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.

Azza MustafarWellbeing & Advocacy Coordinator

I am a keen community health and advocacy worker, I am an experienced collaborative leader and expert in supporting asylum seeker and refugee women for 14 years. My work is centred around working with multiple forms of violence against women and girls within Black and Minority Ethnic communities, particularly African and Arab speaking communities. This includes asylum seekers, survivors of trafficking, refugees, and those with no recourse to public funds. I have undertaken study in Counselling which has given me an increased awareness of the challenging complexities of women living with trauma. I believe that everyone has the right to be supported through their pregnancy and beyond in order to harness their power and to give birth safely.

Esther DeeksClient Liaison Coordinator

Esther comes from a background of working in migrant camps in and around Calais and Dunkirk. Her involvement on the ground started in 2016 with the Calais WoodYard providing shelter and firewood to displaced people living in the ’Jungle’. Since it’s eviction she has worked with various grassroots organisations in and around the area distributing essential items, providing signposting, advocacy, and emergency responses to the adverse conditions these people face. Esther studied International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University in Sweden with a specific focus on refugee law and asylum accommodation and support conditions in the UK. She joined the Project MAMA team as part of the solidarity care packages project in 2020 and has since been involved in running fundraising auctions and administrative support. Driven by her passion for people, Esther is committed to supporting and standing in solidarity with those who experience hardship exacerbated through marginalisation.

Sophia HankeOperations 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.

Silvia Jimenez CruzCommunications Coordinator

Silvia has been working in charity sector communications since 2014. Silvia studied Sociology in Chile before moving to the UK, where she worked as a freelance researcher. Since her arrival to Bristol, she has been involved in several refugee agencies in different capacities. After the birth of her children, she became a breastfeeding peer supporter and advocate. Silvia is passionate about social justice and enabling the voices of communities being heard both online and offline. She is also an avid ukulele player and knitter.

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 NGOs. Gail was delighted to accept the invitation to be Finance Coordinator for Project MAMA at its inception.

Maria CarvalhoCommunity Hub Coordinator

Maria has worked for the past 7 years in the third sector supporting vulnerable you people and adults. She has spent the last three years working for One25, a women’s charity focused on supporting women who have experienced multiple disadvantages and complex trauma. She has supported women with these experiences through 1-2-1 support, facilitating specialised group work, and overseeing multiple projects including advocacy work.

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.


Asli Tatliadim Chair of Trustees

Asli has been working with people seeking asylum and refugees for the past six years. With Kurdish origins, she grew up in Turkey. There, she worked as a campaigner and in the front lines with child labourers among refugee and internally displaced populations. Since 2017, she has been working with people seeking asylum in Bristol. Asli has an MSc in Anthropology from UCL, where she has investigated minority and identity rights from a political economy framework. In the past 12 years, Asli has worked in Peru, the UK and Turkey on multiple grass-roots projects on child, migrant, refugee and indigenous rights issues. Currently she also works as a communications specialist at University of Bristol. She is a mother of one.

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.

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.

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.

Mother Companions

Our incredible Mother Companions are the beginning and end of all our work. A huge thank you!

Abi Matthews, Alice Richie, Alison White, Amy de Havilland-Hall, Beth Richardson, Claire Fryer, Clara Hazleton, Emma Burton, Gail Daniel, Gemma Lomri, Jane Holder, Jay Urquhart, Kim Ives, Lea Ouai, Luiza Morris, Marion Cooper, Natalie Harrison, Olivia Denham, Peggy Woodward, Rebecca Hunt, Sally Balfourth.


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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