Meet the Team

Sara Hagel

Director

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!

Anna Gregory

Restorative Coordinator

Anna is the Restorative Coordinator for Peacemakers. A restorative approach offers schools an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. Anna provides strategic and on the ground support and challenge, training and development to help both adults and children in schools to build, maintain and repair their relationships.

Anna joined the team in May 2011. Previously, she managed a Young People’s Peer Education service for Shelter. Prior to this, Anna worked freelance across primary, secondary, tertiary, alternative education and community settings to design, deliver and manage creative education projects.

Jackie Zammit

Peace Education Trainer

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.”

Symran Palak

Communications and Marketing Intern

Symran is the Peacemakers Communications and Marketing Intern. Recently graduating with an English Literature Degree from the University of Brighton, Symran is excited to begin a new role. Previously working with charities and volunteering, Symran’s goal is to work with Birmingham based charities that improve her city. A main part of her role is operating the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and newly founded Instagram accounts. Symran will also focus on the Peacemakers newest project, Minus Violence Plus Peace. This project will involve working alongside, developing and promoting young people’s anti-knife messages.

Freelance 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!

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.”

Libbs Packer

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!”

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.