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Sean Maguire (Chair)

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. He appeared frequently on radio and television to highlight the ICRC’s humanitarian work in conflicts such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sean was 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.

Tanuja Pandit

COO, The Start Network

Tanuja has a well-balanced portfolio that combines cross-sector experience and skills in strategic and financial planning, project management, financial analysis and people management. She has worked across the commercial, not-for-profit and charity sectors and has also served on the boards of two charities, Voice (now Coram Voice) a national charity that works with young people in public care and The Elfrida Society, a local charity that works with learning disabled adults.

Tanuja’s private sector experience includes seven years at Diageo in a range of senior roles covering risk management, financial and strategic planning, financial analysis, project and people management. She has also worked at General Electric where she was Assistant Treasurer, and a management consultant at Deloitte, where she developed her skills in managing clients, projects and teams.

Nikki Insley

Head of Brand, East of England Co-operative Society

Nikki is a marketing professional with over ten years experience in both large and small marketing companies (corporate and public sector). Previous roles have included Head of Marketing for Policy Review TV and Director of Marketing at Neil Stewart Associates, a public policy events specialist. She is also a Trustee of the Emma Insley Aerial Creation Charitable Trust to support young aerial performers. She has been a Board member since 2011.

Camilla Pallesen

Works as a policy Adviser for Cancer Research UK and before that as External Affairs and Events co-ordinator for the Royal College of Radiologists. She is an MA graduate with passion for policy, public affairs, political systems and the charity sector. Highly organised with varied experience of conducting and presenting policy research, managing projects and building relationships with varied groups of stakeholder. She was a young adviser to the Scarabeus board before become a full member in 2016.

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.

Advisor to the board - Carolann Edwards

Global Director of Learning & Organisational Development, Norton Rose Fulbright

Carolann develops and implements learning and development strategy globally. As a trainer, coach and internal consultant, Carolann specialises in management, business and organisational development. She has extensive experience of designing and delivering performance improvement training and consultancy to our lawyers. She also trains clients. Carolann holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and an MA from the University of London. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright in 1999 she was a head of business development in the finance sector.

Young Advisers to the Board

Jen Fidai is CEO of Rainbow Head, a North London based group of young people supporting each other’s mental well being and having fun. They offer a safe space for people of all gender identities, sexualities and mental health difficulties. She is also Youth Co-ordinator for Barnet Healthwatch and a freelance equality and diversity consultant.

Rose Collins (Young Adviser) Is 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.