Board Members 

Andy Burkitt - Chair of Ashley Community Housing

Chair Andy Burkitt 

 
Andy has been involved with housing and housing policy since the mid-1960s. He has especially been involved in the areas of youth homelessness and research into how housing impinges on the ability of people to work. Andy has been involved in a number of schemes to help train the homeless, including two national pilot schemes. As well as Chairing ACH, he also is involved in developing its employment and training initiatives. 
Eileen Means - Vice-Chair of Ashley Community Housing

Vice Chair Eileen Means 

 
Eileen has been Vice Chair of Ashley Community Housing from 2012 to the present. She knows Birmingham and surroundings well, having gained her professional Social Work Qualification at Birmingham University and worked as a Social Worker in the city in the 1980s. She is a former Director of Social Services and Housing for North Somerset and Reading Councils, a former Councillor on Bristol City Council and is currently Chair of Bristol Labour Party. She is passionate about people fulfilling their potential. 
Hassan Yusuf

Treasurer Hassan Yusuf 

 
Hassan is a community leader with substantial experience of the cultural sensitive support service, tenant empowerment and housing management services we offer. 
 
Hassan brings lived experience being a refugee himself who has integrated well into the community and leads a professional life. He is a shift manager at Royal Mail Bristol where he developed experience in operations management, HR and health & safety. 
Liban Obsiye

Board Member Liban Obsiye 

 
Liban is a law graduate with a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Bristol’s School for Policy Studies. He has over eight years experience as an adviser and project manager for the Refugee Community Organisation community in Bristol and London. 
 
He has also worked voluntarily with a Bristol law firms as a researcher specialising in immigration, housing and welfare law for the last five years. Liban Obsiye is a leading member of the Bristol Somali Forum and chief contributor and joint editor of the influential Bristol Somali Media Group online blog. Liban is the Director responsible for legal Compliance which builds on his education and experience in the field. 
Eileen Means - Vice-Chair of Ashley Community Housing

Secretary Abdi Mohamed 

 
Abdi has more than 20 years of valuable experience in project development, management, teaching, training and community development.  
 
Projects involved have addressed refugee integration and employment, media and community voice, and health inequalities. He is currently a member of the interim commission for race equality for Bristol and a director at The Bristol Cable. 
Board Member

Board Member John William Wells 

 
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute a Companion of the International Management Centres Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Independent Business. 
 
He has over 25 years corporate experience at senior management level in the UK and Europe and for the last fifteen years has been advising and helping SME’s in developing, growing and improving their businesses, through his own consultancy companies abio limited and Barwel Consulting Services Limited. 
 
He has worked with Aston University, Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business programme and he is a Growth Accelerator Coach. He is also a firm believer in continuous improvement, be it on a personal or business level.