Senior Leadership Team
Our Senior Leadership team bring with them a wealth of experience and passion for educating children in the world's toughest places. Together, they drive the vision and strategy for Street Child.
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.
Chloe Brett - Global Director of Fundraising
Chloe has been with Street Child since 2009 and supports the organisation in all aspects of its fundraising and development. Chloe is based in our London office but spends significant time supporting the development of our projects overseas. This has included leading our work in Liberia during the Ebola crisis and initiating our post-earthquake work in Nepal. Chloe holds an MA in Development and a degree in Law.
Andy Nakonecznyj - Head of Fundraising
Andy heads up the Fundraising Team at Street Child with responsibility for fundraising operations and strategy. He has a background in regional and corporate fundraising, direct marketing and events management. He is passionate about insight-led fundraising. Andy holds the Certificate in Fundraising Management, is a Committee Member of The Institute of Fundraising in London and is all about inspiring and giving our donors the best experience possible.
Carol Flint - Head of Marketing
Carol joined the team in late 2017 after 20 years' experience in marketing at various well-known food brands. At Street Child, she is Head of Marketing, looking after the marketing of the Street Child brand as well as our major fundraising activities including the Sierra Leone Marathon and the Craft Half. With a BA and MA in languages as well as a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma in Marketing, Carol has a passion for how we communicate a message in a way that results in a desired change of behaviour.
Ramya Madhavan - Head of Education & Head of Programmes - Asia
Ramya is the Global Head of Education and Head of Asia, and has a background in education policy and programmes, with a specialisation in education in emergencies. At Street Child, Ramya leads operations and programmes in Asia, and offers oversight and support for our education projects in Africa and Asia. Prior to Street Child, Ramya was a teacher, teacher trainer, strategy consultant and impact assessment specialist with a range of organisations in Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Jordan and Turkey. She holds a Bachelors in Development and Electrical and Electronic Engineering; a Masters in Teaching and a Masters in International Education Policy, and is currently pursuing a PHD in Critical Pedagogies.
Megan Lees-McCowan - Head of Programmes - Africa
Megan is the head of Street Child UK's Africa programmes, leading programme strategy, resourcing and quality, and based 50/50 between the UK and Africa. She has been working for Street Child since 2011, as the field-based Sierra Leone Country Representative, and in the UK as the Programme Funding Manager and UK Charity Manager. Megan joined from a fundraising and communications role at the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, and holds an MSc in Poverty and Development.
Lindsay Robertson - Global Programmes Co-Ordinator
Lindsay joined Street Child in 2010 and spent 3 years based in Sierra Leone working alongside Street Child’s local partners supporting programme development. Lindsay is now UK based with a focus on support to, and oversight of, Street Child’s global programmes, including monitoring and reporting processes. She holds an MSc in Development Management.
Patrons & Ambassadors
Our Patrons and Ambassadors use their platforms to amplify our message that every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn.
Sarah, Duchess of York
Street Child Founder Patron, Sarah, Duchess of York and Global Ambassadors Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Street Child Patron Nick Hewer, TV host, best known for The Apprentice and Countdown.
General Lord Dannatt
Street Child Patron General Lord Dannatt, Former Head of the British Army.
As part of Red Nose Day 2017, singer Ed Sheeran travelled to Liberia to visit our projects helping street children into a safe home and back to school.
As part of Red Nose Day 2017, comedian Russell Howard traveled to Liberia to meet some of the children impacted by Ebola and learn how Street Child are helping them back to school.
Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey returned to Sierra Leone with Street Child for the first time since contracting the disease. Pauline wanted to find closure and help support the thousands of children still struggling with the impact of Ebola.
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