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Home-Start Worldwide is led by a Board of Trustees:

Evi Hatzivarnava-Kazassi (Chair)

Evi Hatzivarnava-KazassiEvi Hatzivarnava-Kazassi, a sociologist by training, has worked for many years in the public sector of Greece in the area of family and children’s services. In her last post, she was the Director of the Department of Research, Planning, Evaluation and Documentation at the Greek Institute of Social Protection and Solidarity. She was also a member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on Children and Families for around ten years, a member of the bureau at the European Forum of Child Welfare and since 2006 a member of the International Network on Leave Policy and Research. Evi has been involved in research, planning and assessment of projects and work related to families and children and has written articles in books and journals. She has been also actively involved in the Greek national campaign against the corporal punishment of children, being a member of the national committee. Evi was an early supporter of the Home-Start idea and has played an important role in its introduction to and propagation in Greece. She is at present special secretary of Home-Start Hellas Management Committee.

Madu Dissanayake

Madu DissanayakeMadu worked as Head of Outreach Programmes for Westminster City Council in Central London, UK. Whilst there, she became passionate about Home-Start and later volunteered with a Home-Start UK scheme in Brent. In 2003 Madu returned to Sri Lanka and set up Home-Start Lanka, working as Programme Director for several years before relinquishing the title and taking up a position on the Board of Trustees. After a spell in Early Years Development for the Department of Education and Social Services, and Advocacy and Campaigning for Leonard Cheshire Disability, Madu was appointed as a member of the National Working Group by the Ministry of Health in 2008 to work in collaboration with Government Ministries & NGOs to establish policy frameworks. In June 2009 she joined the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka as the Sexual and Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS Consultant and after three months was chosen to take over as Director. Overall, her target has been bridging gaps that exist in local and national policies as well as in service delivery through advocacy initiatives and community mobilisation.

Margaret Lynch (Deputy Chair)

Ms Margaret Lynch (Deputy Chair)Margaret is Emeritus Professor of Community Paediatrics at King’s College, London. Until 2004, she was a Clinical and Academic Social and Developmental Paediatrician working within the UK National Health Service. Her research and much of her teaching and clinical work (over 35 years) focused on child protection and children living in difficult circumstances. She has advised both the Department of Health and the Department of Education within England and has provided advice to several overseas governments on the development and implementation of child protection systems. She is a Patron of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England.

Margaret is a founder member and past President of ISPCAN. She has remained active in the organisation and was awarded the ISPCAN Distinguished Career Award in 2010. Margaret is proactively involved internationally with a wide network of individuals and organisations concerned with the welfare of children and families. She has participated in Child Protection activities in over 45 countries. This includes long term involvement with projects in East Africa, the Balkans, countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. She has undertaken consultancy work for WHO, UNICEF, Save the Children, MAP (Medical Aid to Palestinians) and the Oak Foundation.

Nicholas Vest (Treasurer)

Mr Nicholas Vest (Treasurer)Nick is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with over 20 years of accounting and financial experience. He started his career working for professional services companies in the areas of audit and tax and has subsequently worked for multi-national organisations in financial and managerial roles covering group consolidation, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, technical accounting and financial statement preparation as well as strategic and operational tax matters. During his working life Nick has spent time living and working in Switzerland and the UK and he is currently working for a Swiss listed international software company.

Kirpal Dhadda

Kirpal DhaddaKirpal has over 25 years’ experience of working for corporates in the UK covering telecoms, banking and technology before switching to the third sector in 2004 to join Home-Start.

Since 2006 Kirpal has been leading a local Home-Start in the UK as CEO developing a holistic package of family interventions and testing new models of support. She is trained in delivering several parenting programmes and has a keen interest in nurturing health and wellbeing initiatives for low income families.

Kirpal served as a trustee of a local infrastructure charity and governor of a primary school and is currently joint chair of a consortium of local organisations working to transform a regeneration area in London. She holds a BA in Business and IT and an MBA.

Anne Hart

Anne HartAnne has always had a very strong sense of community and has worked together with others to make a difference; on her children’s school committees raising funds, in service clubs to bring relief to the community and in her Church community where she is active in various roles.

Anne’s working career has been in the commercial world. Most recently, she ran a corporate clothing and promotional items company with a business partner. After experiencing Home-Start in action in Scotland, Anne was convinced that the Home-Start model of working with families would be perfect for her country so she left her business and founded Home-Start in South Africa in 2001. Having worked as a volunteer, coordinator and director for the organization, she has a very good understanding of Home-Start and is passionate about the gentle yet effective way that it works with families. Anne left the employment of Home-Start South Africa in 2012 to enjoy spending more time with her husband and family. She serves on Home-Start South Africa’s Executive Committee and is a member of the South African Department of Social Development National Family Services Forum.

Morten Ronnenberg

Morten RonnenbergMorten Ronnenberg has an academic background in geography and has worked for 15+ years with project planning, implementation and evaluation among civil society organizations in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. Morten spent a couple of years working for the European Commission as adviser to social sector NGOs before joining a major Danish NGO, where he headed different units in fundraising, policy and advocacy. Morten also worked as adviser to the management of Technical University of Denmark in building their university fundraising. In 2010 Morten founded a consultancy company (Strategihuset) specializing in community engagement, project management and fundraising. In this capacity he has been an adviser to Home Start Denmark for many years and has introduced a number of Danish city councils to the work of Home-Start UK by organizing study tours and paying visits to Home Start branches in Britain.Morten has a strong interest in entrepreneurship and project development.

Sheena Stewart

Sheena StewartSheena was appointed a Trustee in June 2014. She had a long career in International banking, including 15 years with Citibank in Africa, where she was Country Head Senegal, and Mauritius, and worked extensively in the Ivory Coast and neighbouring countries on bank and public sector relationships. This often involved development banks, NGOs and bilateral donors in their operations in the field, and their government and multilateral stakeholders. She has also worked for Citi, Merrill Lynch and Lloyds Bank in offshore private banking, supporting foundations, trusts and family businesses globally. She was an EC ‘stagiaire’ post- graduation, and an UNECOSOC consultant on investment regulation. Sheena has a Wharton MBA and completed the Financial Times NED Diploma in April 2015. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the Royal African Society.

Joan van Niekerk

Joan van NiekerkJoan van Niekerk completed a Master’s degree in Medical Science (Medical and Psychiatric Social Work) at the University of Durban Westville in 1983. She has worked in the field of child protection for 28 years and has actively promoted the prevention of child rights violations and abuse, as well as appropriate responses to abused children and their families. She has considerable experience in working with children in conflict with the law, particularly those who have committed offences against other children. Joan spent 24 years at Childline, initially as Director of Childline KwaZulu-Natal and then as National Co-ordinator of Childline South Africa. She chaired the South African Law Reform Commission Project Committee on Sexual Offences, and participated in consultations that resulted in the initial drafts of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 and the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008. She served as a member of the Professional Board for Social Work from 2000 to 2005 and is the Past President and currently a council member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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