About us

Settled’s information, advice and support services include:

Multi-lingual telephone advice-lines

Multi-lingual Facebook online advice forums

Online interactive information sessions

Community events and in-person advice when safe to do so.

Settled is accredited to provide Level 2 immigration advice by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

In its first year alone, Settled helped over 5000 EU citizens to make settlement applications.

We give particular attention to those who are unaware of the need to apply or find the process difficult because they struggle with technology, language barriers or documents and those who have pressing welfare concerns because they are homeless or victims of domestic abuse or trafficking.

Settled is also committed to providing help to those who may struggle to prove and exercise their rights after the July 2021 deadline and will target its services according to emerging needs.

Settled’s small staff team co-ordinate a network of 100 volunteers who are located throughout the UK and who between them speak over 20 different languages. They are supported to do this by a dedicated board of expert trustees.


Alec Herron

Communications Manager

Cristina Tegolo

Service Coordinator

Eva Plajerova

Service Coordinator - Wales

Kate Smart


    Maria Llorente

    Volunteer Manager

    Pawel Kolodziej

    North Wales and Midlands Service Coordinator

      Toni Petkova

      Service Coordinator


      Christopher Desira


      Chris Desira is an immigration lawyer who works as Director of Seraphus and also provides advice through the organisation Free Movement. Chris is the adviser on Brexit immigration issues to the European Delegation to the UK. Chris also is an experienced business manager and is currently Settled’s treasurer.

          Jen Ang

          Chair of Trustees

          Jen Ang is a human rights lawyer who works as a partner at JustRight Scotland. This includes a project to provide free legal advice to EU citizens and free training about EU citizens rights to community groups. Jen is Settled’s chair of trustees.

              Katia Widlak


              Katia Widlak works for UNISON as the national lead organiser for their campaign to secure the right to remain for EU workers and their families.

                  Marcela Benedetti


                  Marcela is a European-Latin-American mentor, campaigner and activist specialising in gender-based violence and migrant women’s rights.  Previously, she was a lawyer, a dance teacher, and worked on the frontline of domestic abuse services.  Marcela believes that the way forward, in life and work, is collaboration. She has experience creating and implementing innovative safe spaces for individuals and organisations.

                      Martine Petetin


                      Martine Petetin is a retired company lawyer with experience in global organisations. She has held trustee positions for several charities before joining the board of Settled. She is currently acting as secretary to the board.

                          Mihai Bica


                          Mihai Bica works for the Roma Support Group and is developing a Roma-led programme of social inclusion in London.

                              Nicolas Hatton


                              Nicolas Hatton is co-founder and CEO of the3million, a campaigning organisation with over 40,000 members, dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of Brexit on EU citizens and upholding their rights.

                                  Pierre-Antoine Boulat


                                  Pierre-Antoine’s international asset management and banking services career took him and his family from France to UK in 1992, then the USA, Switzerland, Luxembourg and finally back to UK in time for Brexit.

                                      Wiard Sterk


                                      Wiard is based in Cardiff and is an Art Historian by training, with a career in commissioning creative public realm projects. Now semi-retired he balances a ‘portfolio’ of board positions and paid engagements, including until recently working as Information Manager for Settled. In between he spends time on his allotment and sails off-shore races.

                                          Will Garford


                                          Will is a qualified accountant and finance professional with experience in audit, local and international tax compliance and global mobility requirements in local and global companies and charities.