The QCEA team
Tim Harman – Project Officer
Tim Harman’s background is in law, and he has worked in legal roles in both Spain and the UK. In 2012 he left his previous career, and enrolled at Trinity College Dublin to study for a master’s degree in peace studies. He graduated with distinction, winning a college prize for his dissertation on the politics of Northern Ireland.
He now works on QCEA’s peace programme. His work focuses on two topics: the EU’s militarised response to the refugee crisis, and the European politics of armed drones. He also acts as convener of an inter-NGO interest group, the European Forum on Armed Drones (EFAD).
He can be contacted at tharman [at] qcea.org, where [at] is replaced by @.
Seema has long been involved in inspiring equality, which she believes is a key to fostering peace. After completing a BA in social work and a Master’s degree in international relations and political science, she taught Social Inclusion and Peacebuilding for undergraduates at a Kathmandu University-affiliated program inspiring youth for social change and development. She has been involved in women’s rights advocacy as a member of a women’s human rights defenders network as well as fostering support for refugees and asylum seekers at Refugee Action in the UK. Seema enjoys reporting and blogging on political reforms, and on cultural and human relativism championing peace.
She believes one can see god in every one if one finds god within self: the change we aspire in the world starts from oneself.
Currently she is volunteering at QCEA on a series of briefing papers on the relationships between the UK and the EU.
She may be contacted at s_pandey[at] zoho.com where at is replaced by @.
Andrew Lane – Representative
Andrew Lane now leads Quaker advocacy toward the European institutions, having joined QCEA as Deputy Representative during in 2014. Prior to moving to Brussels, Andrew was the policy advisor to a regional police commissioner in the UK, particularly working to promote diversity and inclusion within the police service. During his eight-year police career, he worked to reduce gender-based violence and alcohol-related violence in his community. Both in the police and as a prison mentor, Andrew has worked with a range of victims and offenders; he points to this experience in testifying to that of God in everyone. Andrew currently serves on the committee of Quakers in Criminal Justice, and is a member of Belgium and Luxembourg Yearly Meeting.
Andrew has degrees in International Politics from Aberystwyth and Peacekeeping from Birmingham. He has also studied language at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Transnational Organised Crime at Staffordshire University, and Security Sector Capacity Building at Cranfield University.
Please contact Andrew at alane [at] qcea.org.
Paul Musiol – Transition Manager
Paul Musiol joined QCEA as Transition Manager in September 2015. Paul also previously worked with Quakers in 2011 and 2012, as a part of QUNO Geneva’s Armed Violence and Development Project. His career has included stints in the Middle East Section of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, and several NGOs including in Brussels with Crisis Action, and in South Sudan with Oxfam. He studied Philosophy & Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), before taking a Master’s in International Peace Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, also at TCD. He grew up in Ireland and the USA.
Paul can be contacted by emailing pmusiol [at] qcea.org. Paul is particularly interested to hear from Friends and supporters who would like to contribute to the current strategic review of QCEA’s work.
Elizabeth Payne – Policy Volunteer (Peace)
Elizabeth Payne has had a lifelong interest in issues of peace and reconciliation. She is particularly interested in collaborative work to advocate for peaceful conflict transformation, and in the ways in which reconciliation processes can start to tackle the root causes of conflict and build positive community relations. In 2010 she graduated in Politics and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford. Since then she has worked as an English language teacher in Georgia, and volunteered at a peace and reconciliation centre in Northern Ireland. Since January 2015 she has been employed at Friends House, London (the central offices of British Quakers). While she lives in London, she does one day’s remote volunteer work per week for QCEA, helping to write a new series of briefing papers on the UK’s place in Europe.
She can be contacted at espayne [at] zoho.com where [at] is replaced by @.
George Thurley – Project Officer (Sustainability)
George Thurley joined QCEA in September 2014 to work on sustainability, and since the start of 2015, his work has focussed on the circular economy at the European level, and advocating for ambitious measures across the EU’s common market. George is also monitoring European trade deals, and particularly their impact on sustainability issues. He thinks these issues complement each other, and benefit from a Quaker viewpoint, given Friends’ wider work for a fair and sustainable economic system. George has been involved with Quakers in a number of ways, and currently serves on British Quakers’ Quaker World Relations Committee (QWRC) and acts as the secretary to Europe and Middle East Young Friends (EMEYF). He completed a BA in History at the University of York in 2014.
He can be contacted at gthurley [at] qcea.org where [at] is replaced by @.
Xavier Verhaeghe – Office Manager
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 is currently serving as our Office Manager during summer/autumn 2015.
You can contact Xavier about supporting QCEA, room hirings, or other topics by writing to office [at] qcea.org where [at] is replaced by @.
Governance functions are undertaken by our Council, 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 Council and the Executive Committee are clerked (chaired) by Oliver Robertson.