Meet the team

Come and join us!

We currently have over 25 volunteers providing care and support to asylum seekers and refugees in Burnley and the surrounding area. The number of people we support is growing and that’s why we need to grow our team too.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please email [email protected] We are always on the look out for people to help provide our ‘advice & advocacy’ service, teach English, manage our fundraising activities, assist with donations & events… and simply be a friend to our clients.

New Neighbours Together leadership team

Ruth headshot

Ruth Haygarth

Chief executive officer


Rachel Retford

Communications manager

Helen Hare

Helen Vercoe

Operations manager

Our trustees

Michael Hewitt

Michael Hewitt

Chair of board of trustees & treasurer

Manal Alkeseh

Manal Alkesheh

Trustee & women's issues lead


Lynn Middleton

Trustee & drop-in session lead

Richard Head shot

Richard Priestley

Trustee & NACCOM lead

Su Ryan

Su Ryan

Trustee & children's activities and event planning lead


Kristen Smith

Trustee and fundraising lead