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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

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Annelies Claessens

Humanitarian Director, Cordaid

Graciela Colunga de Garcia

Executive Director, PRO-VIDA

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Francis Atul Sarker

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Shaima Al Zarooni

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

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Nasser Abu Al Atta

President, PARC

Benjamin Laniado


Andrew Collodel

Head of Humanitarian Team, HelpAge International

Mahendra Gunatilleke

National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka

David Crawford

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Adam Komorowski

Commercial director, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Leigh Daynes

Executive Director, Doctors of the World

Juliet Parker

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Executive Director, Qatar Charity

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes, GOAL

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Richard Winter

Andre Krummacher

Director of programmes, ACTED

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Ruben Mulder

Head of Disaster Response, Dorcas Aid

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Benjamin Laniado


Alexandre Giraud

Director of Operations, Solidarites International

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst & Chair

Mujeeb Akhtar

Institutional Funding Manager, Muslim Aid

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Mireille Flores

Humanitarian Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Matt Cleary

Executive Director, ALIMA

Richard Corbett

Humanitarian Lead, Oxfam

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Aleema Shivji

Director, Humanity and Inclusion

The Start Network team

Laura-Louise Fairley

Start Fund Officer

Sean Lowrie


Clare Harris

Senior Technical Disaster Risk Adviser, Start Labs

Eunice Allan

DEPP Finance Officer

Tom Best

Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy

Cat Sneath

Start Fund Manager

Melina Koutsis

Start Fund Officer

Helen James

Head of Digital and Member Communications

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

Neil Townsend

DEPP Innovation Programme Manager

Sarah Barr

Anticipation Learning Officer

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)

Haben Habteslasie

DEPP Advocacy and Communications Advisor

Ian Simcox-Heath

Start Fund MEAL Team Leader

David Burt

Senior Start Fund MEAL Officer

Michaela Larson

MEAL officer

Judith Amar

Start Labs Manager (maternity cover)

Amrina Rana

Digital officer

Scarlett Sturridge

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Innovations

Susan Turrell

Operations Director

Leonie Le Borgne

Forewarn Bid Manager

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