Our Senior Management Team consists of our Chief Executive, Mark Waddington, and Stefan Darabus, Michela Costa, Angharad McKenzie and Mark Shadrack.

Together, they develop and, with Board approval, execute strategic and operational plans. They also manage our four departments of passionate, dedicated staff: Programmes; Global Advocacy; Marketing, Communications and Fundraising (MCF); and Finance and Resources.

Read below to find out more about the experience and expertise they bring to Hope and Homes for Children, and what motivates them most about working to stop the institutionalisation of children.

Mark Waddington

Mark Waddington CEO at Hope and Homes for Children
Mark Waddington CEO at Hope and Homes for Children

Mark has been CEO of Hope and Homes for Children for ten years, since 2012. During that time, he’s worked with colleagues to build on the firm foundations laid by his predecessors to almost treble our income and treble our impact. He spends much of his time building partnerships with other organisations, including with the private sector, to mobilise the skills and resources needed to help progress our ambition to make orphanages an unacceptable way of caring for children.

Mark is clear about his motivation:

“Orphanages deprive children of their liberty. Too often they replicate the conditions of a prison. They regiment the lives of children, stigmatise and isolate them from their families and communities. They inflict violence and neglect upon them. In the worst cases, orphanages are engines of child trafficking. They are harmful and have no place in our society. Despite continuing resistance though, we have great confidence that change is in fact possible, and at scale. With every day, more governments, local authorities and organisations are recognising that helping to keep families together, and supporting alternative forms of family and community care and protection are not only more cost effective than concentrating and locking resources up in orphanages, but are actually saving lives and radically improving many more.”

Mark was previously the CEO of War Child. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Barnardo’s, and is also the Chair of the Barnardo’s Foundation Advisory Board. He was awarded the CBE for services to international child protection in the 2019 New Years Honours.

Angharad McKenzie
Director of Global Marketing, Communications and Fundraising

Angharad McKenzie Director of Global Marketing, Communications and Fundraising

Angharad joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2017. With 25 years of experience of leading fundraising, brand and communications programmes for global charities, Angharad is passionate about the role Hope and Homes for Children can play in the radical transformation of a broken system of care that punishes the most vulnerable children. Having scaled best in class partnership programmes and innovative relationship-based fundraising at WaterAid and charity: water, Angharad leads our team in the sustainable development of our global brand, marketing and fundraising. She holds a first-class degree in International Development and Politics and is a regular speaker and facilitator across the third sector.

When asked what motivates her most about her job, Angharad said:

“I’m motivated by the opportunity to change the way the world cares for children – and I believe whole-heartedly that it is possible. I’m inspired to play my part, every day, when I see the love, joy and happiness children and families experience when they are supported to stay together; or when they are reunited. I’ve learned so much about the vital importance of love and belonging for children and I’m all in to ensure this as a fundamental right, and a reality, for children, everywhere.”

Mark Shadrack
Chief Operating Officer

Mark Shadrack Chief Operating Officer at Hope and Homes for Children
Mark Shadrack Chief Operating Officer at Hope and Homes for Children

Mark has extensive experience in finance, governance, and operations across the commercial and charity sectors. He initially joined Hope and Homes for Children as a trustee in 2018. Having seen our work first hand, he was inspired by the opportunity to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and families and became Chief Operating Officer in 2020. Prior to this, Mark enjoyed an international career in finance at Unilever which included leadership roles spanning operations, strategy, and change management. Mark is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds the ICAEW diploma in Charity Accounting, and has a Masters in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from Bayes Business School in London.

As COO, Mark leads the Resources team, covering Finance, HR, IT, Facilities, Risk Management and Governance. Their role is to provide strategic and operational support for organisational objectives, enabling effective and efficient work toward our vision.

When asked what motivates him most about his job, Mark said:

“Seeing our work in Moldova was a key moment for me. It highlighted the deep injustice of systems which place children in orphanages, but also the hope and inspiration of the fantastic, life-changing work led by our frontline teams. We have a unique opportunity to protect vulnerable children and enable many more of them to grow up with the love of a family, and I am delighted to be part of that.”

Michela Costa
Director of Global & EU Advocacy

Michela Costa - Director of Global & EU Advocacy at Hope and Homes For Children
Michela Costa – Director of Global & EU Advocacy

Michela has been at Hope and Homes for Children since 2014. She has over 12 years’ experience in human rights advocacy and campaigning. She’s been working with civil society organisations, the UN and the EU, leading the development of strategic partnerships and alliances. She has a background in international cooperation and holds a European master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.

As Director of Global Advocacy, Michela leads our work to change the hearts and minds of policy makers, governments, development partners and others who have the authority to take decisions that will improve children’s lives. Her team secure high-level political will, disseminate evidence and knowledge, strengthen civil society alliances, and promote the allocation of funding for care reform.

When asked what motivates her most about her job, Michela said:

“I’m inspired by the children and young people we work with, who courageously raise their voice against the injustice of institutionalisation. They know what they want: the chance to grow up in a safe, loving family. Every child in the world deserves that.We’re determined to make it happen.”

Stefan Darabus, Ph.D., MBA
Director of Global Programmes

Stefan Darabus Director of Global Programmes at Hope and Homes for Children

Stefan Darabus has been with Hope and Homes for Children since 1998. With 25 years of experience in deinstitutionalisation, child protection system reform and programmes implementation, his focus is on macro-systems change, strategic management, and organisational development, working in partnership with national governments, state authorities, and international agencies. He is author and co-author of several manuals, studies and research papers on child protection and social services reform.

As Director of Global Programmes, Stefan leads programme implementation and strategic execution in country programmes, globally, through teams of professionals who manage deinstitutionalisation and reform implementation nationally. He uses and consolidates his experience in social assistance projects, focused on the prevention of family separation, family reunification, closing orphanages, technical assistance, capacity building, and social assistance systems design.

When asked what motivates him most about his job, Stefan said:

“I strongly believe that no child should grow up without the affection, love, and attachment of a family. Having seen so many times the trauma and disaster that institutionalisation inflicts upon children, I’m determined to do whatever I can to close orphanages all over the world and replace these with a network of child-centred, family-based, services.”