Our Trustees

More about our Board

Our Board of Trustees bring a range of skills, knowledge, and expertise. Together we share a drive for supporting and empowering asylum seekers and refugees to have a better chance in life, and to create an environment where they can flourish.

Our Trustees help us to deliver against our core aims and values, demonstrating high standards of governance and leadership.

We have two trustees standing for re-election, these are Jennifer Morgan and Owen Burgess

 

Chair

Harry Iles

I love being a Trustee, it links me with staff and volunteers from many backgrounds and experiences; working together to offer a welcome as well as expert advice to one of the most vulnerable groups of people.

I’m deeply passionate about the WRC and link my work in community development, teaching differently abled children, sculpture, and as former Head of the Charity Commission in Wales.

As Chair, I contribute my understanding of organisational structure, strategic thinking and teamworking. Our goal is to evolve and grow, building our expertise, working with partners, and seeking new funding to ensure asylum seekers and refugees get the best support possible.

Vice Chair

Catherine McKeag

I began as a Trustee in 2017 because I wanted to be part of the support network for refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. I was compelled to do something after seeing daily stories of forced migration of people across the world. While working for charities developing their communication and community engagement projects I wanted to share and build on my skills and experiences.

I have such admiration for the compassion and hard work of our staff and volunteers- without which none of our work would be possible. Hearing the incredible stories from our clients and working with an extraordinary team has been inspirational.

Treasurer

Naveeda Morgan

 

I was delighted to join the Board in 2016, and bring my knowledge of finance and management to the benefit of refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

I am a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Accounting and Management from Cardiff University. I began my career working as an external auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent the last eight years working in Finance in the Housing sector.

I am very passionate about human rights, equality and social justice and feel privileged to be part of an organisation that is driven by and delivers on the same.

Brian Gibbons

It is a privilege to be part of WRC, and the tireless work supporting those most vulnerable, providing opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees to become active confident citizens.

I see our strengths as a collaboration of excellent staff and volunteers, with an established track record on quality, knowledge, and reliable delivery.

My background is as a Medical practitioner, trade unionist, elected public representative and community activist.  My knowledge of working in and with the sector over decades is what I offer to the board.  I am particularly proud of launching the first Refugee Strategy for Wales which attracted widespread support from partners and stakeholders.

Mohamed Ali Field

I am proud to be one of the founding members of the Welsh Refugee Council. As a refugee myself, I fully appreciate the need to have a strong, professionally run charitable organisation, to provide support, guidance, and advice to people escaped from trauma.

Presently retired yet still involved in many community focused organisations, I have a good knowledge and many years of experience in working with charities, private and public sectors, whether Trustee or Treasurer – which enables me to offer account management and international development consultations. I hold a B.A. Degree in Commerce and studied accountancy with Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Jennifer Morgan

I have been a trustee since May 2019. I am a qualified immigration and asylum lawyer and practiced locally for many years. I am a law lecturer at Cardiff University where my academic interest lies in immigration and asylum law, refugee policy and access to justice.  

Being a trustee gives me the opportunity to stay connected with local refugee communities, work at a strategic level towards creating further positive change and help to build a bright future for refugees in Wales.  

I think the strengths of WRC lie in the broad range of services we offer, and in our brilliantly dedicated staff and volunteers.

Owen Burgess

 

Without doubt, the passion, dedication, and commitment from all the staff to make a meaningful positive difference to people’s lives is the foundation of the WRC.

Passion for equality and inclusion which the WRC promotes through its work and the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives is ultimately what I enjoy about being a trustee.

I have over 10 years’ experience in commercial operations and business development with expertise in the Sport Sector. Much of my professional expertise is in business development, strategic leadership, and management, from delivering effective marketing and communications to generating sponsorship.

Themba Moyo

Having benefited from the services of WRC, I felt compelled to give back to this organisation that supported me, by using my advocacy skills to ensure that we continued to campaign for these issues still affecting the marginalised.

I’m a founding member of the Zimbabwe Development Support Association, the (RVW) Refuge Voice Wales, and of (ERAD) European Refuge Advocacy Group. I love football and to facilitate integration of asylum seekers via sport I worked with the Welsh Football Trust to form Cymru Refuge Football League.

Being passionate to see justice for all I campaigned to stop detention of asylum seekers in prisons and better treatment across the country. I continue to support people displaced in their communities and currently work as a Support Worker for trafficked

Gaynor Jones

I hold 17 years’ experience of work in the third sector, largely working with communities, public and private partners, local and national government holding non-executive director posts of local and national bodies; active roles include Director of Aquatera Ltd, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Orkney, and Director of Piers Arts Centre.

For the past 20 years I have been an active campaigner for Human Rights and have worked for and run organisations dealing with violence against women; contributed to the annual UK FiLiA feminist national conferences; delivered community development projects in remote Indonesian and African communities and with refugees in the Middle East in relation to social enterprise development, specifically working with women as key contributors within these community projects.

Mike Chick

Working with the WRC since 2014 supporting and delivering English Language classes, I have witnessed the crucial role its services make to people seeking sanctuary in Wales. As a key organisation in the asylum and refugee sector – the dedication of the staff and volunteers provide critical support around immigration law, housing, health, education, and employment.

I’m experienced in income generation for migration projects and have published a number of articles and book chapters on language education. Organising programmes of language education between the University of South Wales and the WRC, brought us pride to win the Learning and Work Institute’s Best National Community project award.

 

Bethan Richards

I was drawn to the organisation for its work in placing beneficiaries at the heart of decisions.  The organisation has built an environment of inclusivity that represents and welcomes a myriad of backgrounds.

Having studied International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at University, I am particularly interested in governance and engagement practices.

I have critically engaged with violations of human rights on a macro and micro scale and I love the opportunity to keep progressing the important and diverse asylum seeker and refugee voices so that they do not go unheard.

I am currently an intern with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in Malta.  I work within the communications and fundraising department, assisting with ongoing aid projects supporting asylum seekers and refugees worldwide.