When I joined the SIS Management Committee in September 2011, I had just left my job as a immigration lawyer with Brighton Housing Trust. For over 15 years, I had advised and represented people seeking asylum, wishing to re-unite their families in this country, and needing to regularise their status here, in order to access employment, benefits, health services and education. I worked closely with SIS’ interpreters, and was impressed by their skill, professionalism and commitment to clients, and grateful for the efficiency and tolerance of SIS staff who dealt with my bookings, often at short notice. So, when I was asked to join the SIS MC, I was happy to get involved in an organisation which I respected, for delivering a high-quality service, whilst maintaining its values.
I became Chair of the MC in September 2012. Apart from 2 years in legal private practice whilst training as a solicitor, I have always worked in the voluntary/third sector, in both paid and voluntary capacities. I hope that my experience, coupled with my commitment to SIS’s Mission, Vision and Values, will help the organisation to continue to deliver top-class services and develop to better meet the needs of our service users.