Our team in Brussels
Andrew Lane - Quaker Representative to the European institutions
Andrew Lane works as the Representative, leading the small QCEA team in Brussels and engaging with Quaker communities and agencies across Europe. Andrew's is currently developing a human rights programme to commence in 2017. He currently serves on the steering committees of Quakers in Criminal Justice, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office and the European Network Against the Arms Trade. Prior to working in Brussels, Andrew worked as the policy advisor to a regional police commissioner in the UK.
Please contact Andrew at andrew.lane [at] qcea.org.
Laëtitia Sédou, EU Programme Officer ENAAT - European Network Against Arms Trade
Laëtitia Sédou works as the EU Programme Officer on behalf of the European Network Against the Arms Trade. Laëtitia is an experienced advocate in Brussels, including eight years at the Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT).
Please contact Laëtitia at laetitia [at] enaat.org
Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead
Olivia joined QCEA in Ocotber 2016 after eight years experience of peacebuilding. Olivia previously worked as the Special Assistant to the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, based in Dakar. Her prior work at the United Nations headquarters includes experience at the United Nations University looking at issues such as modern slavery and crimes against humanity, as well as at the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Policy Committee Secretariat at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
Her policy work in conflict prevention includes field experience working for the International Crisis Group and the Enough Project respectively in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Olivia is bilingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish.
You can contact Olivia at Olivia.Caeymaex [at] QCEA.org
Xavier Verhaeghe has worked at QCEA in different roles since 2002. He managed the renovation of our listed building and has provided expertise on property issues since then. Xavier works at the QCEA Office Manager, alongside managment responsibilities in the commercial sector in Brussels.
You can contact Xavier about supporting QCEA, room hirings, or other topics by writing to office [at] qcea.org.
Kate McNally, Forced Migration Policy Coordinator
Kate McNally coordinates acitivity related to asylum, refugees and foreced migration. A large part of Kate's role involves connecting people who are working in grassroots projects in different parts of Europe. A psychologist by training, Kate has worked as a University Professor and more recently for many years as a Human Resources Consultant in the US and Canada. Volunteer work includes a Rape Crisis Centre, an organisation offering support to troubled youth and as a mediator in the US court system.
Please contact Kate at survey [at] qcea.org
Martin Leng, Communications Coordinator
Martin Leng joined QCEA in November 2016, alongside his other peacebuilding work in Brussels. Martin is engaged in a range of communications projects, including improving our publications and contact management.
Governance functions are undertaken by our General Assembly, a body made up of representatives of Quaker communities in more than twenty European countries and other European Quaker organisations. The Council meets twice a year, and delegates some of its responsibilities to an Executive Committee to act on its behalf between meetings. Both the General Assembly and the Executive Committee are clerked (chaired) by Oliver Robertson.