Meet the Team

Sara Hagel


As Director, Sara is always interested to hear from people who would like to work on peace in new ways or old ways with new audiences! She also carries the brief for fundraising, networking, strategy, policy and general running of the charity. 

She has has worked as Director for Peacemakers for 10 years, seeing the organisation grow and adapt to new challenges and needs.  She has a background in human rights activism, working for Amnesty International for 10 years building membership capacity around the world. She also has a past life in publishing, and is very happy to have been part of producing Peacemaker's first published resource, Learning for Peace!

Jackie Zammit

Programme Director

Jackie has worked with young people on development issues for many years. She joined Peacemakers eager to work on peace and conflict as a key theme of global citizenship.

“Some children find it difficult to express their feelings or to build meaningful relationships with the children or adults around them.” says Jackie “It is often those children who will say something unexpected or thoughtful, and give you something to think about long after the sessions have finished. I value those moments. The group dynamics change over the weeks and it’s great to see children’s confidence grow.”

Libbs Packer

Schools Coordinator

Libbs has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings, as an adult ESOL teacher and currently works with asylum seekers and refugees at a meet and greet project. Knowing that she wanted to work with children of different ages in less formal settings than just the classroom, Libbs was pleased to learn about the Peacemakers’ work in schools and join the team.

“I have learnt so much through Peacemakers and really enjoy working with children to help them build positive relationships in school, which will hopefully filter through into their lives, as it has into mine!”

Yvonne Hunt

Office Manager

Hello, this is a tremendous opportunity to support Peacemakers work; I will oversee the day to day functions of the office. 

My sixth sense for office excellence, has been gained over 20 years working in SME's, improving office environments in Europe and Southern Asia. I'm an expert multi-tasker and the most organised person I know!  My past work has provided the perfect foundation for what I'm doing now.

In my spare time, I'm active in my community and happily volunteer my time for local schools. I like hanging out with my daughters (when they want to hang out with me!)  

Whatever your Peacemaking need, call me on 0121 236 4796

Associate Trainers

Lynn Morris

One of the Peacemaker’s most experienced trainers, Lynn has worked in Peace Education since 2004 and also works extensively in drama in education as a writer, director, performer and workshop leader. She loves adapting her drama skills to meet the needs of Peacemaker work and feels privileged to work in such a rewarding field-she has also got to know the city of Birmingham and its surrounding conurbation very well indeed!

Jaishree Patel

With experience in international development, asylum/migration, teaching and facilitation, Jaishree joined Peacemakers in 2010. Jaishree insists that her favourite part of Peacemakers is supporting young people to increase their self-esteem and develop confidence in their interpersonal skills. However, rumour has it that buying toys and playing games is the part that she enjoys the most!

Dr. Mike Ogunnusi

Mike joined the Peacemakers Project in 2011, and quickly become very involved. With a background in youth and community development, Mike found the project appealing because he’d always been enthusiastic about peace education academically and professionally, and was pleased to have the opportunity to put it into practice.“Once I’d found out more about Peacemakers, I became really enthusiastic about being involved in what was happening in the formal education setting. Seeing the processes in action while I was training was really motivational.”

Helen Carvalhido-Gilbert

Helen joined the Peacemakers team in 2017 and has worked as a facilitator and trainer in the fields of conflict transformation, peace education, restorative approaches and interfaith for over 10 years. She has worked with a range of charitable, community and public sector organisations. Helen loves working with groups using participatory methodologies that empower people as learners, unleashing the wisdom of people's  lived experience and helping make  transformation possible.

Nishi Pankhania

Nishi has worked with young people for the past 15 years. She enjoys giving them the space to explore and develop their thoughts and ideas on issues that affect them. She also has an interest in women’s confidence coaching. Nishi’s background is in student support and coaching and these aspects of her work led her to Peacemakers where she has found a tangible way to help young people develop the core skills needed for a peaceful school and beyond.

Paul Tucker

Paul's recently joined the Peacemakers Team, having worked with children, young people, families and communities in a variety of roles and settings for over 25 years. He currently works part time as a youth and community development worker in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, where he also lives and facilitates a local network called Love Weoley Castle. He really enjoys the Peacemakers approach in enabling young people to resolve conflict positively and build empathy for others. And he continues to follow the fortunes, or otherwise, of Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, despite having moved away 30 years ago!