Meet the Team

You can find out more below about CSC’s staff, Board of Trustees, President and Patrons.

CSC Staff

CSC’s Executive Team, led by CEO Caroline Ford, is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.


Caroline Ford– Chief Executive
Consortium for Street ChildrenThe Consortium for Street Children is managed on a day to day basis by CEO, Caroline Ford.  Caroline has worked for over 20 years in the field of human rights and development, with a focus on Africa and Europe. A political science and human rights law graduate, Caroline began her career working with street youth in Canada, designing pioneering access to justice, legal advocacy, and HIV education programmes. She then worked at the regional and global levels on human rights, international development, emergency humanitarian response and communications for development in several countries in West, Central and East Africa; and the Balkans.

Caroline has worked for many industry leading organisations in the world, including high-profile roles with Amnesty International, BBC Media Action, Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam, Red Cross International and UNDP, and has personally managed portfolios of up to $40m at any one time.  Caroline has the vision and the experience to place street children at the heart of the international agenda, raising hope that we are on the cusp of long term impact and change for these children.

Caroline can be contacted at caroline@streetchildren.org.



Chris Poole – Finance and Operations Manager
Consortium for Street Children - Staff Chris joined CSC in January 2017 and is responsible for the day-to-day finances and general operations of the organisation. He has previously worked for the MS Society, Grant Thornton LLP and the Audit Commission, and is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant.

Chris can be contacted at chris@streetchildren.org.

 

 



Lizet Vlamings – Advocacy and Research Manager
Lizet joined CSC in July 2017 and manages all advocacy and research related activities, including spearheading the efforts towards implementation of the General Comment No 21 on Children in Street Situations. With an academic background in both health sciences and human rights law, Lizet aims to bring research and advocacy closer together, to ensure CSC’s advocacy efforts are evidence-based and research is effectively used to protect and promote the rights of street-connected children. Lizet has previously worked in Uganda where she managed human rights research, advocacy and capacity-building projects.

Lizet can be contacted at lizet@streetchildren.org.



Derek Appau – Digital Manager
Consortium for street children - Staff Derek will be leveraging experience gained from successfully managing digital marketing and creative solutions for organisations including UNICEF, RSPCA, Shell and some of the Internet’s largest web properties, to develop an innovative and engaging shared learning platform. This project, titled ‘Building with Bamboo’ aims to bring together street-children practitioners and thought leaders from around the world, with a focus on enhancing knowledge on resilience-based approaches to working with children at risk of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Derek can be contacted at derek@streetchildren.org.



Rori Raquib – Communications and Marketing Manager
Consortium for Street Children - Staff Rori manages all communications and marketing activity at Consortium for Street Children. If you have enquiries about CSC’s brand, content, media relations, social media, campaigns, newsletters or any other communications channels she is the person to ask. Rori is also the main point of contact for International Day for Street Children, so get in touch if you have queries.

Rori can be contacted at rori@streetchildren.org.

 



Beth Plessis – Fundraising Manager
Beth is responsible for generating income for all aspects of Consortium for Street Children’s work. She has nine years experience in the charity sector and specialises in fundraising for child rights-based organisations and NGOs. Prior to joining CSC Beth worked at Save the Children where she led fundraising appeals to respond to humanitarian emergencies. Beth has a background in Trusts and Major Donor fundraising and working with partners to transform the lives of children both internationally and in the UK. If you, or an organisation you are connected to, are interested in supporting the rights of street-connected children and improving their lives, Beth would like to hear from you.

Beth can be contacted at beth@streetchildren.org.



Stacy Stroud – Advocacy Officer
Stacy joined CSC in May 2017 and is responsible for supporting all aspects of the Consortium’s advocacy work. Her work primarily focuses on promoting national-level implementation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Children in Street Situations. She has an academic and professional background in law with particular expertise in human rights law.

Stacy can be contacted at stacy@streetchildren.org.

 



Mildred Sarachaga – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer
Consortium for Street Children - TeamMildred joined CSC in April 2017 as Network Development Intern, and is supporting the Building with Bamboo project. She has experience in grassroots-led initiatives to child protection, capacity building and supporting digital learning platforms. She holds a MA in International Development: Peace, Conflict and Reconstruction and has worked for INGOs both in the UK and Colombia.

Mildred can be contacted at mildred@streetchildren.org.

 


Board of Trustees

CSC currently has ten Trustees on its Board, led by Chair Julia Cook. The Trustees have overall legal and financial responsibility for the organisation.

Julia Cook – Chairjuliacook_1086

Julia is the founding partner of The Change Management Group (CMG), an international management consulting
firm.  CMG specialises in implementing operational change and business transformation projects in the consumer
products sector.  They have offices in London, Dubai, Sydney and a practice in the US.  Prior to founding CMG, she held positions at Disney and Ernst&Young.  In the ‘80s Julia worked at a residential centre for street connected children and she ran a soup kitchen in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Her experience with street-connected children motivated her to seek voluntary positions in the sector, and in 2002 she began working with CSC as a volunteer.  She earned a degree in Anthropology (BSc) and Mandarin at Vassar College in 1986.  She has supported CSC through many endeavours including supporting grant applications, corporate engagement and funding initiatives.  Julia is also a Co-Chair of the President’s International Advisory Committee for Vassar College.

Gaucho Rasmussen – Vice ChairGaucho

Gaucho Rasmussen is a Director at the Competition and Markets Authority, a UK regulator. He trained as a lawyer and has worked in private practice, as an in house lawyer and at the European Courts of Justice. Gaucho is half Danish and half Mexican, educated in Denmark, UK and the Netherlands.

