Meet The Team.
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 Director
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.
Megan Lees-McCowan Head of Programmes - Africa
Megan is Street Child UK's permanent representative in Sierra Leone, working side by side with Street Child's partners in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia to manage programme strategy, resourcing and quality. 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.
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.
We’re very thankful to have support promoting the work we’re doing supporting the world's poorest children. Thanks to these amazing people, we can highlight the importance of education in making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children.
Nick has been a Street Child ambassador since 2014 when he travelled out to Sierra Leone 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.
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 for the first time since contracting the disease with Street Child. Pauline wanted to find closure and help support the thousands of children still struggling with the impact of Ebola.
Pete Garratt (Chair)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gemma is an Economics Correspondent for the Financial Times and previously worked as the Programmes Director for the Institute of Fiscal Studies.