Firefly’s Team is unique, because we are mostly volunteers except when we need someone to fill a role with regular hours that cannot reasonably be covered by a volunteer. Nonetheless we are able to support fantastic medium‐scale and community‐based projects overseas that have a high impact for large numbers of people in difficult circumstances. Our Trustees and Executive are joined by a growing body of volunteers and patrons who kindly donate their valued time and expertise to support our projects and make the work of Firefly possible.

Here are some of our people.

Maria Chambers

Maria is a teacher, artist and CATT (Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy) trainer based in the UK. She specialises in using specific child‐centred art based techniques to help young people process and re‐script traumatic memories. Recent work includes training Syrian mental healthcare workers in Turkey and Lebanon as well as coordinating...

Sarah Bennet

Sarah joined the Firefly executive in May 2013 shortly after spending a year with our partner Svitac in Bosnia as a Firefly EVS volunteer. She co‐ordinated the volunteers sent by Firefly to Bosnia. Sarah also works as a mental health support worker and is a trainer for VSO , preparing...

Tor Crawley

Tor joined Firefly as our international administrator in February 2014, handling the charity’s correspondence, book keeping, banking and filing. Previously a freelance TV producer, Tor now works from home in Edinburgh and is a busy mother to two boys.

Pietro Berti

Pietro joined Firefly as a grant writer in 2015, after completing a traineeship at the Council of the European Union. He holds a PhD in Science Technology and Society from the University of Exeter, and a Master in Economics from the University of Bologna.

Ben Boulton

Ben completed his PhD thesis in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding at the University of Exeter. He volunteered with our Palestinian Project Hope in 2013, where he assisted with various aspects of report-writing (drafting, writing and editing). He currently has various editing commitments (a forthcoming book, various academic journal articles...


Matteo Mazzoleni

Matteo holds an M.A. in International Politics from University of Surrey. He has joined Firefly International as a Comittee Member in 2016 after conducting research on migrants and refugees in Tunisia for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He was previously working in the IT sector in Exeter, UK, where he was...

Siama Ahmed

Siama joined Firefly International in 2016. She has an academic background in Media and Communications, having studied her BA and Post Grad in London, and has spent more than a decade working on a variety of projects in the UK and the Middle East. Having lived and worked in refugee...