 

Ashok Bhardwaj

Ashok is the founder and CEO of an insolvency practice. He has been an active fundraiser for CSC with particular focus on organising fundraising events.

Notably he organised, funded and ran our marathon walks in Windsor.

He is a key link between CSC and supporting clubs such as Lions Club.

 

Julia HendricksonJulia

Julia built and led businesses across developed and emerging markets in Europe and Asia. She has over 15 years experience in Digital, Commercial, Strategy and Marketing with Procter & Gamble, Booz Allen and Tesco. Russian originally, she studied and worked in Russia, UK and the USA and speaks 4 languages. She holds an MBA from London Business School.

Rafael M. Molinarafael-m-molina

Rafael is founder and managing partner with Newstate Partners, a London based financial advisory firm providing specialised liability management services to sovereign governments and central banks, particularly during times of economic duress. Rafael has 25 years of experience in the financial services sector — before Newstate, he worked at Houlihan Lokey and UBS Investment Bank in London, and spent eight years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Rafael received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his MBA from Columbia University. He is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in Portuguese.

David SchofieldDavid.S

With a background in the third sector, e-commerce and financial services David is currently Group Head of Corporate Responsibility at Aviva. He led Aviva’s global ‘Street to School’ programme, working with over 20 countries and NGO’s as well as government partners, recognising that every child living or working on the street has the right to fulfil their potential.   David was involved in the consultations for the Child Rights and Business Principles, the working group for the ‘State of the Worlds Street Children’ report and led Aviva’s pioneering partnership with the UN OHCHR. He is a member of the advisory group for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child work to develop a General Comment on children in street situations. More broadly he is also a member of the advisory group for the UN Global Compact UK network, and a regular speaker at CR & Sustainability conferences.

Victoria Bentley

With an educational background in Social Policy, Victoria has worked in HR for a number of large BlueChip organisations, before broadening her career into SMEs and becoming a Master Practitioner in NLP. She has also worked in Sustainability and CSR and has partnered with a number of organisations in the charity sector, including MIND and Age UK. Most recently she spent time in Burkina Faso, and continues to support a medical centre in the capital Ouagadougou.

Victoria also teaches and practices yoga and meditation.

Louise Meincke

Louise is a public affairs specialist and human rights advocate with over ten year’s experience of working at global public policy levels. At WCRF International she heads up the Policy and Public Affairs Department of the world’s leading authority on the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer. Prior to joining WCRF International she worked as Advocacy Director at the Consortium for Street Children, driving forward high-impact advocacy strategies through key strategic partnerships with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has previously worked at Amnesty International, the Houses of Parliament and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently a board member of the Consortium for Street Children and an Advisor to the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network. Louise holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from Sussex University (2005) and is an elected Fellow of the RSA.

 

Lynne Morris

Lynne joined Toybox in August 2012. Her career to date has involved Marketing, Fundraising, Communications, the leadership of people, the testing of new ideas and concepts coupled with Strategic Thinking. More recently her role at Toybox has developed her knowledge of Governance, Legal and HR issues.

Lynne began her career in the private sector but quickly moved to the third sector which has largely been focused within international development, starting by working with major donors and institutional grant making bodies at World Vision UK. For twelve years she had the privilege of leading various Marketing, Communication, Behavioural Insights and Fundraising functions within this organisation, leaving in 2010 as the Acting Marketing Director. Before coming to Toybox she led the Marketing and Fundraising team at Spurgeons, implementing a new public engagement strategy.


Patrons

Sir John Major KG CH

The Lord Brennan QC

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Vartan Melkonian


Patron and Founder

Surina Narula MBESurina photo new portrait

Surina Narula a businesswoman and fundraiser. She has in the last twenty five years organised numerous events to raise money for various causes including street children. She is a Trustee of TVE UK and Chair of TVE South Asia. She is the founder sponsor and festival advisor for the Jaipur Literature Festival. She was on the Board of Directors for Plan International UK, and is Patron for Plan India and Honorary Patron of Plan USA and a Patron for Hope for Children. She has received various awards for her contribution to street children charities and in 2003 was highly commended for The Beacon Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes. She was presented with the Asian of the Year Award in 2005. In June 2008 She was awarded an MBE for charitable work in India. She is founder for Tve Awards and co founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She has a Masters in Social Anthropology from UCL.


Honorary President

Surinder (Max) Mongia100722_CSC_board_headshots_052

Max Mongia is Managing Director of Strongfield Technologies Ltd., a specialist supplier of high-tech components and equipment for defence and space applications. He has been a member of Lions Clubs International since 1982 and has served at all levels including District Governor. As Multinational Coordinator he raised in excess of 9 million US dollars for the Lions Sight Project. Max was appointed as Ambassador of goodwill for Lions Clubs International 2008-2009 – the highest recognition for a member for the work for humanitarian causes.  Max was Awarded “Asian of the Year” by Asian Who’s Who in 2009, in conjunction with live BBC World service.

 


Ambassadors

Pamella Bisson

Brazilian-born Pamella is a former street child and supporting the work of the CSC is important to her. Pamella is currently running a sports media agency and is involved in several projects consulting as a TV production manager for independent companies.

 

 

 


Advisors

Dr. Sarah Thomas De Benitez Sarah

Sarah Thomas de Benitez is one of the world’s leading researchers on issues facing street connected children, and is a part time adviser to the organisation. Sarah was the Director and Co-founder of two organisations in Ecuador and Mexico, has advised the UN on street children, and has authored numerous reports and articles including CSC’s ‘State of the World’s Children’. She is a past chair of CSC’s Research Expert Forum, and continues to advise on key research issues. She can be contacted on advisor@streetchildren.org.