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.

Andrew Crighton


Andrew is Chair of a highly respected night shelter in the south of England, bringing a deep understanding of poverty and its complexity. His professional experience guiding schools out of Special Measures brings insights into how difficult situations must and can be remedied.

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.

Christian Jervis-Read


A retired investment banker, Christian’s professional life specialised in the Middle East and Asia. With strong family ties to India, Christian spent five years on Indian transactions, including the establishment of India’s largest commercial bank, HDFC Bank.

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.

Emily Brown


Emily’s work in jewellery design and production involves regular travel and work in India and learning Hindi. Emily regularly visits the BBFI projects in Tamil Nadu to lead our project monitoring and maintain strong relationships with our Indian partners.