Our trustees

IMG_7466Gerison Lansdown is an international children’s rights consultant, advocate and lecturer, acting as Chair of Child to Child.

Formerly founder director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, she is a visiting scholar at Queen’s University, Belfast, a senior associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria, Canada, and was actively involved in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Gerison’s publications include: The Evolving Capacities of the Child, UNICEF, 2005; A Human Rights Based Approach to Education for All, UNICEF/UNESCO, 2007; See Me Hear Me, a Guide to the CRPD for Children with Disabilities, Save the Children 2009; Every Child’s Right to be Heard: A Resource Guide on the UNCRC General Comment 12, Save the Children/UNICEF, 2011 and A Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Children’s Participation, Plan/CWC/UNICEF/World Vision/Save the Children, 2014. See Gerison’s Declaration of Interest Form.

BradBrad K. Blitz is currently Deputy Dean and Professor of International Politics at Middlesex University London.

A former Research Associate in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, he is widely regarded as a leading expert on international and comparative politics, post conflict transition, statelessness, migration, development and human rights.  He has acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, as well as several NGOs. He has also advised national governments including the Bosnian, Russian and Albanian governments and has appeared as an expert witness advising UK and Australian courts, on over 20 occasions.

Brad’s recent publications include: Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented and Unwanted,Cambridge University Press, 2011 and Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.

Brad received his Ph.D. in International Development and Education from Stanford University. See Brad’s Declaration of Interest Form.

Ros Davies has 25 years’ experience of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health in the international development field. She is Vice-Chair of Child to Child.

She has managed and provided technical support to developing country programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America and is an experienced advocate. Before joining Women and Children First in 2007 as Chief Executive she was a freelance management consultant for UNAIDS, prior to which she was Chief Executive at Interact Worldwide, a UK-based sexual and reproductive health and rights NGO, for five and a half years. Previous roles include Consultancy Services, Director and External Relations Director at International Family Health and Director of Latin America Programmes for Marie Stopes International.

Ros holds an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London’s Institute for Latin American Studies and is a Fellow for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. See Ros’ Declaration of Interest Form.

Susan Durston has been associated with Child to Child since its beginning in 1979 and has been a trustee since 2013.

She has spent much of her long career in the field, in the South Pacific, East and Central Africa and South Asia, working for DFID, the European Commission and UNICEF as well as hands-on education work in planning, and teacher training in various contexts. In 2012 she retired as Associate Director, Education Programmes and Global Chief of Education for UNICEF.

Susan’s professional interest and commitment is to equity and inclusion in education and giving young people a voice. Along with her current Child to Child Board duties, she undertakes strategic consultancies for UNICEF in education, some work for the DFID Girls’ Education Challenge, sings in three choirs and still has time to swim, cycle, and learn French! A national of the UK (Wales) she is a graduate of Cambridge and London Universities and now lives in France, near Geneva in Switzerland. See Susan’s Declaration of Interest Form.

annegAnne Garbutt has worked in development since 1983, after a career in the National Health Service.

She has a Masters in Community Health and her first overseas posting was with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Nepal, where she trained traditional birth attendants and community health care workers in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). The following 10 years were spent overseas managing programmes and projects in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ghana, working with non-governmental organisations, ministries of health and official agencies all related to MCH and Family planning.

Since joining INTRAC in 1997, Anne has taken the lead in Consultancies, training courses and facilitating NGOs in Impact assessments, developing Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and more recently in developing Theories of Change. See Anne’s Declaration of Interest Form.

Jane Harris Jane Harris is a senior consultant at Cordis Bright and treasurer for Child to Child.

Jane began her career as a finance manager and director in charities within the fields of domestic violence, homelessness and substance abuse. Following her Master’s degree in 1997, she moved into research and consultancy. Since 1999, Jane has been working for Cordis Bright and has also worked as a researcher and part-time lecturer at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck.

Jane’s specialist area of interest is the role of voluntary organisations in delivering both public services and social change. She has extensive experience in evaluation, analysis, research and supporting mergers in the voluntary sector. She also has recent experience of senior management in a complex service providing organisation.

Mirza Jahani, PhD, is Senior Governance Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Afghanistan.

Mirza has worked in a range of developing countries, focussing primarily on creating bottom-up solutions for poverty alleviation. As former CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the USA, UK, East Africa and Tajikistan, Mirza helped to implement and secure funding for programs in rural development, health, education and civil society, often in post-conflict environments. Having first started his career as an economist with DFID, Mirza later served as Senior Governance Advisor for DFID in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he now currently works as Senior Governance Advisor for Afghanistan. Mirza has also acted as economic advisor for an African government.

sioned - CopySioned Jones has been in the not-for-profit sector for nearly 20 years and is currently the Executive Director of The Circle, an NGO founded by Annie Lennox that brings women together to empower some of the most marginalised women and girls across the globe.

Previous to this role she held senior management roles at Oxfam, RNIB and The Mo Farah Foundation.  Before moving to the charity sector Sioned spent 7 years working at the Metropolitan Police Service in a variety of civilian roles.  Sioned regularly speaks and consults on all things ‘charity’ as her passions and experience range from leading front facing advocacy to the depths of data and compliance and everything in between.

To wind down Sioned enjoys going to the theatre and live music events and tries her hardest to go and see one live act per month.  She has been a trustee at Child to Child for three years.

Lisa Mangan is a communications consultant and media strategist with more than 15 years’ experience working across the social, public and private sectors both in-house and at specialist agency Forster.

Lisa was Head of Communications at Centrepoint, Corporate Press Manager at the Heritage Lottery Fund, a consultant for the Cabinet Office and visiting lecturer at Middlesex University. She advises organisations on strategic and crisis communications and is a respected media trainer, coaching all levels in media interview techniques and storytelling from frontline staff to CEOs. See Lisa’s Declaration of Interest Form.

Jayma PauJayma Pau is a Co-Managing Partner at Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise which enables senior leaders to explore purpose and implement meaningful change across their organisations and the wider world.

Jayma previously worked at ITE Group, a leading exhibition organiser, and spent time in Russia, Kazakhstan, Libya and Mozambique. She also taught English in a French high school and enjoyed a brief spell at the European Parliament. During this time, Jayma started to ask big questions about why people’s lives are the way they are, and why people behave the way they do. This curiosity led her to join Leaders’ Quest in 2007, and since then she has figured out that some questions simply have no answers!

Jayma has a French degree from the University of Nottingham. She’s happiest at home, around her loved ones, playing the piano or practising yoga. She wants to visit a new country every year. See Jayma’s Declaration of Interest Form. 

T2-torill_pallesen_portrett-003orill Pallesen is responsible for Prevention Programmes for Children & Young People, International Programmes, Fundraising and Human Resources at Blue Cross Norway, an international organisation which assists people with addiction problems. Before her role at Blue Cross, she worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Denmark for seven years. Her time at MSF included working as the Deputy General Director, in the field in Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Sierra Leone and as Interim General Director.

Torill has a varied educational background within business management, leadership and organisational development. She is a Chartered Fellow member at the CIPD London and she has more than 20 years of diverse leadership experience from the private and not-for-profit sector.  She has a passion for the development of the society via mobilisation of individual strength in children and young people, social innovation and cross-sector collaboration.

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