Staff at Scottish Refugee Council
We currently employ around 40 members of staff and work with a wide range of volunteers at our office in Glasgow, where most of Scotland’s refugee and asylum-seeking population live.
Scottish Refugee Council has a range of staff members who work in advice, community engagement, policy, research and media. They are supported by a team of finance and administration staff.
If you’re interested in working at Scottish Refugee Council, check our jobs section.
John Wilkes, Chief Executive
John has been in post since 2008 and has a background in equalities and human rights. He was formerly Director of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Scotland and Scottish Director of Carers UK and held other chief executive roles in the Scottish voluntary sector on issues of HIV and AIDS.
The chief executive works closely with the board and senior management team. His key roles are to manage and oversee the work of the organisation and ensure delivery of the strategic plan aims, represent the organisation externally with key stakeholders, funders and the media both in Scotland and the UK, and to support the work of the board to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.
Kes Cameron, Head of Finance and Administration
Kes joined Scottish Refugee Council as Head of Finance and Administration in 2015. She is a chartered accountant, qualifying with the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland in 2012. Kes has more than eight years' experience of accounting and auditing.
As Head of Finance and Administration, Kes is responsible for the management and delivery of the finance and administration functions, ensuring that they are of an acceptable standard and meet internal and external quality standards.
Gary Christie, Head of Policy and Communications
Gary joined Scottish Refugee Council in 2003. He previously worked as a language teacher and Director of Studies in language centres in France, Russia and Denmark. His role as Head of Policy and Communications involves overseeing our policy and research work, media, website, training and events.
A key role of his team is to influence UK and Scottish government policy as well as public attitudes. All to ensure refugees and those seeking asylum feel safe and welcome, while they remain in Scotland.
Wafa Shaheen, Head of Services
Wafa joined Scottish Refugee Council in 2000. She has worked on immigration and asylum issues, programmes and projects providing information, advice, advocacy and support to refugees at different stages of the asylum and integration process.
Her role as Head of Services involves development, management and delivery of Scottish Refugee Council's direct services ensuring that they are of good quality and support refugees to exercise their rights and rebuild their lives in Scotland.
Flutura Shala, Head of Funding Development
Flutura joined Scottish Refugee Council in 1999. She has worked with various refugee organisations, programmes and projects providing information, advice and support to refugees at different stages of their asylum and integration process.
Her role as Head of Funding Development involves developing and implementing a strategy to increase the amount and diversity of our income generation, and increase the levels of unrestricted income sources.