Meet our Board of Directors
As a charity and company limited by guarantee, The Welcoming Association is run by a team of dedicated volunteer board members who come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
Nick Croft has a BSc Hons and MA in economics and politics from Bradford University and a Diploma in Social Work from Nottingham University. He is a dedicated community development professional with extensive experience in the public sector.
He began his career as Research and Healthcare Advisor for Bradford NHS and has since gone on to managing projects in a range of community building roles, including disability services, assisted living projects and community development programmes.
Recently Nick has worked with Edinburgh City council as Equality Manager and Corporate Policy and Strategy Manager. He is currently the Head of corporate governance at Edinburgh College. In 2016 he was seconded to the Scottish Government Equality, Rights and the Third Sector Unit. Despite his busy professional life, he has also been a committed supporter and volunteer for the Nottingham youth drugs prevention project and the Lothian association of youth clubs.
Amadu is an award-winning human rights journalist, international development educator, researcher and academic, and storyteller-performer artist.
Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is currently the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Edinburgh Airport with particular focus on long-term financial planning and forecasting, financial control and risk.
Graeme is also the Treasurer for Scouts Scotland. Since joining The Welcoming in July 2019 Graeme has been busy ensuring the charity is well placed to respond to changing circumstances and continue to support service users.
Outside of work Graeme loves to travel, read, swim in the sea, walk his three dogs and explore Scotland’s hills and lochs.
Andrew is currently chair of two public bodies (Scottish Canals and the Scottish Land Commission) and a small charitable foundation (the Folio Trust).
He has almost thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the public, private and third sectors, and has a strong interest in strategic and cultural leadership.
He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. His previous third sector roles have included chair of the John Muir Trust and the Footpath Trust, and board member of ILM Highland and CAB Inverness.
He lives near Inverness with his wife and two children, and in his spare time enjoys hill walking, cycling and sea kayaking.
Carolyn is a retired social worker with over 40 years experience in the field.
Previous roles have included team leader in the Children and Families Department in Edinburgh and manager of a service supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the city.
She also has personal experience of living and working in South East Asia.
Keith is a HR Consultant with over 25 years experience in employment law, training, HR policy, employee relations, diversity & inclusion, and coaching.
Among his many accomplishments, Keith has LL.M, Chartered FCIPD, FCMI, FLPI, FITOL, Member of SHRM, Master Member EMCC, Member Employment Tribunal (Scotland) and Reinstatement Committee (Reserve Forces).
Equality Act Assessor in the Sheriff Courts Accredited to use Magerison – McCann Team Management Profile and TMSDI Leadership Behaviours Profile.
Keith’s specialities are employment law, employee relations, resourcing, reward, policy, coaching, mentoring, change management, inclusion, and training.
Sarah joins us from CARE International, a global network of member offices working in 100 countries to tackle underlying causes of poverty and social injustice. Sarah has more than 15 years’ experience across international civil society, organisational development, governance, strategy and change management.
During her time with CARE she has worked in more than 25 countries, and currently serves on the global executive leadership team. Her role includes leading the development of the organisation’s strategic future directions and design of new business models, as well as responsibilities for organisational governance, accountability and policy. She has had the opportunity to work with teams and partners around the world on strengthening organisational accountability, with a focus on culture and behaviours.
Sarah’s passion is to influence change at the level of individuals, teams and organisations within broader ecosystems, with the driving purpose of bringing about greater positive social change. She is originally from the United States, where she was actively engaged with refugee and immigrant populations, but currently calls Edinburgh home along with her husband and two daughters.