Committee Members


Sereima Tawake

Sereima is an ambassador for Recruit for Spouses and a Governor for Alanbrooke Primary School in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.

Sereima holds a Level 5 Award in Total Facilities Management from Leeds Beckett University and is IOSH qualified. She holds various qualifications in Lean Management techniques, Logistics, Finance and Project Management. She has a wide range of business experience ranging from business administration, sales and marketing, project support, and conferencing and logistics management. In 2015 she was awarded Segment Support Employee of year from Sodexo for North of England and NI region. She has worked in UNDP multi country office in Fiji, Nestle Fiji Limited and part of the team that produced Fiji's first ever real-life television show ‘Nescafe Join the Band’. She has also worked in Aramark Defense services and an attachment with North Yorkshire County Council.

She has organized and worked in various community projects to help communities back in Fiji and well represented in the Fijian UK Methodist Fellowship. She is married to Pele, a serving member of the British Armed Forces and they have three children Nia, Lucy and Pele (Jnr). Sereima has recently joined the MOD civil service and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

'I heard about the Fijian Women’s Forum (which was organised by Communities Fiji Britain) via social media. In that first session, I knew right away this is where I need to be, to help and assist in whatever way I can. My dream for MAUK is to help “empower” and “motivate” fellow Fijian women from whatever background to become what they want to be in a demanding work force where gaps in our career, limited skill sets and constant changes in our circumstances, limits our employability. In most instances, most of these factors are beyond our control. But if we do not let it define us, then we eventually create versions of ourselves that are positively in tuned to adapt to any changing circumstance.'

Advisory Members


Katrina Igglesden

Katrina is of British and indigenous Fijian ancestry and grew up within the Fijian diasporic community of Vancouver, Canada. Through this, and time spent in Fiji, she developed a profound appreciation and love for Fiji’s material culture; this has been reflected in her career working in museums around the world.

She came to the UK in 2011 to work on the AHRC - funded Fijian Art research project and has recently completed a PhD focusing on the transformation and adaptation of masi when encountered in urban contemporary contexts. A research associate at the Fiji Museum, she is also a Trustee of Communities Fiji Britain (registered charity 1160206) and has been involved in other initiatives involving Fijian cultural heritage including artistic installations, performances and exhibitions.

Kara Riley

Kara enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals as a Communications Systems Engineer in 2000 after completing her tertiary education in Civil Engineering under a New Zealand Government Scholarship that was awarded to women pursuing what was perceived traditionally male dominated fields of study or career at the time.

She has retrained to become a member of the Army Welfare Service, she is currently based in Brunei supporting the British Armed Forces Community with emotional and therapeutic support. Her career in the British Army has seen her assigned or deployed on operations to Cyprus, Canada, Germany, the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan.

Kara’s love for sport has seen her represent the British Army in rugby allowing her to travel extensively within the United Kingdom and abroad.

Kara is married to Paul and they have two children, Lauren and Oliver.