Our Team

James Wilson


James joined Detention Action as Deputy Director in April 2019, with two periods as Acting Director. He was previously Director of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group for two and a half years, and has worked for 17 years in the refugee and detention sector (including over 10 years at the British Red Cross). He has extensive frontline experience supporting people at all stages of the asylum and detention processes. His work at Detention Action has included leading our challenge to the Rwanda policy.

Jade Glenister

Deputy Director

Jade joined Detention Action in June 2023. She has over a decade of experience advising on human rights and refugee law and policy, focussing on the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment and conditions in detention. Prior to joining Detention Action, she was Head of Policy at HM Inspectorate of Prisons and worked as a solicitor in community and refugee law in Australia.

Casework Team

Sally – Casework Manager

Sally oversees our casework service for people being held indefinitely in detention. She manages a team of Casework Coordinators who provide emotional and practical support to people in detention and leads on the development of the service.

Mona Alya, Nabeela, LJ & Sumrah – Casework Coordinators

Detention Action’s Casework Coordinators are key members of the Casework Team, working with our Casework Manager to provide emotional and practical support to people in immigration detention and coordinate our network of volunteers.

Community Support Team

Tony – Community Support Manager

Tony runs our Community Support Project, which supports people to live in the community when they have experienced, or are at risk of, long-term detention.

Adèle – Community Support Officer

Adèle works with Tony to coordinate our Community Support Project. She works with people who are at risk of indefinite detention to empower them to live in the community.


Sydney – Fundraising Officer

Sydney joined us in August 2023 and oversees Detention Action’s Trusts and Foundations fundraising work. She has previous experience working in the migration field in the US and has recently graduated with a MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics in 2021.

Campaigns Team

Graeme – Communications & Campaigns Manager

Graeme joined us in September 2021 and oversees all of Detention Action’s campaigns and communications work. He has a wealth of experience, and was previously Refugee Campaigns Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia and Campaigns Manager for Unicef UK.

Steven – Lived Experience Campaigns Coordinator

Our Lived Experience Campaigns Coordinator joined Detention Action in December 2020. He oversees all aspects of our work with people with lived experience, including facilitating Allies for Justice, a group of campaigners with lived experience of the UK’s detention, deportation, and asylum systems.


Dana – Office Manager

Dana manages our office and provides administrative support to the team.


None of our work would be possible without our incredible team of around 60 volunteers. If you’re interested in joining us, you can find out more here.

Detention Action is registered charity (no. 1198554) and is funded by a range of individuals and organisations including: A B Charitable Trust, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Bromley Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation,  Trust for London, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Oak Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.