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Charlie Middleton (Chair)

From 2002 to 2016 Charlie was the Managing Director of the UK business of Triodos Bank, a Dutch ethical bank supporting social and environmental projects and businesses. Before joining Triodos Charlie spent 21 years working for Barclays during which time he and his family lived in India, Botswana and Barbados. This provided an opportunity to get involved with a number of social projects particularly in India where he developed a relationship with several street children charities partly through using his passion for photography as a way of fund raising for them. Charlie also has a strong interest in Counselling having qualified as a Psychotherpist in 2013. Since leaving Triodos Charlie has been doing more counselling and coaching work with organisations that have a strong social or environmental purpose.

Karen Kroger (Hon. Treasurer)

Karen moved into the international development sector in 2005, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spending a number of years working in financial training. She spent 2 years in Sudan with Irish NGO GOAL, with a year in the Khartoum office and a year in the field in North Darfur. From there she moved to East Timor with Oxfam where she was Deputy Country Director Operations. In 2010 Karen joined Save the Children International in London as part of the team that transitioned 55 country operations from the national Save the Children organisations to SCI, finishing her career at SCI as Director of International Programmes Finance. In 2015 Karen moved to the University of London, where she is Deputy Finance Director, but retains a keen interest in international development, particularly in relation to improving the lives of children.

Laverne Antrobus (Director)

Laverne Antrobus is a Consultant Child and Educational Psychologist. Over the last 20 years Laverne has worked with children and families in the most need of help and is passionate about helping children to achieve their potential and grow into confident adults. Having trained at the prestigious Tavistock Clinic in London she then worked in Local Authorities and currently within the NHS.

Laverne is a professional and academic tutor on the Doctorate in Child Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock working to train the next generation of psychologists. Laverne appears on popular daytime broadcasts and is often asked to give a psychological perspective on issues that affect children and their families in both radio and print media. She has made programmes on childhood for the BBC and currently appears on the CBeebies Grownups website

Graham Bennett (Director)

Graham was formerly CEO at international aid agency One World Action, where his leadership secured a £5m strategic grant from the UK government and supported partner organisations in Asia, Africa and Latin America working with Dalits, HIV positive people, disabled people and other marginalised groups, with special focus on women’s rights.

He was previously with Amnesty International in various senior management roles, and was change manager for the 1995 restructuring, as well as managing global campaigns on Turkey, Afghanistan and the Former Yugoslavia. Graham has extensive Board experience, including as an elected member of the BOND Board, and with other voluntary agencies such as Harbour Housing and the Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers.

He is an active citizen in North-East London, including a stint as Chair of the Governing Body of Walthamstow School for Girls. He has worked in Malaysia, Thailand and Sierra Leone, and started his development career as a VSO volunteer in the Philippines, where he lived with a squatter family, worked with Filipino trade unionists, and received an important political education about injustice and inequality.

He brings management, fundraising, strategic planning, advocacy and communications skills to ChildHope. He currently works as a self-employed coach.

Harriet Garland (Director)

Harriet has worked in the press offices of a number of leading UK charities and brings media expertise to ChildHope. Harriet is currently a press officer for Amnesty International, where she leads on media work about human rights issues from across Asia, domestic issues in the UK and Amnesty’s global women’s rights campaigns. Prior to that Harriet worked for Macmillan Cancer Support. Harriet joined the board at the start of 2014 and will help promote the brilliant and moving work ChildHope does in broadcast, print and social media. Harriet has got a Masters in English Literature and is a keen reader and enthusiastic cellist.

David Harding (Director)

From 1973 until 1982 David’s professional work was centred on urban issues – community development work, housing and local economic development – in the UK (working with the Canning Town Project) and then Spain. From 1982 onwards he has worked mainly with the non-profit sector engaged in social development work, in a wide range of countries.

Since 1989 David’s work has focussed on issues of organisational effectiveness, development practice, organisational and individual learning, and working with change. David has worked mainly as an independent consultant with a range of Northern and Southern NGOs, and with some public sector bodies. Geographically his work has had a strong African content, but with experience also in Latin America, Middle East and Asia.

Much of David’s recent work with NGOs around organisational issues has been strongly influenced by a broad organisational development approach, but with specific content ranging across organisational reviews, programme evaluation, strategy development and strategic management. Recent clients include Care International (Bulgaria, Kosovo and Bosnia), ActionAid International (Kenya, and with ActionAid Ireland), SNV Netherlands, Action for Disability and Development, Christian Aid, Mott Foundation, Bond, and Norwegian Development Network.

In the last 10 years David has worked for major bilateral and multi-lateral donors, in particular UNDP, European Union and DFID and formally as a mentor for a range of individuals in the UK, South Africa, Central and Eastern Europe – organisational development practitioners and senior managers and directors in both Northern and Southern NGOs. He has been an advisor on development of professional learning/research programmes.

David works in both English as a mother tongue, and Spanish.

Philippa Hurst (Director)

Philippa joined the board of trustees in January 2012. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Business Analyst for Cancer Research UK. Philippa was previously Principal Accountant for the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham managing the borough’s substantial local authority and charity accounts. Philippa brings financial expertise and a passion for the work of ChildHope to the board of trustees.

Gretchen Shoring (Director)

Gretchen was previously a factual TV Series Producer and Director with experience in observational documentary, factual drama, charity appeals and secret filming. She spent 11 years at the BBC where she produced the BBC1 LifeLine charity appeal programme and produced appeals for the Disasters Emergency Committee. Highlights included filming in Liberia and in refugee camps on the Ethiopia/Somalia border.

As a member of the BBC Appeals advisory committee, she played a part in the overview and scrutiny of fund-raising projects such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Blue Peter Appeal, emergency appeals and the allocation of broadcasting time on BBC Television and Radio to regular appeals for individual charities.

In 2009 Gretchen set up Citizen Films, a company producing corporate and charity films, which have included films for ChildHope, shot with our local partner in Ethiopia. This film-making project allowed her to observe the work of the charity at close hand, for which she developed a deep respect.

Gretchen has a first class degree and an MA in Latin American studies and literature. She brings excellent communication and marketing skills. She is hostile environment trained and familiar with working in developing countries.

Nicholas Toko (Director)

Nicholas joined the board of trustees in July 2014. Before he joined the board of trustees, Nicholas was an avid supporter and fundraiser of ChildHope. He ran a number of 42K city marathons, including Warsaw, Madrid and Buenos Aires, to raise funds for ChildHope. Born and having spent part of his early childhood in Uganda, he is a strong advocate for the protection and support of vulnerable children.

Nicholas works as an independent management consultant working in the areas of Project Management, HR Service Transformation, Organisation Design, Shared Services Architecture, Change Management and HR Consulting with significant years’ experience in the private, public and private/public partnership sectors in the UK, Europe and Asia. Nicholas has also held a number of operational and strategic HR roles in the private and public sector and brings his experienced consulting skills and expertise to the trustee board.

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