“…improving English, and you get more confident. Better than in English classes.” “Someone is listening to me”​

‘I can be myself, I can talk about my problems, it is confidential and I can trust’​

‘It is a liberating experience to be with someone who wants to be there, not someone whose job it is, someone who listens and looks to solve problems’ ​

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Copyright © 2018 - Refugee Resource is a Registered Charity. Charity no. 1098876 Company no. 4558542 (England & Wales)

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Refugee Resource 

Old Music Hall
106–108 Cowley Road
Oxford OX4 1JE
(Entrance at 54 Marston Street)

 

Tel: 01865 403280

 

Email: info@refugeeresource.org
Web: www.refugeeresource.org

Twitter & Facebook: @RefugeeOxford

Staff and Board
Staff

Kate Hood | Director

katehood@refugeeresource.org

 

Kate Hood is a marketing communications professional, with 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, mainly in international development and aid. Formerly a member of Oxfam GB’s senior management team, she has extensive experience of leadership and management, and is used to managing business functions, including budget management and financial reporting, risk analysis, strategic planning, and writing and implementing policy. She is an experienced coach and action learning facilitator, practised at building and leading motivated, complex, multi-disciplinary teams, and at providing consultancy and support to colleagues at all levels. She is driven by the belief that everyone is entitled to live a life free from fear and poverty, and throughout her career has worked alongside people to create an environment where every individual is able to reach their full potential.

 

Lucy Nichol | Services Delivery & Development Manager

lucynichol@refugeeresource.org

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

brendanstjohn@refugeeresource.org

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.

Sushila Dhall | Capacity Building Lead and Counsellor

sushiladhall@refugeeresource.org

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.

Amanda Webb Johnson | Counsellor

amandawjohnson@refugeeresource.org

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.

Alan Buckley | Associate Counsellor

alanbuckley@refugeeresource.org

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

heatheralyousuf@refugeeresource.org

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

Rachellebus@refugeeresource.org

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.

Ruth Hucklesby | Mentoring Co-ordinator

ruthh@refugeeresource.org

Since 2005 Ruth Hucklesby has been working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants as a Projects Co-ordinator, Mentoring Co-ordinator and Enterprise Coach with three Refugee and Community organisations in the West Midlands. She has been working part-time with us at Refugee Resource since 2013.  She is an Associate member of the Chartered Management Institute and occasionally works in Quality Assessment consultation for projects in other parts of the UK.

Fabio Di Donato | Social Inclusion Co-ordinator

FabiodiDonato@refugeeresource.org

Fabio has always been strongly interested in supporting people from different backgrounds in order to help them in their social inclusion. By training in different countries abroad and working with unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers and refugees as a Project Worker and Intercultural Mediator, he has sharpened his cross-cultural communication skills and his professional abilities in this field.

Fatou Ceesay | Women’s Services Co-ordinator

fatouceesay@refugeeresource.org

 

Fatou has a broad experience in working with vulnerable women including BMEs, refugees and migrant women who suffer from one form of abuse or another. Her most recent role was with Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service as outreach worker in the South and Vale area of Oxfordshire. She is also actively involved in the campaign against FGM. Prior to coming to the UK, Fatou worked as a journalist in Gambia for a bi-weekly newspaper (The Independent) were she ran a column on women empowerment. 

Leon Beachy | Men’s Services Co-ordinator

leonbeachy@refugeeresource.org

Leon Beachy lived and worked in Kenya and Eritrea from 1987-2000 as a linguist and anthropology lecturer at the University of Asmara.  Most of his time in Kenya was spent working with Eritreans living as refugees, having left Eritrea due to the ongoing war with Ethiopia.  Later, living in Eritrea, he was involved with the campaign for international attention and involvement concerning displaced people due to the second war with Ethiopia from 1998-2000.Through all of this Leon became aware of what it is like living as a refugee. Every Eritrean he knew had family members displaced in Ethiopia, the Sudan and scattered around the globe.

Flora Pereira | Reception and Admin Worker

florapereira@refugeeresource.org

 

Flora has been trained in HR and Administration from Kenya. She trained herself in the UK in this aspect.

Nicky Barnetson | Partnership Development Manager

nickybarnetson@refugeeresource.org

Nicky joined Refugee Resource in October 2018. Previously she was working in corporate partnerships for WWF and Oxfam, building on a career in marketing for companies such as Nestle and as a marketing consultant for the Added Value Group. In addition to her work on communications and fundraising for Refugee Resource, Nicky continues to provide advice as a Citizens Advice advisor to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrants at Refugee Resource's advice clinic on a Thursday.  A role she has been doing since January 2018.    

Naheed Majid | HR Consultant

NaheedMajid@refugeeresource.org

Naheed is a Human Resources and Coaching practitioner with over 15 year’s experience gained in the publishing and media industry, and more recently in the charitable sector.  She has worked both in-house and on a consultancy basis on a wide range of HR projects and all aspects of HR operations.  She is CIPD qualified (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), holds a Masters in Occupational Psychology and a Coaching certificate with an accredited coach training programme (Coaching Development).

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Board of Directors  

We are currently looking for new trustees to join our Board of Trustees with a strong human resources background, a refugee background or mental health practitioner specialism.  Please click here for further information. 

Belinda Coote | Chair of Trustees

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).

Louisa Daubney

Louisa has enjoyed a successful career in fundraising over the past 15 years. Starting off as a corporate fundraiser for Mencap, working with blue-chip companies to secure vital funding for the charity's work. After four years, she moved to Oxford to fulfil her dream of working for Oxfam. Establishing a number of new relationships with Trusts and Foundations, by showing her passion for the charity's work, this led to a series of new grants. Subsequently, she has spent the past six years focused on building the capacity of Oxfam's campaigns department to significantly increase funding for this critical work. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, spending time at her allotment, and bringing out her creative side through flower arranging.

Ray Fishbourne

Ray values the intrinsic worth of every individual, the power of partnership working and has experience of voluntary Development Aid work in West Africa as well as justice consultancy work in the USA and UAE. He is a former Chief Officer of Probation with many years experience of the criminal and family justice systems and has a strong passion for social justice. He plays a leading role in Restorative Justice developments in the UK.

 

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

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.

Dr Caroline Roseveare

Caroline is an experienced international development professional with 30 years’ working on justice and human rights issues, within the UK and internationally. She is a qualified  (non-practising) Barrister and holds a doctorate in Development Studies and a post graduate degree in Human Rights. Caroline has wide ranging experience of organisational governance having been an independent member of the Victim Support Audit Committee, non-Executive Director of the Oxfordshire Learning Disability (NHS) Trust, and Chair and Treasurer for Oxfordshire Children’s Information Service. Caroline also brings to the Board wide experience of work to promote the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. She played a lead role on these issues for the Secretariat of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council - Ministry of Justice, and worked as a voluntary Legal Caseworker for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) in Oxford.  

Michael Taylor

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.

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