Staff & 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 Adviser on a British Bill of Rights.
Carla Garnelas – Head of Policy and Public Affairs (currently on maternity leave)
Carla 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.
Anna Edmundson - Policy and Programmes Manager
Anna joined CRAE in March 2014. She has more than 13 years experience of working on policy and campaigns in human rights organisations including as Deputy Director of the British Institute of Human Rights. Anna is a qualified barrister and is experienced in using the law to challenge human rights violations and in changing the law through strategic litigation. She is the co-author of several editions of the "Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998" (Oxford University Press).
Anna has a particular interest in mental health issues and an expertise in youth justice. Prior to joining CRAE, Anna worked for INQUEST where one of her responsibilities was leading research, policy and campaigning work around the deaths of children and young people in prison.
Catherine Hodder – Parliamentary Adviser
As CRAE's Parliamentary Adviser, Catherine communicates children's rights concerns to parliamentarians, ministers and civil servants in order to hold the Government to account for its commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Catherine drafts and disseminates parliamentary questions, briefing material for debates and amendments to legislation going through Parliament. She also ensures that children's rights concerns are heard in the development of Government policy and guidance. Before joining CRAE, Catherine worked for a Member of Parliament and completed a Masters degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a human rights campaigner since the age of 15.
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.
CRAE's work is supported by volunteers.
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