Liz Carnelley - Near Neighbours Programme Director

Liz is the Programme Director of Near Neighbours. She works from home in Retford, Nottinghamshire, is mum to two boys, and is often travelling the country visiting Near Neighbours activities. She grew up in South Yorkshire and likes jazz, films and walking her dog Ben.

Polly Taylor - Just Finance Foundation Project Coordinator

Polly joined CUF in February 2016 after a two year post in the Church of England supporting the work of the Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings. She has 15 years’ experience of working in the charitable sector including Christian Aid, The Lullaby Trust and the Marylebone Project. She is involved at her local church with her husband and two children, is studying for a qualification in project management and enjoys crochet and yoga- but not at the same time!




Ali Khimji - Grants Coordinator

Ali joined CUF and Near Neighbours as the Grants Coordinator for Near Neighbours and Together Grants in May 2016. He previously worked for a Muslim lifestyle magazine and a social enterprise that advised charities on their fundraising and programme development. He enjoys working with the many different and varied organisations that Near Neighbours supports and the Hub Coordinators across the country.

In his spare time, Ali volunteers with Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, which supports people living in poverty across the UK, plays football, and reads books. He studied Financial Economics at the University of Leicester.


AishahJMehmood - Near Neighbours Communications Officer 

Aishah joined Near Neighbours as the Communications and Media officer in July 2016. She was previously interning at 3FF (Three Faiths Forum) as a fundraising intern. She holds a BA and an MA in Abrahamic Religions from Heythrop College, University of London. She is passionate about inter faith relations and is a alumnus from the Catalyst Youth Leadership Course.