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ChildHope has expertise and experience in partnership and networks; monitoring, evaluation and learning; quality and effectiveness; child protection and participation; gender; law and child rights; research; programme development; fundraising; marketing; organisational strategy and review; financial management and accounting; human resources; and governance. Our languages include Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Burmese, Mandarin, Bengali, Hindi, Swahili, Luganda, Lusoga and French.

Jill Healey - Executive Director

Telephone: 020 7065 0960


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

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.

Kay Twine (Director)

Kay Twine is an experienced CEO and Managing Director with board level leadership, legal directorship and pension trust experience. Kay has worked in both corporate environments and in private equity, predominantly leading consumer goods businesses. Kay has led a full standalone business (Antler Luggage) concluded a full private equity sale of the same business and has fully merged 2 businesses.

More recently Kay worked and lived in Asia for 5 years pursuing a lifelong passion for this region of the world. Here she was responsible for business development in 9 Asian countries. She most recently worked for Philips, the global healthcare and lighting company working on a special project for the Regional HQ in Singapore whilst also covering a role as Acting Head of Corporate Communications.

Kay joins ChildHope with a strong record in marketing, corporate leadership, communications and change management

Lizzie Towl

Lizzie currently leads Save the Children's DFID funded Girls Education Challenge programme in Afghanistan, DRC and Mozambique. She joined Save the Children 6 years ago after several years working in fundraising mainly at the British Red Cross but also for MAP, MSF and Actionaid. Lizzie went on to field roles with Merlin and Save the Children in Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, and Central African Republic before returning to the UK in 2016 as a Senior Manager supporting West African teams in the post-Ebola period. She speaks fluent French and Spanish, good German and Portuguese, and even basic Quechua.

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