Meet Our Team

Our organisation is run by the Executive Director, Halaleh Taheri, and is supported by the management team. In addition we employ staff delivering counselling and advice services as well as facilitating workshops and training across London and work with volunteers who provide a vital contribution to the services we offer.


Halaleh Taheri – Executive Director and Founder

Halaleh is a women’s rights activist from Iran, a registered and qualified Social Worker and holds a degree in Pedagogy by Stockholm University. She founded MEWSo from nothing in 2010 and has since managed and run the charity.



Kate Oboussier – Development and Fundraising Manager

Kate is passionate about women’s rights and holds a degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where she specialised in the representation of women in art. She first started volunteering with MEWSo in 2013 as a Fundraiser and English Language Teacher and later joined the staff team.



Board of Trustees

Cordelia Mayfield – Chair 

Cordelia is a retired psychologist and long standing volunteer who teaches English one-to-one to some of our service users.




Sue Halawa – Secretary

Sue is a qualified lecturer and assessor who is QTLS accredited and has more than 16 years of experience in teaching. Sue is the founder of the organisation, Skills and Training Network that we work in close partnership with.



Behnaz Fatherazi – Treasurer

Behnaz is a translator and interpreter in Farsi and Turkish and has experience working with displaced women from different backgrounds. She currently works for the Home Office and is experienced in dealing with immigration cases.



Rejna Alaaldin

Rejna works and lives between London and Iraq as a lawyer. She founded the legal advisory firm Kurdistan Legal Services (KLS) in Iraq also the non-profit organisation, All for One, which assists women in the Kurdistan Region through education and entrepreneurship skills training.



Bahra Mahmood

Bahra is Kurdish Iraqi woman activist living in London. She supports new arrivals and displaced women speaking Arabic and Kurdish in our communities.