Meet the team

Hazel Williams

National Director

Hazel Williams is our National Director and has been in post since December 2017. Before then, Hazel has been the Director at ASAP (Asylum Support Appeals Project) since April 2013. She has a wealth of experience of the sector, from previous work both in the UK and overseas. During her time at ASAP, she co-chaired the National Asylum Stakeholder Policy Forum for asylum support involving some senior Home Office staff as well as other key players in the voluntary and statutory sector. From the beginning of 2018, Hazel will based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Dave Smith

    NACCOM Membership Capacity Builder

    Dave is our Membership Capacity Builder (formerly NACCOM Coordinator) and has overseen the network since it was established in 2006. Dave is passionate about seeing an end to destitution, both through partnership working with others in the sector, and by supporting projects to meet growing needs. Alongside his role for NACCOM, he continues to work for the Boaz Trust, a charity he set up in 2004 to support destitute asylum seekers in Manchester, the city where he is based.

    Lucy Smith

    Lucy Smith

    Communications and Advocacy Worker

    Lucy Smith is the Communications and Advocacy Worker for NACCOM and has been in post since November 2015, when her role was created to support members raise a collective voice about destitution and promote lasting change. Before then she held a number of other roles in the charity sector including fundraising, media support and casework, and she has worked or volunteered to support an end to destitution since 2005. Lucy is based in Sheffield.

    Board of Trustees

    Julian Prior

    Julian Prior

    Chair of Trustees

    Julian Prior has been the Chair of Trustees since 2015, and has been involved with the network since it began. He is the CEO and founder of Action Foundation, an award-winning charity in the North East, working with asylum seekers and refugees in Newcastle and Sunderland. Julian is also a fellow of the Centre for Social Justice.

      Paul Catterall

      Paul Catterall

      NACCOM Treasurer

      Paul Catterall is the NACCOM Treasurer and has been involved with the network since 2006. Paul has led Open Door North East since 2009 and has worked in the refugee & asylum sector since 2005.  Paul has 20 years previous local government experience in urban regeneration.

        Shari Brown

        Shari Brown

        Trustee of NACCOM

        Shari Brown is a Trustee of NACCOM and Project Coordinator of Restore, a Birmingham Churches project supporting refugees and asylum seekers. She is also Chair of the Hope Projects in Birmingham, a trustee of Celebrating Sanctuary and serves on the steering groups of the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership and Churches' Refugee Network.

          Caron Boulghassoul

          Caron Boulghassoul

          Trustee of NACCOM

          Caron Boulghassoul is a Trustee of NACCOM, having been involved with the network since 2010 and a member of the Steering Group since 2012. Caron is the Chief Executive Officer at Nottingham Arimathea Trust, where she began involvement in 2009. Caron has been working within the refugee sector for 15+ years and is undertaking a Masters in Charity Resource Management.

            Rachael Bee

            Rachael Bee

            Trustee of NACCOM

            Rachael Bee is a Trustee for NACCOM, having been involved with the network since 2010 and a member of the Steering Group since 2012. In 2009 she helped set up Bristol Hospitality Network with Dr Naomi Milner and became the first paid Manager in 2014. She has also run a small social enterprise, Refugee Welcome Homes, since 2013.

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              Jochen Kortlander

              Trustee of NACCOM

              Jochen Kortlander is a Trustee of NACCOM and also works for ASSIST Sheffield, the largest accommodation provider to destitute asylum seekers in South Yorkshire. ASSIST Sheffield has been involved in NACCOM since the beginning, and Jochen joined ASSIST as the Accommodation Development Worker in 2013. Jochen is passionate about ending homelessness for destitute asylum seekers. Before joining ASSIST he worked on refugee and human rights issues for the UN and international NGOs in the Middle East.

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