Our people

Our staff

Teresa Sguazzin, Interim Director

Teresa has come to Child to Child with a deep commitment to its principles, and a strong affection for the organisation based on exposure to its impact and methodologies during her earlier work with southern Aftrican NGOs. Prior to taking up this post, she was involved in a strategic review process to identify strengths within Child to Child, and is now focused on taking forward our signature programmes and creating space for the development of new methodologies. For this, she plans to draw on CtC’s 40 years of experience, materials, and network of skilled and experienced associates and consultants.

Passionate about social justice and with many years of experience working in development, Teresa brings with her a commitment to collaboration – with communities, civil society organisations and like-minded funders. Within the UK, she spent five years working on grant management at Comic Relief, during which time her notable accomplishments included engagement with design and implementation of the DfID-funded All in All, learning initiative, with the potential to make lasting shifts in education systems in Tanzania and Malawi. Other recent work involves building relationships and initiatives with funders and institutions in support of early childhood care and education (ECCE), including inclusive ECCE.

AlexiaAlexia Phillips, Finance & Operations Manager

With over 12 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Alexia brings expertise in financial management and statutory compliance, project finance management and the development funding process. She advises the Board and senior management on all aspects of Child to Child’s financial planning and assists with strategic decision-making. Alexia has completed her Chartered Institute of Management Accountants exams, and is in the process of becoming a member. She also has a BA degree in Russian and Soviet Studies, and has lived in Russia, Turkey, Hungary and Germany. In a voluntary capacity, Alexia has acted as Treasurer of an anti human trafficking organisation, and worked for Amnesty International in Germany. See Alexia’s Declaration of Interest Form.

Annabel TrappAnnabel Trapp, Project & Network Manager

Annabel has been working to promote the rights of children since 2005, with particular focus supporting the application of child rights-based approaches in organisations working with children. She joined Child to Child in 2015 to manage a capacity building project supporting over 60 organisations (based in East Africa and Eastern Europe) to operationalise child rights principles, and to facilitate the project’s emerging community of practice. She also represents Child to Child on the steering group of the INGO Children’s Participation Forum. Annabel has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London and MA in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh. She lives near Amsterdam.

nirusiya-shaathvegan-project-officerNiru Shaathvegan, Child Rights Capacity Development Programme Manager & Operations Officer

Niru is a dedicated child rights professional, passionate about engaging in the initiatives to protect the rights and well-being of children and young people. Niru studied at Sri Lanka Law College (2009), gaining a First Class Honours degree in Law and was later awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M) at University of Wales. In addition, Niru also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Sociology and Economics from the University of Colombo. Niru started her career as a Legal Officer for ChildLine, Sri Lanka and later worked as Project Officer for a community based Child Protection and Child Development project funded by GIZ, Sri Lanka. Having established her career goals in the field of children’s rights and child protection, Niru has since completed an MSc in Children and Young People from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She first joined Child to Child as an intern on the Child Rights Capacity Development programme and now, as Programme Manager and Operations Officer, plays a key role in developing and implementing Child to Child’s work.

CelineCeline Vatterott Woznica, Director of Child to Child of the Americas based in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Celine’s responsibilities include developing a network of programmes throughout the Americas that incorporate Child-to-Child methodology and the promotion of rights-based participation of children in issues that affect them. Since first participating in a Child to Child trainers’ workshop in Nicaragua in 1982, she has developed Child to Child programmes in Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and inner-city Chicago and Gary, Indiana. She has provided numerous workshops on Child-to-Child methodology and the creation of spaces and techniques to allow for children to express themselves and be heard. Celine lived and worked for 11 years in Latin America, including Honduras, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Mexico. In addition to Child-to-Child methodology, her other areas of expertise include the training of community health workers, immigrant and refugee health needs, popular education techniques, and Freirian methodology. She earned her MPH and DrPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

Our consultants

GrazynaGrazyna Bonati has worked with Child to Child for over 20 years, in many regions of the world – as she can work in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. After working at Child to Child for over four years, she began freelancing and extended her range of training skills to cover Child Participation; Child Rights; Working with Children; Gender Issues; Advocacy; HIV/AIDS; Memory Books; Orphans and Vulnerable Children; Disaster Risk Reduction and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution. Grazyna trains people who work with children to do so in a participatory way, and involve them increasingly in community development, whether in terms of health education or more general themes. She has also been involved in project design, evaluating projects and particularly in looking for ways forward to improve project work. She has written several manuals and helped in the production of others.

Leila Billing is a child and youth rights professional. She has eight years’ experience of designing, developing and implementing programmes across a wide variety of thematic areas, including child protection, governance, HIV and AIDS, education, livelihoods and sexual and reproductive health. She has specific expertise in youth engagement and participation, conflict and post-conflict settings, fragile states and gender. She has a Masters Degree in Gender and Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies and has experience of working in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Nepal, Iraq and Afghanistan.

CarolynCarolyn Conway has been working to promote the rights and participation of children and young people since 2006 when her association with Child to Child began. She has been teaching and training teachers for over 25 years, writing teacher training manuals and designing courses for teachers in Europe and Asia, primarily in Laos and Bangladesh. She completed a Master’s degree in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2006. She managed Child to Child’s Hearing All Voices programme which supported UK schools to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children and young people. She is writing professional development materials to introduce coaching techniques as a way for adults to enhance their support of young people’s participation and develop their social and emotional learning. She is especially committed to transforming working practices in schools to make them more participatory environments in which young people have a voice. See Carolyn’s Declaration of Interest Form.

