Our Team

Operations Team

Fiona Mann Founder & CEO

Fiona set up Project MAMA after several years working with expectant mothers seeking-asylum in the UK who were survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. Fiona has worked within the context of women’s support services for 12 years in the UK and further afield. She completed a masters degree in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with expertise in sexual violence amongst vulnerable populations. Fiona comes from a background of supporting survivors through grassroots movements and solidarity projects.

Amy GarrettMother Companions Manager

Amy is a Birth Doula and a founding volunteer Mother Companion with Project MAMA. Following the birth of her 2 children she pursued her interest in childbirth and parenting by establishing a parenting support group in Bristol.
Amy studied Antenatal Education with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and then went on to
train as a Doula and is a recognised birth doula with Doula UK. She has a background in marketing and sales for social housing projects and has completed voluntary placements for a number of Bristol based charities.

Domonique Sakoilsky Volunteer Supervisor

Domonique has a post graduate Diploma in Relational Counselling Supervision and contributed to the first Relate Family Counselling service in the UK. Domonique has 40 years experience working in the arena of birth, parenting and family life, initially at the Active Birth Centre in London, where she continues to work on the professional training team. Domonique has trained doulas and antenatal teachers for over twenty years, offering trainings in the UK, Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, India and Lithuania, culminating in the publishing of her 2007 book The Seven Secrets of Joyful Birth. She is trained craniosacral therapist and has expertise in birth, healing, prenatal and birth trauma work.

Gail Mann Finance Coordinator

Arguably the grandmother of Project MAMA, Gail brings to her role a diverse and varied experience in Business and Finance before taking a career break after the birth of her two daughters. Gail has a degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and has taken a keen interest in her daughter’s involvement with various women’s NGO’s. Gail was delighted to accept the invitation to be Finance Coordinator for Project MAMA at its inception.

Maddie HarrisWellbeing & Advocacy Coordinator

Maddie Harris has been working to support refugees and displaced people across Europe since September 2015. Initially as an independent volunteer in Dunkirk, France and Thessaloniki, Greece. Her work became to create systems to assist with the running of refugee camps, including distribution, legal case work, support of unaccompanied minors, liaison with local authorities and NGOs and the creation of what was called The Dunkirk legal support team.
In 2016, she set up Humans for Rights Network in 2016, an independent organisation created to facilitate the documentation of Human rights abuses against refugees and asylum seekers throughout Europe. She is also co-creator of Refugee Solidarity Summit.

Rachel LoweCommunity Project Assistant

Rachel joined the Project MAMA team as a volunteer for the community hub in 2019. Rachel has been working with children and families for ten years. In recent years she has worked extensively within Europe and the UK with unaccompanied asylum seeking children, asylum seeking families and survivors of trafficking. Rachel is a qualified Therapeutic Well-being Practitioner for children and young people, and is mid-way through training as a Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the Tavistock and Portman Trust.

Sophia HankeProjects Coordinator

Sophia studied Sociology at UWE until 2017. She has since cofounded the Bristol-based video production company CrissCross Films which focuses on using video as a tool to raise awareness of social issues and inspire social action. She is interested in exploring the lived experiences of mothers and motherhood under challenging personal and structural circumstances. To support vulnerable mothers more directly, she joined Project MAMA at the end of 2019 as a fundraising volunteer.

Wendy Cox Policy & Specialist Needs Advisor

Wendy spent most of her working life in the NHS as a midwife, health visitor
and counsellor. Wendy has demonstrable experience as a sexual health worker supporting people with HIV including women with substance misuse issues and women working in the sex industry. Wendy more recently coordinated a bereavement service open to anyone who had lost a baby or child. She brings a profound understanding of the needs of vulnerable women to the role.

Trustees

Dr Loubaba MamlukChair of Trustees

Dr Loubaba Mamluk is a Senior Research Associate in Epidemiology at the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West at the University of Bristol. Until recently, most of her research concerned early-life influences pregnancy and childhood. She comes from Syria and has worked to lead and support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Bristol through Citizens UK. These efforts led to formulating the hypothesis for and developing of a multi-country project on the mental health and well-being of Syrian refugees in the UK “Syrian mental Health Assessment and Migration Study”.

Angela Conway

Angela has worked as a named nurse for safeguarding children over the past 5 years both in Wiltshire and more recently joining a mental health trust in Cornwall. Safeguarding has been integral to my career over 20 plus years from working in a prison drug unit to health visiting. I am passionate about equality and high standards of services for all vulnerable families.

Catherine Jackson

Catherine is a solicitor with over 10 years’ experience of employment and immigration law, in both the private and charity sector. She graduated with an LLB from the University of Bristol and has a Masters in Human Rights from UCL. The child and grandchild of migrant mothers, she has volunteered for various organisations supporting refugees and migrants ever since university. She is herself a mother of two and brings her legal expertise as well as her passion for supporting other mothers to her role of trustee.

Claire Horrex

Claire has been working in Fundraising for over 15 years in various roles across Wales and the South West including community and corporate fundraising and more recently concentrating on trusts and foundations.
Having worked for various large and small organisations, she is hoping to bring her experience and knowledge to Project Mama.
She has two young children and this inspired her to apply to PM because she knows how tough becoming a mother can be in the best of circumstances and is really looking forward to being part of this fantastic organisation.

Jen Gerrard Treasurer

A Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and a member of the ICAEW Charity & Voluntary Sector Specialist Group, Jen has lived and breathed charity finance for over 20 years. Jen has worked both in accounting practice and as an accountancy lecturer, prior to establishing Gerrard Financial Consulting (GFC) in 2013. Jen works with a wide range of charitable organisations and her trustee experiences have been rich and varied to date – including roles within local grass-roots organisations and also at a national level.

