Our governing body ensures that we raise funds effectively and ethically to achieve our mission. We draw upon the principles of the Charity Governance Code in continuously developing our board and standards of governance to better serve our beneficiaries.
Sister Maria was elected Superior General in 2011, succeeding Sister Michaela Kim as head of the congregation and charity programmes.
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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.
Clare began her career as a small-business owner, teacher and translator for 20 years. Following her passion for social justice and education, she enrolled as a mature student for a BSc in Paris and an MSc in London in voluntary sector management while moving into fundraising roles. She set up Insight teams at international development charity Christian Aid and then at the House of Commons. Clare now runs her own consultancy, helping voluntary sector organisations embed change. She is honoured to be a trustee with World Villages for Children because she believes that the simple act of providing education, to girls and boys, is the route to helping people take ownership of their own futures and to have a positive impact on their communities. Clare's trustee remit is fundraising and demonstrating impact, meaning that she advises on how income to the schools from the UK can be sustained and increased.
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.
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.
Entering the Sisters of Mary in 1986, Sr Teresita has wholeheartedly dedicated herself to the service of the poorest of the poor. She became the Local Superior, School Principal, Formator of the Sisters of Mary in the Philippines for 15 consecutive years and recently became one of the General Councillors of the Sisters of Mary Congregation in April 2019. She received the prestigious award: "Exemplary Citizen of the Country" in the year 2000. The award is given to Filipinos who have served the poor in an outstanding, exemplary, dedicated, and sacrificial manner. Sr Teresita also received another award: "Best in Service" in the year 2009. The award was given by "Zonta", a prestigious institution composed of women who are helping the poor through medical and educational services.
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.
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.