Maurice Wren has been appointed Chief Executive of the Refugee Council with effect from 11th March 2013.
Mr. Wren joins the Refugee Council, the leading charity working with refugees in the UK, with a wealth of experience in the refugee and asylum sector.
He comes from his post as Director of Asylum Aid since 2002, having previously held senior management roles at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust.
Mr. Wren has led Asylum Aid’s advocacy work on improving access to legal representation for asylum seekers. He has also been a trustee of the Refugee Council, and was a co-founder the Independent Asylum Commission from 2006 to 2008, and Detention Forum, a coalition of charities working on immigration detention since 2009.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Refugee Council and delighted at the prospect of leading a charity for which I have immense respect and admiration,” said Mr. Wren. “I’m passionate about the cause of protection and know well from my long involvement in the refugee movement the vital role the Refugee Council plays in supporting those who seek sanctuary in the UK.”
He added that he was “looking forward to working with my new colleagues at the Refugee Council, confident that we will continue to provide advice and support of the highest quality to those fleeing persecution and human rights abuses, and to advocate strongly for a just and fair asylum system.”
Mr. Wren replaces Ms. Donna Covey, who left the Refugee Council in August 2012 after five years of service at the charity.