Cheryl Hooper - Director

Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and has 20 years experience in international development and charity management having worked for 10 years as a consultant for charities in the UK and internationally. Before joining Cecily’s Fund, Cheryl worked as Europe Director at Lattitude Global Volunteering and was Head of Fundraising and Programme Development for Bishop Simeon Trust. 

Bob Gooderick - Finance Manager

Bob joined Cecily’s Fund in 2014 and brings to the charity his extensive experience in international finance, governance and risk mitigation. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London before moving to their South American and European firms. Thereafter, he helped to found, and develop, as Chief Financial Officer, an international car components group of companies, backed by private equity, with operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Bob started working in international development in Africa in 2009 working as an Internal Auditor Manager for a microloan enterprise in Malawi and, subsequently, as Chief Financial Officer of a water and sanitation enterprise in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Bob holds a BA degree in Hispanic studies from Manchester University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Steven Barlow - Senior Programmes Manager

Steven has worked with Cecily’s Fund since 2016. He has over 20 years experience in the international development sector, including health care, education support, entrepreneurship, agribusiness, rural enterprise development and international volunteer management. He has designed, developed and managed programmes and projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Europe and has a Masters Degree in Applied Development Studies. Steven has a keen interest in supporting local innovation, building capacity through community and local-partnership based approaches, developing sustainable and longer-lasting solutions for youth education and sexual reproductive health support in Zambia.

Anne Cooper - Senior Fundraiser

Anne has 25 years’ experience working as a fundraiser in the UK Not for Profit sector.  Graduating with an English degree in 1985 from London University she has recently started an MBA with the Open University.  Anne has worked for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Victim Support, British Heart Foundation and Oxfam. Anne joined Rotary GB in 2000, having been a member of Bicester, Reading Matins and Westminster International clubs and helped to found the Thames Valley e Rotary Club.  Anne is a committed charity eventer taking part in both London and New York marathons, a charity bike ride along the Nile and overseas treks to Peru and the Sahara. 

Lwiza Mulenga - Supporter Relations Officer

Lwiza was born in Zambia, Copperbelt and moved to England when she was 12. Lwiza has five years’ experience in the charity sector with Girl Guiding and National Citizen Service. Upon finishing university, she volunteered with Volunteer Services Overseas for 3 months in Cambodia.  All the organisations Lwiza has worked with are centred around empowerment of women, children or youth through education or health awareness. 

Sam Shaw - Communications

Sam has worked in the charity sector for 25 years across brand, marketing, PR, policy and fundraising. Each charity has had a specific focus on children and young people, supporting some of the most marginalised youth, these include The Children's Society, Save the Children and King's College London. Sam is a trustee of Xenia a London charity supporting migrant women. 


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.

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.

Andrew Tacon - Treasurer
Andrew is a recently retired chartered accountant having previously worked for many years in Grant Thornton's corporate finance team based in the Thames Valley advising on business sales, management buyouts and fundraisings in the SME sector. Since retiring Andrew has expanded his various voluntary roles which, apart from Cecily’s Fund, now include treasurer roles with Witney Rugby Club, with his local drama group and with the charity that manages the public playing fields in his hometown.  He also now has more time to focus on his various sporting interests which include tennis and regular ski trips to the Alps in the winter. Other interests include theatre and mountain walking.

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.

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.

Basil Eastwood CMG                                                                                                                                                                                  

Basil is Co-Founder of Cecily’s Fund and Chair of the International Advisory Panel. He is also 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.

Isobelle Jaques

Isobelle has worked extensively on human rights and conflict-related issues in both governmental and non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International, the Council of Europe and Wilton Park, an agency of the (then) Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Now retired, she is a regular volunteer in a primary school.

International Advisory Panel

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.

Cecily's Fund is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1071660 and at Ground Floor, 6 Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AW. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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