Gary Allison LLB MBA – Director, full-time

Gary joined PoC as Director in July 2018 following 25 years of legal practice in South Africa and England. Having supported various NGOs and charities over the last four decades, Gary served as a trustee, and latterly, as Vice-Chair, of PoC from 2001 to 2013. With an MBA from Warwick University, which focussed on the charity and professional services sectors, Gary brings a commercial approach and passion for increasing the work of PoC in meeting the acute needs of prisoners of conscience in the UK and internationally. 

Kirsty Bennett BA PGDip – Grants Manager, part-time

After completing a degree in Modern African and Middle Eastern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Kirsty volunteered with the UNHCR. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Anthropology from Birkbeck University.  Kirsty joined PoC in April 2002.  She assesses, researches and processes grant applications.

Joanna Pitta – Fundraising/Communications and Transformation Officer, part-time

Originally working as an intern at PoC, Joanna joined the staff team in 2019 and works on media, digital and fundraising, as well as our transformation project. Interested in refugee and humanitarian issues, after completing her MA in Human Rights at Sussex University, Joanna interned with UNHCR and then worked for Solidarity Now, an organisation supporting those most affected by the economic and humanitarian crises in Greece.

Rachael Tyndall – Administration Manager, part-time

Rachael joined PoC in 2001, following a year-long world trip, prior to which she had worked as a PA. Rachael also managed a drop-in centre for French-speaking refugees and asylum seekers in London.  Rachael has held many roles at PoC over the years, but currently works on administration and finance.

Volunteers and Interns

We would not be able to carry out our work without the support from volunteers and interns. We have a number of volunteers who work in the office and a team of ad-hoc supporters who help out at events and at very busy times. Our regular office volunteers are:

Louise Brown – Fundraising & Administration Volunteer

Jane Seal – Fundraising & Administration Volunteer