Our Board


Stephanie Harland - Chair
Stephanie has many years of NGO experience and has a longstanding connection with Zambia and a strong awareness of the issues affecting orphaned and vulnerable children in the country. She is Chief Executive of Age UK.

Tom Childs
Tom is a Senior Development Officer at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford. Prior to his appointment in June 2014, he was for 14 years a senior fundraiser for Oxfam, specialising in major gifts. Tom has a degree in Communication from Bournemouth University and a master’s in Studies in Fiction from the University of East Anglia. Prior to joining Oxfam, Tom held a number of research and marketing roles, including at Blackwells Information Services, Business Link London and Pall Europe Ltd.

Philippa Tolmay - Secretary
Philippa is Cecily's younger sister.  She is the Secretary of Cecily's Fund.  She works as a criminal barrister in London with Doughty Street Chambers, and frequently takes part in the British 10K London Run to raise money for the charity.

Veronica Monsarrat
Veronica is Cecily's cousin and was Cecily's Fund's first employee. She is currently a Senior Campaigner at Save the Children working on the UN goals that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals. She has worked in Westminster for an MP and as Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS, and in Kenya for the Foreign Office. She takes a particular interest in Cecily's Fund's programming. 

David Lines
David has been a trustee for over 10 years.  He spent most of his working life in the banking sector as an operational and programme manager, retiring in 2012.  His area of focus in Cecily's Fund is the effective operation of the UK operations team.  He is absolutely committed to the simple aim of providing disadvantaged children with good access to education.  David is married, has two children and now two grandchildren.  In his spare time he sails and plays the saxophone, rarely at the same time!

Andrew Tacon - Treasurer
Andrew is a chartered accountant and is part of Grant Thornton's corporate finance team based in the Thames Valley advising on business sales, management buyouts and fundraisings in the SME sector. Outside of work Andrew has various sporting interests having played rugby for Witney Rugby Club for many years, and although now retired from playing, continues to be the club's treasurer. He also plays tennis and enjoys regular ski trips to the Alps in the winter. Other interests include theatre (and his third treasurer role is with his local theatre group) and walking.


Basil Eastwood - Chair of Panel, Co-Founder of Cecily's Fund
Basil was British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and, before that, Syria. He retired from the British diplomatic service in 2004. He was Founder Chairman of Cecily’s Fund for ten years. He is still Chair of Swiss Friends of Cecily’s Fund and serves as a Director of our US sister organisation, American Friends of Cecily’s Fund. He has visited our programmes on many occasions.


Jessica Boyd

Corinna Witt

Sheila Phillips

Tanya Chikanza

Janet Machin


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