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Maurice Wren

  • Maurice Wren

    Maurice joined the Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, following twelve years as the Director of Asylum Aid, a charity providing legal representation to people seeking refugee protection.

    Previously, he held senior management roles in the homelessness field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust, and governance positions at Innisfree and L&Q Housing Associations. Maurice co-founded the Independent Asylum Commission in 2007 and Detention Forum in 2009, and is presently Co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office and Chair of UK Refugee Week.

    He is a Trustee of Migrant Voice, Every Casualty Worldwide, and the European Network on Statelessness. Maurice was made a Patron of Action Foundation in 2016 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edinburgh University in November 2017 in recognition of his humanitarian support for refugees.