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.

Lucy Smith

Communications and Advocacy Worker

Lucy Smith is the Communications and Advocacy Worker for NACCOM, supporting members to evidence destitution, challenge policy and procedures and raise a collective voice for change. Lucy lives in Sheffield and has held a number of other roles in the charity sector including fundraising, media support and casework. She has worked or volunteered to support an end to destitution since 2006.

Dave Smith

Network Development Worker

Dave is a Network Development Worker for NACCOM, working three days per week to support new and existing members with capacity-building, partnership working and good practice. Dave lives in the North West and also works part-time for the Boaz Trust, a charity he set up in 2004 to support destitute asylum seekers in Manchester. He also coordinates the Refugee Resource Centre for Churches and is the author of two books on asylum issues, the 'Book of Boaz' and 'Refugee Stories'.

Angela Stapley

Grants and Administration Officer

Angela Stapley is the Grants and Administration Officer at NACCOM. Angela lives in the North East with her family and is based four days per week in the Newcastle office. Angela also works as a freelance grants assessor for the Sir James Knott Trust, and formerly worked as an admin and finance worker at a local school. In her spare time she captains the Newcastle Girls Roller Derby team.

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.

    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 Kortlaender

          Trustee of NACCOM

          Jochen Kortlaender 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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