Meet the team

ShelterBox executive team, board and president

Our vision is to see a world where no family is left without shelter when disaster strikes.

Our executive team and trustees share our determination for making this happen.

Patron - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall


Royal visit

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is our Patron.

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.

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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.’

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Executive Team

Robyn Cummins - 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.’

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Michael Collins - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE


Michael provides leadership to our finance, facilities, IT and legal teams.

He has 30 years experience across corporate services, at home and abroad, in the Not for Profit and Commercial sectors with prior experience also gained at a global humanitarian NGO.

“We work to ensure every donor gift is treated as a precious commodity, that is protected, kept safe, and utilised efficiently to maximise impact for those in need of shelter across the world.”

KEVIN ORCHARD - Director of Human Resources


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.’

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Trustees

James Sinclair Taylor - CHAIR


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James is a partner at Russell-cooke solicitors where he advises charities and not-for-profits on a range of governance regulatory and other issues.

James is personally involved with a range of charities and is Protector of NESTA and chair of a housing association.

‘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 Goudsmit - VICE CHAIR


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.”

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Bill Decker - TRUSTEE


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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.’

Leo Skyner - Trustee


Leo Skyner is Head of Finance for Global Programmes at Save the Children UK.

Prior to that, he worked for International Alert’s Africa Programme and for Save the Children in various roles across Africa.

Before moving into the INGO world he was Finance Director of a global print, media and technology business – in which he remains a partner.

Michelle Jeuken - TRUSTEE


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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.

Karl Shuker - TRUSTEE


Karl brings to the Board over twelve years of experience of large scale diversified fundraising and NGO governance, within the International Development & Humanitarian fields.

Karl is currently Senior Partnerships & Philanthropy Advisor at Save The Children UK. He was previously the Fundraising & External Relations Lead at the World Health Organisation.

Outside of ShelterBox, Karl is also a trustee at Doctors of the World UK (Medicins Du Monde) and Vice President of BASMA, a Children with Cancer Support Association.

‘It is the potential opportunity to contribute to realising the critical and ambitious work of ShelterBox which motivates me.’

Richard Bland - TRUSTEE


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.’

Robin Bayford - TRUSTEE


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.’

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Rowan Johnson - Trustee


Rowan is currently employed as Head of Humanitarian Coordination & Change at Save the Children UK. Additionally, she supports as a psychosocial specialist for the British Red Cross & FCO.

In her spare time, Rowan is also a volunteer lifeboat crew on the Thames.

‘ShelterBox is an organisation I’ve followed with interest since its inception, partly because of its simple but critical objectives (and to be honest, partly because I’m half Cornish!). I hope to bring technical expertise, broad sectoral knowledge and perhaps most importantly, high enthusiasm for the evolution of humanitarian assistance.’