The STARS Foundation is very grateful to the individuals below for giving so generously of their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity.
Anna Taylor: Anna Taylor is a freelance fundraiser, writer and researcher – specialising in international development related work. She has worked in charity sector for more than 10 years, including five and a half as UK Director of Child In Need India, which helps mothers and children in India through programmes related to health, nutrition, education and protection, during which time she regularly visited the projects on the ground. Her technical knowledge includes an understanding of tools for achieving participatory approaches to development, gender and disability awareness and a familiarity with techniques for effective project monitoring and evaluation. She has an MA in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her experience of working closely with local NGO staff has made her passionate about the benefits of working through well managed Southern-led NGOs and providing much needed unrestricted funding to enable organisations to be responsive to changing needs on the ground.
Andrew Webb: As the CEO of Action for Brasil’s Children Trust, Andrew has direct experience of working on child-focused development programmes and also has experience of working in Africa in previous roles. Prior to his work with Action for Brasil’s Children Trust, Andrew was Director of Development at International Alert, one of the world’s leading NGOs dealing with conflict-resolution and peace-building. While the majority of his career has been in the not-for-profit sector, Andrew has also worked in the private sector and is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School.
Claire Barham: As a qualified youth worker and English teacher, Claire has extensive experience working with marginalised and disengaged young people in inner city London boroughs, most recently as Youth Projects Manager for City YMCA. She has focused her academic studies on youth experiences of education, poverty and crime, and carried out an award-winning study of the impact of stop and search policies on young people as part of her Masters in Youth Justice. More recently, she worked in Mumbai as a consultant for two national NGOs and a microfinance institution that work with slum communities, and she has been commissioned by the Ashridge Business School to write a report of her experiences in India. Claire is a passionate believer that access to education is fundamental to the empowerment of individuals and communities in both the developed and developing world.
Duncan Ross: Duncan is a Founding Director of StreetInvest. StreetInvest helps children not yet ready to leave the streets by training the workers these children so desperately need to support them – as they are and where they are. He is also a Trustee of the Consortium for Street Children, of which StreetInvest is a member. Before dedicating his professional life to the support of street children upon his retirement in 2005, he worked in the finance sector for 30 years. His career commenced with a development finance institution promoting private sector development in developing Asia, ended as a Managing Director of JP Morgan and included 20 years living and working in various Asian countries. Duncan has a Development Economics Degree from the School of African Studies, University of Sussex and is married with six children.
Jaf Shah: Jaf joined the Fred Hollows Foundation as its CEO in April 2008 and is based in the London office. He has substantial experience in marketing, fundraising, capacity development and project management and has worked for several non-profit and social justice organisations. Prior to joining Fred Hollows, Jaf worked as Director of Fundraising and Finance at Providence Row, a respected charity for the homeless in London city and East End. Previous to that Jaf was Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Computer Aid International, a non-profit supplier of computer hardware to developing countries.