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Board of directors

Tanuja Pandit (Chair)
Tanuja is a freelance consultant with interests in developing leadership and strategy for charities, environmental sustainability and wellbeing through healthy living.  

Tanuja has worked in senior leadership roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and charity sectors for nearly three decades. She started her career in finance at Ford Motor Company before moving into management consulting with Touche Ross (now Deloitte).  She returned to the corporate sector in senior treasury and general management roles at General Electric, Guinness and Diageo. Tanuja’s first not-for-profit role was as Head of Financial Policy at Monitor, the regulator for Foundation Trust Hospitals.  She later worked at the BBC where she was responsible for decision support advice on key organisation-wide efficiency programmes and senior leadership development.  Tanuja moved to the charity sector as Director of Finance and Resources and then Managing Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).  After seeing IBLF through a major restructuring she moved on to become Chief Operating Officer for Start Network, a newly formed humanitarian charity hosted by Save the Children UK.  Tanuja became a freelance consultant in 2016.

Tanuja is currently a Trustee for Girls Not Brides, an international charity committed to ending child marriage; and Chair of Scarabeus, an aerial theatre charity that encourages positive cultural and social change through its bold and imaginative theatrical performances.  Tanuja is also a Director of Partnership Brokers Association, a company that provides vocational training courses to partnership brokers worldwide and advances knowledge in this field.

Sean Maguire (Treasurer)
Director, Global Communications at Plan International

Sean Maguire is an experienced humanitarian and development communications director, with a background in international political and conflict journalism. At Plan International he sets the strategic direction for communicating the organisation’s work on development and emergencies. Previously Sean was Head of Communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the UK and global editor for politics and international affairs at Reuters from 2007-2011. He has reported from across the Middle East, including Iraq in 2003, and covered the break-up of former Yugoslavia, spending time in Sarajevo during the siege of the city. He was based in Poland from 1998-2003. Sean was educated at Oxford and Yale universities.

Melanee Lowdermilk
In recent years, Melanee has been working as a Montessori teaching assistant at the Lyceum School in the city of London. She has a keen interest in promoting education and the learning process in young children, particularly as it relates to the arts.

Prior to working in the field of education, Melanee worked in international development for over 10 years, primarily in Africa. As the Food Security Adviser for Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development, she traveled and worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of that effort, Melanee served as a member of the Southern Africa Drought Emergency Task Force for the U.S. government, as well as an adviser and trainer for the Famine Early Warning Project in Africa. Liaising with international organizations in Africa,Europe and the U.S. was an integral part of Melanee's work and included the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations, The World Bank, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and The Oxford Food Studies Group.

Donatella Torsello, 
Global Account Director, Xerox
Donatella Torsello has over 25 years of proven management and directorship skills within the Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry. She is currently a Global Account Director for Xerox. Donatella has held various leadership positions and has broad and diverse
international operational experience working with customers and partners.
Donatella has a Bachelor Degree in Modern Languages and a Master of Art in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University

Ruth Davey
Development Manager, Almeida Theatre

Ruth works at the Almeida Theatre in Islington managing the theatre's corporate partnerships. Prior to this role she worked as a lone fundraiser at creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, attracting funding from trusts, companies and individual donors as well as through events. Before starting work in the arts she had a successful career organising trade exhibitions in a variety of sectors but returned to university to gain an MA in Arts Management in 2012 and transferred those skills into arts fundraising.

Suky Skinner
Quantum V Consultancy
Suky is a highly experienced international training consultant, speaker and coach specialising in key account management, negotiation, strategic sales and team building with international sales experience spanning over 30 years across the IT industry and business services.  

Suky has been an international business coach and sales trainer for the last 20 years and has extensive experience of working with individuals and teams, harnessing individual talent and building high performing teams. Her work is characterised by energy, strong commitment to results and absolute client focus. 

Simon Hinde
London College of Communication
Simon Hinde is a journalist and academic with a background in newspapers and online digital journalism and management and director-level experience in global media businesses. He currently teaches and runs the Journalism and Publishing department at University of the Arts London.

He has worked as a reporter, feature writer and editor on various national newspapers and as editorial director of Yahoo! and AOL and diirector of online at Sky. He has an MA in Law from Oxford University and an MA in Academic Practice from University of the Arts London.

Young Advisor to the Board
Rose Collins us part-time Admin Assistant at Caxton House Community Centre. She also co-ordinates and teaches on the Caxton House Friends and Fitness group, a project for the over 50s providing healthy exercise, cooking and socialising. Before this she has worked for the Octopus Community Network and for the Hills Community Trust as a project co-ordinator.