Chris is an entrepreneur who has set up and run a number of businesses in the UK and overseas. Most recently he was chief operating officer of a large group of PR, marketing and communications businesses with operations in the UK, Germany, the USA and Singapore.
'I have looked into the eyes of mothers in refugee camps. I have stood with a father and his children as he looked at the ruins of his home. I am impatient for us to have the funds to help more people like this than ever before. I am impatient for us to find even more effective ways of meeting their needs. I am proud of what we do. I am passionate about what we do but I am impatient for us to do three times as much and achieve our potential.'
Director of Corporate Services and Chief Operating Officer
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.
‘I am impatient 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.’
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.
'I am impatient to ensure that 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 impatience 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.’
Head of Legal and Risk
Prior to his role at ShelterBox, Stephen was a partner in Foot Anstey Solicitors specialising in company and commercial work. He provides legal advice to all departments within the organisation as well as the board of trustees.
'I work for ShelterBox because I believe it can make a truly meaningful contribution towards relieving the distress of those unfortunate enough to have been afflicted by disaster.'
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Rob is a specialist in materials engineering, research and business development. He retired as CEO of the renowned research and engineering institute TWI.
‘As the Asian Tsunami unfolded on Boxing Day 2004, I watched with horror to see that families, just like mine, could go from celebration to devastation in just one day. But, I saw how ShelterBox could supply all of the essentials to help people after disaster strikes and I made a promise there and then to use my skills to help this inspirational charity to grow. My passion is shared by ShelterBox staff, volunteers and supporters from all over the world. The equipment is only part of the story – the people make all the difference.’
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.'
James Sinclair Taylor
James is a senior partner 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.'
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, Shehkar 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.
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.”
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.'
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.