TRUSTEES

Chair, Andy Porter
Andy was elected Chair in 2020. He has a long career of working with people and communities facing many challenges in their lives. He is increasingly concerned about the condition of refugees globally and through his role at the Enthum Foundation he can help to create a better future for young refugees giving them a real opportunity to establish a life in the UK. He has always been active in the mental health sector and is Deputy Director of Social Work at Sussex Partnership – this is the local Mental Health Trust.

Trustee, Gino Fox
Gino has 30 years’ experience in social and economic regeneration. His specialism is in equality, diversity, communication and social inclusion. He has worked extensively as an Equality and Diversity advisor addressing under-representation with The Ministry of Defence, Health and Safety Executive, British Gas, the London Fire Brigade and others. He has been an advisor to Government to tackle exclusion and the promotion for greater representation of deprived groups in the New Deal for Communities.

Trustee, Simon Hellyer
Simon has been an Enthum Foundation Trustee since 2019 and feels privileged to be involved with the charity. He is excited to see it growing from strength to strength and seeing the positive impact the charity has on the lives and futures for the young refugees. Simon has worked in many roles in mental health settings throughout his career;  he qualified in Social Work in 1997. He is currently the Service Manager for the Adult Community Mental Health teams covering three regions of East Sussex.

Mebrak Ghebreweldi
Mebrak fought in the Eritrean War of Independence in the 1980/90s, she was a barefoot doctor and then a radio operator. She came to the UK as an international student and studied business management. She founded the Vandu Language Services helping migrants and refugees to become qualified interpreters.  Mebrak is also the founder of Diversity Resource International, a group training minority communities to start up businesses and gain skills. Mebrak’s life skills are of immense value to Enthum Foundation and the young refugees.

Aida Parvaneh – Young Person Advisor to the Trustees.
Since I left Enthum House, I support the Foundation by helping the volunteer co-ordinator, help with fundraising and some asylum cases and I join the Trustee Meetings as a young person advisor. I also work with The Blagrave Trust (one of the donors to the Enthum Foundation). We are working on a Youth Project with a panel of six young people focussed on producing the best funding applications. I am also taking a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Roehampton University.

Karen Leenders
Karen joined the Board in January 2022 and is a registered Social Worker with 20 years’ experience of working with homeless adults with complex needs in supported accommodation. She hopes to use her experience to develop the accommodation services at Enthum and has a particular interest in working with people who have experienced trauma. Karen has a PhD in history and researches the experience of Indian soldiers serving in Europe in the First World War.

Raj Rayan
Raj is an Immigration and Asylum lawyer who joined the Board in March 2022. He has practised in the area of Human Rights law for well over 20 years. He is a passionate advocate for asylum seekers and migrants generally. He is keen to assist the Foundation with continuing to develop the excellent care and support they already provide to Young Persons.

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