Chair of Trustees
Sue brings 30 years of board level experience in private and public companies and in the charity sector to the role of Chair. She works closely with Breaking Barriers’ CEO to help the charity grow to meet the tremendous demand for its services.“I believe strongly in the importance of social integration, particularly for those who come to the UK in the most difficult of circumstances. Decent jobs enable refugees to contribute the skills they brought with them as well as leading fulfilling personal and family lives. I am an enthusiast for Breaking Barriers’ model of collaboration with business. It is notable how many commercial enterprises now want to make a positive social contribution and our approach helps them do that simply and constructively.”
Sajid F. Hussein
Sajid Hussein is a Partner in EY and General Counsel for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Based in London, he leads the legal function and heads up a group of lawyers that provide legal support across a geographic area comprising more than 115,000 people in 98 countries.“ I am passionate about the topic of human rights and ensuring that the basic rights and freedoms of all are guaranteed. I was drawn to the work of Breaking Barriers as it’s an organisation working to support refugees through practical and hands-on solutions, giving refugees and their families a chance to rebuild their lives and maintain their dignity.”
Stephanie is a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, one of the country’s leading law firms advising charities and social enterprises. Before joining BWB she spent eight months working in Thailand with International Justice Mission, on projects aimed at reducing sex trafficking and enabling local communities to fully benefit from their citizenship rights.“I believe Breaking Barriers' work can play a significant role both in supporting refugees and in promoting wider community cohesion in the societies receiving them. It is also hugely important for people who have experienced traumatic life events to be able to work in a role which is sustainable, gives them a sense of agency in their lives, and makes the most of their skills and experience.”
Nishant Nayyar is a Principal in the Tech & Telco team at Apax Partners and has been involved in a number of key deals in the Tech and Telecom space. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Nishant worked at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, on a wide variety of transactions across industry groups. Before his time at Warburg, he worked at Bain & Co. and Goldman Sachs in New York. He is also a member of the American Enterprise Institute.
Nishant has a BA from Williams College in Politics and Economics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a dual British / American national and currently lives in London with his wife and two young sons.
“As a first generation immigrant, I am strong believer that new arrivals, especially those fleeing violence and terror, can become contributing members of their adopted home. Breaking Barriers’ focus on solving the specific problems immigrants face in integrating into their new homes is impressive as is their focus on working with businesses to do so. With the right level of support, I truly believe, every refugee can fulfil their full potential and live meaningful lives.”
Rachel is a Director and specialist adviser at Coutts, the private bank, and brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. Having begun her career in fundraising, focusing on international development, she now advises wealthy families on their strategies for philanthropy and wealth succession. She is also a trustee of Philanthropy Impact and an adviser to the Environmental Funders Network.“I believe that Breaking Barriers’ model provides a fantastic opportunity to make a tangible difference in an area that has been much neglected. We inhabit a world that is much smaller than we think, and I’m passionate about the way the organisation’s approach builds genuine and sustainable connections between refugees, businesses and communities.”
Ian is a chartered accountant with a background working across the globe at Board level with international businesses in the development of global operations and supply chains. His focus with Breaking Barriers is to support the CEO and Chair in the development of the overall strategy and financial management of the organisation.“Migration in one form or another will continue to have an impact across the globe and it is clear that the UK needs to manage the effects of refugees in the economy. There are encouraging signs that business recognises that there is an imperative beyond just the bottom line, indeed that ‘business ought to be conducted as if people and place matter’. I believe that the approach of Breaking Barriers is very timely.”
James is Management Consultant and the Managing Director of Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management, a strategic advisory business to charities and social businesses. Having begun his career working with offenders he became fascinated by the mechanics of fundraising, which ultimately led to him leading a successful consultancy practice. He is a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School and an advisor to the Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association.“It’s an honour to play even a small role in supporting and enabling refugees and the huge contribution they make to the United Kingdom. Breaking Barriers has a proven methodology and continues to grow in reach and remit – so the future is very exciting.”
Prudence Mazili Mwanza
A Quality Management Practitioner and Life Coach, who has also worked in different sectors and held various roles, home and abroad. Possessing an entrepreneurial acumen, she founded a charity, GOLD (Golden Opportunity Links for Development); for extreme poverty alleviation in Zambia and Elsewhere.
"As one who shares the values of this organisation, I am tied to the conviction that Refugees can bloom and make a positive contribution, wherever they are planted. This can be made possible given the right kind of support, and if they themselves valued what they have. I feel humbled and privileged to be part of this important work."
Hani Kablawi is Chairman of International. Hani is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee and serves on its European and UK Bank boards. As Chairman of International, Hani oversees the regional management teams across EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America and leads strategy development, execution and delivery of enterprise priorities across these regions. Hani is Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), the independent financial think tank for central banks and public investment. Since joining The Bank of New York in 1997, Hani has held a number of leadership roles in New York, London and the UAE. Hani previously worked for HSBC in New York.
"I was born to Palestinian refugees in Liberia and have lived in Lebanon, Kuwait, Dubai, Iowa, New York, Abu Dhabi and now London. I know first-hand the challenges faced by those looking to establish a new life of safety and belonging. I truly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be supported into stable and fulfilling employment, to come to work in an environment that encourages inclusion and belonging at every level, and that utilises their skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil their potential."
Julia Onslow-Cole is a Partner of Fragomen, an international immigration firm. Julia is in the Government Immigration Strategies & Compliance team which supports clients and Governments around the world. Prior to joining Fragomen Julia was the Head of PwC’s global immigration practice. Julia has more than 30 years experience in the area of immigration law and practice.
"Throughout my career I have been heavily involved in many organisations and projects relating to human rights, the rule of law and refugee protection and employment. I am delighted to join Breaking Barriers as a trustee to support their excellent work in this area."
Andrew Waidhofer is a Vice President at Apax Partners and has been involved in a number of key deals in the services space. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Andrew worked at HSBC. Andrew holds a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham.
“As a son of immigrants myself, I understand first-hand the difficulties of starting a new life in a country which is unfamiliar in so many aspects. Breaking Barriers’ focus on helping support immigrants through every step towards employment, whilst cultivating direct partnerships with businesses, is both impressive and unique; and one that I am incredibly privileged to be associated with.”
An Assistant Company Secretary at Monzo Bank Limited, with a keen interest in the Board governance of financially regulated entities. Hannah is a member of ICSA and undertaking the Chartered Secretary Qualifying Scheme.
“It’s a privilege to play a small part in supporting the Board of Trustees at Breaking Barriers. The work they do to help integrate refugees into society through employment is vital and incredibly effective.”