John Hebden founded Abigail Housing with his wife Anne. He has over 20 years experience working in supported housing. He is now our Senior Project Coordinator, working in the Refugee Project in Leeds. John enjoys music and sport in his spare time.
Daniel Glover joined us in September 2013 as a Housing Support worker. Following Emily Fullerton’s departure, Daniel was appointed as the Destitution Project Coordinator in July 2015 and is now based in Bradford.
He graduated from Leeds University where he studied Sociology & Social Policy. It was during his time at Leeds, that he began volunteering with refugees. He co-ordinated Student Action For Refugees (Leeds) and led an ESOL project. He has previously worked for Yarrow Housing in West London.
Maggie Lolashvili is the newest member of our team. She is our new part-time volunteer coordinator and will be working across both our Leeds and Bradford projects to increase our volunteer work.
Rodger is our contracted maintenance man who works across the two projects.
We also have social work students on placements from Leeds and Bradford Universities who are a great asset to our staff team.
Will Sutcliffe (Chair) is our current Chair of Trustees and joined our board in 2009. He also chairs Bradford City of Sanctuary’s board and runs a hosting project for BEACON. His background is as a HCPC Social Worker. He has a lovely wife, daughter and Jack Russel- Izzy.
Maggie Peel (Secretary) has experience of working in the statutory sector as a secondary school teacher and then an education officer with Bradford Council. As well as being a director she line manages the Destitution Project Coordinator and chairs the Destitution Sub-Group. As she worships at Bradford Cathedral she is our main link to cultivating support from their congregation.
Richard Carlisle has worked at Horton Housing since 1994. He now manages two projects there that support new refugees and refugees bought to Bradford from overseas under planned resettlement. He is enthusiastic about small local projects receiving support which prompted him to join our board in 2013. He has a wife and 3 children as well as a dog, cat and a couple of hens.
Clare Normanton (Acting Treasurer) worked in banking for over 30 years before leaving to pursue a new direction in charity & community work. She now works in Horton Housing’s Refugee Projects as an Admin & Finance Officer. She has a passion for local community and is involved with Halifax in Bloom and Shaw Park Restoration Group. Clare and Tom are our newest additions to the board, voted in at our 2015 AGM.
Tom Hall has been a Director of Abigail Housing since April 2015 and Chair of the Refugee subgroup since July 2016. He works as a Business Analyst for NHS Digital, but has a keen interest and experience in housing from previous roles as a Housing Needs Officer at Barnet Homes and working for Foundation in Leeds. Away from work, Tom is actively involved with St Georges Church in Leeds, plays in a brass band and enjoys badminton and running
Jasmine Wooley works as a Social Worker in West Yorkshire and is registered with the HCPC. She works in a community based team for a local government Social Work department. She joined Abigail Housing on their destitution subgroup in January 2016, having supported the charity for many years, and is now also on the Board of Directors. She is passionate about the work of Abigail Housing and advocates for a fair deal for people who seek asylum or come to the UK fleeing persecution or oppression. She firmly believes in anti-oppressive social work practice and tried to bring this perspective to her role with the subgroup.
Barry Roberts joined the Abigail Board back in September 2016. He began his career as a psychotherapist in the NHS before moving to the third sector developing drug and HIV services in the North West and Scotland. He then spent 7 years in senior new business roles for a number of Housing Associations in the Manchester area. He spent 12 years with Turning Point as Director of Innovation and Sales, focussing on acquisitions, strategic partnerships, social investment and developing a range of psychological services in primary care.
Michael Skelton retired in 2006 after 37 years teaching French at secondary level. He felt moved at an ecumenical church service about “welcoming strangers” to get involved with supporting refugees and asylum seekers and joined Abigail’s Destitution Project Sub-Group in 2009. For 3½ years he has been delivering English lessons once a week in Leeds for male asylum seekers through the British Red Cross (“Sunlight”). He is also involved in a Thursday evening group (BIASAN) that meets at the Resource Centre in Bradford; providing hot meals and a social space for refugees and asylum seekers.
Adam Clark currently works supporting voluntary and community groups to develop infrastructure to involve volunteers and he also manages projects and volunteers for the organisation he works for. He has previously worked as Chief Executive of a homeless charity in Bradford for a number of years where he created several homeless services and sat in a variety of strategic forums. He specifically set up and managed services for destitute people and was involved in conducting research into destitution amongst asylum seekers in Bradford. He was also a member of a local trust fund for seven years and helped to distribute grants to charities working to bring transformation in Bradford.