Meet The Team
Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the world's most vulnerable children.
Starting in Sierra Leone, then the poorest country in the world, we have supported over 20,000 urban and rural children to access a quality education.
Together with our local partners, the charity has grown since 2008 from one project for 100 children in Northern Sierra Leone, to one of the most broad-reaching charities currently working in the region with 30 projects in multiple countries.
Street Child's principal focus is upon empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there.
Tom Dannatt CEO & Founder
Tom founded Street Child in 2008 and has led the organisation since its inception. Tom became professional CEO in December 2012. Tom provides hands-on leadership to all aspects of the organisation including fundraising and programmes and visits the field most months. Tom holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from LSE and is a qualified barrister. Until 2012, Tom worked for JohnsonMagill, a City recruitment firm he co-founded shortly after graduating from Oxford in 2001. He is married to Lucinda and has four sons.
Megan Lees-McCowan Programmes
Megan is Street Child UK's permanent representative in Sierra Leone, working side by side with Street Child's partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia on programme strategy, funding and monitoring. She returned to Street Child in 2015 after completing a one year MSc in Poverty and Development. Megan had been Street Child's Programme Funding Manager in London since 2011, when she joined from a fundraising and communications role at the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.
Chloe has spent several months developing projects and evaluating exisiting work in both Sierra Leone and Liberia on Street Child's behalf. Here in the UK Chloe looks after a range of Street Child's work including corporate engagement and fundraising.
TV personality Nick Hewer travelled out to Sierra Leone in March 2014 to learn more about our rural schools and business projects. As a renowned businessman, Nick is especially supportive of our Family Business Scheme projects, and is committed to Street Child’s work in helping families lift themselves out of poverty.
Former Chelsea star and football legend Gianluca Vialli is our ambassador for Team Liberia, our team of nine former street children from Monrovia who are travelling to Rio this year to take part in the Street Child World Cup. Gianluca is working with Street Child to raise awareness of the issues that children face on the streets and the importance that football plays in helping get them back to school.
Singer/songwriter Sarah Harding gave an exclusive solo performance at our 5th birthday and Every Child in School appeal launch on the 20thMarch. Sarah is committed to supporting Street Child’s work further and has been asked to go to Sierra Leone to visit our projects over the coming appeal period.
Bart van der Vliet (Chair)
After an eye- and heart-opening visit to Sierra Leone in June 2010, Bart committed himself to the schools building project in Tambakha. He co-leads the rural side of SCoSL and continues to keep practically involved in SL projects. In the UK he applies his professional skills to supporting finance, governance and fundraising.
Based in London since 1998, Bart has extensive experience in leading global change projects in corporate organisations. In his consulting and coaching work he supports (business) leaders from international organisations to achieve personal, social and organisational transformation.
Bart is a qualified chartered accountant and ICF accredited executive coach.
Alex Scott-Barrett is a qualified chartered accountant and spent 25 years working in the financial sector in London. He is currently a non executive director of a number of companies and trustee and treasurer of 5 charities.
Pamela Dow is an Adviser to the Department for Education. A civil servant since 2007, in her previous career as a lobbyist she worked both as a private sector consultant and for a national children's charity. In December 2009 she volunteered on the Makeni project and looks forward to returning to see the the children and families she met through Street Child of Sierra Leone. Pamela also sits on the Board of the Directory of Social Change, a provider of information and training for the voluntary and community sector.
David is Associate Vicar at St Thomas Norwich. David previously worked in the City as a solicitor in the Private Individuals Division of Penningtons Solicitors LLP. There he specialised in advising trustees and executors in both the charitable and non-charitable sector. David has been a trustee since the charity began and the Board is greatly strengthened by his knowledge of charity law and his passion for its causes.
Jannah joined Street Child in August 2011. She has spent time in Sierra Leone, where her husband has worked in job creation and with hydro-electric projects for the past few years. She holds degrees in the Arts & Communications and has further qualifications in Child Psychology & Ethics. She has worked in marketing, partner relations and has years of experience with different charities, including Orphans kNOw More and the Fairtrade Foundation. She has a passion for Sierra Leone that started when she was 16 and hopes to spend a lot more time there in the future.