The Patron of the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants is actor Juliet Stevenson, who has generously supported our work for several years.
The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants’ work is overseen by a Board of Trustees.
Our Trustees take an active role in supporting the work of the Centre, and are drawn from a range of professions that are able to offer real support in both the day to day running of the Centre, and in our ability to take strategic action. Many of them are active members of our local community, and from a refugee background themselves.
Chair: Victor de Waal
Victor de Waal was born in Holland and came to the UK as a refugee in 1939. An Anglican priest, he was Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. He has worked with the Centre since 2002, and is currently Chair of Trustees.
Treasurer: Beverley van der Sluis
Beverley van der Sluis lives in Highbury, Islington North. Beverley has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales for over 20 years and is currently Chief Executive of E*TRADE Securities Limited. Her first association with the Centre was as a volunteer providing expertise during the establishment of its accounting systems. Beverley has been a Trustee since 2011.
Secretary: Teresa Dodgson
Teresa Dodgson has been involved with the Centre since 2003. She started by doing some fundraising for the Centre and a sister project and then joined the Centre’s management committee. This led to her becoming a Trustee when the Centre became a registered charity in 2010. Her professional life outside the Centre is as an illustrator and she has used her experience in this by running art workshops (now led by Jane Ray) and designing the logo and Christmas cards to raise funds.
Edward Vargas Caceres
Edward Vargas Caceres attended Islington Centre as a client and in addition to accessing a range of services and activities he completed all levels of English Language ESOL course in order to study for an Access course to University. He successfully progressed onto higher education and has recently completed his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is now working full time as a mechanical engineer for a high profile company.
Jo Cobley is the Director of Young Roots, a charity working to improve the well being and life chances of young refugees and asylum seekers primarily working in London. Prior to this, she was Head of Development and Fundraising at the Islington Centre, also leading the development of the Strategic Plan. Between 2006-2014, she was Head of Education and Student Team at Amnesty International UK.
Dean Anderson is Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at ActionAid, having previously been Director of Fundraising at Carers UK and Head of Major Donors and Trust Fundraising at Amnesty International UK. Dean became a Trustee in 2016.
Gladys Jusu Sheriff
Gladys has been involved with the Centre since the every early days and has supported refugees through various roles including the Sierra Leone’s Women’s Forum, the Islington Refugees Forum and most recently WAND UK. Gladys bring much to the board of trustees through her experience in the Charity sector and the field of fundraising.
James Fletcher is an Islington North resident who has been a Trustee of the Centre since 2012. James is a Corporate Lawyer at LLP, a leading global law firm. Prior to becoming a Trustee of the Centre, James worked with the Centre in a professional capacity as part of an Ashurst Team providing pro bono advice to the Centre.