The STARS Foundation is very grateful to the individuals below for giving so generously of their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity:
Georgie Fienberg: Georgie Fienberg is founder and international director of AfriKids; an innovative child rights NGO working with communities in northern Ghana. Georgie has pioneered AfriKids’ unique approach to sustainable development through social entrepreneurship and investment partnering. As part of her work for AfriKids, Georgie advises and consults for NGOs and grant-giving foundations, both in the UK and on the ground in Africa. She is a regular speaker at the School of Social Entrepreneurs and at major corporate and third sector events, Chairman of the Clarins Women of the Year Committee, and the winner of the Charity Times Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
Neil Alldred: Neil worked for 20+ years in Africa, managing a variety of European and African NGOs at progressively senior levels in both national and panAfrican programmes, before settling in Ireland in 1999. Since then he has been able to engage in lobbying, awareness-raising and ‘activism’ in both his day-job (currently running the International Development Programme for the University of Ulster) and in his ‘spare’ time. He is a Trustee of CARE International UK and until recently chaired the pioneering coalition, Stop Climate Chaos NI. He is passionate about social change and the need to mainstream initiatives for social justice – though he worries that the mainstream may well be the problem!
Shaun Collins: Shaun Collins is currently Assistant Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in London. He is also a consultant working on a number of issues, such as mental health, child protection and security/peace building in post-conflict rehabilitation programmes in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Before then, Shaun has worked for a number of large development agencies (UNICEF, DFID and Commonwealth Police Association) as well as National and International NGOs in West Africa developing and delivering programmes covering: the rehabilitation of children affected by armed conflict; trauma recovery; social work and nursing staff training in basic mental health awareness and interventions; and most recently, working with the Sierra Leone Prisons Service. Shaun also works as a consultant providing training on working with refugee children, identification of potential child trafficking cases and related child protection and child mental health issues in the UK
Joan Watson: Joan Watson is a consultant in change management, corporate social responsibility and in the ethical arena. She is also a practising psychotherapist, counsellor and mentor. Currently, Joan is a sponsored speaker for the United Nations and a member of the Green Economics Institute. She has worked for a number of charities throughout her career and is also part of a number of local action community groups. From 2003 to 2007, she was a Trustee and then Chief Executive of YCTV Foundation, an organisation responsible for re-engaging young marginalised and disadvantaged people. Previously, she also had a number of senior management roles within Carlton Communications.
Juliette Myers: Juliette Myers is an international development consultant who works with charities, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society groups to improve their strategies to influence social change. With expertise in education advocacy and policy, Juliette has worked with major stakeholders in the movement to achieve Education for All and retains a passionate belief in the power of knowledge and learning for self determination and empowerment. Recent clients have included DFID, Global Campaign for Education UK, CAFOD, Options Consultancy, World Vision, Education Action and the Irish Network for Education & International Development. Juliette has developed a solid track record in mobilising coalitions and influencing decision makers in support of education rights agendas.