Meet the Team

Open Door has a great team of staff and volunteers.

Paul Catterall - Chief Executive Officer

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Paul has been involved in Open Door from its beginning but has been leading the charity's work on Teesside since 2009, he also works part time for Jubilee Church Teesside out of which Open Door was birthed as a separate charity in 2003. Paul has 20 years previous local government experience in urban regeneration. Paul is a mind of information on people, places and cultures, he is married with 4 daughters and keeps himself fit by running and playing squash and loves marmite.

 

Mike Carney - Housing Project Worker

 

 

Sue Ravalde - Refugee "Move On" Advice Worker 

 

 

Mahvash Sheibanian - Refugee Work Club & Employment Project worker

 

Mahvash is a refugee from Iran who has a wealth of experience in the fields of IT, teaching, employability and administration. Mahvash is extremely organised and is employed part time to coordinate our Work Club and wider employment support helping refugees with making a CV and looking for work.  Mahvash is also responsible for over seeing the administration of our IELTS courses.

 

 

Anna Lewis - Women, Families & Asylum Support Project Worker

Anna is originally from Hastings in the deep south, is always smiling and bringing encouragement. Anna oversees our women’s drop in on a Tuesday as well as our hosting project and also provides support to asylum seeker and refugee families in Hartlepool on an outreach basis.

 

 

Louisa Henderson - Women, Asylum and Housing Project Worker

 

 

 

Heath - Finance & Work Club Volunteer

 

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Heath has been volunteering with Open Door for as long as we can remember. Heath is originally form Zimbabwe and has first hand experience of the asylum process. Heath does not like wearing socks but loves chicken and has his own table at Nandos! Heath looks after our accounts as well as serving in our Workclub helping refugees with CV’s and looking for work. Heath was awarded the Tees Valley BME Community Individual of the year in 2014 and Lloyds Foundation Unsung Hero Award for the North East in 2015.

 

 

Liz Winstone - Drop-in Volunteer

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Liz is our longest serving volunteer who has been supporting refugees and asylum seekers since 2001 when Jubilee Church Teesside started befriending events. Liz serves on a Monday and Tuesday in our drop-ins as well as supporting asylum seeker mothers with young children who live in the Stockton area.

 

 

 

 

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