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One third of our Trustees stand down each year, and (if re-elected) they can serve for up to two consecutive terms before standing down.  They have been asked to say a few words about themselves, and are listed here in alphabetic order by first name.

Caroline Beatty

(Elected 17 July 2019)

Caroline has been involved in supporting the development of Bristol City of Sanctuary from the beginnings of the idea in approximately 2008.  At the time she was managing Bristol Refugee Rights.  As well as providing a creating a Welcome Centre for people seeking sanctuary in Bristol, Caroline joined others who saw the need for an umbrella Voice of Welcome within the city as a whole.  She have served on the management committee of BCoS, and as a trustee since it became a charity in 2018. She have also served a 4 year term as a trustee of City of Sanctuary UK.

Caroline is particularly committed to supporting the voice of those seeking sanctuary to be heard directly in decision making forums, and enabling full participation of refugees in the life of the wider community.

She is currently developing Hill House, a beautiful house and garden near Stroud, as a respite and sanctuary break project for refugees, people seeking asylum and other forced migrants.  See

Eleanor Combley

(Elected November 2019)


Helen Kidan

(Elected November 2019)


Katie Bales

(Elected 17 July 2019)

Dr Katie Bales is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Northumbria which centred on a critique of the asylum support system, arguing that the current system is harmful and in breach of various international human rights instruments. Katie has also published research on the issues of: immigration raids; labour within immigration detention; and access to higher education for asylum seekers and refugees. As well as teaching labour law, human rights and ‘rich law poor, law’, Katie teaches a number of migration centred courses at both undergraduate and Masters level. She was instrumental in setting up the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme at the University of Bristol which provides scholarships to those from forced migration backgrounds seeking access to University, and is the ‘anti hostile environment’ champion for the research group Migration Mobilities Bristol.


Nathalie Jaifar

(Elected 17 July 2019)


Paul Hazelden

(Elected 17 July 2019)

I have been involved in setting up and running a number of charities and voluntary groups, both faith-based and secular. In Bristol, this has included the following: Bristol Homeless Forum, Voscur (Bristol’s Council for Voluntary Services), Andrew House (Clevedon), Bristol Multi Faith Forum, FareShare South West, Crisis Centre Ministries, Christian Action Bristol, and the Voice and Influence Partnership.

I am involved in public speaking, running training courses and providing advice to voluntary and faith-based groups on a range of topics, including: Helping Vulnerable People, Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Volunteer Management, Forms of Constitution, Quality Assurance, Policies and Procedures, Governance, IT, Security, Data Protection, GDPR, Domain Registration, Web Site Setup and Maintenance.

I have been involved for some years with promoting support of refugees and asylum seekers among the Bristol churches and other faith groups and helped Bristol City of Sanctuary become a CIO in 2018.

Richard McKay

(Elected 17 July 2019)

Richard is proud of his Scottish origins, but has lived and worked all his life in England. He has been a Roman Catholic priest of Clifton Diocese for 48 years, working for 49 years in very impoverished Outer Estate and Inner City parishes. For over 13 years he was RC Chaplain at HM Prison Bristol. He has long been committed to opposing all forms of oppression, injustice, poverty, racism and sexism, and has a long history of ’social engagement’

He has been involved in developing St Nicholas of Tolentino Church as a ‘Church of Sanctuary’ for over 20 years. This led him to support and work to establish and grow Bristol City of Sanctuary from the its beginnings. He is currently Co-Chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary with Caroline Beatty. Working with others he formed the independent Christian charity that is ‘Borderlands – from exclusion to belonging’ . This works alongside partner organisations such as BRR, RWB and BHN.

His parish has over 60 nationalities represented in the congregation week by week, and a major part of his and the parish’s Pastoral work is in support of those seeking safe asylum and sanctuary in our country.

Souvik Saha

(Elected 17 July 2019)


Susana Askew

(Elected 17 July 2019)





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