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Susanna Revolti

Meet our staff team

We have a fantastic staff team of passionate, committed and experienced people. They each love to work with our volunteers and members to ensure refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants have a place to belong in their new communities. 
We have over 100 volunteers who offer their time, skills and energy to support our members and community. We love the commitment that our volunteers give! 

Susanna Revolti

Ciao! My name is Susanna and I am originally from Italy. I joined Borderlands in 2017 where I managed the Mentoring Project for 4 years. In September 2021 I was appointed CEO at Borderlands.ds.


(Susi is currently on

maternity leave)

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Sezab Idris 

Hello! My name is Sezab Idris and I am originally from Sudan. I have been in Bristol since 2009 and I started working with refuge and asylum seekers from 2017.

Welcome and Member Participation Officer

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Caitlin Plunkett

Hello! My name is Caitlin and I am originally from Bristol. In August 2021 I was appointed the position of Operations Manager here at Borderlands. 

Operations Manager

(Interim CEO)

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Francisco Salgado

Hello! My name is Francisco Salgado and I’m from Cordoba, Argentina. After more than two years working for Borderlands, I now coordinate the drop in and its activities working closely with the Operations Manager. It's a pleasure and an everyday challenge to serve the refugee and asylum seeker community in Bristol.

Operations Coordinator

(Interim Operations Manager)

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Olivia Lamont Bishop

Hello! My name is Olivia and I am one of the Mentoring Managers at Borderlands. I have been a Mentor and Team Leader for the Mentoring Project for the last couple of years.

Mentoring Manager

(Olivia is currently on

maternity leave)

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Annora Ward

Hello, my name is Annora! 

Passionate about fostering equality, diversity, and fighting discrimination, I bring extensive experience in project management to the Borderlands team.

Mentoring Manager


Imogen Franklin

Hello! My name is Imy and I am originally from East Sussex. I joined Borderlands in August 2022 as the Learning Project Manager, overseeing the Borderlands ESOL classes taught by our fantastic volunteers!

Learning Project Manager

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Maddie Bridgewater

Hello! my name in Maddie, I moved to Bristol in 2019 from East Sussex. I moved into the charity sector wanting to make a positive impact within the local community and joined the Borderlands team in April 2023 as the Administration and Communications Officer.

Administration and Communications Officer


Abbe Cleverdon

Hello! My name is Abbe and I joined the Mentoring Project in January 2024. I have four years of experience in the refugee sector most recently working with Leeds Refugee Forum as a project manager; managing educational activities and later a tech lending scheme for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Mentoring Manager


Katie Howl

Salut! My name is Katie and I am originally from Ohio in the United States.


During the summers between pursuing my degree in International Studies, I volunteered with organsiations working alongside refugees and asylum seekers in both the USA and France.

Operations Coordinator


Our trustees

We are grateful to have dedicated and passionate trustees: 

Kimberlee Carstensen - Chair

Nick Tarr - Vice Chair 

Cynthia Ochieng 

Patrick McAlees

Bernard Morris

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