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Staff

Ali Mahgoub

Ali Mahgoub

Chief Executive

About

My name is Ali and I have over 25 years of experience in the third, non-profit sector. I am a human rights activist, I’m passionate about politics and inequalities, and I also speak more than five languages.

Ranya Abdulateef

Ranya Abdulateef

Art Therapy and Women's Wellbeing Group Co-ordinator

About

I am an Artist and the proud founder of MelograniArt embroidery designs.

My printmaking practice incorporates embroidery, illustration, painting and photography. Inspired by nature and Islamic geometric designs, my unique hand-drawn screen prints and fabric works are extremely detailed, often using the layering of multiple artistic techniques to combine creative mediums. I am now based at The Art House as part of their Studio of Sanctuary programme.

 

I take pride of being an engaged and valued member of the studio holder community at The Art House. I also deliver a range of printmaking/ textiles workshops, volunteer with Wakefield City of Sanctuary and am an active member of the Merrie Collective, a group of early-career photography artists and creatives in Wakefield.”

Donna Gallier

Donna Gallier

Advocacy Support Officer

About

My name is Donna and I moved to Leeds during the COVID pandemic. I have had a varied career up to date with over 10 years experience in education, as well as experience in both the civil service and charity sector. I am extremely passionate about ensuring equal opportunities for all and removing barriers that prevent people from achieving their full potential. 

 Khair Rudd

Khair Rudd

Advocacy Support Officer and Men's Wellbeing Group Co-ordinator

About

Supporting the community with Bilingual advocacy service and Men Wellbeing Group.

Nora Hammenberg

Nora Hammenberg

Communications and Marketing Officer

Hannah Westen

Hannah Westen

Administrator

Oleksandra Svishchova

Oleksandra Svishchova

Ukrainian Community Support Officer

Gabrielle Thwaites

Gabrielle Thwaites

Education Officer

Bracken Devlin

Bracken Devlin

Social Media Officer

Trustees

Leeds Refugee Forum is entirely community led. Our Board of Trustees is made up of individuals elected by our members. Our trustees come from the refugee community in Leeds. Trustees meet every six to eight weeks to administer the running of the organisation and the One Community Centre.

Kathy Seamian

Kathy Seamian

Chair of Trustees

Professor Louise Waite

Professor Louise Waite

Secretary

Godefroid Rubomboza

Godefroid Rubomboza

Treasurer

Haleh Jahanshahlou

Haleh Jahanshahlou

Trustee

Maxmed Hussein

Maxmed Hussein

Trustee

Pria Bhabra

Trustee

Naima Mohamed

Trustee

Fatemeh Khansalar

Trustee

Andrew Rathbone

Trustee

Taurai Cheteni

Trustee

Volunteers

Volunteers are invaluable to LRF and help us to run our wide range of services – from running classes, to translation support, to administrative help.

We think everyone has something to contribute to our community.

 

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