Prior to joining the APPG, Portia served as an attaché for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations, based in New York. Before this, she worked as a political consultant, with a focus on polling data and focus groups. She received a full scholarship to study at Harvard University and graduated with a major in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a minor in Government.
Assistant Director – part-time
Before joining the APPG Julie was a trustee on the Interfaith Network UK and served there as the interfaith representative for Wales for the devolved nations. She was also the vice-chair of the Interfaith Council of Wales (ICW), the elected member of the ICW for the Welsh government. She has played an important role in increasing awareness of different faiths and promoting unity within different communities in Wales.
With extensive experience working in the human rights field and freedom of religion and belief, Andy has a particular interest in the intersection of FoRB in the development sector looking to ensure equal access to aid and development for minority communities. Prior to joining the team at APPG FoRB, Andy held roles at Open Doors and at the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development at the Institute for Development Studies. Andy has also acted as a consultant for civil society groups and grassroots movements. His roles have included conducting research and coordinating advocacy campaigns that support refugees fleeing religious persecution, conflict, or violence.
Dr Paul Kerry
SENIOR ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Paul Kerry (DPhil Oxon, FRHistS) is an associate director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the Brigham Young University Law School and an associate professor of history. He is also a senior visiting research fellow and continuing faculty affiliate at the Notre Dame University Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative for which he serves on the board of advisors, as he does for the University of Texas at Austin’s Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center. He has held visiting positions at various universities including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, and Princeton.