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Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees govern the charity and direct how it is managed and run. They make sure that we respond to the needs of children in line with our vision and mission, and that we spend our supporters’ money as efficiently as possible.

Led by our Chair, Richard Greenhalgh, they also see that we adhere to charity guidelines and fundraising standards and monitor our annual progress, income and expenditure against our strategic objectives.

Read below to learn more about our Trustees and the knowledge and leadership experience they bring to Hope and Homes for Children from the international development, corporate and legal sectors.

Simi Dubb

Simi is passionate about putting talent, development and inclusion at the centre of business decision-making, believing that the way businesses engage and develop talent are key drivers of both competitive advantage and successful business change. Throughout her career, which includes senior global roles across the people agenda at Citi, Centrica, Fidelity International, Royal Bank of Scotland, BT Group, HSBC and Royal Bank of Canada, she has been a strong advocate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and having a ‘high performance culture’ through active talent management.

Simi’s commitment in this vital area includes involvement in the Women On Boards (Davies Report), Steering Committee at the Royal Academy of Engineering, and lobbying with Government in the House of Commons to change legislation for working carers in the UK.  

Simi holds a Master’s degree in Individual and Organisation Development, and is a guest lecturer at King’s University in London, teaching Masters students how to develop a commercial business case for HR with in purpose led organisations. She is on the Advisory Board for Investment News covering global DEI topics.

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John Good

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John Good, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

John has spent his career working in finance in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Following nearly 20 years working for Cadbury Schweppes, he has worked for the past 18 years in the not-for-profit sector at Leonard Cheshire, International Planned Parenthood and ActionAid. He is currently Chief Operating officer for ActionAid UK and a trustee of Watford Mencap.

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Richard Greenhalgh (Chair)

Richard Greenhalgh Chair Trustee at Hope and Homes For Children
Richard Greenhalgh Chair Trustee at Hope and Homes For Children

Richard Greenhalgh spent over thirty years with the international company Unilever, holding a number of senior positions throughout his career with the company. He has lived in Nigeria and spent time working in Africa, Latin America and India. He was latterly Chairman of Unilever UK for six years until his retirement in 2004.

Since his retirement, Richard has chaired businesses, public bodies and charities including Milk Ltd, the global charity Care International UK and Governing Bodyof Green Templeton College, Oxford. He has been Senior Independent Director of Rank Group, Vice Chair of Care International and most recently, Chairman of Surrey and Borders Partnership which is the Mental Health Foundation Trust for Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Richard is currently Chairman of the British Youth Opera and United Learning.

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Ian Haslegrave

Ian Haslegrave, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Ian is currently the Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at ofi, a leading global food group offering naturally good food and beverage ingredients and solutions.  The Group operates in over 50 countries, sources from over 2.75 m farmers and has over 20,000 employees.  Ian is based in London and has responsibilities globally for the legal, compliance and company secretarial functions.

Ian holds 30 years of experience that include blue chip international listed companies across a diverse range of sectors (food, media and distribution).  He carries significant commercial and management experience, extensive M&A as well as leading key global initiatives outside of his core responsibilities.

During his 15 years at RS Group PLC (a global FTSE 100 listed company), Ian played multiple roles that included the General Counsel and Company Secretary as well as handling other key global responsibilities including HR, Compliance, Indirect Procurement, Risk, and Information Security.  Ian’s previous stints included time with Viacom Outdoor, United Biscuits plc, and Freshfields

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Dr Maria Herczog

Maria Herczog PhD is an economist and sociologist, and a visiting senior lecturer at ELTE Budapest Law Faculty. Dr Herczog teaches on child rights, mediation and child protection. She has been the chair and program director of the Family Child Youth Association in Budapest, Hungary since 1993, and has been teaching child welfare, child protection and conflict resolution at different universities and on other vocational courses since 1989.

Dr Herczog has been undertaking research on child welfare, child protection, child rights, family matters and conflict resolution for more than 30 years. She is the author of several books, book chapters and journal articles.

A frequent speaker at national and international conferences and in the media, Dr Herczog has been working with UNICEF, Council of Europe and WHO as a temporary scientific expert for many years. She was a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Child between 2007–15, a founding member of Eurochild, and served as its president between 2010–16, member and later president of ExCO of Child Rights Connect between 2018-24. She has also been a member of the Board of Learning for Wellbeing Foundations since 2014 and president of Missing Children Europe since December 2023.

