Here's our fantastic team!



Karina Martin - Founder & CEO

Having founded Upbeat Communities in 2005, Welcome Boxes was one of the first projects set up by Karina. She has been leading the organisation since it began, alongside her role as a senior leader at Community Church Derby. Karina’s passion for Welcome Boxes is contagious, she has big dreams for our future! A lot of her time is spent travelling the UK sharing our vision and raising the profile of National Welcome Boxes.

Emily Holden - National Development

Emily joined the Welcome Boxes team in September 2016 and looks after all of the churches who are running Welcome Boxes around the UK. She is passionate about getting ordinary Christians to play their part in making sure refugees are welcomed into community. Her role involves the training and ongoing support of our churches, growing our network around the UK. If your church is interested in running Welcome Boxes in your area, then Emily is the one you need to speak to!


Einir Cooper - Welcome Boxes Coordinator

Einir has a wealth of experience in welcoming newly arrived refugees through coordinating the Welcome Boxes project in Derby and by being a Key Worker for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme across Derbyshire. Having walked with hundreds of refugees as they seek sanctuary in the UK, Einir laughs and cries a lot in an average week! She is passionate about loving people, reducing isolation and welcoming refugees to be part of the church community.