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.

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Jeremy Wildeman

Jeremy Wildeman has 15 years of experience in teaching and designing education projects, conducting research in international affairs, and running humanitarian and development aid projects in conflict and post-conflict regions. He has completed a PhD and extensive research into development aid effectiveness in the occupied Palestinian territories; co-founded our partner...

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 now co‐ordinates the volunteers sent by Firefly to Bosnia. Sarah also works as a mental health support worker and is a trainer for VSO ,...

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.

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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...