Refugee Action Kingston is supported by a Management Committee who meet every 6 weeks to oversee the work of the organisation.
Mark Kluth - Chair
I joined the RAK Management Committee in 2012. I have a MSc in Development Studies and spent six years working in Zimbabwe and Namibia in education. I work full time for an airline and have plenty of experience in managing analytical and project teams. Most of my spare time is spent with my three young children – which is mostly enjoyable! I play the guitar (badly) and enjoy sport and travelling.
Julie Allen - Treasurer
I am a Quaker in the Kingston Meeting and find that this works well with my longstanding suport for refugees and forced migrants. My wife and I have hosted and welcomed refugees for many years. I am nominally retired, but in reality fully occupied, mostly with Quaker work (including the group Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network) plus some volunteering and work with Detention Action. I relish life and want others to find life good as well.
Early on in my professional life I worked at a law centre, acting for some of the most vulnerable people in society. Having worked as a family solicitor specialising in child care work, and as an immigration Tribunal judge, I am now privileged to have the opportunity to return to my professional roots, by becoming a trustee at Refugee Action Kingston, where I also volunteer as a lawyer. The work is immensely challenging but also rewarding.
I joined the Committee in 2013. I was the Commercial Director & Company Secretary of BT Group plc, and Chairman of the Hermes Group Pension Scheme. I was a non-executive Director of the Centre for Alternative Disputes Resolution (CEDR). Currently, I am a Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson, a volunteer at Kingston Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Chairman of Green Aid and of the Plaza 2 Residents’ Association. My grandparents were refugees and my wife’s mother was a refugee from Nazi Germany. I feel passionately about the huge challenges faced by those trying to remake their lives and the vital work Refugee Action does to support and help them integrate into society
I became a trustee in late 2013, following a speed dating event that matched small charities with volunteers with professional backgrounds! I have enjoyed developing my experience through joining the board of trustees of Refugee Action Kingston, experience which has been most helpful in developing communication skills for my day job in finance and accountancy. I am working to use my network to link refugees with employers as I am passionate about empowering people to realise their potential, with two clients completing a work experience accountancy program with Grant Thornton.
I joined the commitee in 2012, although I have volunteered with RAK since 2010 as an IT lecturer and interpreter. I arrived in London in 2009 with my family, having worked in the Middle East as a prominent administrative consultant and lecturer. I have particular interest and skills in promoting the best practice of senior management.