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Martina Larkin

Martina Larkin is a global executive and board director and an expert on leading global institutions through transformational change. She has launched numerous large-scale organisations and networks addressing global challenges including emerging technologies, geopolitics, economics and public policy. Most recently she was CEO of Project Liberty (2022-2024), a global foundation advancing the responsible development of the internet and AI. Prior to that she was VP of Global Issues at System, an AI start-up developing a systems-based approach to organise the world’s data and knowledge. Previously she spent 16 years at the World Economic Forum, where she was a member of the Executive Committee and held various roles, including Head of Europe and Eurasia, where she was advising leaders from business, government, and civil society building large-scale public private partnerships. Under her leadership she grew the Forum’s think tank (Global Agenda Councils) to a network of over 5,000 experts, globally developing insights for the Davos meetings, regional meetings and institutional projects. 

She also oversaw the development of the Forum’s youth foundation (Young Global Leaders), a foundation dedicated to fostering youth leadership. Earlier in her career, she was Associate Vice President at Lazar & Company, a New York based investment bank, and held positions at Nestlé Switzerland.

Martina is a member of several non-profit boards, including the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) of the European Commission; the international advisory panel for the Future of Science and Technology of the European Parliament; SITRA, Finland’s innovation think tank; and Deusto University in Spain. She also serves as a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and is a fellow at Yale University. 

She speaks English, French and German fluently, and lives in London with her family.

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Girish Menon

Girish Menon, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Girish Menon has worked in social development for over three decades. He started his career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, an Indian NGO, and followed this with stints at ActionAid, Plan International and Department for International Development (DFID) India.

After growing up in India, and beginning his career in the not-for-profit sector there, Girish moved to London in 2005 to join WaterAid UK. As deputy CEO and Director of International Programmes, Girish transformed WaterAid’s programming across Africa and Asia.

He has since been the Chief Executive of ActionAid UK for over five years, and the CEO at STiR Education. He is currently Interim CEO at UNICEF UK.

Girish is a keen blogger, active on social media and was named one of the Top 25 Social CEOs in 2018. Girish has also served on the TeachingExcellence & Student Outcomes (TEF) Panel for Social Sciences of the Office for Students and is a regular speaker at a number of events on a wide range of issues around international development, leadership, organisational culture, diversity and inclusion.

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Dr Chikondi Mpokosa

Dr Chikondi Mpokosa is a social development scientist with over 26 years of experience in international development in progressively more leadership roles. Chikondi is currently the Founder and CEO of Youth Action for Sustainable Development and Lion Olive Green Company Ltd, and the recent former Executive Director of the Angelou Centre a Black and Minoritised feminist women empowerment organisation. She leads on the strategic and operational fronts of the organisation. Chikondi conveys a wealth of experience managing programmes across multi-countries and within a large variety of organisations in international development in a variety of programme areas, including gender, education, child rights, human rights, humanitarian, and capacity-building. 

Originally from Malawi, Chikondi has gained international experience through her work in Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Niger, Mozambique, Mali, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Sudan. Chikondi served as a Trustee for the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE) for six years, is currently serving on the board of Hope and Homes for Children (HHC), the Global Girls Scholarship Foundation(GGSF, and the General Assembly Member of ActionAid Malawi.

She has worked with UNICEF in Zimbabwe, South Sudan and more recently Nigeria managing education programmes. She has also led global programmes for Opportunity International Malala Fund, Leonard Cheshire Disability International, VSO and Oxfam from the UK. She is passionate about setting strategies that better serve the needs of women and girls living in challenging circumstances in the countries. She combines global leadership of programmes with country and portfolio management.

Chikondi spent many years managing country programmes in Nigeria, Malawi, and Tanzania. Throughout her career, Chikondi has served in various consulting, management and program implementation roles that have focused on inclusion of marginalized and excluded children both boys and girls including children living with disabilities. 

Chikondi holds an Ed. D, MAEGID, B. Ed. (Sci).

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Ruchira Neotia

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Ruchira Neotia, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Ruchira is a global marketing leader with an impressive 18-year career spanning the globe. She has led a significant body of work within complex matrixed environments to establish lasting step change and help brands reinvent themselves with a digitally enabled customer-centric approach to marketing. She is also a Non-executive director and Board advisor.

Ruchira has multi-sector experience, having led regional marketing teams in Microsoft and Apple for their education and advertising business, and then moved on to American Express where she led a variety of global marketing initiatives, including the brand launch for India, and the company rebrand global employee launch.

More recently, she has been consulting with Ascential Plc. for a number of their businesses.

Ruchira became the youngest Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in December 2021 (City of London Livery company).

On a personal front, Ruchira is a keen traveller and a huge wine enthusiast. She is, in her spare time, pursuing a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in Wines.

