Roz Osborne: Chair of Trustees

  Roz is the founder of GlobalARRK, which she started in 2012 when she was a stuck parent in Portugal. Roz and the amazing team of volunteers have achieved so much since 2012: supporting over a thousand stuck parents, raising awareness of the issues, promoting research and collecting statistics. Due to the hundreds of cases, Roz has been involved with over the years, she has a deep understanding of the challenges stuck parents typically face. She works tirelessly to improve the situation on every level: attending international events, meeting with policymakers and working with individual parents. Diverse life experiences have guided her role as the chair of GlobalARRK. Previously she has been a charity trustee, a project coordinator and successful in securing funding bids. However, the cornerstone of her motivation and experience lies in her work directly with children. Roz has a post-graduate degree in Education and has specialised in…...

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Iva Petzold: Trustee

  Iva first contacted GlobalARRK in 2013 as a stuck parent. After her case was successfully resolved Iva was keen to help others and started to volunteer for GlobalARRK in 2015. In February 2017 she came on board as a Trustee! She is involved in all major decision making, supports and manages the volunteers and recruitment process. Iva is also responsible for fundraising. Having experienced life as a stuck parent herself, Iva is passionate about supporting parents who find themselves stuck in a foreign country. She is determined to raise awareness of the issue and the impact it has not only on parents but also on children. When she’s not busy with GlobalARRK work, Iva is a Project Manager. She has a wealth of solid business experience, together with great interpersonal, organisational and management skills and is currently studying to become a Social Worker!...

Kim Fawcett: Trustee

Kim is a Trustee of GlobalARRK and, as well as supporting parents directly, is Research Coordinator. Kim found herself in the middle of an international family law dispute which was thankfully resolved over a decade ago. Knowing that many parents are not so fortunate, she decided to build a new career to enable her to help other Stuck Parents especially those who are suffering from domestic abuse. She is now a lawyer and specialises in international family law and domestic abuse. In addition, Kim is working towards a PhD, researching the Hague Abduction Convention and the devastating effect it can have on victims of domestic abuse. Her main goal is to help Stuck Families understand and navigate the complex international family law system to help them achieve the safest possible outcome for all parties and to raise awareness of the potential issues parents may face when deciding to have, or…...

Costas Calamvokis: Trustee

Costas has a background in designing computer chips and a degree in electrical engineering from Imperial College, London. He has supported the design and implementation of our IT systems including the CRM, Gsuite and Website ensuring we are working with the best technology without the price tag! Costas has two children and two stepchildren and now lives in the UK after being an Expat for over 15 years....

Evelyn: Volunteer Coordinator (Staff)

Evelyn is the Volunteer Coordinator at GlobalARRK. She is passionate in working in supportive roles and in her work as a somantic therapist, has gained much experience working within marginalised communities and those suffering from anxiety, depression and social isolation. She has travelled extensively around the world and loves learning about new cultures and meeting people from all backgrounds. Helping individuals gain a greater sense of self agency and wellbeing lay at the heart of her work, and she believes strongly in the work of GloablARRK and is delighted to be part of the team!  ...

Alice: Research

Alice is working on Research and case studies for GlobalARRK as well as studying Law! She is keen to find out more about how families experience international custody systems and to raise awareness about the situations families find themselves in. ...

Karin: Grant funding

Karin joined the GlobalARRK team in 2019. Over the last 12 years Karin had various support roles within a pharmaceutical regulatory body and is currently responsible for managing regulatory procedures as well as providing support to the product team ensuring compliance and adherence to procedural regulatory requirements.  She discovered GlobalARRK in 2018 when seeking help and guidance on international relocation. Her personal experience and knowledge that she obtained through case law when preparing her “leave to remove” application opened her eyes to great unfairness and difficulties stuck parents face due to discrepancies of various areas aspects of this law as well as between the law and welfare system. Now she is passionate to help other stuck parents by researching and obtaining grants to support GlobalARRK’s core activities and to expand services....

Sarah: Accounts

Sarah is the Bookkeeper/Accountant for GlobalARRK. She maintains the financial records for the charity. Sarah was born in the UK and became a stuck parent in Australia, where she worked for the NT Government in Project Management roles. Sarah was eventually able to return to the United Kingdom in 2015 where she re-trained as an Accountant. She feels incredibly lucky to have been able to return “home” and now wishes to contribute towards helping others who are experiencing difficulties returning to their homeland....

Becka: Parent Support Volunteer & Wellbeing

Becka lives in the UK but is Australian and unable to return to her home country with her daughter. She has however come to terms with living life in the UK and is passionate about helping stuck parents. Becka is determined to facilitate sustainable positive change so that one day parents and children in every country can be safe, fully supported and won’t have to endure the horrific ordeal of ongoing domestic abuse, child abuse and separation from their homeland. Whatever it takes, whether fairy dust or constant campaigning and education she is determined to raise awareness and to make a change in this world!...

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Kim: Marketing & Communications

Kim helps manage the GlobalARRK website, including writing the blog and any other Marketing Communications that the charity needs support with. She discovered GlobalARRK in early 2017 after withdrawing her request to remove her two children from the UK to return to her native home in Canada. Having felt as though she lost her voice in the process, Kim is using her own experience and communication skills to help raise awareness of the need for change and the support that GlobalARRK has to offer. Kim is Founder of a strategic marketing consultancy based in the UK and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Her marketing communications career spans 25 years in both Canada and the UK....

Sarah: Lawyer Liaison

Sarah is the Lawyer Liaison for GlobalARRK. She knows how important it is for Stuck Parents to have a specialist lawyer or mediator in Relocation or Child Abduction cases after being a Stuck Parent herself and working for a Law Firm in Cyprus. After being Stuck for several years, Sarah and her family were allowed to relocate and return home with her children. Sarah feels very passionately about helping other families undergoing international custody / residence disputes and has a desire to help put her own experience into assisting others. She enlists only the most suitable firms who will best assist our Stuck parents in their cases.  ...

Bianca: Parent Support Volunteer

Bianca is a Parent Support Volunteer for GlobalARRK. She has personal experience of being a Stuck Parent, originally from New Zealand. Bianca and her two children were returned to the UK by the Hague Convention in 2014 and a subsequent relocation application was unsuccessful.  She has gone on to create a happy life in the UK despite the significant challenges that present when being a Stuck Parent.  She says “I understand how difficult it is for families facing homelessness, having no family support close by, enduring financial difficulties, isolation, uncertainty and often ongoing abuse and harassment from an ex-partner, while navigating a court system that is expensive, slow and rarely effective in protecting vulnerable families”. “I’d like Stuck Parents to believe that they can create good experiences with, and for their children, wherever they are, despite the mountain of hurdles in the way”.  I am here to listen, support and help!...