We currently have 1 Employee and 5 Trustees
Liz Hibberd: Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator
I’ve been involved in education for around 13 years, first of all working as a primary teacher, then moving overseas to teach English as a Foreign Language, which I did until 2015. Through this work I have witnessed the barriers that many people face trying to access education, as well as the importance it has on equipping people for the difficulties they encounter throughout their lives. Having lived in South America, Egypt, Thailand and Qatar, as well as travelling extensively through S.E Asia, Central America and Africa, I am privileged to have a unique understanding and awareness of different cultures and value the need to work and live in ways which welcome and support diversity.
Volunteering in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, France, made a real impact on me and changed the direction of my MA studies. I decided to focus on education and refugees and analyse the support teachers have in terms of understanding the refugee experience. My research showed that teachers don’t feel they have the knowledge or confidence to facilitate their students’ awareness or understanding of the current situation despite them wanting to challenge prejudice and explore the issue further.
Partly as a result of this, I became more passionate about supporting the integration of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as raising the awareness of the refugee journey to those who have limited interaction with newcomers to the UK. By promoting understanding and questioning perceived notions, I hope to create a space where genuine dialogue and engagement can take place. Through my work with Manchester City of Sanctuary, I aim to do this. Highlighting commonalities and understanding the lives of others is the first step towards recognising our shared humanity and working towards a world where everyone is made to feel welcome and at home.
Eve Holt, Chair of the Board
Eve’s experience spans public policy, practice and governance with 15 years as a solicitor specialising in public law. This included work with refugees and asylum seekers alongside advice and representation on education, health, mental health and social care matters.
Eve is a co-founder and Director at Happen Together CIC, helping people make good stuff happen through systems coaching, facilitation and training. Focus on inclusive participation, purposeful collaboration and supporting wellbeing in community, workplace and public sector.
Eve has leadership, management and governance experience across a range of settings. This includes being a Co-opted member for a Manchester City Council Scrutiny Committee for 4 years and a local leader of governance.
Eve lives and works in Greater Manchester where she is well connected in networks spanning public, private and third sector. She is an active member of the community to include being a volunteer and co-lead at Bike Hive, DivaManc, Parliament Project North, M4, PushPedalScoot, a local wellbeing project and a number of schools.