Dane Buckley
Emma Webb
Campaigns Manager

Emma joined Rainbow Migration in 2021 to lead on developing public-facing campaigns involving LGBTQI+ people with lived experience of the UK asylum system. They previously held similar roles at St Mungo’s, Age UK and Parkinson’s UK.

Laurie Hartley
Asylum Support Worker

Laurie has been one of our part-time LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Workers since June 2019. They identify as queer and trans non-binary, and use the gender pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’.

Laurie Hartley
Leila Zadeh
Executive Director

Leila Zadeh previously worked at Frontline AIDS, Oxfam GB and ActionAid EU. She speaks English, Farsi/Persian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Leila came to the UK as part of a refugee family when she was 13 months old.

Photo of Leila Zadeh
Mark Trotman
Operations and Office Manager

Mark joined the Rainbow Migration team as Operations and Office Manager in 2021.

Team Assistant

Rosen joined the Rainbow Migration team as the Team Assistant in 2021.

Sonia Lenegan
Legal and Policy Director

Sonia has been a qualified solicitor for over a decade. She has previously worked at Duncan Lewis, the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, and Hackney Community Law Centre.

Stuart Meyers
Support Worker


Stuart is one of the Support Workers at Rainbow Migration. He joined the team in 2020 and has experience working in charity, local authority, and legal settings providing emotional and practical support to a range of service users. He has an MA in Refugee Care.

Stuart Meyers
Our trustees

Bojana Asanovic (Sep 2011)

Bojana has been a barrister since 2000. She is a member of Garden Court Chambers and practises in asylum immigration, nationality and human rights. Prior to coming to the English Bar, Bojana was a current affairs journalist in former Yugoslavia.

Bojana Asanovic
Eddie Bruce-Jones (Sep 2014)

Eddie is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck School of Law and Head of the Law Department at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is a Reader in Law and Anthropology. He is Associate Academic Fellow at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Eddie Bruce-Jones
Emma Finch (Oct 2018)

Emma currently leads the trusts and foundations team at Liberty. She brings 13 years’ experience working for organisations in the human rights sector, holds an MA in international relations and a degree in human rights and journalism.

Emma Finch
Jackie Peirce (Sep 2011)

Jackie is a solicitor with 20 years’ experience in asylum and immigration. She was a partner in a private practice, a legal advisor at Freedom from Torture and a migrant support centre and was previously Legal Aid convenor for the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association on legal aid issues.

Kiki Banadzem (Mar 2020)

Emily Kinaka Banadzem, better known as Bandy Kiki, is an LGBTQI+ rights activist and entrepreneur.

Kiki Banadzem
Mike Egan (Jan 2018)

Mike is a former partner and Head of London Audit at UHY Hacker Young, an international firm of Chartered Accountants. He also holds a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from The Business School (City, University of London).

Mike Egan
Nina Nasim (Nov 2020)

Nina is a trans woman who worked for Rainbow Migration (then UKLGIG) for two years as an LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Worker, supporting many and helping create the first support group specifically for trans asylum seekers.

Nina Nasim
Scott Addison (Sep 2018)

A marketing and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience across the full spectrum of communications, PR, brand and stakeholder relations, Scott holds a MBA from Cass Business School – City, University of London.

Scott Addison
Usman Gul (Sept 2020)

Usman Gul is a former refugee and a passionate supporter of LGBTQI+ rights, especially of the BAME community. He works full time as a project manager for a bank and runs a travel blog discussing on LGBTQI+ travel and his experiences as a refugee travelling around.

Usman Gul