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Sarah Cartin – Schools of Sanctuary Project Worker

I’ve been very fortunate to work with local and national organisations on social justice issues as both a project manager and a campaigner, and have been working for Bradford City of Sanctuary since 2018.


Mike joined the BCoS team in November 2019 and is passionate about helping to support people and organisations across Bradford to create opportunities for those with less opportunity. After training in Acting & Theatre in London, Mike travelled to South East Asia, where he set up an arts program on the border between Thailand and Burma. He has since co-established Displace Yourself Theatre, who work closely with people with experience of social exclusion, and make shows which ask questions about true equality.



Kay Holden, Trustee


I have lived in Bradford all my life and love the diversity of cultures within the City and wider District. My career has always been in early years and childcare  as a registered childminder, volunteer toddler group leader, holiday scheme worker and youth worker. I have been a project manager for Bradford Council for the past 23 years implementing initiatives to support the early years and childcare sector. My involvement  with BCoS started when I attended a meeting in 2017 as I felt I wanted to understand  the issues that affect asylum seekers and refugees.  I became a trustee in 2018 as I wanted to support this valuable work.

Phil Lawler – Treasurer

I am a retired Chartered Accountant and Finance Director who is or has been a trustee of several local charities over many years, including those helping refugees and the homeless. A native of Bradford, having lived and worked in London and Madrid, I now live in Skipton.



Mandy Hall, Trustee








I enjoy volunteering on communications projects with Bradford City of Sanctuary, am on the  ‘Welcome to Bradford’ group, and also work with sanctuary seekers at Beacon’s CHAT English Conversation sessions.  Formerly, I was deputy headteacher in a Bradford Secondary School.


Will Sutcliffe, Chair

I’ve chaired this wonderful group since our launch in 2008. My background is in local authority social work and project management. For several years until early 2020 I chaired Abigail Housing ( and remain on the management group of their Bradford-based Destitution Project. I also run a small hosting project for destitute asylum seekers with BEACON (




Roger Cowell

I grew up in New Zealand and came to Britain in the summer of 1975 and  have stayed ever since, with some brief forays back to NZ.  I  have worked as a nurse in both countries and more recently worked as a  knowledge broker at Leeds University. I have been a member of the steering group for a number of years, and more recently I became a trustee.



Alun Pelleschi – Trustee

Hi, My name’s Alun Pelleschi. I’ve spent most of my life in Bradford working in secondary schools and in a local university. I became a trustee for Bradford City of Sanctuary after I was made aware of the tremendous work that is being done in order to improve the life chances of asylum seekers and refugees and I wanted to help play a small part in this.