Cara has a small permanent staff to deliver its complex and sensitive programmes. They are supported by enthusiastic volunteers and interns who generously offer their skills and time to Cara's work.

The delivery of Cara’s work is overseen by the Executive Director, with the support of the Deputy Director, Programme Officers and Assistants, Interns and Volunteers.

Executive Director Stephen Wordsworth CMG LVO

Stephen has been Executive Director of the Council for At-Risk Academics since 2012.  He is also Deputy Chair of the New York-based Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, a grouping of UN agencies and NGOs which works to protect schoolchildren, university students and teachers from conflict, instability and repression; and a Trustee of the British and Foreign School Society, a UK educational charity which funds projects worldwide, and of the Slynn Foundation, a UK charity which works with senior judges and justice institutions around the world to improve justice systems and the rule of law, and to enhance professional understanding of human rights, mediation and European Union law and practice.

Before joining Cara, Stephen was a career member of the UK Diplomatic Service, where his last two posts were as Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow (2003-2005) and British Ambassador in Belgrade (2006-2010).  He had previously served abroad in Moscow during the Soviet period (1979-81), in Nigeria (1983-86), in Germany during unification (1990-1994) and at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium (1994-1998) during the Bosnia operation and the development of NATO’s ‘Partnership for Peace’.  He originally graduated in Modern Languages (German and Russian) from the University of Cambridge.  He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Liberal Arts from the University of Abertay Dundee, the UK awards of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO, 1992) and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG, 2011), and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Deputy Director & Fellowship Programme Manager Ryan Mundy

Ryan joined Cara in 2010, and worked successively as Programme Officer and UK Programme and Development Manager, before being appointed to his present post in 2015.

Deputy Fellowship Programme Manager Zeid Al Bayaty

Fellowship Programme Officer Sana Ibrahim
Fellowship Programme Officer Laura Puiggalí
Fellowship Programme Officer Andrew Mahon
Fellowship Programme Officer Riman Salim
Fellowship Programme Assistant Lucia Simms

Head of Development Martin Thornton

Martin previously led the development and fundraising teams at St David’s Medical Foundation (Swansea University), Liverpool John Moores University and St Mary’s University College, and worked as Partnerships Manager at The Clare Foundation before joining Cara in autumn 2016.

Interns and Volunteers

Volunteer Harbinda Hanspal

Fellowship Programme Intern (vacant)
Fellowship Programme Intern Ziad Al-Qattan

Communications Intern Narmin Ali
Communications Intern Durr-e-Sameen Mirza

"When I arrived in England in 1966, after months of solitary confinement in apartheid jails, I was a psychological wreck. You gave me wonderfully sensitive support. When I arrived in 1988, having been blown up by a bomb placed by apartheid operatives, I was a physical wreck. Once again Cara was there to help me..."

Justice Albie Sachs, Cara beneficiary 1966 and 1988.