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  • Mikey Rosato (Chief Executive) Open or Close

    Mikey’s expertise is in supporting organisations in developing countries to run programmes that empower local communities to find solutions that help prevent mothers and babies dying from preventable conditions. He has a PhD in Global Health and Development and a Masters degree in Anthropology. Mikey leads on our programme development, monitoring and evaluation and provides technical advice on women’s groups programmes.

  • Mark Mina (Fundraising and Communications Manager) Open or Close

    Mark has over 10 years’ experience of working for and with charities, supporting them with their fundraising, communications and research needs. He is passionate about the cause, planning and implementing strategies to generate vital funds to save the lives of mothers and children in the world’s poorest communities. When not at the office, Mark is busy spending time with his family and baby daughter.

  • Melanie Smith (Fundraising and Communications Officer) Open or Close

    Melanie's experience lies in not-for-profit fundraising, content creation, project planning and implementation and editorial work. She enjoys creating unique material across multiple channels and raising money for important causes through events, campaigns and story telling. She's passionate about women's health, education and rights. 

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  • Professor Anthony Costello Open or Close

    Professor Anthony Costello, a renowned international expert on maternal, newborn and child health, is the founder of Women and Children First. Formerly Professor of International Child Health and Director of the Institute for Global Health at University College London, he is now Director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organisation.

    Having studied at Cambridge University, Anthony trained in paediatrics and neonatology and focused on the improvement of women’s and children’s health through community-based, cost effective interventions. He has evaluated measures to improve nutrition, health systems and quality of care for women and children in low resource settings.


  • Baroness Afshar of Heslington Open or Close

    Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE, (born 1944) is a Professor in Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York and Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé.

    Of Iranian origin, she worked as a journalist before and after her initial studies at York, where she returned after receiving her PhD from Cambridge University. Afshar serves on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she is Honorary President of International Services. She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of June 2005. On October 18, 2007 it was announced that she would be created a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench (non-party political) peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on December 11, 2007, as Baroness Afshar of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.

  • Baroness Amos Open or Close

    Currently Director of SOAS, University of London, Valerie Amos served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN from 2010-2015. Baroness Amos served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. She was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership and change management issues and was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997. Baroness Amos went on to become the first black woman to sit in the British cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development. She became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council in October 2003 and served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN.

  • Baroness Massey of Darwen Open or Close

    A former teacher and education advisor, Baroness Doreen Massey was the Director of the Family Planning Association from 1989 to 1994. She was made a Life Peer of Darwen in the County of Lancashire in 1999 and has worked in the House of Lords as member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare. She is a very active member of the House of Lords and has focused keenly on the Children and Young Persons Bill.

  • Juliet Stevenson Open or Close

    Juliet Stevenson is one of the most respected actors of her generation.  Having studied at RADA, she started her stage career in the early 1980s with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her television career took off when she appeared in the popular TV serialisation of Catherine Cookson’s novels, The Mallens.  Juliet made her name in films in 1991 playing Nina opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, a performance that won her the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.  Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award, for Death and the Maiden, plus a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.  One of her most high profile roles was in Bend it Like Beckham.  Juliet was awarded a CBE in 1999. A committed supporter of women’s issues and rights, Juliet became a Patron of Women and Children First in March 2011.

  • Kathy Lette Open or Close

    Kathy Lette, a supporter of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, divides her time between being a full time writer and mother. After several years as a singer with the Salami Sisters, and working as a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York and a television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, her ten novels became international best-sellers. Through witty wordplay, Kathy's satires on the sex war touch on real issues - from exploring how young Australian girls allowed themselves to be treated as human handbags by their boyfriends to marriage, infidelity and childbirth. Her quips persuade us that for the female of the species it's probably a case of laugh or die, especially when thinking of the horrors of the Pudding Club.

  • Lesley Regan Open or Close
    Professor Lesley Regan became the 30th President of the RCOG in September 2016. She is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. Her principal clinical and research interest is in recurrent miscarriage. At Imperial she is Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer, chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, Director of Women’s Health Research Centre and co-director of the UK pregnancy Baby Bio Bank (BBB). She currently chairs the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death. Professor Regan has published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries. In 2015 she received an honorary fellowship of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was awarded a Doctorate of Science from University College London for her contributions to women’s health.
  • Surina Narula Open or Close

    Surina Narula has devoted almost two decades to highlight the plight of street children globally. An MBA and a Master’s in Social Anthropology at University College London, she has raised large funds for charitable causes through numerous high profile events, combining her commitment to street children with her passion for the arts.  A recipient of several awards for her philanthropic work, she was commended for The Beacon Prize for her contribution to charitable and social causes in 2003. Surina was honoured with the Asian of the Year Award in 2005 and with an MBE in 2008.


  • JP Agrawal Open or Close

    JP has substantial experience in international finance and banking. In 2012 he founded Derivatives Value Advisor Ltd (DVAL), providing advisory services on derivatives and financial market solutions. Previously, JP has worked for global banks including Lloyds Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. JP has a Masters in International Finance (MIF) from University of Amsterdam, and a Master of Technology (M. Tech) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India.

  • Sarah Blakemore Open or Close

    Sarah is an international NGO Director with a 15 year track record of driving creative and tactical programmes for change, at all levels from grassroots to global. An advocacy and communications specialist, Sarah has extensive experience of research, policy analysis, lobbying, coalition-building and communications. Sarah is currently Director of Keeping Children Safe. Previous roles have been at International Campaign to Ban Landmines, End Water Poverty, Save the Children UK and Oxfam. Sarah has also worked as a freelance journalist and has gained post graduate qualifications in Environment and Development.

