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 

 
Since moving to Bristol in 2000 to take advantage of the city’s varied employment opportunities within the education sector, Jane's career focus has remained centred on empowering individuals to exceed their perceived potential through delivering inspired training. 
 
Worldwide travel and experience working within colleges, Steiner communities and H.M.P.S, encouraged her to completed a degree in Life Long Learning and return to community-based learning and grassroots training. 
 
Jane joined ACH as Training Manager for our subsidiary training arm, Himilo Training, with the vision of supporting an experienced team towards delivering an outstanding training provision to meet the needs of ACH tenants and local communities. Jane is currently delivering courses as part of our contract with City of Bristol College. 
 
‘We aim to deliver training which inspires learners and feeds their aspirations with realistic progression routes, whilst strengthening partnerships city wide with like-minded service providers’. 
Richard Thickpenny

Business Development Manager Richard Thickpenny 

 
Working with refugee communities since 2004, Richard has built a strong reputation for designing and delivering innovative projects to realise the capabilities of refugees. This has helped secure ACH’s progression from a community organisation to its current leading position in the UK recognised for the breadth of its refugee resettlement and integration services. He is a member of two European consortia to develop a new curriculum for refugee integration and is the driving force behind ACH’s #rethinkingrefugee campaign 
 
He is responsible for driving forward ambitious plans to fund strategic growth using Collective Impact to constructively disrupt the systems associated with labour market integration of refugees in the UK. As an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Creating Shared Value Programme he is able to bring to this work the wider benefits that arise when businesses move beyond the constraints of their CSR budgets and actively seek to resolve societal and business challenges together. 
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.