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Camilla Otto

Camilla is an international development professional who has devoted her career to work with development aid questions and with the international development community. A Swedish national, Camilla has worked in the UN system (UNDP, UNIFEM, UNESCO) with the European Commission in Brussels and for the British Government in its Development Ministry (Department for International Development).

She has held numerous positions and worked on strategy and policy development across the globe; implemented development projects in Africa and Asia; negotiated on aid and trade issues in various international fora like the WTO, the UN, and the EU; and built and led teams in various institutions. Her career has taken her to work with projects and partners in many places across the globe with a focus on Africa and Asia.

At present, Camilla is a Director for Donor Co-Financing at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in charge of mobilising and managing donor funds for the Bank and maintaining relations with the Bank’s donor community. She lives with her family, including two children, in London.

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Ramesh Parmar (Treasurer)

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Ramesh Parmar, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Ramesh is a Finance, Treasury and Change Management professional with over 25 years’ experience within Financial Services, Banking and Capital Markets, working across international and diverse teams.

He has had a successful leadership career with a proven track record running the Finance function, delivering complex transformational change and creating high performing teams that areinclusive and diverse in thought and perspective. Ramesh is a strategic thinker with an adaptive leadership style able to demonstrate sound judgment and decision making. For 12 years, he was part of the senior Finance leaders group at TSB, HSBC and LloydsBanking Group, working to apply strategic initiatives throughout teams.

Ramesh has developed a strong interest in how technology can make a difference to serve society through numerous industries such as FinTech, HealthTech, LifeSciences and the Not-for-Profit Charity sector to name a few.

He is an avid fitness enthusiast, participates in a number of sports, and has a keen interest in overseas travel where he enjoys exploring different cultures.

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Anna Segall

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Anna Segall, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Anna has been working in international development, humanitarian response and human rights for some 20 years, nationally and internationally. She has worked in different United Nations organisations and with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and also in government and as a commercial lawyer in Australia. She is a trustee of WaterAid (UK).

Anna has been active in the fields of refugee protection, human rights and accountability, governance, organisational change, capacity building, and advocacy. She has led and managed teams in field and headquarters, developed and implemented policies and long-term strategies in different organisations, and negotiated on humanitarian issues and development of international law. Anna has published on accountability for human rights abuses and war crimes and on economic sanctions.

At present, Anna is Director of International Standards and Legal Affairs at UNESCO. She has worked previously as Director of Operations in Jordan for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), as General Counsel at UNRWA, at the ICRC Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, as Representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and as Manager of the Australian Red Cross humanitarian law programme.

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Zofia Sochanik

Zofia Sochanik, Trustee at Hope and Homes for Children

Zofia is a philanthropy and impact advisor with 20 years of experience within the nonprofit sector, in various roles within universities, medium and large privately funded UK organisations and several small international projects in Sub-Saharan Africa including Child’s i Foundation.

She began her consultancy Philanthropy Matters in 2014, with the aim to encourage private funders and charitable organisations to work more collaboratively together to create the most effective impact.  Working with individuals and small businesses on their strategic impact-led giving, also consulting on charity fundraising, governance, budgeting, and reporting.

Since 2019, Zofia has been the Director, Membership and Development at Philanthropy Impact, a membership organisation with the mission to increase the flow of capital for good by enabling private clients and their families to match their purpose driven wealth strategies with their values, across the spectrum of capital.  She is responsible for the growth of their corporate partner membership and creating a platform for discussion and learning around systemic issues and the innovations, solutions and partnerships by leading experts on a global stage.

Zofia was diagnosed with Complex PTSD due to childhood trauma in 2015 and for the last six years has been part of a South-West London amateur dramatics society, the Edmundian Players, to build her confidence as a speaker as part of her extensive healing journey.

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Mike Thiedke

Mike Thiedke Trustee at Hope and Homes For Children
Mike Thiedke Trustee at Hope and Homes For Children

Mike Thiedke has more than 15 years’ experience in executive/ senior positions in the third sector at national and international level. He has always been driven by a passion and conviction to deliver positive change for the most vulnerable to be heard, respected, empowered and cared for. This is why Hope and Homes for Children’s mission to end institutional care is so close to his heart.

Mike, who holds a doctorate in Children’s Rights and Intercultural Education, had a five-year career with the United Nations in New York City where his roles included being an advocate for young people as agents for change.

In 2009 he moved to London to work for international children’s charities such as ActionAid and Plan International. Mike was the CEO of Depaul UK, a homelessness charity that focuses on young people, from 2018 to 2023. In November 2023, he took on the role of CEO at The Children’s Trust, an organisation that provides children and young people with acquired brain injury and neuro-disability with holistic, specialist rehabilitation, care and education.

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