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.

President - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Royal visit

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.

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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.’


Executive Team

ShelterBox Executive team



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.’


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.’




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.’

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.’



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
  • Operations

James Sinclair Taylor - CHAIR


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.”


Bill Decker - TRUSTEE


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.