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Key to our success is not just the nature of the work we do but the way we operate. We are grateful for the support of our trustees.

Emily Haisley PhD

Chair of Trustees and Director

Emily took on the role of Chair at Room to Heal in July 2020, having been a trustee of the charity for a number of years.

Emily is a specialist in behavioural economics which examines the psychology of financial decision making. She is a Director at BlackRock where she applies psychology to help manage investment risk.

Rim Rahimtulla

Treasurer and Director

Rim joined the board as treasurer in July 2020. Rim is a fully qualified accountant (ACCA) and is the Associate Director of Finance at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

. Rim has over 12 years finance experience.

Emeka Forbes-Hastings

Trustee and Director

Emeka is a strategist helping purpose-driven organisations drive progress through powerful advocacy and communications. He is a skilled senior leader with board-level experience in the charity sector, and a background in campaigns, communications, and public affairs. He joined Room to Heal’s board in September 2020 and currently works as a freelance consultant.

He previously worked for leading political and communications consulting firms, as well as the children’s charity Barnardo’s. He holds a degree in Politics and a master’s in Social Anthropology and International Development from Birkbeck, University of London.

Susannah Fairweather

Trustee and Director

Susannah is a Consultant Psychiatrist and has worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the past five years. She is also a trained clinical and educational supervisor and has published research on the mental health of young asylum seekers and refugees. Susannah joined the board of trustees in 2018.

Areej Osman

Trustee and Director

Areej has years of experience working with migrants including asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. She has worked with refugees from different backgrounds supporting them with housing, schooling and integration. She herself comes from a refugee background and knows first hand what it means to live in exile.

Michelle Knorr

Trustee and Director

Michelle became a Trustee in November 2009 and is a practicing barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Michelle’s main legal practice areas are immigration, asylum and human rights law. Michelle brings a deep knowledge of asylum and refugee experiences together with knowledge of best practice in charity governance and experience of working with international development NGOs to her work as a Trustee.