Meet the Team

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

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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

Caroline has worked as Director for high profile organisations in the global human rights, development, and humanitarian sectors for 20 years.  A political science and human rights law graduate, she 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. Organisations include: UNDP, Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam, UNICEF, Amnesty International (HQ level), the Red Cross Movement and BBC Media Action. She has a firm commitment to human rights, challenging their violations and seeking accountability for the most marginalised. She has led key front line delivery, advocacy, campaigning and research teams around the world. Caroline sees the work of CSC as vital in helping frontline organisations to support street-connected children globally.
She can be reached at caroline@streetchildren.org.


Chris Poole – Finance and Operations ManagerChris.P

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

Natalie Turgut – Advocacy and Research Manager

nat-website-imageNatalie joined CSC in July 2011 and is responsible for CSC’s Research and Advocacy including the development of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Children in Street Situations and the Research Expert Forum. Natalie can be contacted at natalie@streetchildren.org.

Siân Wynne – Network Development Manager

Siân joined CSC in January 2016 and oversees the development of CSC’s international network whilst also managing CSC’s network cluster projects. This includes  ‘Building with Bamboo: A Community of Practice Bridesmaid Dresses ukand Learning about Resilience’, funded by the Oak Foundation. Siân completed a Masters in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London in 2015 and has previously worked in the women’s rights, anti-child exploitation and mental health sectors both in the UK and Uganda. Siân can be contacted at sian@streetchildren.org.

 

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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.

 

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.

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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.

Jeremy Cox -Treasurer
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Jeremy works as a Financial Controller for Change Management Group. As a Chartered Accountant and having previously managed the finances of V2 Music Group, Jeremy has taken on the role of Treasurer for CSC.

Judith Davey

Judith Davey is passionate about civil society (and particularly about equality and social justice). She has held top Evening Prom Dressesleadership positions in commercial, government and non-profit sectors leading major strategic, cultural and organisational change. Her specialisms include strategy, governance, impact, accountability, transparency, sustainability and innovation. She currently holds a senior leadership position in an organisation working on issues of poverty and injustice in 46 countries around the world. Judith is delighted to volunteer as a trustee for CSC with its rights based approach.

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Vijay is a senior partner at Singhania and Co., an International Law firm with offices in London, New York and India. He is also Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce Asian Business Association (ABA).

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.

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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.

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.

Honorary Presidents

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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.

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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.

Ambassadors

Pamella Bisson
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Pamella is TV Production Manager for Premier League Productions overseeing football programming airing domestically and over 400 territories worldwide. A former street child, Brazilian born Pamella has come a long way from being homeless. Producing radio programmes for GCap Media. Production Managing The British Shakespeare company and being involved in a variety of charity projects from The Pentcost Festival to soup kitchens.

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.

Patrons

Sir John Major KG CH

The Lord Brennan QC

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Vartan Melkonian