We have a dedicated team of staff, interns and volunteers who together with the support of an Advisory Group make up our core workforce:
Michelle Lawrence – Director
Michelle set up Link Up (UK) in 2010, in order to develop a new approach to dealing with issues of citizenship and belonging.
She started her career in marketing, then moved into the voluntary sector in 1996, first of all working for Centrepoint – the youth homelessness charity – in charge of their corporate and community fundraising team. From this she started working as a consultant, doing capacity building and developing income streams for a number of charities.
Since 2005 the focus for her work has been working on issues around interfaith and citizenship, and before setting up Link Up (UK), she ran a range of initiatives that look at providing innovative solutions to overcome misconceptions and racism towards different groups.
Liz Robertson – Project Support Officer
Liz has been working on the Family Tree project since August as the Project Support Intern. She comes from a history background, having completed a BA in History at King’s College London in 2010. Since then she has volunteered in a wide range of heritage institutions including the Regency Town House, Hove where she helped to deliver the HLF-sponsored ‘Profiles of the Past’ programme and the National Trust, where she ran visitor events and volunteer training. Building on this experience, she completed an MA in Public History at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2014 where she developed her experience of popular archival practice and oral history. Liz was drawn to the Family Tree project because it appeals to her interest in bottom-up, accessible heritage, rooted in community collaboration.
Mamun Madaser – Project Support
Mamun graduated in History with English literature and has been working on the Family Tree Project since August. Since graduating he has worked on various heritage based community and research projects. Most recently he worked on a community heritage project based in Newham which explored the contribution of a group of people known as Lascars who supported British efforts during the First World War. Lascars were from different parts of the British Empire who worked on British ships providing much needed support during the War effort. He conducted workshops and focus groups with community groups to generate interest in the project and organised an exhibition in support of the research. His interest in the Family Tree project stems from the fact that it is creative and unique platform where people can share, learn and inform others on why diversity is a positive and all encompassing part of British society.