Our Board

Philip Brown

Chair, Co-Founder

Phil, one of the charity’s co-founders, was previously Managing Partner in a City law firm. He now volunteers weekly at a Law Centre and is a passionate believer in re-skilling women. He strongly believes in giving women new skills through training.

Dr Laurie Green


Co-founder Laurie has a breadth of international experience, and continues regularly to visit our Indian projects. As well as extensive experience as a Trustee, Laurie has published widely, including books on globalisation and poverty.

John Wilde


John worked in insurance for 49 years. Our Treasurer since 2019, he has over 20 years experience as Treasurer of a local charity.

Gill Hopkins


With a background in education and training Gill is passionate about enabling those in difficult circumstances to fulfil their potential. She has travelled widely and met her husband on a train trip around India.

Simon Bell


An accountant, Simon worked in the City for 20 years before before setting up his own accountancy practice 10 years ago. As well as working with charities professionally, he has been Treasurer of a local charity in Kelvedon, Essex for over 10 years.

Dr Andrew Sentance CBE


Renowned economist Dr Andrew Sentance has served on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (2006-11) and held senior positions at the CBI, London Business School, British Airways and PwC.  Now Senior Adviser to Cambridge Econometrics Andrew holds a number of visiting academic positions. Since the 1990s Andrew has been a trustee of development charities.

James Burgess


Jim, originally an accountant, is currently Chairman and Managing Director of a company engaged in projects and the sale of Flour Milling Equipment. Travelling worldwide, his previous charity work has included mission schooling in the Gambia & Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.8

Maureen McPherson

Attending Secretary

Has a background in Local Government. She is a Master of Behavioral Science and since her retirement has been involved in various community charities particularly around Education and Counselling.9