Board of directors

Our board of directors come from many different backgrounds, but all are there to keep us on course

The current directors are:

Sue Moody (Chair) 

 Sue Moody has worked mainly with survivors of abuse and victims of crime, campaigning for their rights, providing services, doing research, teaching university students and developing policy. She championed equality and diversity in criminal justice - particularly within the prosecution service in Scotland. Sue is a member of the Scottish Sentencing Council and a Board member of the Howard League for Scotland. She also chairs the McManus 168 Group in Dundee.

Liz Leonard (Vice Chair) 

Liz Leonard has worked in the public and charity sectors for almost 40 years, 17 of them at the BBC as a journalist and series producer, specialising in religion & ethics and radio drama. She has run her own communications company, LizLeonardMedia (www.lizleonardmedia.com) since 2009. 

The issues of social, gender and racial equality have always been close to Liz’s heart. As well as being Vice-Chair of Scottish Refugee Council, Liz chairs the Fundraising Sub-Group. She is the Broadcast representative on Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Scotland, a member of the Royal Television Society, a member of the Cross Party Group on Digital Participation at the Scottish Parliament, a Friend of Glasgow Women’s Library and a member of the campaigning group, Changing the Chemistry, which seeks to introduce more diversity on Boards in the public, private and third sectors.

Dorothy Murray (Chair of Finance & Audit Committee) 

Dorothy Murray qualified as a social worker in 1978. She worked within the statutory sector, both for Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow City Council in criminal justice, addiction and child care before moving to commissioning and contracting services. This led to close working with the third sector.

Since leaving waged employment in 2006 she has been involved with a number of community based issues. She is currently chair of Southside Housing Association Glasgow.

Janine Hunt (Chair of Staffing Committee) 

Janine Hunt started her career as a child communication specialist, with her passion in equality politics driving a move into the voluntary sector where she was the manager of a community law centre. Janine has been Director of Operations at Scottish Refugee Council, and is now chief executive of The Students Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS).

Monish Bhatia

Dr Monish Bhatia is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Abertay University. He teaches in the areas of asylum, immigration and border controls, and critical criminology. Monish is currently doing a self-funded project on the after-math of deportation and capturing narratives of those who are/were subjected to forced removals from the UK. Previously, he has done a Carnegie Trust funded project on destitution and drug use amongst asylum seekers, and his Doctoral Thesis focused on impact of policies and procedures on asylum seekers and 'illegal' migrants in the UK. Monish can be followed on Twitter: @DrMonishBhatia

Katharine Jones 

Dr Katharine Jones is a Co-Director of a not-for-profit research consultancy, Global Migrant Rights Research. She is passionate about promoting migrants' human rights, and specialises in research about international migrant recruitment, labour exploitation and business and human rights. She is also a trustee for Scottish Detainee Visitors.

James Jopling 

James Jopling has worked in the charity sector for 20 years for organisations such as Cancer Research UK, Shelter, The Scottish Charity Regulator, Oxfam, Breast Cancer Now, and since 2015, Samaritans. He has worked in a range of fundraising, development and public affairs roles. He has been a member of the policy committee at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Scottish Executive Committee of the Institute of Fundraising. He is currently Executive Director for Scotland at Samaritans, a volunteer led organisation at the forefront of supporting those in emotional distress and reducing suicide.

Debora Kayembe

Debora Kaymebe was called to the Congolese Bar Association in 2000 and has remained a member of the same bar to this day. She has been a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting since 2010 and joined the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA) in 2016. Her linguist profession led her to create her own linguistic company in 2009, serving international organisations in the USA, UK and Europe by helping refugees and asylum seekers to settle within various resettlement programs as well as supporting victims of war crimes. She joined Scottish Refugee Council in 2013 through the Refugee Speaker programme, and in August 2016 Debora joined the Royal Society of Edinburgh / Young Academy of Scotland representing refugee minorities.

Debora has devoted her life to campaigning for human rights and advocating against racism, inequality, children in need, domestic violence, child abuse and the issues of refugees and migrants. For more than a decade she has campaigned for a better world where every human being is treated with respect regardless of the colour or their skin, gender or place of birth. 

Laurie Naumann 

Laurie Naumann jointly founded and was director of the Scottish Council for Single Homeless, (now Homeless Action Scotland). He is retired, chairs Garvald Edinburgh and is Vice Chair of Kingdom Housing Association in Fife which he helped to set up over 35 years ago. He was an early trustee before becoming chair of the Refugee Survival Trust for six years. Laurie has been a member of Scottish Refugee Council since 1994, and he has previously served on our board from 2002 until 2006.

Mohamed Omar

Mohamed has a bachelor’s degree in international Relations and Law. He has also achieved a Master of Laws at the University of Aberdeen. Mohamed is excited about the opportunity to utilise his personal and professional skills along with his experience, and thus eager to work with a team of such wealth of experience, motivation and a strong ethical compass to contribute towards Scottish Refugee Council governance and accountability.

Mohamed is currently involved in the Scottish Government Refugee Integration Sub – Group and leads a new Interfaith Glasgow project that brings together volunteers from different faith groups (and none), which provides a unique opportunity for interfaith cooperation on an issue of shared concern. He has worked in key governmental areas at a significant and historical period in Scotland (Independence Referendum and Commonwealth Games). Mohamed was convoked and participated in the UN Young Professional Programme at the Hague, was elected as the President of the Intern Council at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and has successfully completed an internship at UNEP/CMS (Policy and Agreements) in Bonn.