The People

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Caroline Beatty

Hill House estate is now held in a family trust. Use of the property for the Sanctuary Project is Caroline’s initiative and the work is actively managed by her.

Caroline has a background in equalities work with a particular focus on race equality and multiculturalism.  She has worked in the refugee support sector in Bristol since 2006, is a patron of Bristol Refugee Rights, was for several years a trustee of City of Sanctuary UK and is now co-chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary. She now lives in Stroud.

Hill House Retreats is a Community Interest Company (company number 13938445).

A Management committee for Hill House Retreats CIC, of people with a range of relevant skills and experience meets 6 times a year to support and advise on the development of the community interest company and in particular the Sanctuary Breaks project.  They are:

John Patrick Njau  in 2021 finally got leave to remain in the UK after 17 or more years.  JP

He works as the Participation Officer for Bristol Refugee and Asylum Seeker Partnership,

and is a long time supporter and champion of Hill House. He speaks with the voice of lived

experience of the UK asylum process.


Naomi Millner    is a lecturer in human geography (social sciences) at the University of Bristol. She is a Trustee of the Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN), which she helped to set up in 2009. BHN supports asylum-seekers who have lost the right to housing, by providing accommodation, information and advocacy, and creative community involvement. Naomi also enjoys creative writing, gardening, and outdoor adventures

Sarah Hughes is recently retired from her role as Director of  Sarah Hughes Notre Dame Refugee Centre in Leicester Square in London, and now lives in Ruscombe

Ramesh Shivarajah (Treasurer) Ramesh  has 9 years experience in the international      ramesh development sector and has been working for several years as the Finance and Resources Manager for Tree Aid, which is a large and well established Charity. He is on the brink of completing his Chartered Accountancy qualification.  As a second generation member of the Tamil refugee community, he feels close to the concerns and needs of people seeking sanctuary, and is keen to support the respite scheme offered by Hill House.  He also has a close family connection to the Stroud valleys region.

Sally Pickering

sally pickeringwas brought up a Quaker with a strong sense of social justice.  Most of her working life has been in the voluntary sector heading up small local charities in the fields of homelessness, mental health, domestic abuse and, most recently, as CEO of Citizens Advice in Stroud.  For 10 years she was also CEO of the Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action, She has extensive experience of legal structures, governance, HR management, employment law and finance relating to charities and community groups,and good practice around working with volunteers. Sally lives in Stroud.

Judith Large has worked internationally with refugee issues in areas of policy and practice.  She first encountered refugees when working alongside local activists in former Yugolsavia during and after the war,  in Croatia,  Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. She was part of a team evaluating UNHCR response to the mass refugee/IDP return following the independence war of Timor Leste.  Her last active mission was to interview displaced persons in Iraqi Kurdistan for an EU project.  She lives in Stroud and is active in refugee support work locally.

Alex Raeburn  is currently resident at Hill House, supporting the development of the CIC. When her termAlex as a resident ends she will re-join the Management Committee for Hill House Retreats CIC. Her particular area of expertise is in anti-discrimination legislation, and in equalities, diversity and inclusion.


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