As comms officer, Gardner has taken Asylum Aid’s broadcast coverage from nil to receiving regular requests and appearing on national outlets including BBC News and Sky News. Her excellent media relations and social media skills have also won her praise.
The best thing about my job is... working on something I really believe in, something that matters and makes a difference to people’s lives. Also the diversity of the role; I’m constantly giving talks, meeting new people, working with the media and trying new campaigns and new methods. I’m never bored.
I couldn’t live without... Twitter (follow me! @).
My biggest inspiration is... the refugee women who campaign alongside me, who are still working tirelessly to help others even after everything they’ve been through themselves.
In five years’ time I want to be... looking back at how we as a country responded with humanity and generosity to the Syrian refugee crisis; viewed as an expert and trusted voice on shaping humane, sensible refugee and immigration policies; working fewer hours with the same or more productivity by making better use of technology; and continuing to fight for a fairer world.
Nominator says: "Zoe’s passion and dedication comes across in every media appearance."