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Staff and founder

“The strength of Room to Heal comes from the enthusiasm and dedication of the people involved.” Amy Saunders, Comic Relief

Elli Free


Elli is the Director of Room to Heal. She has over 20 years’ experience in the refugee and asylum sector, managing refugee projects and teams, and working as a legal immigration adviser. Elli has worked at Bail for Immigration Detainees, Save the Children, Refugee Legal Centre, Refugee Council and, most recently, The Children’s Society. She has an MSc in Development Studies from LSE and is a qualified yoga teacher.

Bert-Jan Zuiderduin

Group Therapist

Bert-Jan is a Group Therapist at Room to Heal, currently co-facilitating a mixed group with Hannaa El-Sayed. He has an MSc Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy from Birkbeck, University of London and has 7 years experience of community-based counselling. Bert-Jan previously worked at Sutton Counselling where he gained valuable experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Fartun Guled

Group Counsellor

Fartun is a Group Counsellor at Room to Heal, currently co-facilitating a therapy group with Bert-Jan. She works in private practice alongside her role with Room to Heal and has gained experience in various counselling organisations. Fartun is active in and has a background as a facilitator and organiser around race and gender justice. More recently, she has pursued further training in processwork, an approach to psychotherapy and facilitation that explores the connection between inner work and social change.

Suzie Grayburn

Group Counsellor

Suzie is a Group Counsellor at Room to Heal. Suzie currently co-facilitates one of the mixed therapy groups with Rae.  Prior to this, Suzie had also been working as a caseworker at Room to Heal. In addition to this experience, Suzie has worked at Freedom from Torture and the Dost Centre for Young Refugees. 

Rae Ambarwati

Group Therapist

Roro Ratih Ambarwati (Rae) is a Group Therapist, and has co-facilitated the support groups since 2009. Rae has qualifications in psychology and therapeutic group-work, and has worked at Room to Heal since its beginning.

Emily White

Emily White

Group Therapist (maternity leave)

Emily White is a Group Therapist at Room to Heal. She has a diverse background within the refugee sector and previously worked at Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Helen Bamber Foundation. Emily holds an MSc/Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Cat Baker


Cat has been working in the human rights sector for over 6 years primarily in policy and campaigning roles, including with ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking), The Quaker United Nations Office and the Parliamentary Human Rights Group. Cat also has extensive experience of volunteering to support asylum seekers in the UK including at Detention Action and Room to Heal.  

Anna Giulia Perego


Anna Giulia Perego is a Caseworker and Clinical Administrator. Alongside her casework role she is also responsible for processing referrals. Anna has volunteered with several organisations that support and act in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees, and has been involved with various initiatives promoting the rights of those being held in immigration detention.

Jane Matthews


Jane has 18 years’ experience in the charity sector, successfully raising funds and managing teams to raise income from charitable trusts, foundations and businesses. Jane is a Member of the Institute of Fundraising and long-time personal supporter of human rights.

Imogen Butler

Imogen Butler

Finance Manager

Imogen Butler is our Finance Manager. She has worked with a number of small businesses in organising and structuring their finances. She also has a degree in Swahili and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Mark Fish

Mark Fish

International Trainer

Mark is Room to Heal’s Founder. He is now focusing on sharing Room to Heal’s community-based learning internationally through training and capacity building. Mark has 20 years’ therapeutic experience in group therapy, mediation, clinical supervision and professional development. He has post-graduate qualifications in refugee healthcare.

Camilla Smargiassi

Clinical Administrator

Camilla has a MSc in Psychology and has worked with refugees in Italy before coming to the UK where she has been volunteering at Room to Heal for the last year as a volunteer caseworker.  Camilla joins the team as Clinical Administrator for 1 day a week.