In response to the refugee crisis Citizens UK convened the National Refugee Welcome Board (NRWB).

The idea was to bring together major civic society institutions and groups across the UK to mobilise their resources to support the government, local authorities and specialist providers in resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 and to go further in bringing more refugees to safety in Britain.

The Board also aims to help local refugee groups to provide a warm welcome to refugees in their areas.

The National Refugee Welcome Board meeting 10th December 2015

The National Refugee Welcome Board meeting 10th December 2015


The current membership of the NRWB is:

Zrinka Bralo Migrant and Refugees Community Forum, CEO (Chair)
Bishop Paul Butler Bishop of Durham, (Co-chair)
Rabbi Danny Rich Liberal Judaism (Co-chair)
Razan Alakraa Syrian Community (London)
Ayham Al-Halabi Syrian Community (Bradford)
David Babbs 38 Degrees, Executive Director
Jenny Brierley CEO Connect Housing Leeds
Rev David Butterworth Methodist Church & Citizens UK (Birmingham)
Kerri Chana Citizens UK (Milton Keynes)
Major Nick Coke Salvation Army
Ros Ereira Organiser Refugees Welcome March
Milad Eyadzena Syrian Community (London)
Pastor Clive Foster Pilgrim Church + Citizens UK (Nottingham)
Dr Zoe Fritz 10,000 Homes (Cambridgeshire)
Chris Gale Ben and Jerry’s
Joon Lynn Goh Citizens UK, Bristol (SW)
Carol Homden Coram, CEO
Neil Jameson Citizens UK, Executive Director
Lucie Jeer Citizens UK (West London)
Prof John Joughin University of East London, Vice Chancellor
Krish Kandian Homes for Good, CEO
Sonia Khoury Syrian Community (North Wales)
Saleem Kidwai Muslim Council of Wales
Jon Lord Bolton at Home, CEO
Prof Peter Lutzeier Newman University, Vice Chancellor
Bishop Pat Lynch Catholic Bishops Conference
Loubaba Mamluk Syrian Community (Bristol)
Philip McCarthy CSAN, CEO
Rebeca Murray Article 26
Shazia Raja Islamic Relief
Dr Russell Rook For Refugees
Lillian Seenoi North West Migrants Forum (Northern Ireland)
Rema Sherifi Maryhill Integration Project (Scotland)
Amaf Youssef Rethink Rebuild (Manchester)
Expert Advisors
Julia Albert British Red Cross, Refugee Crisis Response Manager
Cllr Kevin Davis Kingston Borough Council, Leader
Dipthi Pardeshi IOM, Head of Mission
Gonzalo Vargos Llosa UNHCR, UK representative
Cllr Richard Watts Islington Borough Council, Leader

The coordinator of the NRWB is Tim Finch