Our International Office, based in central London, is staffed by a diverse and dedicated group that administer PEN International’s campaigns, programmes, events, communications and general affairs. The International Office supports PEN Centres worldwide, helping them to be active and vibrant hubs for reading and writing in their countries, and helping them to connect to one another. We work closely with the Board and Centres.
Laura McVeigh, Executive Director
Laura McVeigh is the Executive Director of PEN International. Laura has senior management experience in journalism, publishing, human rights, on international issues and within the charity sector. Prior to joining PEN International she was Global Girls Fund Director.
Read Laura’s messages to members here.
Laura.McVeigh [at] pen-international.org
Anthony Archer, Finance Manager
Anthony Archer is the Finance Manager of PEN International. He is a Chartered Certified accountant with 35 years of experience of working in the third sector.
Anthony.Archer [at] pen-international.org
Ann Harrison, Programme Director, Writers in Prison Committee
Ann Harrison joined PEN International in June 2013 as the Programme Director for the WiPC. She manages the organisation’s global research and campaigning against attacks on freedom of expression and on behalf of persecuted writers. She has over 16 years’ previous experience in human rights work, most recently having worked as Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
ann.harrison [at] pen-international.org
Sandrine Fameni, Finance and Administration Officer
Sandrine works closely with our Finance Manager and is currently training for her ACCA qualification.
Sandrine.Fameni [at] pen-international.org
Patricia Diaz, Research and Campaign Support
Patricia assists in monitoring developments regarding freedom of expression and related issues that affect writers and journalists in Asia/Pacific and Middle East, alongside the researcher of the region. She also supports the work of the WiPC Programme Director monitoring issues on Europe, and assisting her work regarding the United Nations, specifically the Universal Periodic Review.
Patricia.Diaz [at] pen-international.org
Cathy McCann, Researcher: Asia/Middle East
Cathy is responsible for PEN International’s research and campaigning on attacks against free expression in the regions of Asia/Pacific and Middle East/North Africa.
Cathy.McCann [at] pen-international.org
Tamsin Mitchell, Researcher: Africa & the Americas
Tamsin is responsible for PEN International’s research and campaigning on attacks against free expression in Africa and the Americas since 2007. A graduate of Glasgow University, Balliol College and the University of London, prior to joining PEN she worked for Y Care International, Peace Brigades International UK and Action Against Hunger UK
tamsin.mitchell [at] pen-interntional.org
Cathal Sheerin, Researcher and Campaigner: Europe
Cathal is responsible for PEN International’s research and campaigning on attacks against free expression in Europe. As a journalist and free expression campaigner, he has years of experience working for human rights NGOs and a variety of print and online publications. Interested in impunity, dictatorships and post-dictatorship societies, with extensive experience reporting on justice in post-Pinochet Chile. Cathal holds a Postgraduate qualifications in literature, journalism, Spanish.
cathal.sheerin [at] pen-international.org
Paul Finegan, Centres & Committees Officer/ Executive Assistant
Paul joined the PEN team in May 2011. He has worked as a researcher and campaigner for the Writers in Prison Committee and has also co-ordinated the literary work of PEN International. Currently his work focuses on providing support to PEN Centres and Committees around the world. He also works as an assistant to ED Laura McVeigh.
paul.finegan [at] pen-international.org
Sahar Halaimzai, Communications & Campaigns Manager
Sahar joined the team in July 2012, and is responsible for running Communications and Campaigns activity across PEN International’s work globally. She co-ordinates media engagement with PEN’s literary and programmes output and works closely with members of the Writers in prison Committee to ensure that its key campaigns are communicated to a broad international audience.
sahar.halaimzai [at] pen-international.org
James Tennant, Literary Manager
James edits PEN International magazine and runs the Publishers Circle imprint. He co-ordinates all publications and literature events, including the international Free the Word! event series. James also manages the New Voices Award, the Publishers Circle and the Writers Circle. Previously he worked as a journalist and in publishing.
james.tennant [at] pen-international.org
Emese Kovács, International Programmes Officer
Emese joined the team in October 2012. Emese’s role is to co-ordinate PEN International’s civil society programmes. In addition, Emese also provides support to PEN Centres and Networks in the field of capacity building and monitoring & evaluation. Prior to joining PEN International Emese worked at the Open Society Foundations.
Emese.Kovacs [at] pen-international.org
Sarah Clarke, International Policy and Advocacy Officer
Sarah is responsible for managing international public policy and advocacy across PEN International’s areas of work. She highlights PEN’s work in freedom of expression, translation and linguistic rights and education to UN and regional forums. A graduate of Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin, Sarah has previously worked in human rights research, policy, and advocacy with a number of UN agencies, NGOs and academic centres.
sarah.clarke [at] pen-international.org
Emma Wadsworth Jones, WiPC Research/Campaigns Assistant
Emma joined the team in October 2012 after completing a Masters in Comparative Politics (Latin America) at the LSE. She currently divides her time equally between assisting the Africa/Americas Researcher and the Asia/MENA Researcher.
Emma.Wadsworth-Jones [at] pen-international.org
Jena Patel, Congress Officer
After working at PEN in 2011 on the 77th PEN Congress in Serbia, Jena re-joined the PEN team in May 2013. She worked as the PEN International Secretariat focal point for the 79th PEN International Congress held in Reykjavik, Iceland, in September 2013. She is currently working on preparations for the 80th Congress in Bishkek, in September 2014.
Jena.patel [at] pen-international.org
Holly Strauss, Communications and Fundraising Officer
Holly graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature and joined PEN in March 2013 to first assist the Literary Manager, and then the Communications Manager, with upcoming publications and events. She became Communications and Fundraising Officer in November last year.
Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org