Charity Development Manager and activist
Pete is Development Manager at CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Director of AMP Art. His experience of fundraising and communications extends from one-off community actions on housing to working for the United Nations. Beginning his career as a literary and arts publisher, Pete moved into campaigning for refugee rights when he joined the Communications team at UNRWA (the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees) in Lebanon. There he coordinated press relations, information campaigns and events for the Palestinian community. He represented UNRWA at meetings with UNHCR, World Food Programme and ICRC. Whilst in Lebanon Pete founded the collective AMP Art, whose first production was Project Refuge/e, the awareness-raising tour of a Syrian refugee shelter from Lebanon to major UK venues in Yorkshire and the North-East, ending at Southbank Centre (working closely with UNHCR in Lebanon and London, Counterpoints Arts and Arts on the Run, funded by Arts Council England, AM Qattan, Art Fund and the British Council). Two years ago Pete joined CARAS, south London provider of holistic support for refugees and people seeking asylum. As Development Manager he is responsible for sourcing funding for all of CARAS’s work and developing its growth and strategy, but in the spirit of the organisation you will also find him supporting youth club, driving minibuses and repainting the kitchen.