Senior Staff 

Fuad Mahamed

Chief Executive Officer Fuad Mahamed 

 
Fuad came to the UK as a refugee with no English and went on to obtain a first class degree in Engineering from Bath University followed by an MSc in Management from Lancaster Business School. 
 
When Euro Hostels collapsed and started evicting people, he stepped in, setting up Ashley Community Housing in 2008 in order to support the resettlement of refugees like himself. This accommodation-based refugee resettlement service now spans across 3 cities, employs 50 people and settles 700 individuals a year. 
 
He has since graduated from executive Programmes at the Cranfield School of Management, Aston Business School, SAID business School of Oxford University and is currently a Clore Social Fellow. for Refugee and Migrant communities. Together with his colleagues at ACH, Fuad has argued for a new approach to refugee assistance based on development rather than just humanitarianism. He volunteered in Dadaab, world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya last summer and advised the Somali government about refugee repatriation and resettlement.  
Fuad Mahamed

Training Manager Jane Franklin 

 
Jane has over 20 years experience in teaching and Life Long Learning. She heads the training team at Ashley Community Housing, Bristol.  
Richard Thickpenny

Business Development Manager Richard Thickpenny 

 
Progressing from his telecommunications apprenticeship Richard spent 10 years as a project manager building the optical fibre networks over which the internet operates. Leaving this behind to become a mature student he studied Lean Management techniques completing this with an MSc in Quality and Environmental Management in quality and environmental management, achieving Chartered Quality Professional status in 2007 
 
Working with refugee communities since 2004, he has built a strong reputation for designing and delivering innovative projects that realise the capabilities of refugees. Leading an agenda of change he actively campaigns to change the systems that maintain refugees in poverty in the UK. Building on this reputation he is a member of the England Impact Forum for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, strategic panel member for the Festival of Learning and inspiration behind Ashley Community Housing’s #RethinkingRefugee campaign. 
 
His enthusiasm for change has helped secure ACH’s progression from a community organisation to its current leading position as an accommodation based refugee resettlement and integration service operating in 3 cities. Which, alongside its training arm Himilo, enables the ’hard to reach’ to gain the skills needed to thrive in the UK. He is currently responsible for driving forward ambitious plans to fund further strategic growth through the use of Collective Impact to constructively disrupt the systems associated with labour market integration of refugees in the UK, and Europe. 
Osman Ishal

Birmingham Regional Manager Osman Ishal 

 
Osman Ishal is an entrepreneurially driven young professional who has worked in the social housing sector in the UK for the many years. He is the Regional Manager for Ashley Community Housing in charge of their Birmingham office. 
 
For the past three years he has been spearheading ACH’s expansion into the West Midlands. This initiative has been very successful and has allowed ACH to experience rapid growth and development. He holds a first class Master in Entrepreneurship from Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law. Osman is originally from Somaliland but he has lived most of his life in UK and Sweden. He is a fluent speaker of Swedish, Somali and basic Arabic.