The MOOL Crew

MOOL is made up of a great Board of Trustees and a wonderful team of volunteers. We’re a friendly bunch, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here’s who we are and what we look like: [work in progress]

Role Bearers:

TreasurerAbdulrahman Jubaji [Bio in progress]

Secretary – Laura Moodie


Laura is a Mum of four, and long-term community organiser and Green activist, who works for a charity administering community benefit funds. Before that she worked as a freelance writer and a television subtitler for the BBC and Channel 4. She fell into MOOL entirely by accident, having been inspired by the initial collection events and the urge to do something practical to help refugees. As Secretary,  Laura organised the SCIO registration and used her charity experience to set up our policies and structure.

Chair – Roman DePaulitte

Roman has been involved from the beginning of MOOL by default, even since his wife uttered the famous words “I’ve done a thing…”, and the humanitarian movement we have come to know and love was born.


Jay Rubinstein,


Jay has worked in publishing, furniture making, teaching, and IT. None of these exactly constituted a career. In between whiles he’s been involved, with varying degrees of usefulness, with a number of community projects.

His move to Dumfries and Galloway more or less coincided with the refugee crisis,  and he was knocked out by the generosity and open-heartedness of people here.

“It has been a privilege to get to know so many inspiring people.”

He is currently the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Lassaad Sbita

Hela Sbita

David Formstone

David discovered MOOL soon after moving to the area from Glasgow. The timing was good as he had recently retired from a career in social work and was keen to get involved in community activities. A trip with his wife to volunteer in Calais had prompted a further opportunity to support refugees.

David has been the lead for MOOL in  co-ordinating volunteers in the preparation of houses allocated to Syrian families arriving in the region via the UK resettlement scheme.


Richard Arkless, MP


Richard has been an amazing supporter of MOOL from day one, and continues to fight for the rights of refugees, displaced persons. He lives in the region with his wife and children.

Huge thanks to former Board members and post holders for all their hard work and valued contributions: Fiona Biddlecombe-Hall, Barbara Hutchinson, Syrah Usman, Kirk Taylor, Demi Powell and Tabitha Mudaliar.

Moxie DePaulitte, who founded the MOOL Movement, is the Creative Projects Director. She lives in Dumfries with her husband and three children, and combines her love of the arts, activism and social justice. She also giggles a lot.

Depot Manager – Keith Shaw Buckley

Keith has worked as the MOOL depot Manager since October 2018, he previously came from a Managerial role at the NHS and is currently a freelance photographer and Graphic Designer.

He feels that working for MOOL has changed his outlook on life and is more understanding of the needs of others in less fortunate circumstances, and is in awe of the commitment the volunteers put in.

Our Volunteers

We have a wonderful motley crew of volunteers who all bring something unique and valued to the MOOL family. There are too many to mention right now, but you’ll find their friendly faces all over the site!