Gerison Lansdown was the founder director, 1992-2000, of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, and has since worked as an international consultant and advocate, publishing and lecturing widely on the subject of children’s rights.
She has been involved in the development of several general comments for the Committee on the Rights of the Child, including on right of children to be heard, to play and recreation, on the rights of children both during adolescence, and, currently, on rights in the digital environment. She is an adjunct professor at Carleton University Canada, has an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University, Carleton University, the University of East London, and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire, and is on the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.
Susan Durston is an advisor in education and committed to equity in and through education in its broadest sense. She has been associated with CHILD to CHILD for many years, participating in materials and strategy development, and a board member since 2013. Her professional experience spans primary school teaching, University lecturing, and extensive programme management and technical long-term field experience in low income countries. Her long-term experience has been in Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, India and Nepal, from where she also undertook frequent additional assignments in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan. Short-term assignments, which she still undertakes, have taken her additionally to Nigeria, Botswana, Indonesia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, and to Turkey (over 5 years) to evaluate UNICEF’s contribution to the education of Syrian refugees. As the former Associate Director, Education Programmes and Global Chief of Education for UNICEF. She led many initiatives, was UNICEF alternate member of the Board for the Global Partnership for Education, and co-chaired the Global Education Cluster, for Education in Emergencies.
She has worked for DFID, the European Commission, and at country, region and headquarters in UNICEF. In two previous postings, she had the opportunity to work in the health sector as well as the education sector, and situates her views in political economy as well as practice. She likes to work in a team and to mentor younger colleagues. Her passion now is building the capacity of children to participate their communities and realise their rights, through CHILD to CHILD, an organisation committed to child participation.
A national of the U.K. (Wales), she now lives in France, near Geneva Switzerland. She is a graduate of Cambridge, The Open University and London University Institute of Education in the U.K., and she carries on the Welsh tradition of choral singing.
Tricia Young Since 2018, Tricia has been the CEO of Terre des hommes UK, an affiliate of the Terre des hommes Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland. She was previously director Child to Child, a post she held for eight years. Her work promoting and upholding children’s rights gives her a wealth of experience. She is a founder trustee on the board of the UK Global Fund for Women.
Sioned Jones has been in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Operations and Communications at the Tax Justice Network, an organisation pursuing systemic changes and long-term narrative shifts (‘changing the weather’) to address global and national inequalities arising from poorly designed tax policies and to promote progressive tax policies and effective financial regulation, with the aim of building a more just and democratic world.
Previous to this role she held senior management roles including CEO at The Circle, a women’s rights NGO founded by Annie Lennox, Deputy Director at Oxfam, Head of Operations at RNIB and CEO at 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 seven years and is also Chair of the Trustee Board at Magic for Smiles, an NGO working to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of refugee children.
Brad K. Blitz received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is Professor of International Politics and Policy and Head of the Department of Education, Practice and Society at University College London. He was previously Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme on Modern Slavery. 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 several UN agencies, the World Bank, Council of Europe, FCDO, as well as several NGOs. His research focuses on displacement, citizenship, governance and human rights. He is currently Co-Investigator on a £15 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); and Co-Investigator on Life after Deportation, a study of refused and current asylum-seekers returned to Mexico and Guatemala from the USA. Publications include Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion (Edward Elgar 2016).
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.
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.
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.
Niru Shaathvegan, Child Rights Capacity Development Programme
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 Technical Advisor, plays a key role in developing and implementing Child to Child’s work.
Grazyna 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.
Carolyn 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.
Peter Dixon Peter Dixon is an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming with more than 35 years’ experience in International Development, including 14 as a country director with VSO (Uganda and Belize), Sight Savers (East and Southern Africa Region) and Save the Children (Nepal and Sri Lanka). Peter has facilitated many strategic planning processes, with thematic, country or regional scope, involving programme reviews and the facilitation of child rights situation analyses. He has been a principal author in several publications, including, Leave No Child Out, Action for the Rights of the Child, Child Rights Situation Analysis Guidelines, as well as the design and delivery of online child rights focused courses for Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and others. For the past 7 years he has been part of the Child to Child team supporting the “6 Principles” Child Rights Capacity Development Programme supporting 60 Oak Grantees working in the field of Child Abuse to build their capacity to better apply child rights principles in their work.
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.
Claire 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.
Sandy 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 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.
Sonal 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.
Penny 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.
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.
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.
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