Staff and volunteers
Paola Uccellari – Director
Prior to joining CRAE, Paola was Legal Director at The Equal Rights Trust, promoting human rights of vulnerable groups internationally. She was previously a Senior Lawyer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she developed the Commission's policy positions on a broad range of equality and human rights issues and implemented advocacy strategies to achieve reform of law and policy. For the Odysseus Trust she supported Lord Lester's role on the Joint Committee on Human Rights and as Independent Advisor on a British Bill of Rights.
Policy and public affairs
Carla Garnelas – Head of policy and public affairs
Carla currently heads up CRAE's public policy advocacy. She joined CRAE in October 2005, initially to strengthen our support to young children's rights activists and then becoming the senior lead on equality and non-discrimination. Carla led CRAE's campaigning around the Equality Act 2010 and Chairs the Young Equals campaign.
Since graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Social Anthropology in 2002, Carla has worked in the voluntary sector in London. In 2006, she received an MSc from Birkbeck College in Race and Ethnic Relations, focusing on issues of gender, ethnicity and identity. She worked for a number of years in the Jewish community as a youth worker and informal educator and spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya with VSO working with street children projects. Carla is a trustee of Gulan, a charity that promotes Kurdish arts and culture.
Catherine Hodder – Parliamentary adviser (currently on maternity leave)
As CRAE's Parliamentary Adviser, Catherine communicates children's rights issues to members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, so that they can ask questions of the Government, debate particular issues and amend laws to improve children's human rights protection. Before joining CRAE, Catherine worked for a Member of Parliament and completed a Masters degree in human rights. She has been a human rights campaigner since the age of 15.
Office management and administration
Sue Marris – Office manager
Sue started at CRAE in 2006 and is responsible for the organisation's finances, office administration and for personnel matters. Her previous jobs include working as an actuarial officer at the Government Actuary's Department and as the statistician at the Arts Council of Great Britain before she moved to work in the charity sector. She then worked as centre manager of a community centre, as tenant liaison officer for a housing association and then as office manager at a drop-in centre for families of children with disabilities. She has a degree in Economics with Econometrics and an MA in Arts Administration.
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CRAE's work is supported by policy and legal volunteers who help with our campaigns, research. administration and advice service. Read our volunteer policy. CRAE is an equal opportunities employer.
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