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. Cheryl’s interests are keeping fit, music, reading, travel, and writing.
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. Bob’s interests include travelling, continental European literature and cinema, vinyl music and Oxford United.
Steven Barlow - Programmes Manager
Steven joined Cecily’s Fund in March 2017. Steven has worked in the international development sector since 1997, with experience in 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. 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.
Georgina Winks - Supporter Relations Officer
A professional photographer by trade, Georgina joined Cecily's Fund in September 2014 as the Administrator, responsible for managing donations and donor relationships. Previously, Georgina spent many years working as a press photographer, working her way up to Chief Photographer for an Oxfordshire based newsgroup, before going it alone as a freelance PR photographer and running her own company. In her spare time her two boys like to keep her busy and she enjoys walking, keeping fit and socialising.
Anne Cooper - Senior Fundraiser
Anne joined Cecily’s Fund in July 2018. She has twenty five years’ experience of 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 but is currently involved in setting up the Thames Valley e Rotary Club. In 2004 Anne ran both London and New York marathons and did the London marathon again in 2006. She has taken part in a charity bike ride along the Nile in 2003, did the Inca Trail in 2004 and the Sahara Trek in 2005. In 2012 Anne volunteered as a Gamesmaker for the London 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games.
Andy Johnson - Marketing and Communications Officer
A graduate of Keele University, Andy maintains the Cecily’s Fund website, social media and regular newsletters. He also helps to run Cecily’s Fund events and supports fundraisers taking on sponsored challenges. Previously, Andy worked for the multi-agency Emergency Capacity Building Project during which time he was based at Oxfam GB. Andy’s interests include writing, boardgames and East Asian cinema, particularly films from Hong Kong.
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 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 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 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!
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.