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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 2020-2022.



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: Christof Gabriel Maetze (Independent)

Oversees the sub-committees and team performance; provides strategic steer; approves the annual business plan and budget; considers new programmes and services. The Board has delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Assembly, but 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

Benjamin Laniado


Nasser Abu Al Atta

President, PARC

Andrea Tracy

Directeur de l’humanitaire, objectif

Qasim Ahmed

Chef des urgences, Muslim Aid

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Executive Director, Qatar Charity

Dan Collison

Directrice du programme, Warchild

Normann Steinmaier

Chef adjoint & coordonnateur de l’aide humanitaire, Welthungerhilfe

Camille de rose

Directeur exécutif, inquiétude

Wim den Hartog

Partnerships Manager, Dorcas Aid

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Francis Stevenson

Chef des urgences, HelpAge International

Ognjen Radosavljevic

Director of Programmes and Partnerships, International Medical Corps

Isabelle Risso-Gill

Programme Manager Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Mike Noyes

Tête de résilience humanitaire & réponse, Action Aid

Qasim Ahmed

Chef des urgences, Muslim Aid

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Mireille Flores

Humanitarian Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief

Bob Ruxton

Chef de l’aide internationale, Concern Worldwide

Shaima Al Zarooni

CEO, cité humanitaire International

Helen Thompson

Deputy Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Care

Andre Krummacher

Director of programmes, ACTED

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Alexandre Giraud

Director of Operations, Solidarites International

Jamie Hall

Tête de Performance & responsabilisation, Relief International

Mark Bulpitt

Chef de l’aide humanitaire, Vision mondiale

Nigel Timmins

Directeur adjoint humanitaire, Oxfam

Francis Atul Sarker

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Rabia Sabri

Associate Director, Community World Service Asia

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Lola Gostelow

Analyste de politique humanitaire

Qasim Ahmed

Chef des urgences, Muslim Aid

Qasim Ahmed

Chef des urgences, Muslim Aid

Maria Rudencinda Orella

Executive Director, PRO-VIDA

Oenone Chadburn

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Tearfund

Mahendra Gunatilleke

National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka

Annelies Claessens

Humanitarian Director, Cordaid

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Mohammed Afsar

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Lionel Daniel

D’urgence régionaux Directeur, International Rescue Committee

Matthew Carter

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Cafod

Jennifer Poidatz

Directeur, service de réponse humanitaire

Benjamin Laniado


Darren Cormack

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

Nick Guttmann

Chef de la Division humanitaire Christian Aid

Saul Guerrero

Directeur des opérations, Action contre la faim

Ellen Waters

Director of Development, Doctors of the World

Gareth Owen

Directeur de l’humanitaire, Save the Children UK


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



Chair: Paul Astruc (Independent)

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 and operational risks to the Start Network. 

Plan International and three independents



Chair: Degan Ali (Adeso)

Oversees the selection and onboarding of new members, the membership policy and annual membership contributions. Responsibilities include receiving applications to membership and making recommendations the Board of Trustees, as well as overseeing the due diligence process. 

CAFOD, World Vision UK, Adeso, Concern, and three independents



Chair: Shaima Al-Zarooni (Independent)

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. 

Trocaire and two independents



Chair: Christof Gabriel Maetze (Independent)

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 three independents



Chair: John Brooker (Solidarities 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. 

The Start Fund committee is made up of all Start Network members.



Start Fund Council 

The Start Fund Council brings together all Start Fund donors to review their investment in the Fund. The Council has have 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's governance



La gouvernance du réseau Start est supervisée par le Conseil d’administration avec des décisions clés, ratifiées par les membres. Le Conseil d’administration est élu par les membres et se compose actuellement de six représentants de l’Agence membre agissant à titre individuel et quatre indépendants. Le nombre de membres est représenté par l’Assemblée, qui se compose d’un représentant senior – généralement le directeur de l’aide humanitaire ou le PDG – de chaque organisme ainsi que son adjoint. L’Assemblée est un important forum de discussion et d’une caisse de résonance qui informe en fin de compte les décisions du Conseil d’administration.

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