Board of Trustees

Reset’s Board of Trustees has been selected to bring together a high calibre group who have the knowledge of the sector and the skills to govern and appropriately scrutinise the work of the organisation. Current membership is:

Russell Rook
Chair
Having worked with The Salvation Army for 18 years Russell helped to found Chapel St, a charity working with faith-based organisations, government and community groups to deliver innovative public services in under-resourced communities. He is now a Partner at the Good Faith Partnership, having served as a parliamentary aide to Baroness Sherlock of Durham and as faith advisor to the Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Ed Miliband.
Liakat Hasham
Trustee
Liakat is currently serving, in an honorary capacity, as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom which oversees the social governance of the community in the UK jurisdiction and parts of Europe. His work in this capacity involves the resettlement of refugees into Germany, Austria and the Scandinavian countries. Prior to his appointment as President, Liakat trained as a Civil and Commercial Mediator, accredited by the ADR Group, a leading authority in mediation dispute resolution. In his professional life, Liakat began an Audit and Accounting practice at the Barbican in London in the early 1980’s. This was followed by the Hasham family’s first investment in a Care facility for Seniors in 1984 and today, operates 15 facilities across South London and Surrey, a group known as CHD Living.
Paul Butler
Trustee
Paul is the Church of England Bishop of Durham; as such he is also a member of the House of Lords. He has taken a leading role for the Chruch of England on refugee matters over the past 3 years. He co-chaired the National Refugee Welcome Board for its first 18 months and sat on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Refugees Inquiry ‘Refugees Welcome’
Mais Haddadin
Trustee
Mais is a Bi-Lingual professional with wide international experience combining technology, innovation, markets and economic development. Passionate about inspiring nations, bridging need with expertise, and linking universities with Industry. A strategic business developer and professional networker with several years of commercial and partnering experience with a focus on business support for SMEs. Currently Mais is the Programme Director of "The Human Safety Net for Refugees" in Europe and a Senior Advisor to “Improve Employment Opportunities Programme" in Jordan. She is also on the Board of the Anglo Jordanian Society, a UK registered Charity.
Helen Griffiths
Trustee
Helen is a senior civil servant in government, with over ten years experience. Helen has worked in a range of posts across different departments and has experience of working with non-government organisations and charities. She is excited and proud to be a part of the important work of Reset.
Chris Clements
Trustee
Chris is a Director of Social Finance, a not for profit who partner with likeminded organisations to rethink and tackle some of the toughest social issues. He leads the Impact Incubator, a partnership with a number of leading UK charitable foundations working to drive systemic change. As part of this Chris has worked deeply on refugee issues in recent years, including supporting the development of Community Sponsorship and co-founding Reset. He became its first Director on launch before handing over responsibility in late 2018. Chris’s background is predominantly in the voluntary sector, where he was previously the Group Operations Director for a large UK community development charity, and has led the development of new initiatives and projects across a number of not-for-profit organisations.
Richard Bell
Trustee
Rich is an experienced public affairs and policy professional who has led political advocacy projects for a range of non-governmental organisations. He currently works as an advisor to the leadership of the British Medical Association and is a former Head of Public Affairs, Policy and Research at the social mixing charity The Challenge, where he established and led the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration. Rich has advised the Mayor of London on cohesion policy and is the author of numerous research reports on immigration, integration and community empowerment.
Catherine Weston
Trustee
Catherine has worked in communications for charities for more than ten years, including Amnesty International and Comic Relief, and has particular expertise in audience engagement and fundraising. She is currently Director of Communications and Brand at SOS Children's Villages UK. Passionate about refugee issues, particularly resettlement, Catherine is part of a community sponsorship group called The Welcome Committee, which was the first work-based sponsorship group in the UK. They welcomed a family of six from Iraq into a new life in London in November 2018, and the experience from start to finish was so incredible that Catherine wants to ensure more and more people know that community sponsorship is possible so that they too can be part of something amazing, where both the family and the entire community are changed forever for the better.