Our organisation is only as strong as the governing body that ensures that we run the most effective programmes to serve our mission, while raising funds according to the highest standards.
Sister Maria was elected Superior General in 2011, succeeding Sister Michaela Kim as head of the congregation and charity programmes. The latter had been appointed successor to Father Schwartz after his death in 1992.
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Sister Margie Cheong has devoted herself to providing the best opportunities for education to the poor children of our world. Born on 1963 in Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, she found her vocation at an early age and eventually joined the Sisters of Mary when she was 22 years old. In 1991, Sr. Margie served as the local superior to our Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico for 17 years. In 2008, she became the director of the Sisters of Mary schools in Korea.Currently she is serving the Sisters of Mary in the Latin American community as a support for the Sisters’ of Mary well-being.
Sr. Margie enjoys watching flowers, drawing each moment to remember, and keeping a journal whenever her time allows it. She has published two books, ‘The Foolish Heart’ (2014) and ‘The Art Diary’ (2017), and held several exhibitions with her drawings in Korea.
Her incredible path took her from the Philippines to Mexico and the slums of Guatemala City. Sister Elena has been with the Sisters of Mary for over 30 years and is a very active member of our board of directors.
After completing a chemistry degree at Oxford University, John trained as an accountant with Deloitte. He worked with BP, Coopers & Lybrand Consultancy, Epson UK and eventually became Finance Director of Northamber plc, a FTSE 250 company. In 1996, he became Finance Director of NSPCC, staying with them for 12 years before moving as Finance Director to the Royal British Legion in 2008 until retirement in 2016. On retirement John became Trustee of the British Lung Foundation and Treasurer of Radlett Parochial Church Council. During his 20 years with the charity sector, John has been involved in a number of sector initiatives including advice on pensions and risk. For 8 years he sat on the Charity Commission SORP committee helping to articulate the international accounting standards for the benefit of the charity sector. He joined the Board of Trustees of World Villages for Children as Treasurer in April 2019.
Nicola has worked for World Villages for Children since 2009, and is the UK Manager. Nicola also became a trustee in 2016. Prior to working for World Villages, she worked at the House of Commons and in investment banking where she was involved in technology and operations management. Nicola has a BSc (Hons) in Business and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management both from Cass Business School, City, University of London and is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising. In her spare time, she is a regular volunteer and fundraiser for several local and national charities as well as member and former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Technology Special Interest Group.
Collette has worked for World Villages for Children since 1998 (over 20 years!). She is Head of Administration and manages all our banking, gift aid and donation processing activities. Prior to working for World Villages,Collette was a Senior Executive for an Insurance Brokers in South London. She previously worked in Ireland in the Engineering Department for Leitrim County Council and PA/Administration for North Western Health Board in Donegal. In her spare time she enjoys the countryside, cooking, music, reading, visiting museums, dance and cinema.
Callum has worked for World Villages for Children since 2015 and is now Supporter Services and Digital Officer. He has a BA (Hons) in History & Politics and an MSc in Government, Policy & Politics. Prior to joining WVC UK he worked for the Attlee Foundation to develop child care opportunities in one of the most impoverished areas of London and travelled extensively in New Zealand on his motorbike. In his spare time he likes travelling in Europe and the US.
Tonya has been Financial Controller for World Villages for Children since March 2019. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Tonya has extensive experience working in senior finance and management roles throughout the Charity and Education sector at both local and national level. She is passionate about the charity sector and the importance of robust financial management for charity success. In her spare time, she volunteers as Treasurer for her local scout group and has held multiple treasurer roles at Group and District level for over the 10 years. She also enjoys going to the theatre, travelling in her touring caravan and fruit and vegetable gardening.
Paul has been Database Manager for World Villages for Children since March 2019 and is responsible for management, analysis and integration of all data. Paul brings with him extensive experience in the Charity sector and 10 years’ expertise working with data in organisations including Leonard Cheshire Disability, Alzheimer’s Society and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. He is a keen supporter of the sector and the value of data and data insight in effective fundraising. In his spare time Paul enjoys film, sport, reading and travel.