  • Deborah Botwood Smith Open or Close

    Deborah is Director of Marketing at the Association for Financial Markets in London, which represents a broad range of European and global participants in the wholesale financial markets. Deborah has advised companies at the most senior level on reputation and governance issues, marketing, thought leadership and crisis management for over twenty five years. She has an MA in law from University of Cambridge. She is married with one son.

  • Meg Braddock Open or Close

    Meg is a specialist in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with wide experience in programme design, management and technical assistance in developing countries.  She has worked in the public and NGO sectors and has 25 years practical experience in programme development in SRHR, public-private partnerships, work with adolescents, and innovative financing methods.  She has also worked on integrated rural development, housing and micro-credit programmes. She has Masters degrees in Operational Research and Economics.  She lived and worked in Latin America for over 20 years, and now works as a freelance consultant.

  • Carol Bradford (Chair) Open or Close

    Carol is an independent consultant in sexual and reproduction health, with field experience in Latin America, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. With technical expertise in reproductive health, including family planning and abortion, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, Carol has extensive experience in organisational development, monitoring and evaluation and strategic planning. Carol  has worked for a wide range of organisations and clients in the USA and the UK including Marie Stopes International, DFID, International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Bank and has an MA in Sociology and Demography from Georgetown University in Washington DC. 

  • Meera Dodhia Open or Close

    Meera has 5 years’ experience in various roles in finance under the NGO sector particularly in sexual, reproductive and maternal health. She has been heavily involved in producing statutory reports, monthly reporting and has more recently been a regional finance advisor in ensuring there is compliance to accounting policies and understanding of the SORP. Prior to this she has had 5 years working in the social housing sector where she was specialized in Capital and component accounting.

  • Peter Clokey (Treasurer) Open or Close

    Peter is a consultant to the corporate finance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive international experience, having led a World Bank project in Tanzania and advised clients in the Middle East and across south-east Asia, where he lived for several years. He previously sat on the Board of Directors of a listed company and currently sits on the Council of the Society of Share and Business Valuers.

  • Patricia Croll (Vice Chair) Open or Close

    Patricia has twenty-one years’ experience as a senior international development executive and manager operating at a strategic level in the voluntary sector. As Director of External Relations and Resource Development at Marie Stopes International (MSI), she built from scratch the External Relations and Resource Mobilisation team, evolving the structure, systems, procedures and setting strategy. Her work on Public Affairs, Media and Parliamentary Advocacy, Publications Production aimed at both positioning MSI as the leading agency in its field and building awareness of a range of complex issues among a variety of audiences. Prior to working at MSI Patricia had many years experience in education, counselling and training.Patricia also serves on the Board of Pupil Parent Partnership, which works with young people and their families in West London.

  • Roz Marsh Open or Close

    Roz qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has worked in a variety of commercial and compliance departments for organisations such as Mercer Ltd, WorldPay and Lloyds Bank. Roz is currently working for Barclays Bank as a senior lawyer in the Operations, Technology & Commercial team, where she has gained experience of advising senior stakeholders on complex legal issues. Roz has a first class degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University and has completed the Close Brothers Trustee Leadership Programme.

  • Audrey Prost Open or Close

    Audrey is a senior lecturer at UCL's Institute for Global Health. She works closely with the Indian civil society organisation Ekjut in eastern India. Together they have conducted two large cluster randomised controlled trials of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health in largely tribal areas of Jharkhand and Odisha. They are currently working on expanding the use of participatory approaches with community groups to improve child health and nutrition beyond the neonatal period, as well as adolescent health. Audrey is an associate editor of Trials, and interested in the design and analysis of trials of complex social interventions.

  • Laura Salisbury Open or Close

    Laura is the Head of Community and Volunteer Fundraising at VSO based in London. Laura has over 10 years of experience working in the charitable fundraising sector for a range of organisations including Amnesty International UK, The Free Tibet Campaign and Concern Universal. Laura feels strongly about social justice, and particularly issues pertaining to gender equality and has an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE. 

  • Esther Sharma Open or Close

    Esther has been a midwife for over 15 years and is a member of the Royal College of Midwives and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.  She has a wide range of experience in working in a range of midwifery settings across London as well as previously holding management responsibilties in public health roles and working in Afghanistan to improve maternal health.  Esther currently works as a National Facilitator for Best Beginnings, a charity working to give all UK babies the best start in life.  She is married with two children.

  • Jo Torode Open or Close

    Jo is a Barrister and experienced litigator whose practice covers the spectrum of commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. She has particular expertise in the conduct of high profile, local and cross-border investigations as well as proceedings involving the civil, criminal and regulatory aspects of financial and corporate wrongdoing. Jo also advises on matters related to corporate governance and lectures extensively in all her areas of expertise. Jo is a mentor to junior lawyers and was previously Chair of the Female Fraud Forum.



  • Christopher Thorpe Open or Close

    Christopher Thorpe

    Christopher is an IT expert with extensive project and programme management experience. His skills and expertise lie in enabling business to achieve their goals and thrives on making a difference. Christopher has a background working in the private, commercial and public sectors. He is currently working for Rosebery Housing Association where he is Head of IT. Christopher has a MSc in Advanced Information Technology and is a mentor for employees who want to further their IT careers. Christopher finds time to keep fit cycling, playing golf and likes reading.

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