Our chairman & patron

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Dr Russell Rook

Chairman of Chapel St Community Fund

Russell is the founder and current chairman of Chapel St Community Fund, which administers Church Response For Refugees.

Russ is passionate about the power of relationships to transform lives and communities. This vision and belief is at the heart Chapel St’s mission and ethos, informing our work in education and wellbeing and fuelling our partnerships with churches, faith groups and community organisations.

Russell previously worked with The Salvation Army overseeing youth services for the UK and Ireland, and co-founded YOUTHWORK The Partnership, a national coalition of third sector organisations serving professionals and volunteers working with children and young people.

Russell travels widely, speaking and writing on issues of public policy, faith and community and has delivered lectures and workshops at institutions including the Institute of Education, the University of St Andrews and St Mary’s University College.

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Patron of Chapel St Community Fund

Baroness Sherlock is a Labour Party life peer and former Chief Executive of Refugee Council (2003 – 2006). Prior to joining the charity, she worked as a special advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP. At the Treasury her brief covered social issues such as child poverty and welfare reform.

From 2007 to 2010 she was a commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Sherlock chaired the National Student Forum from 2007 to 2010 and was a Non-Executive Director of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from 2008-2010.

Maeve has also been Chief Executive of the National Council for One Parent Families, Director of the education charity UKCOSA and is a former president of the National Union of Students. She was a trustee of the think tank Demos. She is currently working on her doctorate in Theology at St Chad’s College, Durham University, exploring the history and impact of Christian ethos schools and twenty-first century educational reforms. She is also an Honorary Fellow and Tutor at St Chad’s College.