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At the 2018 SWVG AGM, Chris Stephens was appointed Chair.
Previous Chair Anne Leeming retired. Deputy chair Angela Sealey thanked Anne for her steady hand in the chair over ten years of growth and change. During that time SWVG had opened its first hostel, started to offer English language tuition, expanded activities including the use of an allotment and hosted a visit by the immigration minister Caroline Nokes. In the previous year alone, a dozen new visitors were trained with many more signing up for training in the future and others getting involved in all aspects of SWVG’s work.
Sue Turner also retired from the trustees. William Brook-Hart, Catherine Hartley and Chris Holloway joined the board of trustees.
Claudia Glyn took over the role of lead co-ordinator.
Up to nine elected members act as SWVG trustees, taking overall responsibility for ensuring our charity works efficiently and effectively. They meet every month. Our trustees are:
Chris Stephens (Chair)
Before retiring, Chris worked in the local NHS and the University of Southampton where he was involved in medical education. He is a member of the IntoUniversity advisory panel, a governor of AECC University College and travels the world doing consultancy work. Since September 2017 he has led the coordinating team of SWVG and says he is inspired by the courage of asylum seekers and learns a huge amount from working with them.
Angela Sealey (vice chair)
She takes a lead on SWVG training and is a member of the Money Allocation and Legal Justice groups. She says she is inspired by the courage of our asylum seekers and learns a huge amount from them.
Claudia Glyn (Co-ordinator)
A German national, Claudia is a former teacher who is one of the SWVG coordinators as well as taking a lead on organising trips and events. She says she finds aspects of her role challenging, but very rewarding when you see an asylum seeker you support settle into a new life here.
Elizabeth Prescott Decie (deputy co-ordinator)
Andrew White (treasurer)
We are most grateful to our wonderful patrons, who support us in so many ways: