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Liz Carnelley

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.

Ali Khimji

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.

Florence Akuffo

Florence Akuffo

Catalyst Programme Administrator

Florence is the Administrator for the Near Neighbours Catalyst programme. She has had a career as an Administrator spanning two decades in the corporate and private world. Florence has also volunteered as an advisor with Ealing Equality Council and also helps as a leader at Kensington Temple Children’s Ministry. She runs a monthly CV and Job Search workshop at Northolt Library through her organisation called Dream Possibilities - her way of giving back to her community. Florence has two teenagers who keep her on her toes and in her spare time she likes to do a bit of writing including poetry.

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Sarah Wallace

Programme Director Just Finance Foundation

Sarah has been working in the charity sector for 15 years, most recently as the Operations Director for The Honeypot Children’s Charity, an organisation that provides respite breaks and outreach support to young carers. Prior to this, she was the Head of Specialist Services at The Royal British Legion, leading a broad portfolio of national services for the armed forces community including Benefits, Money and Debt Advice services, Independent Living Advice, a Handy Van service for older veterans and the Moneyforce website aimed at promoting financial capability to younger service personnel. Previous roles included managing domiciliary respite care services for children and adults and running projects helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages return to work.

Sarah lives in London with her partner and 3 cats and provides supported lodgings through The Albert Kennedy Trust for young people aged 16-21 who are at risk of homelessness.