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Our governance and team

The Start Network is governed by its Board of Trustees, taking its steer from the membership, which is represented by the Assembly. The Board is responsible for implementing the agreed strategy as well as all other governance matters, such as cost effectiveness and efficiency, brand protection, and oversight of the Sub-Committees and the Start Network Director.

Read more about Start Network governance
Read the Start Network Business Plan 2016
Read a message from Sean Lowrie, Director of the Start Network

The board /  The assembly

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

Shaima Al Zarooni

Director of Special Initiatives at the Office of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian Policy, Practice and Advocacy

Paul Smith Lomas

International Director, Practical Action

Benjamin Laniado


Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Mohammed Afsar

Head of Humanitarian Dept, Islamic Relief

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Saul Guerrero

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst & Chair

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Nigel Timmins

Deputy Humanitarian Director, Oxfam

Andrea Tracy

Humanitarian Director, Goal

Francis Stevenson

Head of Emergencies, HelpAge International

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Qasim Ahmed

Head of Emergencies, Muslim Aid

The Start Network team

Sean Lowrie


Caroline Hotham

Head of Membership

Deepti Sastry

Head of Evidence

Antigone Mathianaki

Team Coordinator

Annemarie Poorterman

Senior Start Fund Officer

Helen James

Head of Digital and Member Communications

Melina Koutsis

Start Fund Officer

Kat Reichel

Start Fund Project Manager – Member Engagement

Shveta Shah

DEPP Portfolio Manager

Luke Caley

Crisis Anticipation Advisor

Emily Montier

Project Manager for New Business Models

Eunice Allan

DEPP Finance Officer

Cat Sneath

Start Fund Manager

Tom Best

Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy

Ekaterina Shubert

EA to the Director

Deepak Sardiwal

Start Fund Officer

David Wastell

Head of Communications

Neil Townsend

DEPP Innovation Programme Manager

Adam McVie

Preparedness Programmes Officer

Sarah Klassen

Crisis Anticipation Information Management Officer

Bhavya Srinivasan

DEPP Innovation Operations Manager

Hara Caracostas

Start Response Programme Officer

Emily Jones

Start Response Programme Officer

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