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Advisory Group.

We have recently developed an Advisory Group of people with lived experience of the refugee journey to ensure that our work accurately reflects the needs of sanctuary seekers in Bradford. The group will help us with both our short and long term planning and decision making and, we hope, equip some members to be able to join our board of trustees in due course.


Rosie MacPherson, Trustee

I’m super proud to be a trustee. I’m Artistic Director of Stand & Be Counted; the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary – we make campaign theatre and film with people seeking sanctuary who want to tell their story their way.



Roger Cowell, Trustee

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.



Kate Hart, School and College Lead

I joined the Bradford City of Sanctuary team in May 2022. I trained as a teacher and worked in primary education in West Yorkshire for a number of years before moving abroad and working on a variety of education projects in countries across sub-Saharan Africa. I’ve lived in Bradford for the last 5 years and love the diversity of cultures across the city and all the wonderful work being undertaken to make Bradford a safe and welcoming place for all.



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.  I became a trustee of BCoS in 2018 as I wanted to support this valuable work.



Esther Douglas,  Trustee

I joined Bradford City of Sanctuary in April 2022. I have worked in Bradford since 2015 as a Volunteer Services Manager; recent work completed with the Afghan relocation programme made me so proud of the work being done in Bradford to welcome migrants and refugees. I felt that I wanted to be part of a team responsible for the shaping and creation of this support.



Wahid Rashid, Trustee

I was born and bred in Bradford and I am married with 4 amazing, beautiful children and an amazing wife. I worked in Bradford Council for many years – until August 2022 I was Refugee Engagement Coordinator. I now work for Calderdale Council as Principal Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, serving  the people of Halifax. I have also worked in many countries as a volunteer supporting refugees in camps. I love meeting new people and learning about their cultures. I am so happy to be part of Bradford City of Sanctuary to continue to support Sanctuary Seekers in our amazing city.



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 Oates, Trustee

manage our wonderful Schools worker, 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.I also run a small hosting project for destitute asylum seekers with BEACON and for several years until early 2020 I chaired Abigail Housing




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.



Joanna Price, Admin and Comms Officer
I joined the Bradford City of Sanctuary team in November 2022. My passion for creating a culture of welcome was sparked by five years in Malaysia supporting sanctuary seekers from Myanmar. Alongside this role I volunteer at the Millside centre facilitating an ESOL class.