E5: Sue Elliott shares her work and personal experience in the refugee sector

Susan Elliott has worked in the refugee sector for more than 40 years as a teacher, researcher, consultant, facilitator, mentor, volunteer, advocate and ally. She has worked in New Zealand and the UK as a lecturer, and internationally as a consultant for UNHCR, and other multi-lateral agencies as well as NZ MFAT, NGOS and community-based organisations. For ten years she worked part time as a lecturer in Social Practice at Unitec where she taught not for profit management, community development, and human rights, including the rights of the child and refugee issues.

Sue also has wide governance experience in the not-for-profit sector. She was a founder of the Auckland Refugee Council (now trading as ASST), The Human Rights Foundation, RASNZ and the Auckland Refugee Family Trust where she was a Trustee for more than 10 years. During this time ARFT provided discrete assistance for many Convention refugees to be reunited with their families. Over the past twenty years she has also been a Board member of various refugee background support and human rights NGOS such as the Human Rights Foundation, ECPAT, Devzone and the Aotearoa Community Development Association.