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.
Amadu is an award-winning human rights journalist, international development educator, researcher and academic, and storyteller-performer artist.
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.
Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is currently the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Edinburgh Airport with particular focus on long-term financial planning & forecasting, financial control and risk. He 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.
Haydn Jessica Pasi
Haydn is an experienced fundraiser, having worked in multiple roles within the national charity Marie Curie. She is currently working in the hospice setting, strengthening relationships between caring services and fundraising, to develop sustainable approaches to income generation. Prior to working at Marie Curie, Haydn completed her MA in Psychology and Business Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and she is about to embark on an MSc in Philanthropy at the University of Kent. She has experience working with community engagement initiatives, with a primary focus on mental health and social enterprise. Haydn joined The Welcoming board in April 2019 and she is currently leading the process of our strategic review.
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: Employment Law, Employee Relations, Resourcing, Reward, Policy, Coaching, Mentoring, Change Management, Inclusion, and Training.
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.
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.