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.

Madhavi Vadera - Chair

Madhavi is the Deputy CEO and Trustee of Lifelines International Fund for Education, a UK registered charity that supports transformational education projects focussed on vulnerable children and women.

She also works as a psychotherapist specialising in working with unaccompanied refugee minors.

As a Finance Director , Business consultant and Strategist, Madhavi brings a range of public and private sector experience in organisational change, fiscal governance, audit and compliance.  She has held senior leadership roles in NATO, Ministry of Defence UK, Diageo and several companies within financial services , publishing and the public sector, in a career spanning over twenty years.  Madhavi is a chartered management accountant ( FCMA, CGMA),  a qualified child psychotherapist ( MBACP) and has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Cambridge.

Within the charity sector Madhavi has been on the Board of SENSE Romania, is on the Finance and Governance committee of BACP ( British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists)  and Chinmaya Mission France.  She is a champion for a leading human rights and diversity charity – Think Equal.

"As a refugee myself and a human rights champion , I feel absolutely committed to empowering the lives of the very people who start their journey towards safety and hope by contacting Migrant Help.  I feel humbled and honoured to be the Chair of a dedicated Board of Trustees, to join a team of compassionate professionals and to be part of the transformative process that Migrant Help facilitates through all its services"

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 where 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 people seeking asylum and refugees. I feel honoured and pleased to have joined Migrant Help’s Board of Trustees."

Rachael Baig

Rachael brings across sector experience developing strategy, delivering change and improving organisational effectiveness in public and private sector organisations. She has a particular interest and expertise in leveraging technology to improve outcomes, cultural transformation and leadership development. Rachael began working with the Migrant Help Board and Executive team pro bono in 2018 and became a trustee in 2020.

"I am immensely proud to join the Board of Migrant Help, it is an honour to contribute my skills to an organisation that does such an important work supporting asylum seekers and refugees rebuild their lives and thrive.”

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 Neil's work is the social and environmental impact across global supply chains.

Neil's 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."

Yusef Gojikian

Yusef is a dedicated advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees and other disadvantaged groups. He brings with him an invaluable portfolio of skills acquired over more than 20 years’ experience in the statutory and not-for-profit sector, the majority of which was with refugee charities and in independent consultancy.

Yusef has undertaken leadership roles in these organisations including service management, project management, policy advocacy and negotiation, research, production of publications, partnership building, organising events and giving presentations and media interviews. He has complete over 4000 expert witness reports on the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees with a particular focus on LGBTQI issues.

Yusef runs a consultancy practice as a skilled human rights assessor within the Social Work Sector, as a in. He has built a highly regarded track record of developing and delivering collaborative initiatives in the UK statutory services and voluntary sector using strategic, relational leadership to build consensus and action across organisational boundaries and pioneering social change.

This is supported by in-depth experience of policy, research and influencing in a statutory and charity context, along with clear understanding of strategic communications, framing, governance, evaluation and building partnerships. Having worked at Refugee Action, The Norwegian government, Westminster Children's Services, Cafcass, UK Black Pride and another of other organisations.

He is a collaborative leader, with trust and integrity, excellent judgement and strong values, successfully navigating complex dynamics to achieve change

"As a refugee, I remind myself, no one is built like me and we design ourselves through the struggles we have overcome."

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.

"Being a trustee keeps me connected to the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking, as well as to those working hard to support them. It is an honour to contribute to the valuable work that Migrant Help undertakes and to see the positive impact that the charity has on those in need."

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.

"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 a multi-school academy trust and Ballet Soul CIO, a dance charity focussing particularly on those from non-traditional backgrounds.

“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.

"Being a Trustee allows me to pursue my passion...investing time and expertise into making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people. I am proud of the work which Migrant Help does with asylum seekers and refugees to protect their dignity and human rights."

John Smart – Treasurer

John is a retired chartered accountant with many years of experience in several sectors.  Until recently he was the Chief Finance Officer at HCT Group, a social enterprise in transport industry which provides 30 million passenger trips on its vehicles every year. He successfully led the organisation through two fund raising round, the latter of which won an award in 2018 for the best social enterprise finance deal of 2018. 

John is also on the board a community transport charity and an education trust. 

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."

Adrian Stones

Adrian’s background is in human resources where he has held a number of positions leading the human resources function in public, private and third sector organisations. His areas of interest include employment law, organizational development, inclusion and engagement.

"It is a real honour being part of an organisation that is so committed to improving the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities. I hope that, as a trustee, I will able to use my skills to help the organisation achieve its ambitions and get the opportunity to learn from the people who work here and those who use our services."

A picture of our trustee Adrian Stones