Staff

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Caroline Robinson

Policy Director

Caroline Robinson has over ten years experience in the field of human trafficking, including conducting research, leading policy development and designing policy engagement and advocacy strategies globally. Prior to working at FLEX Caroline worked at the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women facilitating the engagement of grassroots organisations in international advocacy on trafficking. Caroline has also worked as senior political adviser in the UK parliament and for the United Nations in Afghanistan. Caroline is a founder and Editorial Board Member of the Anti-Trafficking Review journal and sits on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative.

Claire Falconer

Legal Director

Claire Falconer is Legal Director at Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX).  She has worked in the fields of human trafficking and transnational crime since 2007, providing expert guidance to government and non-government organisations and conducting research, advocacy and capacity building activities. Claire leads the legal programme at FLEX, covering work on the rights of trafficked people, access to justice, and corporate and government accountability. Prior to joining FLEX Claire was a consultant on human trafficking and organised crime projects for the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and provided capacity building assistance throughout South East Asia as part of the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project. Claire is a lawyer and former prosecutor, and holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law (LLM) from the London School of Economics.

Bridie France

Project Officer

Bridie France is Project Officer at Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX). Bridie provides the secretariat for FLEX’s Labour Exploitation Advisory Group, coordinates FLEX research on labour abuses and labour exploitation and leads on FLEX’s communication output. Prior to working at FLEX Bridie worked as a Project Coordinator at a major publishers and has previously volunteered with various organisations supporting women's rights and LGBT rights.

Patricia Stapleton

Operations Manager

Patricia has been studying and working on human trafficking and migrant exploitation since 2008. From 2010 to 2016 Patricia worked as the anti-trafficking officer for a migrant rights organisation based in Limerick, Ireland. Here she provided support and advocacy to victims of trafficking, conducted research, worked on public awareness campaigns and provided policy contributions at a national level. Patricia holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy (MSocSc) from University College Cork and will shortly complete a PhD in Social Science. Her thesis provides a critical examination of the Irish anti-trafficking framework from a human rights perspective. 

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Lynda Bridger

Finance Officer

Lynda provides financial support to FLEX as an independent consultant.  Lynda is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained with BDO.  After leaving BDO in 2004, Lynda has worked in the not for profit sector initially as a Finance Manager for a Fairtrade charity, Twin and since 2011 as an independent consultant to a number of charities. Lynda has a wealth of experience in preparing SORP accounts and project reporting for major donors (EU, Comic Relief, DFID).  Lynda has acted as a project consultant to the International Division of the British Red Cross and currently works with a portfolio of smaller charities.