We are delighted to welcome three new trustees to Reset’s board to help guide us in our mission to expand community-led welcome of refugees in the UK: Ellie Stacey, Shilla Mutamba and Tim Finch.
“Over the past few years Reset has developed into the leading expert in supporting community-led integration, and I’m excited to have Shilla, Ellie and Tim join the Reset Board to help guide us into the next phase. All three have been involved in community sponsorship in their communities and bring valuable experience that will make us richer as a board.”
Chris Clements, Chair of Reset's Board of Trustees
After leaving school Ellie worked as cabin crew for British Airways and travelled the world… well, the airports! Marriage and children followed, as well as teacher training. After a long career as a primary school teacher, including two headships, Ellie relocated from Oxford to Cornwall. As part of her own resettlement to a new area, Ellie went along to a meeting of local people in Bude who wanted to urge the council in Cornwall to resettle refugees. From that meeting, one of the first Community Sponsorship groups in the UK emerged. Since then, Ellie has supported many Community Sponsorship groups across Cornwall and has spoken about her experience at conferences in South West England and to an international audience. For Ellie, taking early retirement has led to a whole new career as a volunteer in several fields and she is very interested in what volunteers bring to and gain from Community Sponsorship.
"I am very proud to be joining Reset as a trustee. This is a charity that punches above its weight and is truly a learning organisation, so encouraging, but not afraid to face challenges. In a seemingly divided world, we need to work together as communities more than ever, and community led welcome offers a perfect template."
Shilla has substantial strategic leadership and senior management experience acquired from roles in operations management, project management, technical leadership, line management and clinical research. Among other things, she has led and managed complex, fast-paced, 24/7 operations in heavily-regulated scientific environments. Shilla is a published researcher with a PhD in Immunology. Having recently studied “Corporate Governance, Risk and Control” as part of her MBA, Shilla is passionate about board diversity, inclusive leadership and stakeholder-inclusive corporate governance. In supporting Reset’s work, Shilla draws on her experience as an ethnic minority immigrant. Shilla attends a church involved in Community Sponsorship.
"Reset’s noble mission of enabling communities to welcome refugees is aligned with my own values. Although I do not have a lived experience as a refugee, I trust that I can draw on my lived experience as an ethnic minority immigrant who relocated to the UK over 20 years ago. I recall the difference that having a welcoming church community made to my integration. As Maya Angelou said, ‘At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.’"