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Our Team

Laura Beesley, Trustee (Chair)

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We have lived in this beautiful Calder Valley for over 30 years and want to welcome others who are making it their home, just as we were welcomed.

“Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils.”  – Michela DePrince


Obomate Benibo, Trustee (Admin)

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“Be there for others but never leave yourself behind.” – Dodinsky



Nurgul Zhamentikova, Trustee (Treasurer)

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“Be honest, get honest.”



Bola Eleyinmi, Trustee (Funding)



Fola Ifekoya, Trustee (Social Secretary)




Lauren Iredale, Trustee (Welcome Lead)




Becky Hellewell, Trustee (Health Lead)


Amber Ray, Communications Lead

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“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.” –Mahatma Gandhi


Lisa Zychowicz, Volunteer (Schools of Sanctuary Lead)

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I support schools in Calderdale that want to show they welcome refugees and families seeking asylum, and are inclusive in their commitment to all pupils. I am also the Local Lead for the national Schools of Sanctuary movement. My background is as a teacher and then headteacher in London and Rochdale, as well as a School Improvement Partner and Creative Arts Associate in London.