Staff and Board
Jacqueline Adusei | Interim CEO
Jacqueline has worked within the charity and social care sector for over 30 years, and as a CEO for 16 years. She has been instrumental in the setting up and delivery of support services for refugees, including temporary and supported housing and the coordination of complementary partnership/signpost agencies services. She is also a qualified Personal Development and Business Coach and a certified NLP Practitioner. Furthermore, Jacqueline is a passionate advocate for empowering women: she is on the Board of WISH, an organisation focussed on championing positive and beneficial outcomes for all women, regardless of their role or experience, whilst aiming to boost women’s futures in housing with a difference; and she is a Crossing Thresholds Mentor which delivers programmes that transform the lives of women across the UK.
Lucy Nichol | Services Delivery & Development Manager
Lucy has worked for many years in various widening participation and community development roles both in Oxfordshire and in the developing world. She is a trained adult careers guidance adviser and English teacher with lots of practical experience of delivering and managing community programmes, adult learning courses and training provision in both the public and charitable sectors. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers, amongst other marginalised groups, since 2002. By providing clients with advice and guidance to access suitable provision and support services she aims to enable them to fulfil their personal potential, achieve their aspirations and help them to overcome any barriers they may be facing. Lucy has been with Refugee Resource since 2016.
Brendan St John | Counselling Services Manager
Brendan began his first career studying oriental languages in London and then trained as an Arabic speaking translator. In 2007 he joined the Geneva based International Committee of the Red Cross as a Protection Delegate, working with victims of war and conflict in North Africa, Middle East and the Pacific region. During his missions he advocated for the rights of detainees, the missing, internally displaced persons and refugees and asylum seekers, while at the same time working with local authorities, military officials and local fighters to promote the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law. After returning to the UK in 2015, he worked at Coventry and Birmingham City University in administration and alumni relations while completing a MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at Derby University. Brendan has been working as a BACP registered psychotherapist since 2017 and completed his dissertation on how to work with trauma cross-culturally in a clinical setting.
Carolynn Low | Partnership Development Manager (maternity cover)
Carolynn has been working with refugee, asylum seeking and migrant communities since 2004 in both Oxford and London in various roles. This has included as Caseworker in the International Family Tracing Service at the British Red Cross, and as Service Manager at The Children’s Society in Oxford. She is also currently doing part-time postgraduate research in the field of refugee entrepreneurship at the University of Southampton.
Elena Messineo | Finance & Administration Manager
Elena has held several positions in Finance and Administration for various companies in the UK and abroad, with a career spanning more than 20 years. She has extensive experience in financial system implementation, financial processes and general business administration including office management, management accounts, procurement and resource planning. Along with an Accountancy qualification, she is also a qualified Adult Learning teacher, as well as a Zumba instructor and holds several other dance qualifications. A strong supporter of human rights and equality, Elena has organised various shows and events to raise funds for local charities, including past voluntary experience with the ambulance service in Italy, and more recently as a local school treasurer and fundraiser here in Oxfordshire.
Sue Leigh | HR Consultant & Executive Assistant
Sue joins Refugee Resource having spent all her career within the printing industry and most recently, as HR Manager and PA. Sue has a great deal of experience within HR and in particular, the Ethical Trading Initiative base-code which is an internationally recognised code of good labour practice.
Amanda Webb Johnson | Counsellor
Amanda Webb-Johnson is a counsellor specialised in working transculturally with trauma and the losses experienced by refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. She has worked for Refugee Resource since 1999. She is a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Sushila Dhall | Capacity Building Lead and Counsellor
Sushila Dhall is educated to MSt (Oxford) level in Psychodynamic Practice, which is UKCP level, and has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 20 years. She has worked for the NHS, has a small private practice in central Oxford, and has worked for Refugee Resource for 12 years.
Alan Buckley | Associate Counsellor
Alan Buckley has been practising as a psychotherapist in Oxford since 1999, having previously trained with the Irish Gestalt Centre. He has over two decades’ experience in a wide range of therapeutic settings, including residential mental health units and drug and alcohol treatment services. He began working for Refugee Resource in 2014.
Heather Al-Yousuf | Counsellor
Heather Al-Yousuf joined the counselling team at Refugee Resource in 2015 and specialises in working with young people in trans-cultural contexts. She trained in systemic and family therapy to practitioner level in 2010 and is a Relate- registered family and couple counsellor and member of the association for family therapy and systemic practice.
Rachel Lebus | Associate Counsellor
Rachel Lebus is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist. She has a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Psychotherapy from the Institute of Psychosynthesis. She also has a private practice and specialises in relationship work and trauma therapy.
Leon Beachy | Administrative Assistant
Leon Beachy lived and worked in Kenya and Eritrea from 1987-2000 as a linguist and lecturer at the University of Asmara. In Kenya he encountered many displaced Eritreans refugees who were there because of the Eritrean war for independence from Ethiopia. Moving to Eritrea, he became involved with a campaign trying to attract international attention and engagement with the large number of displaced Eritreans forced to leave Ethiopia. This was due to the second war with Ethiopia from 1998-2000.Through all of this Leon became quite aware of what it is like living as a refugee through no choice of one’s own.
