SWIDN Board of Trustees

Frances Hill (Chair)

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Frances has nearly 30 years experience in the development and humanitarian sectors, primarily in a fundraising capacity specialising in EU applications. She has been based in the South West for all that time, working initially with Landell Mills Limited as a Project Manager, then undertaking a Masters in Development Studies at the University of Bath, before moving on to working freelance whilst bringing up her family. In the South West, Frances has worked with Development Initiatives, Action on Disability and Development, Tree Aid, University of Bath and Sunarma (Action Ethiopia), as well as many NGOs and think tanks in the UK, Europe and US. Frances ran the Development Studies Association (DSA) for 11 years and believes passionately in the power of networks to enable more efficient transfer of knowledge, sharing of experiences and effective use of resources. She currently works remotely for Elrha as Effective Partnerships Manager out of the Cardiff office.

Frances currently lives and works in North Devon (previously in Frome, Somerset), and took over as Chair of SWIDN in 2016. She holds a Masters in Development Studies, a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and is a Level 2 Accredited Partnership Broker.

Rob Hill (Treasurer)

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Rob Hill is a charity finance consultant. He was previously Head of Finance Change at Marie Stopes International, and prior to that at BBC Media Action. He has also held finance positions at Article 19, Restless Development and Global Witness.

Terry Brown

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Terry is Destinations Programme Manager at the Travel Foundation, managing programmes in South Africa, Jamaica and Mexico. He has a degree in Spanish and French and a particular interest in Latin America.

Affan Cheema

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Affan is currently Head of Programme Quality at Islamic Relief Worldwide, an international NGO. He has over 19 years experience in the humanitarian sector and has held numerous senior roles at Islamic Relief Worldwide and CARE International UK. His senior management roles have involved him being at the forefront of organisational effectiveness programmes.

He has extensive knowledge of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and is a specialist in programme management and institutional fundraising. Affan is a SOAS graduate, holds a Postgraduate Development degree from the University of Bristol and is Prince2 qualified. In his spare time, Affan is a keen sportsman and is a Football Association qualified coach.

Affan is also a Trustee of an INGO called Restless Development and Director of AAC Consultants.

Tom Edwards

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Tom is currently the Interim Director of PHASE Worldwide. PHASE Worldwide supports health, education, and livelihoods work in Nepal. Tom’s background is in the UK charity sector with experience in fundraising, communications, governance, and charity management. Tom studied International Development and Geography at University before going to Tamil Nadu, India to work on a mother and child nutrition project. On his return, Tom worked for Salt of the Earth for three years as Development Officer. Outside of work, Tom enjoys running, good food, and great coffee.

Sarah Galvin

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Sarah is currently the Programmes Director at Pepal, a social enterprise focused on Uganda and Tanzania, designing and delivering executive leadership programmes which bring together leaders from different sectors and supports the testing and piloting of ideas, aiming for simple solutions to big social problems.  

Before this Sarah was the Executive Director of PHASE Worldwide for five years. PHASE is a UK-based INGO empowering communities in isolated regions of Nepal to access health, education and livelihood opportunities. 

Sarah has been involved in International Development for several years, a passion born out of her time living in a remote area of Cambodia where she worked to support the local government to improve education, with a focus on girls and minority language provision. 

Dr Tigist Grieve

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Tigist Grieve is a Senior Research Associate and ESRC-GCRF Fellow based in the School of Education at the University of Bristol. Her research falls between International Development and Education. She gained her Masters and PhD at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath in International Development. Her research specialisms include child well-being, education, and rural development, with a particular interest in gender issues and voice. Her PhD thesis explored schooling in rural Ethiopia, focusing on issues of access and completion. She is also the founder and a trustee of a small Bristol-based charity called For-Ethiopia.

Rachel Haynes

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Rachel Haynes is the Lead Consultant at Flamingo, an independent consultancy working with and for the international development sector. Involved in international development since 1994, Rachel is a strong advocate for, and supporter of civil society. Rachel works in collaboration with a network of associates who are equally committed to enabling NGOs to be successful. Since 2012 Rachel has worked with over 40 international development NGOs of varying sizes and across all sectors, specialising in funding, learning and management related to institutional donors.

Following several years managing refugee reception and resettlement programmes in the UK, she started working in international development in 1994, when she joined an international NGO as their first Project Funding Officer. Together with her colleagues and partner organisations in Africa and Asia, she went on to senior management roles, building a portfolio of successful projects funded by DFID, the European Commission and other institutional donors, and leading a strong international team with expertise in applying for and managing project funds, including developing the M&E and finance systems required to support them.  

Cat Jones

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A native Welsh speaker with almost 20 years of international experience, Cat recently returned to Wales to lead Hub Cymru Africa. Cat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of London.

She has a background working in the field of humanitarian relief and development, with an emphasis on human rights, prevention of violence and the rights of girls and women.

After leaving university, Cat worked for DFID in London before joining Peace Brigades International in Colombia as a volunteer. Since 2003 she has worked for the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and joined the Hub Cymru Africa team in April 2015.

Tom Skirrow

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Tom is currently the Director of Operations at Treeaid. Previously he was a Country Director at Save the Children, and prior to that he held positions with the International Rescue Committee and at Merlin.