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 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.
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.
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.
Director of Development
Jon oversees the development of the Together Network for CUF, including help with governance, strategic planning, recruitment, supporting staff and trustees, and network gatherings. Jon lives in Birmingham, he has a background in regeneration and community development work, and experience working in the private, public and charity sectors, as well as in his local church. Music and running are his main passions outside of work, which his family both tolerate and occasionally enjoy.
Sibylle joined CUF in January 2017 having spent most of her career working in the criminal justice system, most recently managing the international function for HM Prison and Probation Service. Originally from Germany, she moved to the UK in 1981 to live in a L’Arche community. Following a move to Sheffield and a degree in Russian and German, she completed an MA in Applied Social Studies, is now part-way through a Masters in Christian Spirituality, and an ordinand at St Hild College/Mirfield.
When she isn’t grappling with essays she enjoys the delights of the Peak District, caring for her rescue horse, as well as supporting her church’s social justice projects, and learning to play the clarinet.
Together Network Coordinator
Amy joined CUF in Spring of 2016 and supports the growing Together Network through communications, sharing learning, reporting, events and resources. Before CUF she enjoyed reading Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, and spent eighteen months working within digital media. Amy spends free time at her local Vineyard Church, baking or dancing, and lives near Sutton with her husband (and two cats).