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.
Together with our local partners, the charity has grown since 2008 from one project for 100 children in Northern Sierra Leone, to helping over 50,000 urban and rural children to access education in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Nepal.
Our focus is on empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there.
To read our latest Annual Report on where and how the funds we raised were spent this year, please click here.
Street Child UK
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.
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.
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.
Edward Creasy is the former CEO of major insurance firm and current charity partner the Kiln Group and current Non Executive Director for several companies. 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.
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.