Advisory board, trustees and directors

This page gives you information about who sits on our Advisory Board, our board of trustees, our directors and the core Theirworld team.

The Advisory Board

Sarah Brown

President and Trustee of Theirworld and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education. Alongside her work in education, Sarah provides strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children.

​Konrad Caulkett

Grants and Finance Director of Theirworld. Prior to this he worked for a leading UK cancer charity and has also worked in central government. Konrad holds a Masters degree in Politics and International Relations.

Christianne Cavaliere

Senior Projects and Partnerships Consultant of Theirworld. Christianne has an extensive background working in different sectors of the UK Government, including the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street.

Marc Adelman

Founder of  the strategic “Do-Tank” firm Adelmania Consulting, which focuses on creating client-specific initiatives that drive interest, awareness and opportunities for both discrete and large-scale projects with clients ranging from Marriott Hotels to the Clinton Foundation and the Motion Picture Association of America.

Bec Astley Clarke

Founder and Director of Astley Clarke, one of the UK’s leading fine jewellery brands. Astley Clarke collections are sold worldwide with luxury retail partners such as Selfridges, Liberty, Neiman Marcus, David Jones and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Dr Lisa Belzberg

Founder and Chair Emerita of the non-profit organisation PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning). Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition for Education.

Tamara Box

Managing Partner, Europe & Middle East, at law firm Reed Smith LLP and an internationally recognised expert in financial structuring and strategic financial advice. Tamara is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee and is the Chair of Cancer Research UK’s “Women of Influence” campaign.

Lorraine Candy

Luxury Content Director for The Sunday Times and Editor in Chief of Style. Previously, she was Editor in Chief of British ELLE. Lorraine has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 30 years. She sits on the membership council of Tate Britain and on the press committee of the British Fashion Council.

Nigel Chapman

Chair of NACRO, a major UK agency working in the areas of housing support, education, health and justice. His previous roles include CEO of Plan International and Director of the BBC World Service.

Torie Chilcott

Co-Founder of Scoota, a programmatic technology company for rich media and video content. Previously Torie headed up the Format Development side of Freemantle Media, where she created and produced the BAFTA-nominated The Farmer Wants A Wife for ITV.

Mary Contini

Bestselling author of several cookery books on Italian life and cooking with children. Mary is also an avid campaigner for good, home cooked food and has a passion for promoting a healthy diet for children. She was awarded the title “Cavaliere” by the republic of Italy in 1991. Mary is also a director of world renowned Italian delicatessen Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh.

Louise Court

Former Director of Editorial Strategy and Content at Hearst UK. Louise’s previous roles have included running a women’s empowerment initiative, and Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan. Through these roles she has campaigned against FGM, forced marriage and honour killings among other causes.  

Lucy Doughty

Trustee of The Doughty Family Foundation, a charity working in the areas of health, financial hardship, and education.

Nick Eagleton

Creative Director at the London office of The Partners, a multi-award-winning branding and design agency. For 20 years he has created internationally recognised work for a diverse range of clients. Nick is also an experienced teacher and trainer, running professional development sessions in creativity and idea generation to groups from the advertising, design, digital and film industries.

Emma Freud

Director of Red Nose Day, experienced broadcaster on TV and radio, and co-producer on all of her partner Richard Curtis’s films. In 2016 she was awarded Columnist Of The Year for her articles in the Daily Telegraph documenting her year in the United States, where she also helped to launch Red Nose Day USA.

Mazen Hayek

Mazen is in charge of Corporate Communications for the launch of more than 11 diversified TV channels (in addition to 9 other existing ones) at the Middle East Broadcasting Center, where he has worked for over 10-years working on global flagship shows, premium local content and multimedia (Online/Digital) platforms. Mazen also works with Sheikh Mohammad bin Rasheed on the Arab Reading Challenge to encourage a million students in the region to read 50 Arabic books each a year.

Dr Ian Laing

Former Medical Director of the Neonatal Unit at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh and a Founding Member of the Advisory Board at the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory. Ian now works as a Consultant Manager to Newborn Units.

Kathey Lette

Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues, she has penned 14 international bestsellers to date and her novels have been published in seventeen languages around the world. Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News and is a tireless advocate for equality, human rights, particularly the rights of women and girls as well as being a campaigner on mental health issues.

Tania Littlehales

Head of Product PR Strategy and Development at Marks and Spencer Plc. Tania is also an active member of the Leeds University Business School Mentoring Programme and represents M&S on the British Fashion Council advisory board.

Mark Lucas

Founder, Executive Producer, Writer and Director of Silverfish Media. Mark has worked with more than 20 world leaders on election campaigns and on different projects with advertising agencies in 80 countries.

Andrew Miller

Managing Director at private equity firm Terra Firma. Andrew has extensive experience of the digital landscape through his leadership roles at the Guardian Media Group, Autotrader and Founders’ Forum. He is also a non-executive director at the Automobile Association.

Lord O’Neill of Gatley

Creator of the acronym BRIC (Brazil, Russia,India and China) and has conducted a great deal of research about these and other emerging economies. He is a former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs and former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury.

Jim Prior

CEO of brand and design agencies The Partners and Lambie-Nairn. He is a recipient of many of the creative industry’s most prestigious awards, including a D&AD Black Pencil and Cannes Gold Lion.

Chris Robichaud

CEO of PMK•BNC, a strategic communications and marketing agency. Chris has been the leading force behind PMK•BNC’s vision for becoming the global expert in entertainment and popular culture in a digitally connected world.

June Sarpong

June is one of the most recognisable British television presenters and broadcasters and the Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE supports female excellence and has an alliance of over 200,000 women. June is also the Co-Founder of the DNA Summit (Decide Now Act).  June has been a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women and currently Sky News’s weekly political debate show The Pledge. June’s new book ‘Diversify’ focuses on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.

Scott Thomson

CEO of Astley Clarke, one of the UK’s leading fine jewellery brands. Previously he has gained significant experience in taking start up brands to over 60 international markets and developing digital growth strategies.

Mel Varley

Formerly Chief Strategy Officer, Global for MEC, part of the WPP Group. After 35 years in the corporate sector, Mel now has a non-executive portfolio of roles advising a range of small and large businesses.

Karen Wagner

A retired partner of Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. Karen is currently running Lustre, a website directed towards helping retired career women find ways to continue to engage in the business and non-profit world.

The board of trustees

Sarah Brown (Chair)

David Boutcher MBE (Secretary)

Lucy Doughty

Dr Ian Laing

Arabella Weir

Theirworld Projects Limited directors

Sarah Brown

David Boutcher MBE (Company Secretary)

Gil McNeil CBE

Theirworld

President – Sarah Brown

Director – Gil McNeil CBE

Grants and Finance Director – Konrad Caulkett

Campaigns and Communications Director – Ben Hewitt

Honorary President – Lord Paul of Marylebone

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