About us

Meet the CSC Team

We are based in London, with Patrons, a Board of Trustees and a team of staff running the day-to-day operations. For more information about our Network members and the type of work they do, have a look at our directory.

Caroline Ford

Chief Executive

The 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.

Lizet Vlamings

Advocacy and Research Manager

Lizet 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.

Chris Poole

Finance and Operations Manager

Having previously worked for the MS Society, Grant Thornton LLP and the Audit Commission, Chris is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and manages CSC’s accounts and operations. He is the first point of contact for matters of governance, finances and people processes.

Beth Plessis

Development and Sustainability 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.

Beth is on maternity leave until May 2019. In Beth's absence, please direct any fundraising queries to Helen Varma at helen@streetchildren.org.

Derek Appau

Digital Manager

Derek is CSC’s digital lead, innovating and streamlining the current CSC portfolio of websites to create a more easily accessible, interactive global library of street connected children-related resources. He led the development of our community of practice website for our resilience based learning project, Building with Bamboo.

Stacy Stroud

Advocacy Officer

Stacy 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.

Mildred Sarachaga

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Mildred is CSC’s MEL Officer, responsible for collating and analysing data and learning outputs from CSC-led projects to ensure that they are communicated and understood internally and across the Network. She is also supporting the creation of indicators and the development and implementation of impact assessment frameworks to measure and demonstrate CSC’s impact. 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.

Jessica Clark

Network Engagement Coordinator

Jessica joined CSC in May 2018 to focus on strengthening and developing the network. Prior to joining CSC Jessica spent three years working and volunteering for NGOs in the ethical investment, criminal justice and human rights sectors whilst studying for her Human Rights Masters. She is looking forward to growing the number of member organisations we work with, diversifying our reach and highlighting strategic opportunities for collaboration within the membership.

Elise Denis-Ramirez

Research Officer

Elise joined the team in April 2018 and has a background in Public Health and Human Rights Law. Prior to joining CSC, Elise worked in the private and third sector on project management and research. She worked in Uganda and Tanzania on health rights and vulnerable groups and conducted research on child protection issues and policy gaps after the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Elise is looking forward to carry on CSC’s research activities with a focus on counting methodologies.

Lucy Rolington

International Grants and Funding Officer

Lucy oversees the successful delivery of programme activity and managing the reporting, tracking, budget and project deliverables of CSC partner and donor funded projects. Since graduating from the University of Sussex with an MA in Human Rights, Lucy is interested in engaging with human rights on a community level and passionate about making rights, and conversations around these, accessible and relevant. She has since worked in a variety of NGO settings, most recently as a human rights education trainer for young people and youth workers, and in running a grant programme and various health and community development projects in underprivileged areas of Leicester.

Julia Cook

Chair

Julia is the founding partner of the Change Management Group (CMG), an international management consulting firm with offices in London, Dubai, Sydney and a practice in the US. Julia is also a Co-Chair of the President’s International Advisory Committee for Vassar College.

Gaucho Rasmussen

Vice Chair

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

Steve Harper

Treasurer

Steve is a Senior Manager at a haysmacintyre, a firm of Chartered Accountants. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds the ICAEW’s Diploma in Charity Accounting.

Ashok Bhardwaj

Ashok is the founder and CEO of an insolvency practice. He is an active fundraiser for CSC with a particular focus on organising fundraising events, and is a key link between CSC and supporter groups such as the Lions Club.

Julia Hendrickson

Julia has over extensive experience spanning digital, commercial, strategy and marketing with Proctor & Gamble, Booz Allen and Tesco. Holding an MBA from London Business School, Julia has built and led businesses across developed and emerging markets in Europe and Asia.

Rafael 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. He has 25 years of experience in the financial services sector including posts at Houlihan Lokey, UBS Investment Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

David Schofield

David is Group Head of Corporate Responsibility at Aviva. David was involved in the consultations for the Child Rights and Business Principles, the working group for the ‘State of the World’s Street Children’ report and pioneered a partnership with the UN OHCHR. He was 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; and is a member of the advisory group for the UN Global Compact UK network.

Victoria Bentley

Victoria has a background in social policy and HR. She 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.

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, and prior to this 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.

Lynne Morris

Lynne is CEO of CSC Network member Toybox. 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.

Sir John Major KG CH

Patron

The Lord Brennan QC

Patron

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Patron

Vartan Melkonian

Patron

Surina Narula MBE

Patron and Founder

Surina Narula a businesswoman and fundraiser with a Masters in Social Anthropology from UCL. She has organised numerous events to raise money for various causes including street children. 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.

Surinder (Max) Mongia

Honorary President

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.

Pamella Bisson

Ambassadors

Brazilian-born Pamella is a former street child and supporting the work of the ABOUT USCSC 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.