Board of Trustees

What is STAR’s Board of Trustees?

STAR’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of STAR as a national charity. The role of the Board of Trustees is to ensure that STAR’s resources are used to pursue the organisational aims and objectives of STAR safely and lawfully.

What do members of the Board do?

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly and its responsibilities include translating the aims and objectives of the charity into action, maintenance and oversight of STAR’s funds and appointing and managing STAR’s Chief Executive.

Who can be a Trustee?

You can! The majority of Trustees are recruited because they bring specific skills to the Board. We want STAR students to be represented so places are reserved for current student members. To be a student Trustee, you just need to:

  • Be passionate about STAR
  • Be keen to learn about charity governance including finances, fundraising and organising the Annual General Meeting
  • Have experience of being a STAR member: campaigning, awareness raising and providing practical support for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Be interested in making a real contribution to STAR and ensuring that it is accountable to its members

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the Board, or want to recommend someone you know – please contact the national office.

Who is on the current Board of Trustees?

Current STAR Trustees are:

Dave Garratt, Chair

Dave has worked in advice services in the UK for 20 years. Beginning as a volunteer in street homeless services, he developed extensive grounding in working with vulnerable people with complex needs. He began managing homeless services in 1995, developing first single services, then networks of residential and day-care provision. Moving to the refugee sector in 1999, Dave spent 15 years as a senior manager for Refugee Action, first as Operations Director and then, from 2010-15, as CEO. Dave is also a trustee of the Asylum Support Appeals Project.

James Osborne, Treasurer

James’ background is as a fundraiser, and he has worked and volunteered for a range of charities, including Oxfam, Third World First, and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. Currently, he is volunteering as a trustee at several charities, and studying part-time with the Open University, focusing on international development and the environment. As Treasurer, his role is to help manage STAR’s accounts, work with the STAR team on day-to-day finances and report back to STAR groups at the annual conference.

Edward Arnold, Trustee

Edward works with UK and international employer clients across a number of sectors and industries including primarily technology, energy, media and financial services. He works closely with his clients’ senior ER and HR managers and in-house counsel in respect of day-to-day and project-related employment law issues. He joined our Board of Trustees in November 2018.

Catherine Sweeney, Trustee

Working as the Head of Trust and Statutory Funding at Refugee Council, Catherine is a specialist grants fundraiser. She has extensive UK and international experience in securing and managing income from institutional, statutory and family foundation sources in other charities, including Bioregional, VSO and The Silver Line. She joined as a member of our Board of Trustees with a specialism in fundraising in Jan 2019. She is also a Trustee at Crystal Palace Concert Bowl Working Group.

Shrouk El-Attar, Trustee

Shrouk El-Attar is an electronics design engineer and LGBT+ refugee from Egypt. During her studies as an Engineering student at Cardiff University, Shrouk was a member of Cardiff STAR and had been very involved in the STAR and NUS Equal Access campaign. Shrouk was also the NUS International Students Officer of Wales, representing 30,000 students in this capacity. She is now an activist for refugee rights in the UK, and for LGBT rights in Egypt.

Lauren Darwent, Student Trustee

Lauren is on the committee for LSESU STAR and was voted onto the STAR board of Trustees at the 2018 AGM

Billie Dibb, Student Trustee

Billie is on the committee for ULIP STAR and was voted onto the STAR board of Trustees at the 2019 AGM.