I joined City of Sanctuary Sheffield with years of experience of working in the Charitable Sector, having worked as a Finance Officer and Finance Manager for 3 different charities. I have a BA Honours in Accounting and Finance (First Class) and a MSc in Finance, both from The University of Huddersfield. I am a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and I am inspired and motivated to use my skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive difference to other people’s lives, by finding practical solutions to the problems around us.
Tom became a trustee at COSS in February 2020. He is a manager at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Head Office in Sheffield where he’s worked since 2001. Tom is a statistician, and manages teams of analysts; his current job is Head of Business Strategy Analysis; using analysis and evidence to shape DWP’s future strategy. He used to be a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Japan, and as a volunteer TESL teacher in Sheffield. He is married with 2 children; twins aged 15. He likes sport, particularly football which he still plays once a week and is a Portsmouth supporter—they used to be good, but aren’t any more!
I currently work as an interpreter. I have volunteered with ASSIST Sheffield since 2014 and manage the interpreting team there. I have also previously worked as an advocate with Northern Refugee centre and I speak fluent Arabic.
Firas is from Iraq. He is a City of Sanctuary Sheffield (CoSS) volunteer, welcoming, registering and sign posting people coming to the Victoria Hall Wednesday drop-ins. As a founder member of the Open Kitchen Social Club, he leads a team providing meals at events and regular Tuesday lunchtimes at the Sanctuary.
Nabil has dedicated 13 years to the employment field to supporting people to be where they wish to be in the labour market. Through giving information, advice and guidance he has seen positive and successful progress with a lot of clients we deal with. Nabil works for the New Beginnings project as a work coach and believes his role is not just to find people jobs, but is all about supporting them to be able to start a “New Beginning” themselves in the UK and be as independent as possible.
I am a lawyer by profession. I joined COSS in 2019 and I am a member of the HR Committee. I am proud to be part of a movement to build welcoming places of safety for all, and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution by adopting a culture of hospitality within our community.
I retired in February 2018 having spent most of my adult life as an adult educator, first with a major Trade Union (the then GMWU) and then for 30 years with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). I’ve worked with diverse communities and organisations, managed and led staff teams, developed and run projects, held senior posts responsible for strategic planning and have always been an active campaigner and trade unionist.
John is a founding member and Company Director of Stand and Be Counted Theatre, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary.
He is the Producer at Sheffield Theatres, one of the UK’s most prominent producing theatres and largest complex outside of London. He is a Senior Manager, responsible for the management of all production staff, in-house productions and artist development.
John is an established producer who is an expert in producing large-scale community productions, community practice & talent development. He has a first class BA (Hons) degree in Media and Performance from The University of Salford.
Sam is founder and director of Migration Matters Festival, a Sheffield based festival celebrating migration, identity and belonging which is now the UK’s largest Refugee Week festival. He is also a freelance theatre producer and theatre–maker committed to bolstering the cultural landscape of the city.
I currently work for ASSIST Sheffield, a local charity that supports destitute refused asylum-seekers, as the Volunteering Coordinator for a team of over 300 volunteers. Previously I have served as Director of Hlekweni Friends Training Centre in Zimbabwe, and I was the co-founder and National Coordinator of the City of Sanctuary movement from 2005-2010.
Tina is Co-chair of City of Sanctuary. She is a retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist who held a number of senior roles in the course of her working life, including Clinical Director (Learning Disabilities) and Director of Quality for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust. She maintains an interest in health issues, especially psychological health and wellbeing. She is also currently a Governor of Fir Vale School, Sheffield.
Angela has been a Trustee of City Of Sanctuary Sheffield since July 2017. Before becoming a trustee for COSS she was a Trustees for Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus for 15 years, five of which as Finance Officer. Angela currently work as Finance Manager for Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and was previously a Secondary school teacher for 16 years. Since May 2019 Angela is also an elected Councillor at Sheffield City Council.
Anne Hollows has a background in child and family social work and was an academic for over 20 years. She has taught and supervised research in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in parts of Southern Africa. She has a long interest and involvement with refugees. She is involved with a church and interfaith centre in Sheffield. She enjoys cooking, gardening and tries to paint.
I am a retired Sheffield GP, with previous trustee experience on the boards of the Sheffield Wildlife Trust, and of Sheffield and Balby Area Quaker Meeting, including finance and treasure-ship on the latter.