Project Leaders

Elaine Ortiz

Founder & Director

Sarah Bennet

Service Manager


Specialist Refugee Support Worker,

Dr. Mick Taylor

Head of Education 

Toby Moore

Young Leader Leader


Chas Walker


May Anderson


May is currently retired and studying for a BA in Fine Art in Brighton. She was previously a senior tax inspector in the Inland Revenue (later HMRC) in Scotland and London, when one of her roles was head of IR Charities (Scotland). She has been a Trustee of several Arts organisations and brings to Hummingbird an understanding of accounts, bookkeeping and charity law. She is also an accredited mediator.

Elisa Sandri


Bio Coming Soon

Dr. Mark Doidge


Mark  is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton. His research focuses on exposing power imbalances in sport and seeking to transform sport into a positive social activity, whether it is supporting refugees in their new home, football fans challenging discrimination or helping their local communities. He is also a committee member of Sanctuary on Sea, Football Supporters Europe and the British Sociological Association.

Damien Robert


Damien is a digital marketing wiz and passionate about Internet and the way it connects people and cultures.
He is also involved in different well-being activities like meditation and mindfulness and is an ad-hoc worker at Terrence Higgins Trust, a British charity that campaigns on and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health.
He's travelled to Calais for many years and has been aware and concerned of the refugee crisis before it's been greatly covered by the media in the UK in 2015. Being a Trustee at The Hummingbird Project is a way of putting his knowledge and passion in the service of the charity that he wanted to cherish since the very start.

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Richard Williams


Bio Coming Soon

Suede Stanton


Suede holds a Bachelor of Languages, a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Wellbeing Research (all Hons 1). She worked as a Solicitor in private practice in Australia and England, specialising in Immigration Law. She is the mother of two young children and currently works part time as a Volunteer Co-ordinator for an academic charity based at the University of Sussex.

Thomas Hipwood


Thom joined the Hummingbird project in September 2019 and brings with him 12 years of fundraising experience. In his previous role at Monash University, Australia, Thom helped to set up the 'Change It. For Good' Campaign to raise $500 million from 50,000 donors, which included a focus on significantly expanding the number of scholarships awarded to students seeking asylum

Fabia Bates


Fabia Bates is the Sector Support Manager for Community Works, the membership organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Brighton & Hove, Adur & Worthing. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, including 5 years as Director of Survivors' Network, the Rape Crisis Centre for Susssex .

Dr. Reima Ana Maglajlic


Rea is a registered social worker and a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex. Rea's practice and research to date focuses on social work, political conflict and mental health. She has first hand experience of working with refugees and displaced persons in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, both in these two countries and in the UK. Between 2017-2019, she has worked with Social Workers without Borders to help co-edit a book on Social Work with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants 

Jayne Grier


Jayne is Head of Organisational Change and People at Frontline AIDS, an international development charity in Hove.  An experienced leader with a 20-year track record in the not-for-profit sector, Jayne has a background in strategic communications. She now works in the fields of Organisational Development, Brand, Governance and Strategy.  She is also a trained Business Coach. 

Katie Tong


Katie is a humanitarian consultant with 17 years’ experience working in emergency situations across Africa and Asia. Now based in Brighton, Katie conducts evaluations for UN agencies in complex conflict, displaced, and refugee contexts across the world. Katie specialises in protection issues with a specific focus on adolescents and youth, and gender.