Meet Our People


A small, dedicated team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure we can help as many children as possible. 

Julie Davis

CEO

Julie has spent most of her career in the voluntary sector. Her specialism is Children and Families; ensuring the most disadvantaged in life feel included.
She has worked in large, national organisations such as the Salvation Army whilst also being CEO of a smaller regional children’s charity.  

She has also been Assistant Director of Children’s Services across local authorities on Greater Manchester Challenge. Julie also managed the national roll-out of Extended Schools with DCSF. Her varied career, immersed in children’s opportunity to thrive, has led her to Hope for Children.

This is her first appointment in International Development.
Julie is married to John; she has 2 adult children and enjoys live music and sport (especially Rugby League), very long dog walks and travelling.  

Arpita De

Programmes & Partnerships Manager

I joined Hope for Children in February 2015 as a Programmes & Partnerships Manager responsible for India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. After my MSc in Geography, intrigued by international development issues, I did another MSc in Population & Development at LSE. I have over 15 years’ experience in programme management, project coordination, communications and advocacy in South Asia, East Africa, Far East and the UK. Thanks to my extensive field experience, including working with communities and other NGOs, I have acquired particular interest and expertise in health, WASH, gender equality and rights issues.

Rose Walker

Trusts & Foundations Manager

I joined Hope for Children in February 2015 and am responsible for building relationships with trusts, charitable foundations and government departments to partner with and support our work. With a background in research, monitoring, evaluation and policy development, I work closely with Arpita and international partners to develop robust programmes of work that can demonstrate real impact for the children we want to help and build and share our understanding of ‘what works’. When not in office I love being outside (wide open spaces make me feel happy), yoga and running.

Migena Kovaci

Finance Manager

I first started volunteering with Hope for Children in 2005 after I moved to the UK from Albania. In 2006, I became a full time member of staff as Financial and Database Administrator, quickly progressing into the role of Finance Manager, and am now responsibile for the administration and coordination of all the charity’s finances. I have 13 years of experience in non profit sector covering areas of financial, office, project management, HR and research. I studied International Development at Andrews University, USA, have a Bachelors degree in agricultural engineering and a Masters degree in agricultural management.

Lynsey Elms

Marketing and Relationships Manager

In November 2018 I was given a fantastic opportunity to return to the workplace after 8 years being a stay at home Mum. In my previous life I was a marketeer for several food and soft drink companies; this, combined with my love of social media (which I admittedly spend too much time on), has enabled me to help manage all things marketing here.  I also look after our Corporate relationsips. My spare time is spent ferrying the kids to various activities and volunteering at our local rugby club coaching the Under 8’s.

Rosa Penetra

Finance Officer

I joined Hope for Children in September 2015 as Finance Officer and Database Administrator.  As right hand support to Migena, I deal with the day to day accounting duties and other ad hoc work, as and when required. I am AAT and CIMA Level two qualified, with more than 20 years accountancy experience in both Practice and Corporate settings. My idea of relaxation revolves around spending quality time socialising with my family and close friends, hosting a mean New Years Party or two. Other hidden talents include my competitive home baking skills. So stand aside Mary Berry – here comes Rosa!!

Jamie Parsons

Student Fundraising Co-ordinator

After graduating from The University of Birmingham this summer, I’m joining the fundraising team at Hope for Children to support all our amazing student fundraisers and ambassadors. Being involved in RAG and student fundraising was the highlight of my time at University and I was fortunate enough to take part and organise some great events; from skydiving and cycling to organising this year’s National Student Fundraising Conference. I’m really looking forward to getting more students involved in some incredible challenges and making a long-lasting difference to children’s lives around the world.

Immaculate Kiiza

Uganda Country Director

My role contributes to the overall strategy, mission, vision and objectives, what I do directly impacts on the overall performance of the organization. My main tasks are; office operational management, program management, child safeguarding, policy development, publicity, fundraising and finance. I love reading, I think I will read anything provided it catches my attention, I love children and so I have a lot of activities I do out of work that primarily involves children, and I do love dancing. I have been told I danced in my Mama’s womb as well and I believe the story… I am very open minded, sometimes I surprise even myself. I can’t say I dislike something so strongly that it takes my peace, but integrity is very key to me.

Joyce Nakanwagi

Uganda Progamme Coordinator

My role is to coordinate Walk to School activities including; education, food/nutrition support, health, psychotherapy, basic care and family re-integration. I also address child related abuse cases, birth registration, supporting and strengthening family systems. Working with parents involves income generating activities/economic  support, organizing training and supplying information on community-based health care, child protection and rights and HIV/AIDS. I built-up experience working in the field of children and adolescents from different organizations with multifaceted programs.  I like travelling, listening to music, reading life inspiration literature and jogging.

Violet Namusisi

Uganda Community Facilitator

My   role  and  aim  is  to use  my  experience   to  achieve  the  vision  for  the  organisation.  Formally I was active in identification and linkage of children in the community in need of Hope for Children services.  Currently I do home and school visits to follow up on absentees and take sick children to the health facilities depending on their condition. I also help with the family reunification program. Formally I was a community health worker, secretary for environment in Namuwongo community.  I love watching TV, praying, going to the beach, listening to music and engaging in debates.

Marilyn Geraghty

Finance Volunteer

After retiring from many years in finance and marketing, I joined Hope for Children as a volunteer in 2014 helping out Migena and Rosa together with Mei in the Finance department, mainly with the downloading and preparation of reports for donations and Payroll Giving. A great team to work with!

Mei Wise

Finance Volunteer

I have been working as a volunteer at Hope for over 10 years. During that time, I was employed by Hope for 3 years working as Migena’s Finance Assistant. I am also a self-employed part-time book keeper. Hope For Children is a wonderful charity with a very dedicated team of staff and I enjoy being part of the team very much.

Jeevani Fernando

Country Coordinator - Sri Lanka

I joined the Hope for Children team in 2007. Presently I am working as the Country Coordinator for Sri Lankan projects where, my task is to work closely with the Hope for children UK and ensure the delivery of an effective programme of activities in Sri Lanka. My attempt is to uphold needy, isolated children & families in the society to improve their lives. I have experience of over 15 years in the social services sector. I find myself receive pleasure in carrying out my services to them.

Aisha

Senior Project and Programme Coordinator

My role is to assist the Senior Project & Program coordinators and /or superintendents in coordinating all phases and aspects of the projects to ensure cost, schedule, document control and quality standards are met. I’m responsible for providing support for all the field staff, volunteers and interns and expected to take any/all tasks in the quest to learn all I can about Child’s Rights-based work. I also support the senior project coordinator; coordinate all issues and all areas of the HOPE’s work, from Child safeguarding implementation and sustainability through welfare services and to all the network organizations. I love to work with people naturally, and I find it easy in most cases when they are flexible.  I’m social; I love creation and to be happy, and to learn from people around me. Exploration, singing and travelling to great new places are my Hobbies

James Kalema

Uganda Office Security & Messenger

My major role  is to make sure the office and property are secure and safe both during the day and night, my other role during the day is to insure that the offices are clean and conducive for the other staff to work in. I also enjoy keeping the compound grass and concrete neat and tidy. Other than that I also serve as an office messenger within and outside the  office. Growing up I always wanted to keep animals and I had fun herding cows because when I was out there in the bushes and open fields there was a particular hill that served as our amusement park. I also love the gymnasium and keeping fit that’s why am still fit today.

Susan Kajubi

Uganda Accountant

Adam Dickens

International Photographer Volunteer

 

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International Filmmaker Volunteer

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