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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.

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The board /  The assembly

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Richard Winter

Senior Partner, PWC

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes, GOAL

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Shaima Al Zarooni

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

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Mujeeb Akhtar

Institutional Funding Manager, Muslim Aid

Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

Benjamin Laniado


Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian Policy, Practice and Advocacy

Andrew Collodel

Head of Humanitarian Team, HelpAge International

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst & Chair

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

David Crawford

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Richard Corbett

Humanitarian Lead, Oxfam

The Start Network team

Laura-Louise Fairley

Start Fund Officer

Sean Lowrie


Deepti Sastry

Head of Evidence

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

Hara Caracostas

Start Response Programme Officer

Kat Reichel

Senior Project Manager – Network Engagement and Design

Megan Lilley

Start Fund Officer

Antigone Mathianaki

Governance & Information Management Coordinator

Ekaterina Shubert

Operations 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

Annemarie Poorterman

Start Fund Project Manager - Innovation

Emily Jones

Senior Project Officer - Start Labs

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)

Michaela Larson

MEAL officer

Haben Habteslasie

Haben Habteslasie is the Advocacy and Communications Advisor for the Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme

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