Our team

We have a small, committed team in the UK, and we implement our projects in country through carefully selected local partners.

Our UK team give overall management and strategic guidance to partners in country, help with the design and monitoring of projects, and ensure our projects successfully tackle poverty. We also ensure accountability to our donors by providing reports and we raise vital funds that allow the work to happen.

Our UK Senior Management team

Martin Drewry (Director) has a long background in the voluntary sector, initially as an award-winning grass-roots community development worker in the UK, before moving to international development. After a few years as national secretary of World Action, a pioneering Methodist programme enabling young people and adults to take action for social justice, he spent the next decade as head of campaigns at Christian Aid. Here he played leading roles in Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt, the Trade Justice Movement and was one of the coordinators of Make Poverty History.

Abigail Betts (Head of Fundraising) previously spent six years working for Build Africa, another international development NGO. Abigail has a BA in History and an MA specialising in the history of race from the University of Warwick.

Natalie Sharples (Head of Policy & Campaigns) has worked in a variety of roles in policy, advocacy and public campaigning on issues including global justice, peace-building, migrant rights, age and gender. Natalie has a BA in anthropology and gender studies from the University of Hull.

Dr Tadesse Kassaye Woldetsadik (Head of Programmes - Africa), an Ethiopian medical practitioner, received his Masters in Public Health from the Universitae de Libre in 2002, and has worked with CARE International in Ethiopia as a senior health adviser and HIV/AIDS programme coordinator since early 2004.

Mauricio Vazquez (Head of Programmes - Asia) previously worked in South America, where he oversaw a wide range of development projects, from working with homeless people in Buenos Aires to working with indigenous communities in rural areas. He is originally from Argentina and has a background in economics and finance, as well as international development.

Hardeep Singh (Head of Finance and Administration) has broad ranging experience in finance, and has worked with the European Commission, the UN, and the World Bank undertaking audits, and providing consultancy services. For the past four years he has worked with several different NGOs.


The Board of Trustees

Our board of trustees is a pretty impressive bunch.

They meet four times a year to review and comment on plans and performance, review any major issues and decide on important new directions. There are also a number of subcommittees that meet throughout the year.

Professor Emma Crewe (Chairperson) is a researcher at SOAS (University of London) and a research supervisor at the Business School within the University of Hertfordshire. An anthropologist by training, she has worked since the late 1980s as a social scientist, policy adviser, CEO and trustee in INGOs and grant-makers working in development.

Carolyn Ramage (Treasurer) has worked in the finance teams at Marie Stops International and Health Poverty Action. She is a part time Finance Director for a family company.

Sharon Jackson has worked in international development and fundraising since 1999, with senior roles at ActionAid, WaterAid and Harvest Help. She was the Executive Director of One to One Children's Fund. Sharon now advises all kinds of charities as Jackson Gray Consulting.

Greg Barclay is a Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, an international law firm. He primarily advises on the structuring and establishment of European and international private investment funds.

Betty Williams worked for FYF for over ten years as a Programme Manager before retiring in 2015. Before this she was an accountant and an Economics and Business Studies teacher. Betty has an MSc in Development Studies.

Ruth Stern is a senior researcher and lecturer in public health at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. She is based in the UK and spends up to three months in South Africa per year, teaching students from several sub-Saharan African countries.

Simon Wright is Head of Child Survival at Save the Children UK. He is responsible for Save the Children UK’s global policy and advocacy activities on health, and leading its focus on child survival.

Nouria Brikci is an experienced health economist and health policy specialist with particular expertise in health financing: she has worked with various governments in the analysis, development and implementation of their health financing strategies.

James Thornberry works for CBM UK as UK Director of International Programmes. Previously he has worked at Médecins Sans Frontières – Holland, CAFOD, WaterAid, International Family Health and the Department for International Development (DfID).

Oliver Kemp is Director of Wiki Development, an organisation whose purpose is to make civil society more effective by improving sharing and learning. Prior to this Oliver was the CEO of Build Africa.

Dr Rory Honney is a practicing clinician working half the week in a busy general practice in the UK and the rest of the week dual accrediting in public health medicine. He is studying for a Masters in Public Health at LSHTM.





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