Meet The Team

Nola Ellen
Co-Founder of My Bright Kite CIC and
Director of Youth Projects, Education and Training

Nola has worked as a Specialist Youth Work Practitioner, Teacher, Trainer and Consultant specialising in culturally sensitive and inclusive approaches to youth and community work since 2002. She has held various frontline positions with leading local, national and international NGOs delivering and managing services for children and families from asylum seeking, refugee and other new migrant backgrounds.

Her passion for designing and delivering education programmes for children and training sessions for volunteers and professionals has taken Nola not only around the UK, but further afield to Europe, Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East to share her expertise.  

Gulwali Passarlay
Co-Founder of My Bright Kite CIC

Gulwali Passarlay is an Afghan political refugee currently residing in the UK. He left Afghanistan in 2006 and has been campaigning and advocating for refugee awareness and empowerment ever since.

Esteemed author of "The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half The World" Gulwali has appeared on mainstream TV channels, radio and in printed media across the globe.

Having attended and contributed to over 180 events, Gulwali is a sought after keynote speaker who has garnered many accolades throughout his time in the UK.

Deborah Kosky-Rider
Director of Operations and Marketing

Deborah has a natural flair for all things creative, be it the arts or music. She has a solid background in Graphic Design and Printing with over 15 years experience both in the UK and Middle East where she has worked on a range of projects supporting businesses with their corporate identity, marketing and communications, both in print studios and freelance.

She is also a highly experienced Project Administrator - Deborah has spent over 8 years working in the third sector for a dynamic, fast paced, national children’s charity on a range of early intervention programmes for schools and Early Years settings. Her diversified skill set made her a key member of the team, actively contributing to project planning and implementation, monitoring and supporting delivery, evaluation and project reviews for the largest network of school-based cookery clubs in the country.

Sarah Walker

Sarah has a strong background in Events Management in the charity sector helping to deliver large scale young person friendly events where she has been able to incorporate her experience working with young people and national charities into her events planning.

Sarah worked for many years with a leading national children's charity, writing and delivering training for youth work practitioners as well as facilitating a wide range of focused groups to ensure the meaningful participation of young people from asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds. She has worked for a number of years supporting children in the care system who live in residential settings. 

In addition to her youth and community work in the UK, Sarah has worked in various voluntary positions supporting women and children in Ghana and Nigeria.