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We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of transparency and accountability and competent management over public funds programmed through our member organisations and partners.


Start Network is a company and charity registered in England and Wales with company registration number 09286835 and charity registration number 1159483. 

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Governance bodies

The Start Network is governed by its Board of Trustees, which takes its steer from the membership, 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 CEO and CFOO. 

Read Start Network's Strategy 2021-2023



Start Network’s Assembly is made up of representatives from each member. It sets the network’s strategic direction and acts as a sounding board that informs the network’s evolution. Its primary role is an advisory one, but the Assembly retains three important governance responsibilities:

-  approving new members to the network

-  approving the election of new Trustees to the Board

-  overseeing the Board’s performance.


Chair: Sanjayan Srikanthan

Oversees the sub-committees and team performance; provides strategic steer; approves the annual business plan and budget; considers new programmes and services. The Board takes its steer from and is accountable to the membership. 

We believe that decisions about the Network should be transparent, so we publish summary Board minutes here.



The board /  The assembly

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Oenone Chadburn

Head of Humanitarian & Resilience Team, Tearfund

Wim den Hartog

Partnerships Manager, Dorcas Aid

Benjamin Laniado


Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Annelies Claessens

Humanitarian Director, Cordaid

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Darren Cormack

Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Executive Director, Qatar Charity

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst

Juliet Parker

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Mireille Flores

Humanitarian Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Chair of the Board, CEO, Shelterbox

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Mujeeb Akhtar

Institutional Funding Manager, Muslim Aid

Waseem Ahmad

Director of International Programmes, Islamic Relief

Benjamin Laniado


Ognjen Radosavljevic

Director of Programmes and Partnerships, International Medical Corps

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Anthony Bonhommeau

Operational Development Manager, ALIMA

Mohammed Afsar

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Alexandre Giraud

Director of Operations, Solidarites International

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Mohammed Nadeem

Compliance Specialist (independent)

Rabia Sabri

Associate Director, Community World Service Asia

Anwer Iqbal

CFO, HANDS (Health And Nutrition Development Society)

Isabelle Risso-Gill

Programme Manager Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Binny Prabhakar


Ellen Waters

Director of Development, Doctors of the World

Mahendra Gunatilleke

National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka

Muhammad Amad

Executive Director of Initiative for Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA)

Helen Thompson

Deputy Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Care

Shaima Al Zarooni

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

Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes, GOAL

Francis Atul Sarker

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Maria Rudencinda Orella

Executive Director, PRO-VIDA

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Richard Corbett

Humanitarian Lead, Oxfam

Andrew Collodel

Head of Humanitarian Team, HelpAge International

Andre Krummacher

Director of programmes, ACTED

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Nasser Abu Al Atta

President, PARC

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department


There are six sub-committees to the Board with delegated decision-making authorities.



Chair: Anwer Iqbal (interim)

Advises the Board and Start team on financial operations, audit and risk management. The responsibilities of the Committee include having oversight on all financial matters, including the annual accounts, budgeting and financial management, as well as identifying and understanding all financial risks to the Start Network. 

HANDS and three independents



Chair: Muhammad Amad (IDEA)

Oversees the evolution of the network and its membership, guided by the principle of localisation. This includes recommending the appointment of new members, overseeing the development of the hubs' operational model, and maintaining and reviewing the Membership Policy, including annual membership contributions and fee structures.

Tearfund, Concern (Worldwide) and two independents



Chair: Noreen Gumbo

Responsible for appointing individuals to the Board and ensuring a good balance of skills are held by the Trustees. Responsibilities include recommending the skills and experience that should be sought in the nomination and election of Trustees, as well as leading the election process when there are vacancies that need to be filled. 

4 independents



Chair: TBD

Advises on the development and implementation of the Start Network's People Strategy, as well as other policies and procedures relating to human resources such as personnel and performance management, and staff remuneration.

CADENA and two independents



Chair: Mohammed Nadeem (independent)

Assists the Board in fulfilling its corporate oversight responsibilities in relation to the charity's risk appetite statement, risk management strategy and associated framework and functions. 

4 independents



Chair: Vrinda Dar (Relief International)

Oversees the management, operation and strategy of the Start Fund. Strategically, the Committee provides advice and input to the Board, particularly around the principles and the processes for decision-making. The Committee has delegated authority from the Board and, through decision-making subsets called ‘rotas’, makes decisions on funding allocations, stewards the progression of the project selection procedures, and participates in associated learning and evaluation peer reviews. 

War Child UK, Qatar Charity, Mercy Corps, GOAL, SEEDS India, Christian Aid UK, Oxfam GB, Action Aid




Start Fund Council 

The Start Fund Council brings together all Start Fund donors to review their investment in the Fund. The Council has direct governance oversight over the risk management of the Start Fund, the policy of which the Council reviews and endorses on an annual basis.


Read more about Start Network governance.




Over the next three years, Start Network will work across four complementary and mutually reinforcing areas of work aimed at catalysing system change and driving more effective humanitarian action to assist and protect communities in need.

Our Strategy 2021-2023


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