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.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the organisation.  Selected for their expertise in different areas, they work closely with our CEO and senior management team to guide decision-making on strategic issues and hold them to account for their leadership of the organisation. Our Trustees are responsible in law for the organisation’s assets and activities, and we are grateful to these people who volunteer their time and talents to help ensure good governance at CSC.

Patrons & Ambassadors

Our Patrons and Ambassadors generously donate their time and leverage their public profile to help raise awareness and promote the work of CSC.  They are passionate advocates for street children around the world.

Development Board

We are fortunate to benefit from the commitment of an active and involved Development Board whose members, in addition to promoting the work of CSC within their networks, are helping develop influential relationships for CSC and drive forward philanthropic giving.

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.

Helen Varma

Head of Development and Sustainability

Born and raised in East Africa, Helen has over 25 years’ fundraising experience, five of which she spent with Save the Children. Since leaving Save the Children, Helen has had a varied career which has involved running two successful major donor campaigns for a Kenyan charity and working as a respected and trusted independent Fundraising Consultant and Interim Manager. Helen’s expertise lies mainly within the humanitarian / international development field, with the odd foray into the Arts and Higher Education. This diversity is reflected in Helen’s client list, a mix of renowned ‘household names’ and smaller charities, ranging from Cass Business School, the British Library and Dulwich Picture Gallery, to NACRO, Help the Hospices, AMREF Health Africa UK, Heart ‘n Soul, RedR UK, and Children in Crisis. In addition to her professional work, Helen is a Trustee of Transaid, Sabre Education and Starehe UK. Helen is covering Beth Plessis's role while Beth is on maternity leave.

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.

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.

Jessica Clark

Network Engagement Officer

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. She has an MSc in Public Health and MA in 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 carrying 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.

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.

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.

Monica Thomas

Digital Executive

Monica joined the CSC team in October 2018. Coming from a background in housing and digital consulting, and having spent ten years doing all things digital, she is responsible for the development and management of our website and the Digitally Connecting Street Children project, as well as communication and marketing across all CSC digital channels.

Kim MacLean

Publications Officer

Kim joined CSC in October 2018 to focus on communications and publications. Kim is also studying for a second MA in Communication for Development, and has spent six years working in various industries on a wide range of projects. She has an MA with Merit in Applied Linguistics, focusing on Strategic Communication and Intercultural Linguistics.

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.

Anne Louise Burnett

Vice Chair

Anne Louise runs the Centre for Global Finance and Technology (CGFT) at Imperial College Business School, a hub for multidisciplinary research, business education and global outreach aimed at greater understanding of the impact of technology on finance, business and society. Prior to this, she worked in the financial services sector, managing JPMorgan’s macro hedge fund sales desk and specialising in emerging markets foreign exchange and local debt markets. Anne Louise read Economics at Vassar College and has served as a member of the President’s International Advisory Committee; she also sits on North London Collegiate School’s Development Board.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Puneeta Mongia

Puneeta is a strategist and business development professional with experience in both consulting and corporate roles helping Telcos and Retailers make the most of the digital and omnichannel revolution. She has held roles in a number of companies including Telefonica UK (O2), Vodafone Group, Monitor Group, PwC and Airbus. Puneeta holds a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from the University Cambridge, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Royal Aeronautical Society. She is also a Governor at St Helen's, a leading independent school.

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.

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.

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.

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH

Patron

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Patron

The Lord Brennan QC

Patron

Lord Brennan QC has been a Queen’s Counsel since 1985 and is a senior associate member of Matrix. His areas of expertise include commercial law, public and private international law and international arbitration. Lord Brennan QC, as an appointed life peer, is active in politics as well as dedicating time to his incredibly varied legal practice. His most notable case during 2009 was the landmark civil Omagh bombing case. The outcome, in favour of his clients – relatives of those killed in the Omagh bombing – has become the first civil case of its kind in Europe in which the victims of terrorism were able to sue those responsible. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

Trudy Davies

Patron and Founder

Trudy Davies (FRGS) was born in Amsterdam where she grew up during the German occupation - an experience that influenced her private and professional life. After joining the Foreign Office and Diplomatic Corps, she served in Addis Ababa, East Africa and the Sudan, and London, often assisting international humanitarian NGOs and Ugandan refugees. She did voluntary research for Sir Patrick Mayhew,`MP for Tunbridge Wells before she joining Parliament in 1980 as PA to Stephen Dorrell MP. In 1984 she became the Research and Liaison Officer, later combined with Policy Adviser, of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development. In 1991 she formed a Network of Street Children NGOs and two years later, along with Nicolas Fenton, Director of Childhope, - the original two motivators - she saw the Consortium for Street Children launched by Sir John Major in 10 Downing Street in 1993. In 1995 Trudy Davies and Nicolas Fenton became also Board Directors of the newly formed European Network for Street Children Worldwide in Brussels (ENSCW) She retired from Parliament in 2000.

