THE UNCHOSEN TEAM
Founder and Honorary CEO
As Honorary CEO, Trish leads the organisation’s strategic development and finds avenues for expanding its reach by creating new partnerships within local communities, councils, victim support agencies as well as schools and universities, both here in the UK and in Europe. Her professional background is in sales and marketing, with experience gained through successful business development in private and voluntary sectors as well as owning and running her own franchise business. Influenced by her parents’ passionate involvement with various charities, she has been volunteering since she was 16.
Trish founded Unchosen in 2007 after learning that slavery not only continues to exist in form of trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour across the world but is also widespread in British communities. Determined to make the UK a very difficult place for traffickers to operate, she decided to draw on the emotionally engaging qualities of film to raise awareness of trafficking as an issue that concerns us all and subsequently brought together members of her community to organise the first Unchosen film festival.
Trish’s determination and commitment as well as her ability to galvanise the support of volunteers have brought about much of Unchosen’s success at raising awareness of trafficking and have been recognised by various organisations including the RSA. Most recently, the Human Trafficking Foundation acknowledged her ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ and presented her with the Marsh Award at its media awards ceremony at the House of Commons in 2012. Trish was also included in The Independent on Sunday 'Happy List' for 2013, which names 100 people who have enriched the lives of others during the year.
Trustee and Honorary Financial Director
Sharon joined Unchosen as a volunteer in 2010. Straightaway involved in planning and organising several film campaigns she took on the role of Financial Director a few months later and also became a Trustee in 2011. Aside from finances, her responsibilities include ensuring compliance with Companies House and Charity Commission regulations. She also provides in-house IT support and updates our online and social media presence.
Sharon has an academic background in biochemistry and worked as a lab researcher at the Bristol Royal Infirmary for several years before focussing on her family. Following her life-long interest in social justice issues, she has been involved with various voluntary organisations over the years, using her organisational and people skills. She is an active member of the church and has helped organise a number of initiatives such as parental support and music groups. She also works part-time as a church administrator.
As the national co-ordinator, Camilla manages and coordinates all of Unchosen’s campaigns, develops partnerships with other organisations and manages our network of volunteers.
Prior to joining the Unchosen team, she interned with Free the Slaves in the USA and then spent seven years working for the London-based charity Kalayaan, providing advice, advocacy and direct support to victims of domestic servitude. In this role she worked closely with the Met trafficking team, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and other frontline NGOs. As an expert on human trafficking, she was also frequently called to give evidence in immigration and employment tribunals.
Camilla has a background in Sociology and Anthropology and is currently completing her MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Metanoia institute in London.
SABRINA CARRASCO HEIERMAN
Sabrina has worked for Unchosen for 6 months as a project intern and is now employed as Roadshow
Co-ordinator. She has previously worked as a volunteer and intern with NGOs in South Africa, Cambodia and the UK in the areas of mental health, human rights and refugees.
Sabrina has a BA in Human Rights and News Media and has recently completed her LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice. Her particular interest in human rights education through film and issues of migration drew her to Unchosen and she hopes to build a career in the field of human rights film festivals.
After an 18 year career in the City of London, Katrina has opted for a change in direction and is, as such, new to this field. She currently volunteers for two days a week, during which she supports the team by updating the News for the website. She is also assisting with the Short Film Competition by researching where the winning films can be further distributed, and determining and liaising with key contacts in those respective organisations.
Katrina will start a full time MA in Human Rights at UCL in September 2013.