LUCY BUCK – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION FOUNDER AND PROJECT DIRECTOR
Formerly a leading television producer, Lucy went on to establish the Child’s i Foundation this year. During the last 4 years of her television career, Lucy spent 5 months a year in Uganda playing a key role in the administration of the Sanyu Babies’ home in Uganda.
In 2006 Lucy visited famine-struck Northern Kenya where she produced and directed a fund raising video for the specialist UK charity Merlin (“Medical Emergency Relief, International”). This video helped to raise nearly £100,000 for the famine relief efforts.
Lucy has produced many compelling television programmes including BBC3′s popular child psychology series House of Tiny Tearaways, BBC’s Upstaged, Hells Kitchen and Comic Relief does Celebrity Fame Academy. Her role as producer has seen her set up and manage teams producing prime time million-pound TV shows.
JAMES ARMSON – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION PROJECT MANAGER
In 2005 James resigned as Vice President of Merrill Lynch and became a full time volunteer at Sanyu Babies’ Home in Kampala, Uganda. Working closely with the Home’s administration, James was responsible for developing ‘income generation’ and ‘expense reduction’ projects to assist the Home in achieving long term self sustainability.
James worked for Sanyu Babies Home for two years before setting up and running Mikwano Children Trust Uganda in 2007. Mikwano is a UK charity dedicated to caring for helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
James is currently working as a Consultant for Merrill Lynch in London, before he returns to Africa in early 2009 to continue his work with the underprivileged and needy children of Uganda.
FRASER SIMPSON – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION LEGAL ADVISER
Fraser Simpson is a solicitor in the Charities Team at Stone King Sewell LLP in London, having previously worked in the City with Linklaters LLP. He first met Lucy whilst painting a school in Uganda in 2007 and has been involved in the creation and development of Child’s i Foundation ever since.
Fraser is a member of both the Charity Law Association and the Association of Human Rights Lawyers and he also contributes articles for a number of legal journals. Fraser is passionate about Africa, he spends lots of his spare time volunteering and taking photos of lions and leopards! He is also a board member of Young Philanthropist, an innovative grant making micro-trust comprising of young professionals in London.
KIRSTY STEPHENSON – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION DIGITAL PLANNER / PROJECT MANAGER
Kirsty Stephenson is a freelance digital project manager / creative planner.
Kirsty has worked for various advertising and media agencies including Mindshare Worldwide, Ogilvy Interactive, Tribal DDB and Delaney Lund Knox Warren. Her clients have included HSBC, Unilever, Nike, BP, Motorola, Playstation, Rolex and Ford. She is currently working for Endemol.
HAZEL BUCK – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION TRUSTEE & COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING
Hazel has been a very active member of the village of Rotherfield, volunteering on the PTA, Sports Club and the Rotherfield Players committee. The highlights of her community involvement include overseeing the production of over 1000 costumes for the Rotherfield Village Pageant and after being selected for an EarthWatch Millennium Award becoming a Trustee of the Rotherfield Millennium Green.
MICHELLE LAWRENCE – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING ADVISER
Michelle Lawrence is Director of Faith Matters, a Community Interest Company. She has worked in the voluntary sector since 1996, initially working for Centrepoint in charge of their corporate and community fundraising team. She subsequently worked as a freelance consultant.
MATTHEW KNIGHT – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY
Matthew is a freelance Digital Expert.
Matthew was co-founder and technical director for the international digital agency de-construct. His clients include BBC, Adidas, Panasonic Europe, Smirnoff, Cartoon Network, Ladbrokes, Telewest, Supernoodles and FCUK. The role at de-construct combined team management, strategy, gathering business and user requirements, technical creative R&D and architecture, and technical account direction.
BRIAN WALLER – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION SOCIAL WORK ADVISER
Brian was Director of Social Services for Leicestershire for 9 years, as Vice President of the National Association of Directors of Social Services, he was its national lead officer and spokesman on Children and Families.
After local government he moved into the Voluntary sector where he ran both a national and an international charity. As CEO, he headed Home-Start UK, Britain’s largest family support agency for 6 years. He then led Home-Start International, which is active in sixteen countries including Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. In this period he directed two European Union research studies looking at how policy changes might benefit disadvantaged children and their families.
He has travelled widely in Sub-Saharan Africa, has written extensively on social policy and contributed to a number of academic publications, and has been a visiting professor at De Montfort University.
SIMON ANDREWS – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISER
Simon is Chief Strategy Officer of Mindshare Interaction WW
Mindshare is the leading Global Media Network whose clients include Nike, IBM, American Express, Lufthansa, Kelloggs, Ford, HSBC, BP, Kodak, Volvo, Telefonica, Diesel, Jaguar, Heineken, Land Rover & Rolex.
Simon joined Mindshare in 2006 from Big Picture, the agency he founded to focus on emerging media, including mobile, social networks and newTV.
Before branching out on his own, Simon was a partner at Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners, where he built the agency’s capabilities in digital, direct and integrated marketing and became the first chairman of offshoot DLKW Dialogue in January 2002.
ANDREW BLOCH – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION PR ADVISER
Andrew Bloch is co-founder and managing director of Frank PR
Andrew’s agency has a reputation for providing creative solutions for some of the nations best-known brands including Budweiser, Persil, Pizza Express, Blackberry, Heinz, Nestle and Puma. His agency also represents a number of personalities including Sir Alan Sugar and Ronnie O’ Sullivan. Frank’s high profile work has been recognised by Marketing Magazine, which named it PR Agency of the Year 2006 for the second consecutive year.
