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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 the Chief Executive of ROTA (Race on the Agenda) and is currently a freelance consultant working on migration-related issues and was formerly the CEO of Charities Evaluation Services and Lasa (London Advice Services Alliance). Andy is Chair of the Migrants Resources Centre and Vice Chair of Refugee Action and a trustee of London Voluntary Service Council. 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 and Chair of the Migrants Resource Centre.

Dominic Briant, Head of Community Investment

Dominic leads the delivery of Metropolitan’s Community Impact. Each year Metropolitan helps hundreds of people find work, learn new skills, improve their wellbeing and use their talents to make their community a great place to live. He is accountable for the delivery of the Migration Foundation strategy – tackling Migrant Destitution so that Migration works for migrants and communities.

Prior to joining Metropolitan he held management and leadership posts with the British Red Cross. He is a Trustee of Reset and sits on the Ethical Advisory Board of CCLA Investment Management.

Geeta Nanda OBE, Chief Executive of Metropolitan

Geeta Nanda OBE joined Metropolitan as Chief Executive in October 2017. Across a career of nearly 30 years, she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. Most recently she led Thames Valley Housing as Chief Executive for nine years – overseeing a top quartile performance in the sector for customer service, and the establishment of a highly successful market rent subsidiary Fizzy Living. Geeta is a Non-Executive Director of McCarthy & Stone, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations. She is also an Ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.

Chris Birchall

Chris brings 30 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 2 years ago, 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.

Almamy Taal

Born in West Africa, Almamy obtained Masters in media & communications, specialised in investigative journalism and LLM Human Rights Law. He co-founded and co-chairs E-JAG (Exiled Journalist Action Group – West Midlands) MARCO (Migrant, Asylum Seekers & Refugee Community Organisation) and the MU (Migrants Union). He has produced and authored documentaries and drama that tackle immigration and human rights issues. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is particularly interested in solving the problems faced by destitute migrants. He has worked with various reputable organisations for the last nine years and currently is the Casework Coordinator for the British Red Cross Refugee Support & International Family Tracing: Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire.

Caroline Forster

Caroline is Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Investment Business and has worked in social investment, funding and grant making for over 25 years with a particular focus on community enterprise and asset development. Caroline’s achievements include the management of Social Investment Business Foundation’s investment funds and the negotiations which led to the endowment of the £69.5m Communitybuilders Fund in 2011. Caroline is also on the board of London Funders, the membership body for funders and investors in London’s civil society. Prior to joining Social Investment Business Caroline worked on the investment programme at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and has also worked in European funding in higher education, for a London based community organisation and in local government economic development and regeneration.

Tim Wilson

Tim works for City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity and London’s largest independent grant-maker.  He worked to establish and now manages the Corporation’s social investment fund and is a senior grants manager for the Trust. He is currently a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the infrastructure body for the UK’s grant-making Trusts and Foundations.

Before joining City Bridge Trust, Tim spent five years as a senior manager with Charities Evaluation Services working on evaluation and quality assurance support to the charitable sector. Tim has also worked in the international development sector with contracts in Nepal, the Balkans and the UK; most of this time was spent at Plan International.