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The ICRC in the UK and Ireland: Who we are

Contact the ICRC UK & Ireland Press Office

Contact the London mission by email or by telephone: +44 (207) 877 7303

 

Go to ICRC Belfast Office

Paul Castella, Head of Mission

Paul Castella, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) UK & Ireland Head of MissionPaul Castella is head of mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross in London. He oversees the ICRC’s relationship with the UK government on humanitarian policy, on the law of armed conflict and support for humanitarian activity worldwide. His team fosters support and understanding for the ICRC’s work within civil society, media, academia and parliament.     

From 2011 to 2013, Paul was head of the ICRC delegation in Pakistan, handling dialogue with the government over humanitarian operations in a region where the ICRC has been active for many decades. Previously, he led ICRC operations in Sri Lanka during the closing phase of hostilities between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.

His other assignments across a two decade career with the ICRC include stints in Libya, Jordan, Georgia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia Federation, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.


Paul studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland. He speaks English, French and German.

 

Mona Sadek, Deputy Head of Mission 

Mona Sadek, Deputy Head of DelegationMona Sadek is deputy head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She engages with political, military and non-government contacts on a range of issues related to the ICRC’s humanitarian work in armed conflict and other situations of violence.

In 2011 Mona was deployed to Libya to lead the ICRC's protection operations there. Previously she was responsible for all programmes in Afghanistan involving protection of the civilian population, detention visits, and the restoration of family links. She has also worked with the ICRC in Gaza, Liberia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Jordan.

She joined the ICRC in 2002 after completing an MA in human rights in London, having worked in the field of human rights in Cairo.

 

Sean Maguire, Head of Communications and Spokesman, UK & Ireland

Sean Maguire ICRC UK SpokesmanSean Maguire is the Head of Communications and Spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in the United Kingdom. He is the public face of the ICRC in the UK, broadcasting regularly to explain the ICRC's policies and operations in zones of conflict. He also builds relationships with political, military and civil society stakeholders to generate support for the ICRC's humanitarian work in armed conflict and situations of violence.

Sean spent 20 years as a correspondent, bureau chief and news editor for Reuters. He specialized in covering conflict, the economic development of eastern Europe and political risk and spent much of the 1990s covering the break-up of Yugoslavia. He also reported the Gulf war of 1991 and the Iraq war of 2003 from inside Iraq. In his last role at Reuters, as global editor for international affairs, he set strategy for coverage by 2000 reporters across the globe. He interviewed personalities as diverse as Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, US General David Petraeus and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. He has published essays in the London Review of Books and Political Quarterly and book chapters on the laws of war and the ethics of reporters embedding with the military.

Sean joined the ICRC in 2012. He is a graduate of Oxford and Yale universities.

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Sarah Cotton, Public Affairs and Communications Adviser

Sarah Cotton, Public Affairs and Communications Officer

Sarah Cotton is the public affairs and communications adviser for the ICRC mission in the UK and Ireland. She is responsible for ICRC engagement with the UK parliament and legislative assemblies and also works to communicate ICRC priorities and key concerns. Sarah has held this role since February 2011. Previously she worked as a research officer for the ICRC, based in London, working in particular on the issue of those missing in Northern Ireland.

Sarah holds an MA (with distinction) from King’s College London in international relations, focusing in particular on humanitarian intervention.

Sarah has worked as the features editor for a national magazine, as an English teacher in Siberia, studied conservation in Cambodia and been a ski instructor in Austria. She also holds a first-class degree in English literature from the University of Liverpool.

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Liz Harris, Sourcing Delegate

Liz Harris ICRC UKAs an ICRC sourcing delegate, Liz Harris seeks out candidates speaking languages essential for the ICRC's field operations – such as Arabic, Pashto, Urdu, Farsi and Russian, amongst others. She represents the ICRC at recruitment events and manages engagement programmes with selected universities in the UK and Western Europe.

A linguist herself, Liz started her career with the ICRC as an Urdu interpreter in Jammu and Kashmir, India, where she worked for several years visiting detainees held in connection with the territorial dispute there. She then studied Pashto in Afghanistan under the auspices of the ICRC and worked as a detention delegate there before returning to the UK to obtain an MA in war studies. She also speaks French and is studying Spanish.

