Our board

Peter Lloyd (Chair)

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 Micro-finance 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.

Rona Alexander (Chair of Fundraising Sub Committee)

Rona was Head of Funding with the Big Lottery Fund Scotland until March 2018, where she was responsible for teams delivering grant assessment and management and was part of the Senior management team. She brings knowledge of institutional funding, asset-based community development and a strong commitment to partnership working. She is particularly interested in the role creativity and the arts play in making communities happy and healthy and serves as vice-chair of the Voluntary Arts Scotland Advisory Committee.

Ian Fulton (Chair of Staffing Sub Committee)

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.

Louise Hunter (Chair of Finance and Audit Committee)

Louise has broad senior management experience (currently as a third sector organisation Chief Executive, previously a Director of Operations and Business Development with another third sector body, and previous experience on a Board). Her skills include financial management, risk, human resources, and organisational development.

Janine Hunt

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 has undertaken may roles including the manager of a community law centre, chief executive of the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) and Interim Director for Scotland for the National Autistic Society.

Significantly Janine has been Director of Operations at Scottish Refugee Council in the last decade. She was delighted to be instrumental in the establishment of the first Health and Social Care Partnership in Scotland – in North Ayrshire, as a part of the senior leadership team and also to work as a consultant on asylum and human rights to the Scottish Government in 2014, at the time of constitutional reform.

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 carried out a Carnegie Trust funded project on destitution and drug use amongst asylum seekers. 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

Joti Singh Fermie

Joti is a knowledgeable Human Resources professional with over 15 years’ experience including roles within the third sector and Scottish Refugee Council. Joti is currently the Head of HR and OD within a charity and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jayne Forbes

Jayne is an experienced fundraising professional having held a fundraising position in three prominent charities during her career. She has knowledge and expertise in corporate fundraising, gained in her present post at Macmillan, as well as community fundraising from her work at Macmillan, CHAS and the British Red Cross.

Mohamed Omar

Mohamed has an interest in policy, strategies and how marginalised communities can have a voice and visibility at a strategic level. International relations and legal qualifications provides Mohamed with his critical thinking approach. He has a proven record of communicating and influencing stakeholders from Scottish Government officials to community activists and service users. Mohamed is Policy and Development Officer (Refugees) at the Mental Health Foundation which enables delivery of change working with partners including individuals, groups and communities to support and empower them. Mohamed is of Somali origin, a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a Board member at Scottish Refugee Council.

Aaliya Seyal

Aaliya manages Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau. She has over sixteen years of senior management experience in voluntary sector organisations and sound knowledge of financial management, human resources and fundraising. Aaliya gained considerable experience of immigration, asylum and human rights law whilst working with Ethnic Minorities Law Centre. She gained international experience with the Immigration Advisory Service, managing performance, quality assurance and financial auditing for their International Offices in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Aaliya is a Committee Member of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee and a member of Citizens Advice Scotland’s, Development Committee and Legal Services Group. She is passionate about the positive difference the voluntary sector has on communities and is a Trustee of local and national charities.

Aaliya is committed to equality and diversity and has championed these principles in paid and voluntary positions.

Julia Brown

Julia joined Scottish Refugee Council following a career in the life sciences industry and the public sector.  Most recently she was responsible for leading the work of Scotland’s economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, in High Value Manufacturing and Health.  Julia has worked closely with companies, Scottish Government and the Higher Education sector to support business growth and investment in innovation.

Julia believes in supporting everyone to develop their talents and to have real opportunities to contribute to the local economy.  She has volunteered with a refugee integration project in Calabria and supported New Scots learning to speak English.  Julia is also a Trustee of The Rock Trust an organisation supporting young people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Our board