Who We Are

The charity was founded in 2008 by a group of people working with refugees and asylum seekers. We saw that there was a lot of discrimination against them, especially in the media, and we knew that people were not hearing the full story. We used our knowledge of pirate radio and our contacts with refugee groups to give people a new chance to speak for themselves.

Refugee Radio is run by a board of Trustees, including refugees and broadcasters. We have a team of staff who run the projects and a group of refugee volunteers who make it all happen.


Heval Akram:


Heval is a community interpreter with several year’s involvement with Refugee Radio. He is also an accomplished musician and played bazooki in the Refugee Radio Orchestra.

Gianpaolo Boldrini:


Gianpaolo is a founder of the Migrant English Project. He has worked with refugees as a project manager in mentoring, health, environmental & language projects.

Osama Mohammed:


Osama is a human rights activist and volunteer. His poems and short stories have been broadcast on Refugee Radio as part of our arts programming and he is a key part of our team.



Gharghasht is a community broadcaster and international development worker from Afghanistan. He runs the amazing radio station Afghan Voice Radio.

Stephen Silverwood:

Chief Exexutive

Stephen manages the Refugee Radio projects. He is also a writer and radio presenter.

Gemma Challenger:

Resilience Project Worker

Gemma manages the Resilience Project for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants with mental health issues. 

Limon Islam:


Limon is our newest Trustee. He is an active campaigner and has worked with refugee communities in many countries

Tashi Thondup:


Tashi is an experienced environmental worker and a regular volunteer at the Brighton Table Tennis Club.