who we are

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

Shaima Al Zarooni

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

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst & Chair

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Nigel Timmins

Deputy Humanitarian Director, Oxfam

Saul Guerrero

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Benjamin Laniado


Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian Policy, Practice and Advocacy

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Francis Stevenson

Head of Emergencies, HelpAge International

Andrea Tracy

Humanitarian Director, Goal

Qasim Ahmed

Head of Emergencies, Muslim Aid

Mohammed Afsar

Head of Humanitarian Dept, Islamic Relief

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

The Start Network team

Laura-Louise Fairley

Start Fund Officer

Sean Lowrie


Helen James

Head of Digital and Member Communications

Melina Koutsis

Start Fund Officer

Eunice Allan

DEPP Finance Officer

Cat Sneath

Start Fund Manager

Tom Best

Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy

Deepti Sastry

Head of Evidence

Hara Caracostas

Start Response Programme Officer

Kat Reichel

Senior Project Manager – Network Engagement and Design

Megan Lilley

Start Fund Officer

Ekaterina Shubert

Operations Coordinator

Antigone Mathianaki

Governance & Information Management Coordinator

Luke Caley

Crisis Anticipation Advisor and Project Manager

Adam McVie

Preparedness Programmes Officer

Sarah Barr

Anticipation Learning Officer

Neil Townsend

DEPP Innovation Programme Manager

Bhavya Srinivasan

DEPP Innovation Operations Manager

Jasmine Norman

Finance Manager

Daniel Squire

Crisis Alert Administrator

Sarah Klassen

Crisis Anticipation Information Management Officer

Emily Jones

Senior Project Officer - Start Labs

Annemarie Poorterman

Start Fund Project Manager - Innovation

Emily Montier

Start Labs Manager

Kate Strivens

Start Fund Officer

Shveta Shah

Head of Portfolio - Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme

David Jones

Head of Evidence (mat cover)

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