SALLY BRAITHWAITE – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION TRUSTEE AND CHAIRMAN
Sally has been Operations and Finance Manager at Channel 4 News for 2 years. One of a management team of 4 responsible for all of Channel 4′s news output across their channels and website, Sally is primarily responsible for the logistical and technical aspects of the operation as well as managing the news budget.
Sally has worked in television for 10 years on a range of programmes which have included many in the developing world and in particular, Africa. But her passion for Africa began much earlier with a stint working for an NGO as a student, leading a project to build a school in rural Tanzania.
More recently and immediately prior to joining Channel 4 News, Sally worked for a British medical charity and DEC Member in Kenya.
JERRY DAVISON – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION FINANCIAL DIRECTOR AND TRUSTEE
Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of the Mill Consultancy – corporate finance and business development advisers.
He was Managing Director of Stagecoach in Malawi for 6 years. In his role as Chief Financial Officer for Select Software, he successfully took the company to a $60 million Nasdaq Initial Public Offering.
JEREMY CORNFORD – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION TREASURER
Jeremy trained as an accountant at KPMG in London. He subsequently worked for KPMG in Kingston, Jamaica. Jeremy has worked as a financial accountant in a number of blue chip companies in the City and spent 14 years as reporting accountant in a general insurance company. Since his retirement he has become involved in a number of local charities while working part-time as the financial director in a theatre.
ROB COMMON – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
Robert is the Head of Programmes for Hope for Children. He’s volunteered and worked in the sector for 6 years traveling across Asia, Africa and Europe working on child-focused development and humanitarian programmes. He is currently managing large scale programmes from large donors such as Comic Relief and The Big Lottery Fund as well having responsibility for all of Hope for Children project work in the UK and abroad. He’s married and has a cat called Nigella, both see too little of him as he’s away so much.
NORAH OWARAGA – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION ADVISER, UGANDA
Norah worked for 15 years for the Change Agent Training (CAT) Programme, during which time she rose from Administrative Assistant to Executive Director. She was awarded the Uganda Change Agent Association (UCAA) Award of Merit in 2007. She is the founder and CEO of Executive Support Services, which provides consulting support services to executives of civil society organisations, government departments, businesses and corporations. Norah is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
She has a wealth of practical knowledge in grassroots self-reliant participatory rural development work, as well as administration, fundraising, and financial management for development organisations, as well as advocating for and with poor rural men and women.
WILL GEDDES – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION SECURITY ADVISER
Will is one of the UK’s leading security experts and MD of International Corporate Protection (ICP)
Will has twenty years’ experience in Specialist Security with extensive experience providing and advising international corporations, high-net worth individuals, celebrities, heads of state and foreign royal families on issues of counter terrorism, kidnap, direct action groups, personal security & close protection services.
NICK HALL – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION INTERACTIVE CONSULTANT
Nick Hall is Head of Digital Production at Endemol
Nick was instrumental in delivering Upstaged – Endemol’s 360° project for the BBC, which set new BBC technical delivery benchmarks. During Nick’s 11 years in the digital world he has held a number of senior positions including Head of Creative Services at Littlewoods Gaming and International Producer at Two Way TV.
DR ELIZABETH KILBEY – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION CHILD PSYCHOLOGY ADVISER
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey is a Chartered Clinical Child Psychologist.
Elizabeth is resident expert on All New House Of Tiny Tearaways on BBC 3. She has over 8 years of experience and specialises in working with children under five and their families dealing with a range of complex developmental, emotional and behavioural problems.
BER MCGRATH – FIXER UGANDA
Ber worked in banking for 12 years including working at State Street in Munich leading a trade processing group and a Senior Portfolio Accountant for the Bank of Ireland.
In 2001 she gave up banking to follow a career in Nursing and completed her studies with first class honours in 2005. Ber has been working voluntarily in Uganda since 2006 working for A-Z Children’s Charity in the Paediatric Infectious Disease Clinic (PIDC) in Mulago Hospital. She went back to Ireland and raised funds to build a school in Mende for 247 pupils.
DAN MATTHEWS – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION BUSINESS ADVISER
Dan is a journalist and MD of LaunchLab.co.uk.
Dan has held editor and publisher-level positions and written for The FT, Real Business Magazine, Growing Business Magazine. Notable interviews include: Gordon Brown, Stelios H, Peter Jones, Alan Sugar, John Caudwell, Charles Dunstone and Duncan Bannatyne. He has also written four business books and is currently working on a fifth.
JO RALLING – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
Jo started working in documentaries nearly 20 years ago. Her proudest achievement is making a film about Guatamalan street children being murdered which led to the first ever conviction of a member of the Guatamalan police. Jo was also Production Supervisor on One Day in September which won the Oscar after tracking down terrorists that Mossad had failed to find.
DOMINIC TAYLOR – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION ARCHITECT
Dominic is an Architect and Lecturer at the University of Bath
Dominic combines teaching with private practice. He set 65 students the task for designing the Childs-i home and volunteer village, which will form the foundation for the final build. In private practice, he has undertaken various projects including Council offices, a Community Centre and various private houses.
MARK WILLIAMS-THOMAS – CHILD’S I FOUNDATION CHILD PROTECTION ADVISER
Mark is one of the UK’s leading child protection consultants
Mark specialises in risk management and assessment of offenders as well as missing children. He owns WT Associates Ltd a Child Protection & Risk Management Consultancy. Prior to setting up WT Associates in 2005, Mark was a police detective specialising in major crime.