who we are
board of trustees
Nicola Sugden | Chair of Trustees
Nicola is Director of Talk For A Change CIC, conflict resolution specialist working in communities on Community Cohesion and Good Relations supporting local people and agencies by facilitating difficult dialogues directly, and by offering training, advice and guidance.
Cara Bowman | Treasurer
Cara is an Accountant for Proctor & Gamble in Newcastle upon Tyne, and was appointed as Crossings Treasurer in 2015
Nida Muzzaffar | Company Secretary
Nida is a volunteer, advocate and currently seeking asylum, originally from Pakistan. Founder member of Crossings Advisory Group and founder of Peace of Mind. She is also an active campaigner with Beyond Borders.
Abraham Eiluorior | Trustee / Advisory Group
Abraham is a volunteer, advocate and currently seeking asylum, originally from Nigeria. Founder member of Crossings Advisory Group, he convenes and chairs its meetings. He is also an active campaigner with Beyond Borders for migrants’ welfare, rights and justice.
David Faulkner OBE | Trustee
David is a Newcastle City Councillor, former Leader of Newcastle Council and Director of Waka Waka North East. David is also on the Fundraising Events Sub-Group for Crossings
Dr Darryl Humble | Trustee
Darryl is a lecturer in Social Sciences at Northumbria University, his teaching and research are in the areas of international development, third sector education initiatives (delivered by charities, NGOs and community programmes) and qualitative methods.
Jim Robertson | Trustee
Jim has a background in higher education and training with a special interest in community development and social policy. Jim is involved with a number of community groups and organizations across the region and internationally. He has particular links with the faith groups and interfaith networks.
Ken Wai-Yee Mallon | Trustee / Advisory Group
Ken is originally from China and now living in the UK, Ken is also a long-standing volunteer with Crossings and sits on the Personnel Co-ordinating Sub-Groups.
Lucy Fairley | Founder
Lucy founded Crossings in 2009 following a successful career in arts administration and completion of a degree in Traditional and Folk Music at Newcastle University. Lucy also worked tirelessly as a campaigner for asylum seekers both as an individual and with Beyond Borders. Lucy sadly passed away in September 2016 and is fondly remembered by all her friends and colleagues at Crossings
Andy Warmington | Programme Manager
Andy began volunteering with Crossings in 2011 and was appointed Project Manager in 2013, later consolidated with the Development Manager role to Programme Manager in 2014. He holds an MA in Cultural Management and has over 5 years experience as a Project Manager.
Omari Mungwande | Activity & Progression Coordinator
Omari is an experienced musician/producer and a professional qualified Social Worker, who has developed an extensive experience of working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants over the past 15 years – Omari delivers training to develop people’s skills and raise awareness on Safeguarding issues within the asylum seekers and refugees community. Omari arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in January 1999 and founded Jambo Africa Ltd in 2005.
In 2015, Crossings felt the growing membership and range of activities prompted the need for an advisory committee of service users, meeting regularly to discuss issues and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Roles and Responsibilities of Crossing Advisory Group (CAG)
written by members of CAG and approved by Board of Trustees
1. To provide a balanced, independent and unbiased advice to the Programme Manager and the Board of Trustees.
2. To regularly report CAG’s activities to the Programme Manager for action.
3. To find ways to maximize project opportunities to the overall benefit of all members in line with our mission and vision.
4. To act as a link between the members and the Management and Board.
5. To assist the Management in the running of all Crossings events and activities.
6. To initiate projects that will be of benefit to members.
7. CAG members are expected to act in a personal capacity and not as representatives of Crossings.
8. CAG’s roles are advisory and do not have management responsibility for Crossings, its staff or its finances.
9. Access to materials and issues discussed at CAG meetings is a privilege and remains confidential to the group. The contents of CAG minutes should also be treated with confidentiality.
10. Issues and/or actions arising from CAG’s meetings may be disseminated informally to members of Crossings, only when such is agreed by the group and management.