Meet the team

Dave Smith

NACCOM Membership Capacity Builder

Dave Smith is the NACCOM Membership Capacity Builder, and has overseen the network since it was established in 2007. Alongside this role he continues to work for the Boaz Trust, a charity he set up in 2004 after meeting destitute asylum seekers who had nowhere to turn for help. Dave is passionate about seeing an end to destitution for asylum seekers through partnership work including City of Sanctuary, Still Human, Still Here and the 'Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution'.

Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

Communications and Advocacy Worker

Lucy Smith is the Communications and Advocacy Worker for the network. She first became involved with refugee issues in 2004, and has since worked or volunteered with a number of refugee charities, providing support in fundraising and communications.

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.

    Alastair Murray

    Alastair Murray

    Vice Chair of Trustees

    Alastair Murray has been on the Board of Trustees since 2016 and Vice Chair since early 2017. Alastair is the London Development Coordinator at Housing Justice, the national Christian housing and homelessness campaigning charity. Since 2003 he has worked with NACCOM and others to support destitute migrants and refugees, including Hosting and Church and Community Night Shelters. Housing Justice is a member of the 'Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution' and leads in the development of London Hosting.

      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.

          Will Sutcliffe

          Will Sutcliffe

          Trustee of NACCOM

          Will Sutcliffe is a NACCOM Trustee, having been involved with the network since 2009 and a member of the Steering Group since 2012. In 2008 he set up and remains Coordinator of, Beacon's Hosting Project, and is the founding Chair of Bradford City of Sanctuary. He has also been a director of Abigail Housing since 2009 and Chair since 2014.

            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 for 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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