Karen Blong

Working in local government for over ten years, Karen has wide ranging experience supporting democratic, governance and overview & scrutiny processes. Most recently Karen has been managing and delivering project teams which aim to increase employment, skills and learning opportunities for residents in Bristol, with a focus on supporting under-represented groups. Karen is committed to equality and diversity, has a developing interest in maternity rights for women and applied to be a trustee with Project Mama following the birth of her own child in 2019.

Laura Bandah

Laura is the founder of St. Anne’s school in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has more than 11years experience working in education. Before founding the school, Laura worked in South Africa and Mozambique as a humanitarian with a main focus on children. The birth of Laura’s second child was a happy, beautiful and empowering experience, in a situation that could have been overwhelming. Now, a mother of two girls, Laura feels it is a joy to be part of such glorious and important work.

Dr. Michal Nahman

Michal is an anthropologist who has researched cross-border reproduction for 19 years in Israel/Palestine, Canada, Spain and the UK. She has been a consultant to the Nuffield Foundation on fertility and works at UWE as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and an affiliate scholar at Cambridge ReproSoc. She has a demonstrable commitment both to migration and fertility issues as well as the politics of welfare state support for motherhood. Her lived experience of motherhood and a migrant (and child and grandchild of migrant mothers) has led her to be an advocate and trustee of Project MAMA.

Tess Humble

Tess Humble researches and writes on global border security agenda, and its threat to migrants. She has worked with refugees for over 10years and has been a climate change campaigner for the same amount of time.
Her research includes border security developments and its impacts on human rights and for people on the move, including climate migrants. In 2015 for gave a TedX talk called “Dismantling the Border Security Mantra”. In 2019 she organised the first conference in Bristol designed to foster discussion on climate change and migration with community members.
She has worked with refugees in the UK, Turkey and Germany, including being former Director of Bristol based charity Borderlands. She has also been the founder of several projects, including Life Jackets for Refugees – the first project to get high quality to refugees making the crossing from Turkey to Greece.

Mother Companions

Abi Matthews

Abi is a midwife working at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. After some time spent working as part of a home-birth team, Abi’s passion has become providing holistic care to women giving birth in high-risk settings. As a workplace representative for the Royal College of Midwives, Abi also feels strongly about empowering birth – practitioners, and strengthening their role in the transformation of women’s healthcare.

Alison White

Alison has been working with expectant and new parents since the birth of her first baby in 2001. She has facilitated over one hundred and fifty courses antenatally for the NCT, in children’s centres, and for young parents’ projects, mostly in Bristol and Bath. She also works as a birth and postnatal doula. Over the years Alison has been a long time campaigner for family-centred maternity services and early parenting provision, and local initiatives to support new parents.

Alice Lecadou

Bio coming soon

Amy de Havilland-Hall

After the death of her first son at a young age and the lack of support, Amy made a promise to help as many women and children feel supported, empowered and safe as she could. Amy trained as a Doula and went on further to train in ante and postnatal fitness and Postpartum recovery. Amy strongly believes that pregnancy, birth and beyond should always be experienced with a “village” around the mama and that every mother deserves to feel safe. Amy lives in Monmouthshire with my husband and 2 beautiful children.

Aly Chiarion

Graduated in midwifery in Italy in April 2018 and has been practicing since February 2018 in Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
Before becoming a midwife Aly was a dental technician, she became passionate about human rights, especially women’s, after 3 months of volunteering in a hospital in Africa.
In her first months in the UK she worked as a nanny in London, an experience that gave her a better understanding of motherhood beyond the delivery suite and postnatal ward.

Emma Burton

Emma is a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Nutritional Therapist (with a special interest in Women’s Health) and teaches Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga. Emma studied Pregnancy Yoga and completed her Well Woman training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Yoga Campus, she then went on to study HypnoBirthing with The HypnoBirthing Institute. Emma regularly volunteers with The Bluebell Trust and offers Post-Natal Yoga as part of their 12-week programme to support new mamas.

Jay Urquart

Jay is a birth and postnatal doula and a Doula UK director and leadership team volunteer. She is passionate about supporting women through childbirth and early parenthood, working with new mums through their own unique experiences in a respectful, calm and completely non-judgemental way. Jay lives in Bristol with her partner and two children.

Olivia Denham

Olivia is a Doula UK registered birth and postnatal doula. She loves working with women, nurturing and supporting them through the most wondrous, and sometimes most difficult, times of their lives. She has a deep desire to offer her support to as many people as she can and believes that accessibility to maternity care and birth choices can be (and should be) universal.

Peggy Woodward

Peggy retired as a midwife in 2017 after many decades working in the National Health Service with women and families from many countries and cultures. Peggy is an active campaigner with Protect our NHS, against the underfunding, fragmentation and privatisation of the NHS and towards the reinstatement of an equitable, fully tax funded healthcare service.

Rebecca Hunt

Bio coming soon

Ambassadors

Rebecca Vincent

Rebecca is a tattoo artist and activist living in London. She started working with refugees in 2015 and over the last 3 years she has coordinated collections of aid to distribute in Calais and Dunkirk. Rebecca is an advocate for women who experience postnatal depression under significant immigration pressures. Rebecca brings to the role her own personal experience of postnatal depression along with ensuring that no woman should go through the postnatal period unsupported.

Gabriella Wilde

Gabriella began working in fashion and film from 15 years old. working across the world on different projects in print, film and television from a young age. Gabriella said her hardest challenge was when she became a mother at 24, juggling work and raising her three children and states that becoming a mother being the most rewarding and difficult time of her life. Gabriella is currently raising her three boys in Somerset while intermittently studying psychotherapy and continuing her career in the film and fashion industries.
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