Alex has over 20 years’ experience working with international NGOs. Most recently, he led the Cash Learning Partnership. He was Director of Programme Quality for Plan International for 5 years.
He founded and led the award winning charity Mango for 10 years, and worked in central and southern Africa with a variety of NGOs, including Oxfam GB. Alex has held visiting fellowships at Oxford and Duke Universities. He worked closely with Joel Joffe for 20 years at Mango and as a trustee of the Trust.
Abigail holds a master’s degree in Politics and Development. She most recently worked in local government in Manchester on public health & social care, working closely with local voluntary sector partners. Previously, she worked with international NGOs. Abigail has a special interest in global public health and recently completed a postgraduate qualification in Public Health. Abigail is also a founding board member of NW Hearts, a heart health charity based in Greater Manchester.
Barbara was CEO of WaterAid from 2005 to 2017. Previously she led Action on Disability and Development and worked as a Country Director with international NGOs in Mozambique, Malawi and elsewhere. She started her career working with the Australian government.
Barbara holds honorary doctorates from Exeter and Cranfield Universities and was made a Dame in 2017.
Deb has been involved in the Joffe Charitable Trust for 15 years. Her working life has included careers as a midwife and an adult education lecturer. She now works as a Philanthropy Officer for Quartet Community Foundation.
In a parallel life she has campaigned on climate change for many years and has recently co-founded The Climate Brief, a small organisation committed to climate communications for local politicians. She lives in Bristol.
Frances is the Chief Executive of ActionAid UK. She has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked in the UK, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Afghanistan. Her career reflects a passion for the promotion of access and inclusion for marginalised and disadvantaged groups, especially women and girls. Previously, Frances worked with CARE International UK as Executive Director for Programmes & Policy, following four years as Chief Executive of Amref Health Africa since 2015. Since March 2018 she has Co-Chaired the UK NGO sector working group on Leadership and Culture for Safeguarding.
Myles has a background in development and diplomacy. He was UK representative on the Board of the World Bank, British Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, and Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa. He has extensive Board experience, for example as Chair of CONCERN UK and One World Media. Among other things, he is now Visiting Professorat King’s College London and has written extensively on Africa, aid and development, including his book ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’.
Nick is a freelance consultant, offering support to charities, social change organisations, foundations and philanthropists. He was formerly Trust Secretary (Chief Executive) at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, where he led a programme promoting democratic, corporate and media accountability. He has previously been a trustee of the Friends Provident Charitable Foundation and holds post-graduate qualifications in management and consultancy. Nick lives and works in York.
Ruth is the Trust Funding Development Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. She was previously CEO of Abortion Support Network, and worked at GoodGym. Before then, Ruth was a founding staff member of Orchid Project, where she worked closely with the founder to grow the organisation from 2010-2016. Ruth also supports individuals and organisations to effect change in the world, focusing on early-stage organisations and start-ups, and providing technical expertise in the fields of abortion, violence against women and girls, and sexual & reproductive health.
Trustee & Co-founder
Vanetta was born and educated in South Africa with a BA from Wits University. She has been a British citizen since 1970. Vanetta was awarded a diploma in Graphic Arts from Swindon Art College in 1982. She has three adult daughters, Deborah (a trustee), Lisa and Abigail.