Nicolas Fenton

Patron and Founder

Formerly the Director of Centrepoint and then the founder and Director of ChildHope UK, Nicolas was a co-founder of the CSC. He qualified as a chartered accountant with a background in the Travel industry before moving to the charity sector. A consultant to a range of UK and international not- for –profit organisations, he specialises in strategic planning, financial and governance issues.

Vartan Melkonian

Patron

Vartan Melkonian's gift of music has enabled him to get out of the slums of Beirut where he was born and become a celebrated composer and conductor of classical music. Brought up in the early ‘50s as an orphan in the Birds’ Nest Orphanage in Lebanon, Vartan arrived in the UK in 1972 and became a leading singer and producer in the West End as well as a TV Director working for the BBC and the ITV. His love of classical music then led him to become a conductor of classical music, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and other similar orchestras in London’s most famous halls and across the globe. Vartan was made an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on 21 October 2016 in Los Angeles and a Baron of Cilicia on 19th November 2015 and Sir in 1995. As a motivational speaker, he has been a Keynote Speaker at the UN in Geneva, in Cambodia, Colombia and at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Street Children in the House of Commons – in the Middle East and the Gulf states.

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 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.

Daniel Edozie

Ambassadors

London born Daniel Edozie is a professional basketball player for the Bristol flyers who has been competing in the British Basketball League (BBL) for the past 4 years. He moved to the United States in 2004 where he and his mother had to overcome hardship and adversity when he experienced being homeless as a young person. Daniel eventually went into foster care and after studying and playing basketball in the US, he returned to the UK to continue his journey and pursue his career in basketball. He is now open to using his own experiences to inspire and motivate others through coaching and public speaking, and is looking forward to representing CSC as an Ambassador.

Dr Roger Hayes

Chairman

Dr Roger Hayes is a senior counsellor at APCO Worldwide, specializing in international strategic communications with a particular interest in emerging countries, especially in Africa and Asia, where he has worked both for governments and the private sector. Apart from consulting, he has also undertaken communications training assignments in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India and China. Throughout the 1990s, Dr Hayes ran two international trade bodies in nuclear energy and telecommunications, respectively concentrating on lobbying, trade and promotion. In his 30-year career, Dr Hayes has been head of public and corporate affairs for Thorn-EMI PLC, Ford of Europe, PA Consulting Group and before that, spent many years with Burson Marsteller operating globally for governments, corporations, trade associations and IGOs. He began his career as a Reuter’s correspondent in Paris and London and has also lived in New York. Educated at London University and University of Southern California, Dr Hayes speaks at many international conferences and is a writer on communications issues. He is also an associate faculty member at Henley Business School, where he recently concluded his doctoral research on Public Relations, Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World. Roger is part-time lecturer at Greenwich University Business School and Chief Examiner (Diploma) for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Roger’s new book “Reframing the Leadership Landscape: Creating a Culture of Collaboration” (with Reginald Watts) is published by Gower. Associate Professor LKY School of Public Policy, Singapore. Roger was recently appointed an Associate Professor LKY School of Public Policy, NUS Singapore teaching BUSINESS DIPLOMACY Roger is also a member of the Editorial Panel for INSIGHT, the journal of the UKIndia Business Council. In 2010, Dr Hayes was on secondment running APCO’s operations in India. Senior Adviser Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) UK.

Alec Saunders

Member

Alec Saunders is Principal PM for Microsoft Business AI, where he works with research teams to build new AI based businesses at Microsoft. Prior to this role, Alec was a senior director in the Microsoft Accelerator team, responsible for a diverse portfolio including scaling the Microsoft Accelerator Network through partnerships, and success managing high potential startups to their full potential using Microsoft resources .  Before re-joining Microsoft in 2014, Alec served as BlackBerry’s Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, and Vice President of QNX Cloud.Alec has founded three companies during his career. The most recent was web-based collaboration platform provider iotum Inc. in 2006. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Iotum Corporation until 2011. Alec has more than 25 years in software, including 9 years of service at Microsoft in the 1990’s where he helped launch Windows 95, the first two versions of Internet Explorer, the Universal Plug and Play initiative, the push into home markets, opt-in email marketing and what might well go down in history as the very first commercial direct email list ever. A graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.Math ’87), Alec lives in Seattle.

Anne Louise Burnett

Member

Anne Louise runs the Centre for Global Finance and Technology (CGFT) at Imperial College Business School, a hub for multidisciplinary research, business education and global outreach aimed at greater understanding of the impact of technology on finance, business and society. Prior to this, she worked in the financial services sector, managing JPMorgan’s macro hedge fund sales desk and specialising in emerging markets foreign exchange and local debt markets. Anne Louise read Economics at Vassar College and has served as a member of the President’s International Advisory Committee; she also sits on North London Collegiate School’s Development Board.

Julia Hendrickson

Member

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.

David Schofield

Member

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.