Eva Sam | Social Inclusion Officer
Eva is multilingual and speaks French, English, Agni as well as understanding some Fante and Spanish. She worked in the hospitality industry over the last 30 years, and acquired a range of qualifications and personal skills. Due to the corona virus pandemic, she decided to change direction but maintain her focus on people’s satisfaction and experiences. Her passion has always been people, food and plants. Meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and expertise fascinates her as there is always something new to learn. She is known by her friends as the orchid whisperer as whatever she touches flourishes. Her energy is alive, contagious and her motto is “Together we stand, divided we fall”.
Aoife Horgan | Mentoring and Volunteering Services Co-ordinator
Aoife has recently returned to the UK after studying a Master's degree in Political Philosophy in Barcelona, Spain. Having studied International Relations as a Bachelor's degree, she is passionate about the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in a global context. She has had previous employment in a national housing and support company working with UASC clients, as well as the Development Office at Oxford University. She grew up in East Oxford, and feels strongly about improving experiences for refugees and people seeking asylum who move to the area.
Judith Rassmann | Counsellor
Dr Judith Rassmann is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist specialised in working with asylum seeking children, young people and their families. She runs the Refugee Resource school’s based Therapy Project at Oxford Spires Academy. She has worked for Refugee Resource since 2016 and is a registered member of The Association of Child Psychotherapists.
Hannah Bardsley | Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator
Hannah has joined Refugee Resource from a journalistic background. From 2018 to 2020 she worked in London for, 7Dnews, an Emirati news start-up as the Lifestyle and Health Editor. During her time there she interviewed various UK and international policy makers, public figures and diplomats and young people making positive radical changes for their communities. She has also spent time in the British education sector working specifically in SEN and disadvantaged areas.
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Belinda Coote | Chair of Trustees, member of the Finance Committee
Belinda has extensive experience and knowledge of the voluntary sector both in the UK and overseas gained through a career that reflects her strong interest in social justice. After completing her social work training and working as a Probation Officer in inner London she spent 2 years in the Philippines as a VSO volunteer followed by 18 years working for Oxfam, including in Bangladesh, Nepal and Southern Africa. She left Oxfam to become Chief Executive of Medical Aid for Palestinians and has since occupied a number of senior roles, including as Chief Executive, in a range of international development organisations. Latterly her focus has been on interim management and organisational change. Belinda is author of several books on international trade has been a trustee of a number of organisations including INTRAC, Asylum Welcome and FoBZu (Friends of Birzeit University).
Ken King | Treasurer
Ken has worked for more than 30 years in the higher education sector, in particular in the field of astronomical satellite, instrument design and operations and was a project manager for over 20 years, handling budgets of £1-2M per year and reporting to funding bodies such as Research Councils and The European Commission. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has been a member of the Mali Development Group (a registered charity supporting development activities in Mali) management committee with responsibility for budgetary forward planning and is currently treasurer of two small local organisations.
Adiba Malo | Deputy Safeguarding and Trustee Advisory - Group Trustee Representative
Adiba is a refugee who had to flee from Syria with her three children. She therefore has a deep, personal understanding of the issues facing refugees in the UK and has been a client with Refugee Resource since 2016. Adiba qualified as a paediatrician in 2007, with excellent results in her training, and worked for 5 years before having to leave Syria. Adiba also spent four months volunteering as a paediatric specialist with the Red Crescent in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees families. Adiba is now working to become registered to practice medicine in the UK. With her personal experience of all the challenges that refugees face, Adiba wants to help represent those needs and make sure that everyone has the benefit of the services offered by Refugee Resource.
Michael Taylor | Deputy Chair of Trustees, member of the Finance Committee and Staff Liaison Trustee
Michael Taylor has a background in both the academic and the development sectors. In a remarkable career spanning many roles, he was director of Christian Aid for 12 years, Professor of Social Theology at Birmingham University, and has chaired the boards of a number of charities, including the Burma Action Group, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, Health Poverty Action, Responding to Conflict, and Mines Advisory Group.
Andrew Tyson | Safeguarding Lead
Andrew spent most of his professional life as a social work practitioner, manager and commissioner, mainly in Sussex. For the majority of this time he supported people with mental health needs and people with learning disabilities. More recently, he has worked nationally across the UK, promoting support arrangements that start from each person as an individual, their community - and their strengths, needs and wishes - rather than from “one size fits all” type approaches. Andrew moved to the city of Oxford in 2012 and joined Refugee Resource as a trustee in 2020. Andrew enjoys cinema, reading, travel and the natural world. He says that his hope is for a welcoming society which prioritises kindness and mutual respect.
Nuha is a community leader who set up Syrian Sisters in 2016 and now advises and supports other community groups. As a refugee herself, she is able to walk alongside other asylum seekers and refugees which has been a passion for the last nine years. Her strengths are in partnership development, teamwork and supporting vulnerable people, based on social work and research experience in both Syria and the UK. Nuha speaks Arabic, Kurdish, and English fluently.
Naznin Ali | Deputy Safeguarding
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