Our Team

Managing Team

Liezel Longboan

Liezel is the founder of Tinig UK. Originally from the Cordillera region in north Philippines, she came to the UK as a Ford Foundation fellow to pursue a PhD in Media and Communication at Cardiff University. Back in the Philippines, she wrote for local and non-profit media outlets and organisations such as The Baguio Midland Courier, Igorota Foundation, Women’s Feature Service, and the Union of Catholic Asian News. 

As a media researcher, she has worked on projects that looked at diverse issues. They include the coverage of black boys and young men by the British media, the use of communications technology by Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the engagement by migrant Cordillerans/Igorots with online forums to examine their indigenous identities, and the intersection between violent extremism and gender-based violence in the Philippines based on social media analysis.

A mum to a young mixed-race son, Liezel invites readers to use Tinig UK as a platform for telling stories, exchanging views and expressing their creativity.  You can tweet her at @llongboan

Harry Kretchmer 

As a senior writer in marketing, Harry writes news articles and social media content for some of the world’s biggest companies. He previously spent more than a decade as a multimedia journalist at the BBC where he specialised in business, politics and consumer affairs. He has written for BBC Online and Northern Soul magazine among other outlets. Harry’s interest in the Philippines began when Liezel took him to visit the cool, pine-clad mountains of the Cordillera. Several plates of munggo and adobo later, he is hooked.

Sub-Editors

Peter Osborne

A former journalist, Peter has more than 30 years communications experience in highly demanding and sensitive PR environments including nuclear, water, electricity, environment and health and social care – across the private, public and third sectors.

A multi Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) award-winning practitioner, he has managed all aspects of public relations including media relations, public affairs, international relations and internal communications for organisations including BNFL, United Utilities, Keep Britain Tidy, Interserve and the largest provider of health and social care services based in the North West of England, the not-for-profit Alternative Futures Group (AFG). 

Katherine Payne

Katherine works as a Deputy Editor based in Milton Keynes, contributing to education and travel magazines. With three years’ editorial experience, she is particularly passionate about thought-provoking features.

Contributors

Anoop Bhuller

As a keen writer, Anoop enjoys researching and writing about topics that people can resonate with. As well as topics that are important to her, such as diversity and BAME issues.  When she’s not writing, she is probably exercising or playing with her dog!

Naomi Edge

Working in digital marketing, Naoimi is a Filipino-British who is passionate about design and writing. She has previously worked with the British Council, Birmingham Arts Council and Wilderness Festival on a variety of fundraising and awareness events, including the “Birmingham Weekender” and “The Janus Project.”  You can follower her on Twitter @nomderland  

Innah Gaspar

Innah is a Canadian-Filipina living in London, passionate about telling personal stories of solidarity and social justice. She is CARE International’s Communications Coordinator and previously worked for non-profit organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam and  Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute. She holds a masters in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics, and can be found cooking her Dad’s chicken adobo. You can follow her at @Innah_G on Twitter. 

Kristine Anne T. Macasiray

Kristine is a 2019 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) journalism programme in Manila, Philippines. Good days for her are defined by having time for leisure reading and connecting with people. On better ones, she can binge watch her favourite Netflix shows or sleep in, too. Her best belief is everything is political (and that with iced coffee, she can conquer the world).

Mari-An Santos

Mari-An Santos is a freelance writer based in Manila. She recently finished a Joint Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Granada (Spain) and University of Lodz (Poland). Her thesis tackled Emotional Geographies of Ageing Filipina Migrant Workers in Valencia, Spain.

Jeamy Navarro-Schrank

As a Filipino-German raised in the UK, Jeamy wants to connect to her roots and the important issues Filipinos are facing. She is a writer and a creative, but in her spare time, she is an international taekwondo fighter.

Jeremiah Opiniano

Jeremaiah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He writes overseas migration issues for a nonprofit news service (the Overseas Filipino Workers Journalism Consortium) and publishes stories for a community news outlet (The Filipino Connection) in the Philippines. He is finishing a doctoral program in Geography at The University of Adelaide in Australia.

Heidecel Serrano

Writing at a young age, Heidi has always aspired to be a journalist. Her passion in the field of journalism and communications has helped her acquire valuable knowledge and experience in the Philippines and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where she worked as a news reporter for a Filipino newspaper. She moved to London in 2019 and currently works as a technical writer for a property firm.  Her interests include watching documentaries, reading and playing the Kalimba (thumb piano).

Nelson Turgo

Nelson studied at the University of the Philippines and Cardiff University in Wales. He currently works as Research Associate at the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) based within the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. The Centre has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety. It is the only international research facility of its kind and has built up unparalleled experience of research in this field. Nelson grew up in a fishing community in Mauban, Quezon.

 Iris Acejo

Iris currently works as a Research Associate at SIRC (Seafarers International Research Centre), Cardiff University.  She is primarily interested at Filipino seafarers’ sense of belongingness ashore in their communities and on board.  She has sailed onboard international merchant vessels touring Asia, Africa and Europe in various research projects looking at welfare and health and well-being of seafarers.

Ronan Cameron Carter

My name is Ronan Cameron Carter from South East London and I study Journalism at Bournemouth University. I think community is important in today’s society as people need eachother to progress in life. I love my own culture and love to explore different cultures.