Magid Magid is a race & climate justice activist. Born in Somalia, he came to Sheffield as a refugee with his family when he was five. He was the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield and was also a Member of European Parliament representing Yorkshire & the Humber.
He is the author of 'The Art of Disruption: A Manifesto for Real Change'. Magid was named one of TIME’s 100 rising stars shaping the future of the world.
Magid is also a custard connoisseur.
Hasnain is a medical student at the University of Sheffield. He was the President of the Sheffield MedSoc 2020-21, the largest society at the university, representing approximately 1,500 medical students.
He led a South Yorkshire Covid-19 medical student volunteer scheme where over 200 students volunteered in hospitals, GPs, hospices and babysitting services for NHS staff, supporting vaccine efforts across the region.
He has a clinical interest in Burns and Plastic Surgery and has academic interests in leadership and management, medical education, and research. He also has an interest in, and experience of, health policy development.
Andrea Antoniou is a doctoral researcher in refugee studies. She holds a BA in English Literature and a Master's degree in Intercultural Communication and International Development both from the University of Sheffield.
She is currently a PhD student in the School of Languages and Cultures and Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield, researching the power of intercultural dialogue to create a sense of belonging in refugee camp communities in Greece.
She also has interests in migration and cultural policy, having worked at the Small Planet Institute (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) on developing a culture of welcome, renewing democracy and supporting human rights in the American context.
She has also worked as a Greek language teacher and a Scout leader in two Greek refugee camps.
Tom became a trustee at City of Sanctuary Sheffield 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!
Mariam currently works as an interpreter. She has volunteered with ASSIST Sheffield since 2014 and manages the interpreting team there.
She has also previously worked as an advocate with Northern Refugee Centre and speaks fluent Arabic.
Firas is from Iraq. He is a City of Sanctuary Sheffield 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.
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.
Pouya Ali began working with the City of Sanctuary as a volunteer in the summer of 2020. His role was interpreting for people seeking sanctuary and helping them to open bank accounts, among other forms of support. He became a trustee of the City of Sanctuary in the summer of 2022.
He comes from a finance background, from Iran, and started to work in the UK in a finance team again at Nomad Opening Doors in November 2022. He works with Nomad, Four Trees and Clarity Lettings, at the moment.
Sophie works in charity communications, currently focusing on digital content at Amnesty's International Secretariat. She has a background in fundraising, having previously worked on corporate partnerships and events as well as brand and communications for the Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid.
Sophie is passionate about creating a more inclusive and welcoming society and the importance of healthy organisational cultures.