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Jenny Tobias, Events & Online Officer 

Jenny TobiasJenny works to organize a programme of events that aims to stimulate discussion amongst government, academia, think tanks and humanitarian organizations and contribute to the humanitarian policy debate in the UK. She is also responsible for the digital presence of the ICRC mission in the UK and Ireland. 

Jenny joined the ICRC from a London technology start up, and has a background in digital communications. She studied modern languages and literature at the University of St Andrews and in 2012 completed a Masters in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, in which she achieved a distinction. She previously interned with the Democratic Party in California. She speaks Spanish and Russian, and is also learning French. 

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Phone +44 (207) 877 7164

 

 

The ICRC in Northern Ireland

 Contact ICRC Belfast by email.

 

Geoff Loane, Head of Office

Geoff Loane ICRC UK and Ireland Head of MissionGeoff Loane is head of office for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Belfast, where he is responsible for ICRC activities in Northern Ireland and manages relations with the devolved government and a broad range of stakeholders.  

From 2009 until early 2014 he held the position of head of mission for the ICRC in the UK and Ireland, based in London. In this role, he led relations with the UK government and other actors involved in humanitarian work in situations of conflict and violence. Previously, he was head of delegation for the United States and Canada for five years. He oversaw ICRC visits to the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was responsible for working relationships with the governments of the United States and Canada. He liaised with the national Red Cross Societies and served as the ICRC's representative to the public at large in both countries.

Geoff has also worked in the Balkans and the Middle East, and spent more than a decade in the Horn of Africa during the major conflicts there.

He has published books on the unintended consequences of humanitarian assistance and has conducted extensive field research in assistance operations. Geoff was a senior scholar for the Conflict Prevention Network in Berlin where he prepared a number of research papers for the European Commission. He has organized and managed an emergency roster of personnel on behalf of the Irish government.

Geoff is a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

 

Ita Connolly, Programme Officer 

Ita Connolly, ICRC BelfastIta Connolly is a programme officer with the ICRC in Belfast. Currently, her principal role concerns the ICRC's interest in monitoring the detention of separated prisoners in the Northern Ireland prison system.

Prior to joining the ICRC, Ita worked as research associate at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). She has co-authored a number of journal articles on issues such as conflict/post conflict, transitional justice and social movements. She was Deputy Course Director of the (LLM) in Human Rights and Transitional Justice, and Research Coordinator for the 'Northern Ireland: Local and Global Perspectives' research cluster. She also taught criminal law at undergraduate level.

Ita has also worked in the Northern Ireland Political Collection of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast. She is a graduate of the Queen's University of Belfast.

 

 

David Magee, Programme Officer

Dave Magee, ICRC BelfastDr. David Magee took up his post with the ICRC in January 2014. David's role in Belfast includes working with community-based projects.


David has over a decade of experience working on grassroots community projects and has facilitated workshops on a wide range of subjects. David has also taught Peacemaking for the School of Open Learning at Queen’s University, Belfast.  


He holds a degree in Theology and Psychology from the University of Southampton (1998), a Masters in Philosophy from Queen’s University, Belfast (2002), and has recently graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a PhD on Loyalism and Masculinities (2013).  

 

 

Anne Molloy, Programme Officer

Anne Molloy ICRC BelfastAnne Molloy joined the ICRC in February 2014. She is based in the Belfast office, where she works with community-based projects.

Anne comes to the ICRC after 9 years with the NGO Pobal, where she was the Regional Development Coordinator for county Donegal. Pobal aims to promote social inclusion, reconciliation and equality through integrated social and economic development within communities. Prior to this she had been with the Social Economy Agency for 14 years, working with disadvantaged communities, victims groups and ex-prisoners across Northern Ireland in setting up community/social enterprises and co-operatives.  Her master’s thesis was published as a policy document and strategy for the development of the social economy in Northern Ireland titled 'Building a Social Economy for a New Millennium'. Anne spent two years working with Concern in Sudan in the 1980s, and in 2011 went as a volunteer English tutor for two months to a women’s centre in southern Ethiopia.