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 Michaela Kim was the first successor of Father Al after his death in 1992. She presided over the congregation of the Sisters of Mary, and was board member until Sister Maria Cho took over in 2012. She since returned to working on our programs in South Korea, and remained the leader of communication to our friends and donors until 2017.
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.
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 and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Technology 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.
Nathan Sexton has been Database Manager for World Villages for Children since April 2017. Nathan has a BSc in Sports Science and Management from St Mary’s University College. Prior to joining WVC and establishing the new Database Manager role for the charity, he gained extensive experience as data officer and database manager throughout the sector. He has worked for a number of charities and universities in data management roles where he has been involved in managing and integrating data for all types of charity activity. He is passionate about the charity sector and the importance of data to effective fundraising and strategic charity management. In his spare time Nathan is a keen cook, opera fan and loves to spend time with his young family
The UK Charity team, including Janice Green, our wonderful administrator who retired in 2016 but who we are delighted to welcome back when she has spare time to support us!