Any of us could be refugees if circumstances change.

For many, getting a helping hand and somewhere to stay at a time of crisis is all they need to get established in a new life. We match those with a spare room in their homes with refugees and asylum seekers who need a place to stay.

Who We Are

YVETTE BALL

Chair

Yvette is chair of Refugees at Home. Her key role is to bring the Board together to set the strategic direction for Refugees at Home. As the former chair of a homelessness charity and with a history of refugees in her own family, she knows how crucial it is to provide help to those who have had to leave their country with minimal means of support but to rely on the goodwill of others

SARA NATHAN

Trustee / Co-founder

Sara was a co-founder of Refugees At Home in 2015 and has been actively engaged ever since. She has hosted twenty one guests from seven nationalities for stays from one day to nine months. Her key responsibilities are core operations, media and social media, and she is active in our fundraising team. Before Refugees At Home started to absorb all her energies, Sara had a portfolio career in the public sector as a broadcast journalist and regulator.

DANIEL GERRING

Trustee

Daniel helped set up Refugees at Home in 2015 and has been actively involved in running the charity and hosting ever since. As a senior partner at City law firm Travers Smith, he is well placed to help keep us on the straight and narrow in terms of our governance and adherence with the many, many rules and regulations which we need to follow.

OLIVER BETHELL

Trustee / IT

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.

ANNE RACE

Trustee / Host Engagement

Host Engagement Trustee since November 2019, supporting the charity with strategic planning behind host recruitment. Anne has worked with some of the UK’s leading charities such as Save the Children, The Children’s Society and Great Ormond Street. A founding partner at Flying Cars Innovation, an agency that helps the charity sector to find new ways to engage the public, this Japanese-Geordie believes that diversity of thought is key to innovation, merging existing ideas in unusual ways. Gregg’s Pasty sushi roll anyone?

Magid El-Amin

Trustee

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 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 HUGHES

Treasurer

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

MARION KAFETZ

Trustee / Safeguarding

Marion is a retired Social Care Senior Manager and qualified social worker, experienced in safeguarding, counselling and mediation, welfare rights and housing. She has been home visiting and offering support and advice to new home visitors since the charity was founded. She has hosted for the last 2 years too, an experience she describes as enlightening and enriching. Her key responsibilities are safeguarding, supporting Home Visitors and developing local networks.

REBECCA DEL TUFO

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

Becki Young

Fundraising Trustee

Becki joined the board in November 2021 as our Fundraising Trustee. She has 15 years‘ experience as a fundraiser and marketer in the not-for-profit sector and is currently Head of Individual Giving and Engagement at CARE International UK. Becki is passionate about fighting inequality, social justice and helping people to realise they have the power to make change happen. She is mum to one child and one sausage dog!

LAUREN SCOTT

Executive Director

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.

Impact Reports

Impact Report December 2019

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Impact Report February 2019

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Impact Report May 2018

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Financial Reports

Annual Accounts 2019

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Annual Accounts 2018

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