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.
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. 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 Notre Dame Refugee Centre in Leicester Square in London
Ramesh Shivarajah (Treasurer) Ramesh has 9 years experience in the international 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.