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 and Chair of Fundraising Sub Committee)

Liz has had a varied career, including working with unemployed young people in Birmingham and running a theatre-in-education company in Nottingham, before finding her niche as a producer/presenter at a local radio station.  She quickly moved to the BBC, where she worked for 16 years as producer, series producer and as executive producer, with many of her programmes covering human rights issues.  Liz left the BBC in 2009 to set up her own communications consultancy. She now enjoys being in front of the microphone, as well as behind it, and employing her communication skills and expertise with a wide variety of clients. 

Liz is a member of a number of groups/committees, including Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland; the Cross Party Group on Digital Participation at the Scottish Parliament; the Royal Television Society and Changing the Chemistry, a charity which seeks to introduce more diversity on Boards in the public, private and third sectors. She lives in Glasgow and can be followed on Twitter: @LizLeoM

Janine Hunt (Chair of Staffing Committee) 

Janine Hunt started her career as a child communication specialist, with her passion in equality politics and social justice driving a move into the voluntary sector where she was the manager of a community law centre. Janine has maintained an ongoing commitment to the third and public sectors having undertaken roles as a Consultant in Scottish Government, as Scotland Director for National Autistic Society and significantly as the previous Director of Operations at Scottish Refugee Council. She was delighted to be instrumental in the establishment of the first Health and Social Care Partnership in North Ayrshire as part of the senior leadership team 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 Birkbeck, University of London. He teaches in the areas of race, migration, border controls, and critical criminology. Early this year, Monish completed a self-funded project on the aftermath 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 the impact of policies and procedures on asylum seekers and 'illegal' migrants in the UK. Monish can be followed on Twitter: @DrMonishBhatia

Ian Fulton

Ian is a passionate advocate on behalf of others. For 30 years he was a full-time Trade Union Official; negotiating collective agreements, and representing individual members on grievance and disciplines in the workplace and at tribunals; liaising with politicians, government ministers and civil servants regarding employment legislation and industry regulations; and promoting and establishing equal opportunities, anti-discrimination, and anti-racial policies and procedures in the workplace.

Ian previously volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau for two years, advising and assisting clients on a wide spectrum of issues, and he is currently chairing the Childrens Panel within the Childrens Hearing System, Glasgow for 16 years.

Ian’s parents were German Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany in 1939, and he is passionate about the rights and issues of refugees. 

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 more than 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 senior 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 as well as being a trustee at Social Bite Fund.

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 is the founder of Full Option Foundation ( charity ) since October 2017.

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. 

Mohamed Omar

Mohamed Omar is the Policy and Development Officer (Refugees) at the Mental Health Foundation. He leads a national mental health project which aims to increase refugee voices and visibility at health policy level.  In 2017, Mohamed led an International Youth Leaders Programme between Scotland and Rwanda to explore the role faith (Islam and Christianity) has played in peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda.

In the past, Mohamed has worked at the Scottish Government. He has also helped design and develop Interfaith Glasgow’s Weekend Club – an interfaith initiative designed to address the social isolation faced by asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants at the weekend. Mohamed has been nominated and received the “2017 exceptional contribution in society” award at Glasgow City Chambers.

Mohamed is of Somali origin, a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a Board member at Scottish Refugee Council. 

Peter Lloyd (Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee)

Peter Lloyd is a Scottish chartered accountant with a degree in Economics, Accountancy and Business Law from Stirling University and a masters degree in Total Quality Management from Sheffield Hallam University. He spent his career in local government working as an external auditor with the Accounts Commission, a chief internal auditor with Grampian Regional Council and Assistant Director of Finance with Aberdeen City Council.

In 2009 he moved to Malta where, along with the minister of St Andrew’s Scots Church in Valletta, he led the “Out of Africa into Malta” project that involved him founding and chairing the financial institution Malta Microfinance Ltd that provided small loans to migrants to find accommodation, go to college, start a business etc. He also supported his wife with the programme of English Language teaching.

He returned to Scotland in 2016. He is delighted to have joined the board of the Scottish Refugee Council where he is able to use his knowledge of finance and management to the benefit of refugees in Scotland. 

Ali Mudassir

Ali comes from a refugee background and he has bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, currently pursuing his honours from the University of the West of Scotland. Ali has mainly worked with newly arrived asylum seekers and advocated on their behalf. He has chaired numerous organisations, which includes: Scottish Asylum Seeker’s Resident Association and North Glasgow Integration Network.

Ali has devoted his time to campaign for asylum-seeking children to access higher education and encourage young people to integrate by the meaning of sports. For this purpose, he had set up a cricket club in the north of the Glasgow. He has also set up a Food Bank, with the partnership of Glasgow Central Mosque, which provides food parcels to over 200 asylum seeking families and individuals every Sunday.

Ali is the member of the board of directors of Scottish Refugee Council and at the same time, he is the digital champion for the organisation.