President - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is our president.
The Duchess and The Prince of Wales were first introduced to ShelterBox in 2006. While on an official visit to Pakistan, they learnt about our work supporting families who had lost their homes in the Kashmiri earthquake.
Her Royal Highness has been a keen supporter of our work ever since and we have been proud to welcome her on a number of occasions to meet the team and to learn more about our work.
Chief Executive - Sanj Srikanthan
Sanj joined the ShelterBox team in December 2019. Sanj spent 10 years at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he was Senior Vice President, Europe and Executive Director, UK.
In a previous role at IRC as Emergency Field Director, Sanj managed responses in Mali, Syria, Liberia, Lebanon and Turkey. Earlier in his career, Sanj worked for UN OCHA (the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and was previously a Captain in the British Army.
'It will be a huge privilege to lead ShelterBox, an organisation with such a powerful clarity of mission – to turn despair into hope through shelter provision. Over the course of my career, I have seen first-hand the direct impact that quality emergency shelter can have in helping people begin to recover from disaster.’
Director of Operations
Darren is a specialist in engineering and supply chain management. As a consultant, he has overseen major projects for FTSE 100 organisations.
'We work to ensure ShelterBox truly understands the need of the family during the emergency phase of the disaster - to be there at the right time and to enable that family not just to be sheltered but to ensure that they are supported on the path to recovery. This extends to everything we do, from building professional foundations that will enable us to expand, through to developing our talented and passionate staff and volunteers.’
Director of Fundraising & Communications
Robyn is responsible for setting and driving the income generation and communications strategy for ShelterBox. She has a background in fundraising in the non-profit sector, particularly in international development and environmentally focussed organisations.
'We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible supporters, and through our fundraising and communications activities, we are connecting ordinary families who support ShelterBox with families around the world facing extraordinary disasters. Our ambitious and passionate team are raising vital money and awareness so more people will join us in our mission to create a world where no family is without shelter.'
Director of Finance
Michael is a specialist in chartered accountancy. He has held positions in a number of leading global accounting firms, as well as being a partner in a local firm of accountants.
‘We work to ensure that we always use our donors’ money effectively and efficiently to help those who need it most - connecting those who want to help with those who need our support.’
Head of HR
Kevin provides leadership for our HR operations, helping ShelterBox to grow, and ensuring staff are engaged and equipped with the right skills to deliver our strategy. He has previously led HR operations within the hospitality sector and held positions in the corporate/tech environment.
'We're striving to make ShelterBox a great place to work, whether you're based at our head office in Cornwall, in our London office, at home, or even in one of our affiliate country offices around the world. We want to recruit, develop and keep, talented, passionate people to best serve families living through disaster.'
ShelterBox's ultimate decision making authority is its board of trustees, which has full legal responsibility for running of the charity.
The trustees act as the directors of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006. Trustees are appointed in light of their commitment to ShelterBox and their experience and skills which enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a large and complex charity.
The board meets at least four times a year and designated members of the executive team attend these meetings as non-voting observers to advise and inform the board.
The board has a number of committees that can also include senior staff members, co-opted individuals and consultants as well as trustees. These committees have specific areas of responsibilities and will provide recommendations within their specified areas for board consideration and approval:
- Audit, risk and compliance
- Finance and fundraising
James Sinclair Taylor
James is one of three partners at Russell-Cooke Solicitors LLP and head of the organisation’s charity and social enterprise team.
'Disasters are sudden, terrible and unexpected. I am passionate about ShelterBox’s ability to go all out to respond to those disasters. Going all out, both to get shelter to those in the open, and to gather the supporting funds necessary to make this response.'
Claire is a self-employed consultant focused on improving the impact of humanitarian aid on crisis-affected people and communities by supporting organisations at the strategic and programme management levels to continuously improve their practices. Claire advises on accountability and quality management initiatives, applying the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and how to ensure the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) in humanitarian aid. She is also an independent Senior Auditor for the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) conducting third party certification and verification audits against the CHS. Claire has been interested in the work of ShelterBox for some time and did a short consultancy back in 2015.
“A Shelter can provide a family and individuals with adequate space to rest, get some security and a little privacy in times of extreme vulnerability and uncertainty. ShelterBox has an innovative approach to meet the need for shelter in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, responding quickly and effectively.”
Lydia is a specialist in humanitarian policy and provides consultancy for governments, UN agencies, international non-government organisations and research institutes.
‘With the world facing an unprecedented level of humanitarian needs, and a future increasing exposed to the risk of disaster, the need for rapid and effective disaster response has never been more critical. I joined ShelterBox as a trustee in 2015 and am committed to supporting the dynamic and dedicated ShelterBox team to adapt and prepare for meeting the needs of crisis-affected people in an increasingly complex and risky world.’
Bill is a specialist in branding, strategy and risk and consultancy who has also previously held roles in government relations. He is the co-founder of The Hub, a meeting and events space, based in Philadelphia.
'I am impatient for ShelterBox to possess the resources that will enable it to have a deeper, more meaningful and positive effect on the millions of displaced persons who require shelter in the wake of natural or manmade disasters every day.'
Robin is a specialist in chartered accountancy. He has worked within a range of organisations, from investment management and financial planning firms to market research firms.
'I joined ShelterBox as honorary treasurer to bring financial expertise to the board of trustees. I am passionate to ensure that donors money is well and wisely spent.'
Richard has a background in commercial strategy and strategy consultancy. He has held a variety of positions at Virgin Media, including leading the commercial strategy team and running the sales and marketing function for Virgin Mobile, and is currently the CEO of a private hospital group.
'In our frantic day to day to lives, whether at work, at home or out and about, we're all impatient. Impatient for the traffic lights to change. Impatient for the self scan checkout to work. Impatient for someone to turn up to your meeting. When you're talking to someone who has lost their home, with their family all around them - all these things seem ridiculous. That's when I feel impatient. At that moment, every minute waiting really means something.'
Shekhar, based in Kolkata West Bengal, India, has been actively involved in disaster management and worked to build 500 homes after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He has also helped establish hospitals in Bhubaneswar, Hooghly and Kolkata, and chairs the Saving Little Hearts charity, which has facilitated nearly 2,000 heart surgeries for children.
A very well respected and senior Rotarian, Shekhar is a Chartered Accountant and chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company. He is also chair of the Rotary India Literacy mission.
Michelle is Head of Communications and Engagement at Cornwall Council. Before taking up this position, she worked in London as Global Director of Marketing and Communications for World Animal Protection, and was Head of Internal Communications for Save the Children.
With 25 years working in social justice, the international humanitarian sector and disaster management, coupled with a track record as a highly successful marketing, communications and fundraising director, Michelle is really looking forward to applying her skills, expertise and passion to help steer ShelterBox towards even greater success.
Greg retired as an accountant in 2010 and lives in Weston-Super-Mare. He has been involved with Rotary in the UK for many years and is currently the Chair of the Operations, Process and Audit Committee at RIBI Donations Trust. He is a previous treasurer of RIBI. Greg was proposed as a trustee by Rotary International.
'I became aware of ShelterBox shortly after it started and looked at it in some detail in 2005 when I was a District Governor in that year. I have watched it grow and spread over the years since then. It has always appealed to me because of its simple core idea and the fact that it is able to bring practical help and hope to those in desperate need who have lost everything.'
No family without shelter after disaster
We provide emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives.
How we work
Supporting families to rebuild their lives
We work with disaster-affected communities to provide the emergency shelter, essential items and training needed to support families in the long process of rebuilding their lives.
Meet the people your support is helping
Read about how ShelterBox is providing the tools to help families start the process of their own recovery.