Meet the Team

Open Door has a great team of staff and volunteers.


Anna Lewis - Chief Executive Officer

Anna has been recently appointed as CEO of Open Door. Anna, who is orginally from Hastings, came to the North East 6 years ago. She was previously Senior Support Worker. Anna says, "I am so excited to be able to lead Open Door as we continue to serve those seeking sanctuary in the UK".


Mike Carney - Housing Manager

Mike is from Teesside and enjoys cycling and walking his dog. As well as working for Open Door NE for 3 years, Mike runs a business supplying books and bibles.



Louisa Henderson - Asylum Support Worker

Louisa is our Asylum Support Worker which involves overseeing our destitution drop in’s and working on our hosting project. Before joining Open Door Louisa was a Civil Servant as well as a period teaching English abroad. She is passionate about achieving positive move on for our clients.


Lucy Donaldson - Housing Support Worker

Lucy is from Stockton and loves travel and visiting alternative music festivals. Lucy comes with training and experience in both the health and social work sectors. Lucy is currently learning arabic to help with client communication.


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.


Sue Ravalde - Refugee Move On Advice Worker

 Sue is one of our Refugee Advice Workers and has many years experience both with the North of England Refugee Service and with Open Door.



Arash Bolorchi - Refugee Advice Worker

Arash is a refugee from Iran and one of our Advice Workers supporting refugees and asylum seekers in community in Stockton.



Sassan - Housing Project Worker

Sassan is a refugee originally from Iran who is part of our housing maintenance and inspection Team. 



Heath - Finance & Work Club Volunteer

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

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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