Peter DPeter Dixon is an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming. Through this role, he has provided support and advice to national and international NGOs, and UN Agencies in more than 25 countries for the last 12 years. He has facilitated many strategic planning processes, with thematic, country or regional scope, involving programme reviews, facilitation of child rights situations analyses, and the development of rights-based programming skills. Since 2008 he has been a regular instructor on Child Rights Programming and Child Protection courses for HREA (Human Rights Education Associates), INTRAC, and Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in International Development, including 14 as a country director with VSO (Uganda and Belize), Sight Savers (East and Southern Africa Region) and most recently Save the Children (Nepal and Sri Lanka). He has been a principle author in several publications, including Leave No Child Out, 2003; Child Rights Situation Analysis Guidelines, Save the Children, 2013; as well as a contributing author to a range of Save the Children Child Rights Programming and Child Rights Governance publications.

Violet Mugisa has a 30-year experience working with children in and out of schools using different methodologies of participatory development. She has experience in using the Child-to-Child approach to health or children’s rights and in integrating PRA, PLA, LFA, with Child-to-Child approach to come up with community-led projects for children. She has also worked in project design, implementation and monitoring; materials design and production; and project evaluation. Violet has facilitated workshops and training – with the use of Visualization in Participatory Programming – and child participation programmes. She has also supervised teachers’ teaching, trained teachers in participatory teaching methods and trained caregivers in pedagogy skills, i.e. Mediated learning experiences (MLE). She has worked extensively with Save the Children, Plan International, UNICEF, WHO, World Vision, Comic Relief etc. and is currently a freelancer.

ClaireClaire O’Kane has been an international child rights consultant since 2011, after working for Save the Children for many years. She is a qualified social worker with two decades of international experience in child rights, participation, protection, care and peace building work in development and emergency contexts, particularly in Asia and Africa. Claire has particular expertise in supporting child-led organisations, networks and partnerships with adults enabling children and young people to be recognised as active citizens. Her 50 publications include: Guidelines for children’s participation in humanitarian programming, Save the Children 2013; Children and Young People as Citizens: Partners for Social Change, Save the Children, 2003.

SandySandy Ruxton is an independent policy advisor and researcher, based in Oxford, UK. For Child to Child, he recently managed the child-led strand of a European Commission funded study on child participation, led by Ecorys. He is currently advisor to an Open University ESRC research project ‘Beyond Male Role Models: Gender Identities and Work with Young Men’. Sandy has worked for over ten years as an independent consultant to a wide range of UK and international NGOs and public sector organisations. He has an established track record of policy-orientated research and writing along with extensive advocacy experience, both at UK and EU level. He has also worked in project management; capacity-building and strategy development; and has strong experience as an evaluator. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2007, he was Policy and Communications Manager with Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme. Sandy’s publications include: The Involvement of Men in Gender Equality Initiatives in the European Union, European Institute for Gender Equality, 2012; Governance Fit for Children, Save the Children Sweden, 2011; Man Made: men, masculinities and equality in public policy, Coalition on Men and Boys, 2009; and What About Us? Children’s Rights in the European Union, Euronet, 2006.

Anise_copyAnise Waljee has conducted consultancies in various domains, including environmental and health education, early childhood education, inclusive education policy and practice, and organisational change and strategic planning in and for various NGOs in London, Lebanon and Pakistan. Born and brought up in Dar es Salaam, Anise worked in the British civil service on employment services for disabled people before being introduced to a career in education. Among her many roles over the years, she managed the Agha Khan Foundation education programme for Tajikistan, working with the government to reform the education system; her role as team manager included oversight of curriculum and materials development, educational management, community mobilisation, capacity building, facilitating decentralisation and school autonomy. Anise worked in East Africa, Canada, East Timor, Albania and Central Asia, and speaks fluent English, Urdu, Tajik and Kiswahili. Her personal interests include literature, music, theatre, photography and storytelling to name a few.

SonalSonal Zaveri, PhD, is an international advisor to Child to Child and to the feminist evaluators’ network. Based in India, she is an independent consultant and evaluator, founder member and secretary of the Community of Evaluators South Asia. She writes, trains and presents on issues of rights, participation, and gender and on the use of utilisation-focused evaluation, feminist evaluation and participatory, empowerment, and transformative approaches. Her sector expertise is varied – in early childhood development, school health, inclusive and participatory education, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, life skills, child safeguarding and social protection. Sonal’s work experience spans over twenty countries across Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe with governmental, non-governmental organisations, INGOs, foundations, the UN and multilaterals.

IMG_2945Penny Boreham is an experienced radio producer and broadcaster and has been the series editor of ‘Pikin to Pikin Tok’, and more recently ‘Fambul Tok’. She also produced and presented an hour long BBC World service documentary about ‘Pikin to Pikin Tok’. She is an award-winning radio documentary maker and radio drama producer, working for both the BBC World Service and BBC Radio Four. For fifteen of her thirty years working in radio, Penny was a Senior Producer at the BBC World Service.  Penny is passionate about using radio and audio to empower children to share ideas and speak their mind. As a result of this, she launched her own charity ‘SoundAffects’ to enable children to connect cross-culturally, and share their ideas and dialogue about their deepest concerns. She has worked extensively for the Open University, creating podcasts with academics in order to enable them to talk accessibly, but still subtly, about their research. Penny is also experienced as a trainer, mentoring younger radio journalists.

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.

Matt Rigby (CIA, QIAL, CAMS) holds the position of Treasurer on the Board. Matt is an experienced Head of Audit at ABC International Bank and has 20+ years of experience auditing banks and financial services. He trained at Deloitte where he spent 9 years in the Audit and Risk Practices before holding roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Europe Arab Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and GE Capital. Originally from Zimbabwe, Matt is passionate about Africa and the potential of its people.


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.

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.


If you are looking to join our team, please see our Work & Volunteering opportunities here.