Our people


ASSIST Sheffield is a charity with around 320 volunteers, some of whom are themselves asylum seekers. The work we do is totally dependant on their efforts and dedication. We value them all.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us.


Paul Blomfield MP,

Sheila Cassidy (prisoner of conscience Chile 1975),

The Right Rev. Bishop Ralph Heskett (Hallam Diocese),

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail,  

Rev. Gill Newton (Chair of Sheffield Methodist District),

The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox (Sheffield Diocese)

Magid Magid

Cllr. Shaffaq Mohammed

Trustees and paid workers

We have an experienced Board of Trustees and a small number of paid workers.


Living Wage Employer



I am actively involved in the team that deals with accounting, budgeting and reporting of financial data.

Juliann Hall

I became a trustee with ASSIST through my work with the organisation as a volunteer at Night Shelter....

My professional background is in educational and health research. I have volunteered for ASSIST since 2008...

I started my career at a housing association supporting asylum seekers under the NASS contract.

Peter Wood

I have experience in business management and project development for a range of organisations...

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield...

Leadership Team

Anna Rudd

I job share the role of Client Support Manager with Isabelle Fathimani. We joined ASSIST in December 2020...

Clive Last

I joined ASSIST in 2014. I volunteer for the Admin Team working mainly on Welfare Payments.

Graham Millar

I am the Executive Director and am responsible for the strategic development of ASSIST..

Photo of Isabelle Fathimani

I’m part-time Client Support Manager (job sharing with Anna Rudd) responsible for developing the client support service...

I manage our emergency accommodation and I am responsible for the night-shelter, hosting and housing teams.

Paid workers

I am the Volunteering Coordinator. My responsibilities include recruiting new volunteers...

I am known as Jam but also answer to "Beancounter" or "Dark Overlord of Numbers". I became a British citizen in…

I am the Community, Events and Grants Officer. I am responsible for supporting our volunteers to run our events...

I am Office Coordinator. I am responsible for our rooms in Victoria Hall and for ensuring our office base, systems...

Tom Hall

I am the Housing Maintenance Officer. My responsibilities include refurbishment works, coordinating volunteers...


I am Emergency Accommodation Coordinator working on ASSIST’s response around providing accommodation...