Matrons & Patrons
Anna Maria Miwanda Bagenda
Anna Maria Miwanda Bagenda is from Uganda. A mother and an exiled journalist, she was a refugee seeking asylum who worked for the Salford RAPAR SRB5 PROJECT (2002-2004) as a researcher. She was rejected by the UK asylum system and left the UK to work with orphans. She is currently in Zambia.
Gary qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and is accredited by the Law Society in Immigration Law. He has been a RAPAR patron since 2005. Gary was born in Manchester and returned to live in the city in 1995 after working and studying in London, then travelling and working around many countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, Indonesia, Israel, Burma and India. Gary trained as a solicitor at David Gray and Company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, then came back to Manchester to join Thornhill Ince, where he worked until 2002, following which he was appointed Director of the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, a not-for-profit legal advice agency. In 2004, he left to become immigration supervisor at Robert Lizar Solicitor in Moss Side, where he worked until forming Latitude Law (www.latitudelaw.com) in December 2007, specialising in migration and public law. Gary sits on the Strategy Group for Manchester's Refugee and Migrant Forum.
Zeinab Mohamed was born in Somalia and came to the UK in 1991. A founding member of RAPAR and former Chair, Zeinab is a qualified nurse midwife and clinical instructor, and worked as the Head of Mogadishu Nursing School. Since being in the UK, she has worked for the WHO and Manchester University, Manchester Education Authority and Manchester Social Services, as a community activist and volunteer for a range of organisations, and as a consultant for the Somali Community. She wants to see RAPAR continuing to advocate for displaced people, and to use action learning and research to highlight their needs and support them in the process of their settlement and integration with local people.
Rhetta was born in Somerset, UK in 1960. She is a Double Honours Graduand from University of Manchester, UK (1983), Rotary International Foundation Scholar, University of Dalhousie, Canada (1985-86), Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain Scholar (1994-1996), awarded a PhD in Sociology, University of Manchester (1997) and a World Health Organisation, Geneva, Consultant (1998-2002). She was the initiator and a founding member of RAPAR in 2001. She is a Member of the International Sociological Association and Board Member of Research Committee 10 on Participation. In 2006, she co-edited the first book ever published on Doing Research with Refugees. She has worked within and across the statutory (local government, health and higher education) community and voluntary sectors for 25 years, in local, national and international arenas. She is most interested in applying her communication (written, visual and verbal) skills, in good company, through the development of praxis (theory and practice) that releases human potential for constructive learning and change.
Nicholas has been the Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey since 2004. He is also Visiting Professor in Theology and Public Life at Liverpool Hope University. He has taught at Newcastle, Durham and Cambridge universities. One of the main strands of his work has been the study of Justice; he is currently engaged in a study of The Christian Tradition and the Practice of Justice. He has long been involved in support for refugees and people seeking asylum. He was Chair of the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle and for a short time helped at the Chaplaincy in (what was then) Oakington Immigration Reception Centre. He is a member of the Citizen Organising Foundation's Independent Asylum Commission. He particularly welcomes RAPAR's emphasis on empowerment for refugees and people seeking asylum, and is delighted to give what support he can to RAPAR's important work.
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