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 team

QAVS NewNeighboursTogether Burnley (2)

Ruth Haygarth

Chief executive officer


Ansa Taslim

ESOL courses manager

M Sharif Haidari

M Sharif Haidari

Admin and advice & advocacy Manager


Intsar Arnous

Client engagement & outreach officer


Isla MacRae

Advice & advocacy advisor


Sonaina Khadim

Hospitality manager

Our trustees

Michael Hewitt

Michael Hewitt

Chair of board of trustees / Treasurer


Huriyah Hussein

Vice-Chair of board of trustees


Lynn Middleton

Trustee - hospitality lead

Richard Head shot

Richard Priestley

Trustee - NACCOM lead

Su Ryan

Su Ryan

Trustee - children's activities and event planning lead