Refugees at Home is a community made up of hosts, home visitors, guests and the organisations who refer them to us – all brought together by our staff and Trustees.
Our Outreach team work with hosts, organise home visits and provide guidance and advice before any hosting begins. Our Placement team work with refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations who refer these potential guests to us. We are led by our Senior Management team and overseen by an experienced board of independent Trustees.
Chair of Trustees
Daniel is our Chair of Trustees, taking the lead on ensuring that we are well governed and act in the best interest of our beneficiaries. He helped set up Refugees at Home in 2015 and has been actively involved in running the charity ever since. He is a senior equity partner at leading law firm, Travers Smith and an expert in corporate governance and diversity and inclusion. Daniel is an experienced charity trustee and his other appointments include serving as Trustee Chair of Just Like Us, the LGBT+ Young People’s Charity. He has hosted a number of our guests and can frequently be found encouraging others to get involved.
SARA NATHAN OBE
Sara was a co-founder of Refugees At Home in 2015 and has been actively engaged ever since. She has hosted almost 40 guests who’ve fled many places from Balochistan to Ukraine. Guests have stayed from a night or two, up to nearly two years. Her key responsibilities are operations, media and social media, and she is active in our fundraising team.
Alongside Refugees At Home – which absorbs much of her energy – Sara volunteers at two asylum-seeker drop-ins and has a portfolio career in the public sector as a broadcast journalist and regulator. Her OBE is for fairness in broadcasting.
IT Trustee at Refugees at Home since November 2019, supporting the charity with technology oversight and support. Chief Technology Officer at Travers Smith with overall responsibility for all technology operations at the firm. Previously at Freshfields in programme delivery and technology strategy roles – background in technology, leading tech teams and delivering large programmes at law firms.
Magid has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector with particular expertise in data insights and strategic decision making. Currently at Comic Relief Magid has experience from NSPCC where his team developed the organisation’s supporter-centric communication strategy, focused on increasing engagement and building data models to predict supporter behaviour. Prior to that, he spent 3 years at The Children’s Society.
Much of Magid’s focus is about making data accessible and simple. It’s all about disseminating the right information with the right amount of detail to the right people by translating complex datasets into rich and tangible insights. Data aside, Magid was born in Khartoum, Sudan so deeply interested in migration, international aid and people-empowerment. He is also a long-suffering Arsenal fan and a new dad to his baby daughter.
Jon found the experience of hosting a Syrian asylum seeker so rewarding he decided to join the organisation. After a career in finance and risk management Jon’s focus as our treasurer is on our finance and risk management. Jon is driven by making life fair – for everyone
REBECCA DEL TUFO
Rebecca is a former solicitor who worked in corporate litigation. She has subsequently worked for the University of Cambridge and has set up, run and programmed an independent cinema.
She has served on the boards of various small charities.
Ahmad Al-Rashid was born in Aleppo, Syria. He studied English literature before fleeing the country due to the conflict to the Kurdistan region of Iraq late 2012. Ahmad worked there as a volunteer teaching English in the Syrian refugee camps. In mid-2013 he joined UNICEF to work for both the Syrian refugee response and the Iraqi displaced people response after Mosul fell for ISIS in 2014. Since his arrival in the UK mid-2015, Ahmad has been working with various groups and organizations raising awareness about the Syrian crisis and the plight of refugees in the region. In 2017, Ahmad graduated from SOAS – University of London. He holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development.
Emily brings her 13 years of experience as a social worker and manager in children’s social care to her role as safeguarding trustee. Emily has had a life long commitment to social justice and has previously been a host and a home visitor for Refugees at Home. Emily currently manages a looked after children and leaving care service and has 9 years experience working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.
Matt Blacker is the Chief Executive of Hope for the Young, a charity supporting young refugees in the UK through mentoring, advocacy, and financial support. For the past 12 years, he has also worked for the British Red Cross, delivering their Young Refugee and Befriending Programme in London. He has a background in operations, project management, peer training, and business development within the charity sector.
Executive Director (currently on Maternity Leave)
Lauren is our Executive Director and has been part of the team since 2018. Working closely with our Trustees and placement team, Lauren is responsible for the effective delivery of our day to day operations and development of our projects. After graduating from the University of Dundee with a Masters in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Lauren developed her frontline and managerial experience working with charities across London. This includes frontline experience of working with families in crisis and managing a winter night shelter, which supported asylum seekers and refugees with temporary accommodation.
Interim Executive Director/Deputy Director
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Rossana is our Senior Outreach Coordinator. She is from Italy with an academic background in Japanese studies. In 2015, she moved to London looking for a new life experience and job opportunities. She joined R@H in 2022, after graduating from SOAS University of London with a Masters in “International Politics” developing a strong interest in migration & diaspora politics. As Senior Outreach Coordinator, she is leading on the day-to-day activities relating to host approval, identifying trends and resolve challenges around host availability, and engaging with hosts and Home Visitors.
Placement Team Leader
Areej comes from a Science background with an MSc in Environmental Management. She is originally from Sudan. Areej has worked in the social justice and migrant integration sector for the past 8 years. She joined the Refugees at Home team in 2018, her role now is placement team leader focusing on working closely with our referral organisations as well as supporting the placement team.
Alf Dubs came to the UK on the Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia aged just 6. He grew up to become Labour MP for Wandsworth and is now a peer and a figure-head for the Safe Passage campaign to bring unaccompanied refugee children – like he was – to safety in the UK.
Our other patron is Shappi Khorsandi, the fabulous comedian and author who also came here as a child refugee from Iran – but with her family, unlike Alf, because her father had to flee after he fell out with the regime there.