Migrant Help’s trustees are responsible in law for the charity, its assets and activities.

They are appointed because of their commitment to our values. Their experience and skills enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a national charity.

Lucy Bracken - Chair

For the past fifteen years, Lucy has been working in the human rights sector. Committed to providing solutions and partnerships to enable the services and support for those seeking safety in the UK to be joined up, appropriate and informed by those with experience. She has co-founded the charity The Happy Baby Community and Chaired Age UK East London for the past six years.

Lucy also has skills in finance and fundraising and run a very successful small business for many years. She brings an understanding and network in the third sector that helps her support the vital work of Migrant Help.

"I have the day to day privilege of meeting and working with people, who despite suffering the worst of humanity, show incredible resilience and kindness. I am very honoured to have the opportunity to work for Migrant Help as a trustee to support and champion the work of this very special organisation."

Ayham Alsuleman

Ayham works as a Senior Project Officer in the Greater London Authority, acting as the lead for refugee resettlement at the London Strategic Migration Partnership. Previously, he worked with Reset Communities and Refugees as a Programme Coordinator to grow and build the capacity of the communities in the UK to welcome refugees through the Community Sponsorship scheme. Ayham also worked for several organisations in London supporting the integration of resettled refugees.

Back in Syria were Ayham is from, he worked for the United Nations, as well as a number of local charities responding to the needs of internally displaced people and host communities. Ayham has a Masters degree in Conflict and Humanitarian Action with a focus on Forced Migration. He also holds an MSc in Human Resources Management and a BA in Business Administration.

"Both in my professional and personal lives, I hear stories and meet people in the asylum system who had benefited from Migrant Help's services. I have seen the significant impact of this organisation on the life of asylum-seekers and refugees. I feel honoured and pleased to have joined Migrant Help’s Board of Trustees."

Neil Everett

Neil is an Equity Partner in a management consultancy that specialises in corporate responsibility and sustainability. They advise businesses, international institutions, and non-governmental organisations. The focus of my Niel's work is the social and environmental impact across global supply chains.

Neil began working with Migrant Help, pro bono, around four years ago and became a trustee two years ago. His work gives him a good understanding of the issues relating to employment opportunities and conditions for migrants in the UK – both directly and through the supply chains of large UK companies. He is also a Director of Clear Voice Interpreting Services.

"I’ve heard many stories, first hand, of how our organisation was there for people when they were in desperate need. The organisation offers practical advice and support to a community that is often vulnerable and exploited. I’m proud to be a part of that."

Phil King

Phil is an interim manager, currently a director of Impact Hub Kings Cross and an adviser/NED to a portfolio of early-stage social businesses. Previously he was the Head of Strategic Finance at Ecotricity, and Finance Director of Cafedirect during a period of rapid growth.

Recently he acted as Finance Director for three national charities, assisting them through periods of significant change. Phil is a Chartered Accountant and spent his early career in healthcare, leading start-ups and turnarounds in the UK and overseas. 

"I am happy to be joining the Board of Migrant Help and to offer my skills to contribute to the work the charity does in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of society."

Amelia Knott

Amelia is Managing Director at Romanac Consulting Ltd, which supports businesses to understand and manage their human rights impacts, with a particular focus on modern slavery and labour rights. 

Previously, she worked in international development, conducting research and stakeholder engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states. She was also Corporate Responsibility Manager for Centrica plc, where she focused on policy development, reporting and communications, with particular interests in climate change, social accountability, energy security, ethics and governance. Amelia has seven years' experience as a Trustee of the Hansard Society. She has an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Mark Leigh

Mark brings significant marketing, strategy and business development expertise to Migrant Help following an international career that has seen him lead operations across the globe – Asia, Middle East, US, UK and Europe. This experience is augmented by his early training and career in youth, community and education sectors and his roles with UK based charities YGAM (Trustee) and currently NACRO (co-opted adviser).

"It is a real privilege to be able to contribute to the important work of creating access and growth avenues for people in great need – empowering them to take control of their lives and successfully contribute to their communities."    

David Noble QSO - Vice-Chair

David spent most of his career as a public service lawyer, working initially in local government in London then in senior roles in the UK Civil Service and the EU Commission. His last, full-time, role involved leading a New Zealand government department through a major programme of change.

Since returning to the UK he has concentrated on roles in the third sector and conducting reviews for organisations after critical incidents. He is also a trustee of NAM-aidsmap a charity that works to change lives by sharing information about HIV and AIDS.

His previous roles included responsibility for legal advice and legislation relating to immigration, asylum, public procurement and grant-making.

“I have seen first-hand the impacts that Migrant Help’s committed staff and volunteers have made to the lives of the, often vulnerable, but also resilient and resourceful people our charity exists to serve. I am so pleased and very privileged to be able to contribute to this work as a trustee.” 

Frank Omare

Frank brings over 20 years of combined senior line management and ‘Big 4’ consulting experience in procurement & supply chain. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (FCIPS). Frank is on the Board of Migrant Help Trading, the social enterprise arm of the charity, and he is an Advisory Board Member and mentor of the Migrant Leaders charity, an exciting initiative to support young migrants in the UK in the journey to develop their careers and to realise their life aims. 

Frank works at SAP Ariba, an SAP Company which has the world’s largest cloud-based network for business commerce. SAP Ariba affords Frank the opportunity to leverage his procurement & supply chain experience to help customers understand the benefits of making an investment in leading-edge solutions. Frank's work also helps customers to understand the value of digital transformation and to prioritise sustainability as part of their organisation’s values.

Robert Phillips

Robert spent his early career specialising in economics and credit risk management at international banks. Since the early 1990s, Robert has worked on establishing and developing migrant and refugee organisations, as well as other advice agencies locally and nationally. This included senior roles at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Immigration Advisory Service.

He is currently Treasurer of Money Advice Plus. Robert's specialisms include finance, strategy, quality, performance management, ICT and governance.

"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute my experience in supporting the development of Migrant Help’s vitally needed services throughout the UK, as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee."

John Smart – Treasurer

John is the Chief Finance Officer at HCT Group, a social enterprise in transport industry which provides over 20 million passenger trips on its vehicles every year. He is responsible for finance, procurement, HR and IT matters.

In the past, John held senior finance positions in a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors.

"I am passionate about equality for all in our country. I see Migrant Help as playing a vital role in this area and feel that my finance and leadership skills can contribute to its efforts in supporting vulnerable migrants."