Meet the team who make it all happen.
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.
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
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 travelling 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.
Anthony Wallersteiner was a History Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and completed his Doctorate in Art Theory at the University of Kent. He was shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph and Spectator Young Journalist of the Year Competition for a report on dissident writers in Eastern Europe. Anthony taught History, English and General Studies at Sherborne, St Paul’s and Tonbridge. In 2003 Anthony was appointed Headmaster of Stowe and won the title of Tatler Headmaster of the Year in 2006. Trusteeships have included membership of the Council of Tate St Ives, Children in Crisis (Chair) and, from March 2018, Chair of Street Child.
John is a professional accountant who has worked in the charity sector for over 12 years and has worked for 18 charities to date. John has excellent knowledge on charity accounting, statutory reporting and tax within the charity sector. In addition to sitting as a trustee at Street Child, John is also the treasurer at a small charity called Action for Refugees in Lewisham. John works as the Finance Director at Bromley by Bow Centre in Tower Hamlets.
Pete has been working in international development for 17 years and brings a wealth of expertise with him from senior roles in major organisations, particularly in the field of disaster response. Pete, like Street Child, also began his development career in Makeni - in Pete's case with a 9-month posting for a Canadian charity in 2004. He has also spent a significant portion of his career working on Nepal, in particular in his roles with the British and International Federation of the Red Cross.
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.
Nick has worked with and raised funds for Street Child since 2014 and joined as a Trustee in 2017. In his spare time between 2011-2017, he was UK Director for a charity providing education and support to families in Freetown's slums. Prior, he was Head of Portfolio and Operations at BeyondMe, which has built over 180 partnerships between outstanding charities and major businesses. Nick brings a keen understanding of Street Child's beneficiaries and working context, as well as a strategic mindset and strong understanding of impact measurement, fundraising and corporate partnership.
Gemma has worked with and raised funds for Street Child since 2011. She is the chief economist at the Institute for Government, using economic reasoning and quantitative analysis to contribute to the institute's work to increase the effectiveness of government. She has 15 years' experience analysing and reporting on public policy issues, including as Economics Correspondent for the Financial Times. Gemma brings extensive experience and understanding of how to evaluate the impact of policies and programmes, communicate to a wide audience and influence government at all levels.
Claire began her strategy consulting career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after graduating from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She spent her formative years working on corporate strategy and commercial due diligence assignments, before focusing on projects for government clients such as the Ministry of Justice and HMRC. In 2008, she became a founding trustee of the Mark Anthony Trust, a registered charity focused on improving the life chances of the world's poorest through education.
Edward has been involved with Street Child since 2012. He has had a long career in the international insurance industry in London, and is now a non-executive director of several companies in the UK. As well as being a trustee of Street Child, he provides management consultancy advice and mentoring to a variety of charities and is a member of Pilotlight and Social Venture Partners. With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Edward brings several decades of experience in governance to Street Child’s Board and is a member of its Finance and Risk Committee.
Julia is founder and CEO of Streets Consulting, a business development, marketing and communications consultancy in the fintech sector. Prior to this, Julia was Global Head of Communications at NYSE Technologies and European Head of Marketing and Sales Development at Instinet. In 2018 Brummell Magazine recognised Julia as one of their 30 Inspirational Women Influencers. She is also an author, an after-dinner speaker and stand-up comedian.
Bastien is founder and Director at Brand Cornac. With 20 years experience in marketing, communications, creative direction and PR, Bastien has been Marketing Director of F1 teams, including Mercedes, Brawn GP and Honda. He headed the EMEA marketing team at IRONMAN and worked with the participation sports agency Limelight Sports to create Royal Bank of Canada V Series and Race the World. Bastien led communications for the UK’s most successful environmental campaign, The Big Ask’ for NGO Friends of the Earth, resulting in a new UK law. He has also worked in for the marketing agencies Ogilvy and Medialink with clients including the European Space Agency, Omega Watches, Ford and Diageo.
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.