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
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.
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.
CEO of the London College of Beauty Therapy, Christianne has an interest in youth skills and training and she served on the UK Skills Commission as part of the APPG on Skills and Employment. Christianne has an extensive background working in different sectors of the UK Government, including the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street. She has also worked at Theirworld as the Director of Projects and Partnerships, and remains a senior adviser to the charity.
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
Bec Astley Clarke MBE is Founder of The Italian Collector. She collects vintage and antique Italian homewares which she sells at TheItalianCollector.com. Bec lives with her family in Italy, she is originally from London and founded the eponymous jewellery brand Astley Clarke.
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.
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.
Co-presenter of the Postcards from Midlife podcast and currently writing a book on raising teenage girls for Fourth Estate Books. Previously Lorraine was Editor in Chief of The Sunday Times Style, and Editor in Chief of British ELLE for 12 years. Lorraine has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 30 years. She sits on the membership council of the Tate and is on the media advisory board of Tate Modern.
Torie is the Co-Founder of Paddle Consultancy, a business that specialises in understanding the emotional tastes and content preferences of the digital world and advises brands, individuals and organisations how to entertain and engage their key audiences – customers and staff. Torie has a background in TV as a format writer before switching to set up her first business Rockabox/Scoota, a creative and technology company, successfully exiting in 2016 and setting up Paddle. She is also Bafta nominated, Everywoman Technology Woman of The Year, and holds an Honorary Doctorate.
Mary Contini OBE is a bestselling cookery author and an avid campaigner for good, home-cooked food. She 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.
Trustee of The Doughty Family Foundation, a charity working in the areas of health, financial hardship, and education.
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.
Audley Harrison MBE is a champion boxer and the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the super-heavyweight category. Alongside his business endeavors and appearances as a popular television personality, Audley is a passionate campaigner for many charities and initiatives that focus on education, mental health, physical wellbeing and racial equality. He currently serves on the Diversity and Equity Task Force for Oak Park Unified School District in California.
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 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 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 is an independent PR and Communications Consultant with extensive experience in running the Communications teams in leading UK retailers. 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. She is also a Trustee of Graduate Fashion Foundation.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Tracey Woodward is the former 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)
Dr Ian Laing
Professor Neena Modi
Theo Sowa CBE
Theirworld Projects Limited Directors
David Boutcher MBE (Company Secretary)
Gil McNeil CBE
Chair – Sarah Brown
President - Justin W. Van Fleet PhD
Director – Gil McNeil CBE
Grants and Finance Director – Konrad Caulkett
Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programs – Rob Doble
Director of Digital – Mike Burnett