Sean Ibrahim

Chair

With a strong educational background and as a second-generation immigrant myself, I am a firm believer that my mission is to inspire positive change through adult education in our communities. I feel honoured to be invited to join the Board of Trustees at ELSH, who empower people, to take control of their lives and successfully contribute to their communities.

Fidelis Chebe

Vice Chair

Fidelis Chebe is the founder & Director of Migrant Action (An advocacy and migrant justice organization). He is also the Operations and development manager of RETAS (Refugee Education Training Advice Service).

Fidelis holds an MA in Peace & Conflict Transformation from the University of Bradford and European Peace University- Austria. He is passionate about organizational cultures, transformational leadership and system change.

Fidelis has a particular interest in working with communities and grassroots-based organizations who are engaged in addressing structural injustice and vulnerability. Fidelis applies his academic, leadership and lived experiences to his work with organizations to reduce inequalities, promote peace, racial justice and social change.

Fidelis is a trustee for Together-For-Peace (a Leeds based charity) and member of JRCT’s Rights and Justice Committee.

Altine King

Trustee – Media & Communications

Altine has previously volunteered for ELSH when it first opened, teaching two hours per week and supporting students who were applying to attend college.
She does always offer a helping hand and in addition to promoting the charity through social media platforms and while she worked for the Barnsley Chronicle as a journalist.

She has more recently joined Nottinghamshire Police in their corporate communications department and is looking forward to helping ELSH achieve success.

Mark Mbure

Trustee – Marketing

Mark is an entrepreneur based in South Yorkshire and currently runs a care consulting agency, providing business growth advice, strategies and tactics to be successful. I currently am also part owner of Staff.X Recruitment LTD, XPat Solutions LTD and co-founder of Fedha Holdings LTD.

Mark is passionate about helping others achieve their potential and uphold the vision of ELSH.

Andy Fleming

ESOL advisor

Andy has lived in Barnsley for most of his life. He worked in a coal
mine for thirteen years and following its closure he returned to
education and acquired a professional qualification in working with
children and young people from Leeds Beckett University. He became a
full-time youth worker in Hertfordshire before returning to Barnsley to
work for the local authority in a similar role. After many years of
running a wide variety of youth projects, he was promoted to the senior
management team. In 2003, he was awarded the Public Servant of the Year
award from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office in recognition of his
innovative work with young people going on to  be neighbourhood renewal
advisor for the central government.  Andy gained a master’s degree in
leading services for children and young people.

Having enjoyed teaching English abroad voluntarily he gained a Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) qualification, going on
to run a successful English language tutor school abroad. He returned to
England establishing and running an English language tutoring service
for those who speak English as a second language within Barnsley.

Since 2015 his family have been registered foster carers and they have
been fostering young people with complex needs. Andy regularly
facilitates training for foster carers and professionals from a wide
range of disciplines. He is committed to trauma-informed practice and
has incorporated his experience in youth work to complement his
therapeutic parenting approach.

When not working with teenagers and or undertaking family activities he
can be often found at his local bowling club practicing with his bowling
friends or float fishing. Andy is a published author   and   has written
two best selling books on crown green bowling, ‘The inner Game of
Crown Green Bowling’ and ‘Practice Manual for Crown Green
Bowling’. His most recent book based on his professional experience is
entitled ‘Therapeutically Parenting Teenagers with Developmental
Trauma’.

Danny Pugsley

Treasurer

Danny is a proud born-and-bred local. He edits novels as a freelancer as well as writing his own in his spare time. He is a sports nut who played rugby for 27 years until age and dodgy knees put a stop to it.

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a law degree in 2008, Danny completed a Trinity Cert TESOL and moved to Italy, to begin his ESOL teaching career. Japan came next, followed by a return to Italy, and then a stint in Poland. In search of new adventures, his young family moved to Abu Dhabi, where he taught in a military school for 5 years. While in the Middle East, Danny completed a Master’s Degree in Education via distance learning with Nottingham University.

A decade abroad came to a close when Danny moved back to teach in a private language school in Doncaster before joining Barnsley College in summer 2019. He is now a QTLS holder and ESOL Lecturer, and recently began studying towards a Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Diploma through the college. Danny is the Vice-Chairman of the University and College Union branch, trying to ensure better pay and conditions for the staff.

He has worked to make Barnsley College better integrated with both ELSH and the wider migrant support network in Barnsley. He can be found at the migrant drop-ins at Hope House most Wednesdays.

Les Ford

ELSH Secretary

Coming soon.