Advisory Board, Trustees and Directors

This page gives you information about who sits on our Advisory Board, our Board of Trustees, and our Directors. The Advisory Board serve to support the Theirworld Trustees and staff in the development of the charity to increase its profile, reach and financial support. Our Trustees work to uphold the governance and strategic direction of the charity supporting the core management team in their leadership of the organisation.  

The Advisory Board

Sarah Brown

Former President and now Chair 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.

Justin W. van Fleet, Ph.D

President of Theirworld and Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education. Justin previously served as the Director of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity and Chief of Staff to the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and prior to that as a Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education.

​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 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 Executive 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.

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.

Lucy Doughty

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

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. 

Peter Kelsey

Peter is a Chartered Financial Planner at Close Brothers Asset Management following the successful acquisition of EOS Wealth Management, the company he co-founded in 2010. He has a varied client base to whom he provides goal-based financial planning, with the main focus on investment advice and retirement planning. He has been an IFA for over 25 years.

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.

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues, she has penned 15 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

Tania is the Interim Head of Communications, PR and Customer at Fenwick and is a PR consultant. She is an active member of the Leeds University Business School Mentoring Programme and is on the British Fashion Council Positive Fashion Committee and the CEW 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.

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. June was appointed the BBC's Director of Creative Diversity in October 2019

Emma Sergeant

President of Europe for DAS, a division of Omnicom, Emma works with marketing communications disciplines across Europe.  She is co-Managing Partner of ONE HUNDRED Europe, aligning people, strategy, resources, branding, messaging and digital experiences around purpose.
Emma originally trained as a Great Ormond Street paediatric nurse, followed by marketing communications roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

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.

Tracey Woodward

Tracey Woodward is the Global CEO of Aromatherapy Associates and The Refinery. Having worked within the beauty industry for over 32 years, she is an internationally recognised expert within the beauty and spa sector; and a key opinion former in Wellbeing.

The Board of Trustees

Sarah Brown (Chair)

David Boutcher MBE (Secretary)

Lucy Doughty

Ben Hewitt

Dr Ian Laing

Professor Neena Modi

Arabella Weir

Theirworld Projects Limited Directors

Sarah Brown

David Boutcher MBE (Company Secretary)

Gil McNeil CBE

Konrad Caulkett


Chair – Sarah Brown

President - Justin W. Van Fleet PhD

Director – Gil McNeil CBE

Grants and Finance Director – Konrad Caulkett

Honorary President – Lord Paul of Marylebone

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