Our staff team are dedicated to supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Edinburgh.

We have a wide range of skills and experience, including language teaching, group facilitation and project management.

We are led by a Board of Directors, our Director Tesfu Gessesse and the Senior Management Team.

Senior Management Team

Tesfu Gessesse
Protecting the welfare of staff and volunteers. Providing strategic leadership to the workforce. Supporting the Board of Directors. Establishing effective partnerships and promoting the work of the organisation. Ensuring our services are demand-led and the experiences of New Scots contribute to local and national policy design.
Befriending Manager
Chiara Puppi
Managing our Friendship programme, arranging befriending matches, coordinating friendship groups and volunteers. Supporting the Director with managing staff and projects.
Finance Manager
Chris Growcott
Managing our finances and bookkeeping. Preparing budgets and management accounts. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, external stakeholders and funders.
Admin and HR Manager
Sophie Revesz
Responsible for HR management and day-to-day operations of the office. Acting as first point of contact for new service users, volunteers and visitors. Responding to enquiries and new registrations.

Development workers and coordinators

ESOL Coordinator
David Carpenter
Coordinating our free English classes and courses for New Scots. Supporting our volunteer teachers to deliver classes. Supervising the delivery of activities with the CEC Resettlement Programme.
Friendship Group Facilitator
Gosia Kowalewska
Facilitating online and face-to-face group activities for New Scots as part of the Befriending Programme. Supporting New Scots to make connections, develop friendships and feel at home in their new communities.
Communications Coordinator
Jill Stevens
Managing the website, social media and press relations for The Welcoming. Supporting the Director with planning campaigns and fundraising. Email for press enquiries and campaign collaborations.
Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
Lizzie Carder Ashworth
Coordinating our health and wellbeing programme. Organising walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and other health-related activities for New Scots.
Energy Advice Coordinator
Kate Osmond
Responsible for running The Welcoming’s Home Energy programme, providing free and impartial home energy advice and support to New Scots households in Edinburgh.
Community Capacity Development Coordinator
Nadia Almaini
Supporting New Scots to find employment, develop skills and start businesses. Offering workshops, coaching, language support, facilitated networking and relationship building.
Employment and Entrepreneurial Skills Advisor
Lindsay Linning
Working in partnership with Project Scotland to provide one-to-one support to Young New Scots (aged 18-30), developing employability skills. Providing business and social enterprise support, exploring learning and work/volunteering opportunities.
Project Support Assistant
Pete Cox
Supporting project coordinators with the planning, delivery and evaluation of activities. Pete has also been one of The Welcoming’s most active volunteers since 2021 and was recently recognised with Volunteer Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Award.
Alan Tolmie