Senior Staff Team

Over 200 people work for Halifax Opportunities Trust, the vast majority are women and the vast majority are in front-line positions delivering projects and services in the community every day. We’re proud to be a Living Wage Employer and a Mindful Employer. Halifax Opportunities Trust is led by:

Alison Haskins – Chief Executive


Alison joined Halifax Opportunities Trust in 2016. She has worked at senior level in the charity sector for 20 years, within national, regional and local organisations. Alison is an RSA Fellow and sits on the boards of several other charities, including the Community Foundation for Calderdale and Locality.

Sabha Nazar – Finance and HR Lead


Sabha joined the Trust in August 2017 from a career in finance working for employers such as Yorkshire Water and the NHS. She moved into the charitable sector when she took roles with Groundworks and National Day Nurseries. At Halifax Opportunities Trust she manages both the finance and HR teams and works closely with senior staff colleagues and the trustees to ensure excellent strategic and operational financial management. Sabha is an ACCA affilate and has over 10 years experience of financial management in the charitable and public sectors.

Mags Ciewiertnia – Quality and Systems Lead



Mags has 11 years experience of working in welfare to work sector, supporting business improvements, performance and financial services. Since 2014 her role expanded within the Quality Assurance function and she fundamentally worked on accountability of business performance and compliance results. She has developed, reviewed and agreed defined measures such as quality and system processes on delivery of a number of DWP and Skills Funding Agency contracts. Mags is now Quality and System Lead for Halifax Opportunities Trust and is responsible for compliance, business system and risk management and she is taking on the role of Data Protection Officer.

Abrar Hussain – Programmes Lead


Abrar first became involved in the regeneration sector in 1998 in his role as Assistant Manager of Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre. In 2002 he joined Halifax Opportunities Trust as a Training Co-ordinator where he helped to establish and develop the training arm of the Trust. He is now Operations Manager and is responsible for delivery of employment, learning and community development contracts.

Caren Parkinson – Children & Families Lead


Caren has over 30 years’ experience of working with children & families in health, child development, family support and management roles. Since joining the Trust in 2013 Caren has led delivery of the Children’s Centre service. Caren holds qualifications at level 3, 5 & 7, NNEB qualification in childcare, an ILM award in management and the National Professional Qualification in Leadership.

Jason Bell – Business Centres Lead


Jason began working for the Trust in 2009 as Business Manager for the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. Due to rapid growth in the Trust’s activities, his role has expanded since that time to include managing the Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre and more recently overseeing operations at The Outfront, Halifax Opportunities Trust’s manufacturing kitchen.

Hannah Peevers – Marketing Lead


Hannah joined the Trust in 2010 to head up Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre’s creative and digital network, Creative Calderdale. She joined direct from the creative industries having spent 7 years working in various production roles within the TV industry after graduating university with a degree in Public Relations. Hannah has now moved into a wider marketing role for Halifax Opportunities Trust and leads on all marketing and communications for the charity.