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Metropolitan Migration Foundation Committee

Andy Gregg, Chair

Andy has many years’ experience as a CEO and senior manager in the Third Sector. He is currently a freelance consultant working on migration-related issues and was formerly the CEO of Charities Evaluation Service. Andy is Chair of the Migrants Resources Centre and Vice Chair of Refugee Action. He was Director of RETAS (Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service) from 1996 to 2004 and has been a trustee of the Refugee Council, the Refugee Training Partnership and the Refugee Arrivals Project.

Alan Wallace, Vice Chair

Throughout his career, Alan has been involved in local economic development, in the social enterprise sector and in the incorporation and leadership of charities at local, regional and national levels. Before moving to Kathmandu with VSO for an 18 month stint as an Organisational Development Advisor to various local groups, he was a founding partner in a social enterprise development and consultancy company in Yorkshire – SHINE. Prior to that he was the founding Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a national grant making body. Currently he works for Voluntary Action Leeds and is an individual member of the Development Trusts Association, a Fellow of the RSA and a member of Charity Trustees Network.

Barbara Roche

As a previous Immigration Minister and lead on the National Museum of Migration project, Barbara has a long-standing experience in issues related to migration. She is also Chair of Metropolitan and has been a Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd Board member since 2006.

Barbara is a former MP for Hornsey & Wood Green and has been a Government Minister in the Home Office, Treasury, Cabinet Office, Department of Trade & Industry and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She is a barrister with over 30 years experience of public and voluntary sector working.

Chris Birchall

Chris brings 25 years housing experience to his role on the Metropolitan Migration Foundation Committee. Chris recently stood down as the Chair of Metropolitan’s Care and Support Board, and was a finance director for a registered social landlord up until he retired. Chris enjoys his allotment and long-distance walking as well as singing in a local choir. Chris joined the Committee in July 2012.

Sarah Smart

Sarah has been working with migrant and asylum communities in the third sector for over 10 years. Sarah is currently coordinating Newcastle’s vision to be recognised as a City of Sanctuary. Previously Sarah managed an independent charity in the city and specialised in advising on the rights of people from abroad. Sarah formed the Citywide Migrant Support Group which she chaired for 4 years. This multiagency group provided a platform for partnership across Newcastle. Sarah was subsequently asked to research and develop a method for improved coordination of service delivery for new arrivals across the city. Sarah is also an experienced trainer having delivered a number of regional training programmes on the rights of people from abroad to a variety of audiences.

Almamy Taal

Born in West Africa, Almamy studied communications and has a keen interest in journalism. He co-founded and co-chairs E-JAG (Exiled Journalist Action Group – West Midlands) and has produced and authored documentaries and drama that tackle migration issues. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is particularly interested in solving the problems faced by destitute migrants. He currently works at Refugee Action in the West Midlands.

Juliana Bell

Juliana’s background includes seven years of experience in the migrant and refugee sector, working at both board and operational levels. She currently works for the Association of Charitable Foundations, the UK wide support organisation for grant-making trusts and foundations.

Juliana is vice-chair of the Latin American Women’s Rights Services and is particularly interested in the impact of migration on women. She is originally from Brazil and lives in London with her partner and two young children of mixed Brazilian and Scottish heritage.

Angela Starn

Angie currently works for British Future, a new communications think tank focusing on identity, integration, migration and opportunity . Prior to completing a Masters in Refugee Studies and Community Development from the University of East London, Angie spent seven years at TPG, a leading global private investment firm, dividing her career between firms located in San Francisco and London and working closely with her team across Asia.

Before moving to the private sector, she worked as the Development and Membership Manager at The Cleveland Health Museum whose mission was to promote healthy lifestyle choices. In her spare time she has been actively involved in promoting intercultural relations and mentoring and working with refugees as a member of the International Rescue Committee, Refugee Transitions and the British Red Cross and acting as Ambassador for the Worldwide Classroom, visiting university campuses to promote academic study abroad.

Brian Johnson

Brian was appointed CEO of Metropolitan in October 2012.

He was at Moat Housing where he was CEO for four years. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of CityWest Homes, managing 22,000 homes for Westminster City Council, and Executive Director of Operations for Remploy, which employs 6,000 people with disabilities.

Brian’s previous career includes managerial positions at Tate and Lyle and at ICI.

Joy Kingsbury

Joy joined Metropolitan as Director of Care and Support in August 2012. Joy is registered as both a learning disability and a mental health nurse. She spent several years working for social services and joined housing eleven years ago to lead on implementing the Supporting People agenda. Joy worked as a Director of Care and Support for over 10 years for Flourish Homes and Synergy Housing.

As well as experience of managing care and support services at a senior level, Joy has a strong academic understanding of the current policy agenda and has a number of qualifications including an MA in Public Policy and Management.

Paul Birtill, Director of Metropolitan Migration Foundation

Paul is Director of Metropolitan Migration Foundation and previously worked as Director of Development of Metropolitan’s care and support business.

Paul’s working background is in developing and funding community initiatives across the UK with organisations such as Comic Relief and The Scarman Trust. He has many years experience in developing initiatives that support new migrants such as a foyer in Sheffield and a large asylum seeker housing and support service in the East Midlands. Paul’s family background is split between India and England and his children have an even greater and more diverse heritage. Paul has an MBA and many years experience in senior management positions.










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