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WFSA Staff

The WFSA is led and run by volunteers and is consequently able to keep staff numbers at a minimum.

The small Secretariat supports all aspects of the Federation’s work including programme management, fundraising, membership, volunteering and governance and is based in London.

Julian Gore-Booth

Chief Executive Officer

Julian has over 25 years of experience in international development. Before joining the WFSA he was Director of International at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that the Chief Executive of two Charitable Foundations working with disadvantaged children and young people around the globe.

He has held Regional and Country Director posts for the International Red Cross and covered emergency and development operations in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Red Cross he spent two years with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) based in Jerusalem. His volunteering experience includes teaching in Malawi, elephant conservation in Kenya and youth employment in London and he is also a trustee of MAST, a charity that aims to conserve the UK’s maritime heritage.

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Stuart Halford

Head of Development

Stuart has over 20 years’ experience working in global health and human rights, most recently as the Director of the Sexual Rights Initiative in Geneva which works to advance human rights related to sexuality, gender and reproduction. Stuart has given numerous seminars, briefings, trainings and lectures on human rights related to sexuality, gender and reproduction for member states, UN agencies, NGOs and universities. He has been a technical expert for the WHO and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Stuart was an advisory group member of the Lancet / Guttmacher Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and twice a UK government delegate to the UN Commission on Population and Development. Stuart has previously worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and consulted for Plan International and Christian Aid amongst others.

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Amal Paonaskar

Head of Programmes

Amal has an academic background in Biomedical Sciences and Global Health. Before joining the WFSA, he supported the programmes of Shaishav, a children’s rights organisation working with marginalised children in urban slums and remote regions of India. He has also worked on community-driven projects aimed at supporting education and livelihoods in Nepal and Zambia and spent time working with the NHS in the UK.

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Matthew Rothero

Partnerships Manager

Prior to joining WFSA, Matt worked as institutional fundraiser in development and humanitarian contexts for more than 14 years. This includes longer term deployments to the South Caucasus region with Oxfam, working as part as Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Response based in Lebanon, and more recently with ActionAid, deployments to Somaliland in response to the East Africa Food crisis, and to Bangladesh as part of ActionAid’s Rohingya Crisis Response. Matt brings extensive experience of fostering relationships with donors, working closely with colleagues to prepare proposals, contract management, and reporting. Matt’s voluntary experience includes working with a small Oxford based charity called Asylum Welcome where he acted as a voluntary Youth Support Worker helping to run a youth club for young, male, asylum seekers arriving in the UK. 

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Francis Peel

Communications & Advocacy Manager

Francis has over 15 years’ experience working in communications, marketing and advocacy for global health and not for profit organisations. Prior to joining WFSA, Francis ran Global Health Comms, a consultancy providing communication services to research groups working primarily in public health. His clients included London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Economist Group and Imperial College London. He has worked on a wide range of global health issues  including school health and nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, small-holder agriculture, malaria and WASH. When not promoting global health initiatives Francis can be found at home being given the run around by his two kids.

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Emma Kerby-Evans

Executive Assistant

Emma has over 25 years of experience working in charities, publishing, medical and development organisations. Within the international development sector Emma has worked for Christian Aid, Amnesty and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. She was PA to the Governance and Medical Director at Marie Curie and worked on governance and Board management at Girlguiding. In her spare time, Emma sings in two choirs and performs in theatres and musicals.

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Victoria Coldray

Administrative Officer

Victoria has an academic background in Ethics and Development Studies and experience working with non-profit organisations in administrative and development roles.

Prior to joining WFSA, Victoria worked with a charity that provided educational materials and health programmes to vulnerable communities in rural Uganda. She has also worked under UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programmes, providing financial training and loans to small and medium sized enterprises in East Africa.

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Ruth Bamford

Finance Manager

Ruth qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000, and has worked both in practice and industry, but with her main areas of expertise being Charities and Commercial Property. In 2007 Ruth became Finance Director of a family business where she learnt valuable skills including business strategy and people management. The business was sold in 2014 to a major international company having grown significantly during the past seven years. More recently, Ruth has been running her own accountancy practice, with a number of Charity clients, and is just about to start a Masters Degree in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. Outside of work, Ruth still competes regularly on her two horses, and enjoys spending time in the garden and with her family. 

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Jay Valand

Digital Learning Lead

Jay has an academic background in Economics and International Development. Prior to joining the WFSA Jay worked in a range of education and non-profit training leadership roles. These roles have included the training of disadvantaged young adults in the UK, Tanzania and Ghana in business skills to increase employability and entrepreneurial opportunities. He has also worked across UK further education institutions to promote digital skills and transform traditional face to face courses into digital training.

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Laura Sharp

Projects Officer

Laura has an MSc from SOAS University in Violence, Conflict & Development which compliments her multiple voluntary and charity work projects abroad. Before joining the WFSA, Laura spent over 6 months in rural Zambia working to implement a sustainable school business to generate profit for the school. Laura has also worked in the health charity sphere with the British Heart Foundation in both the Strategy and Digital teams. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and experimenting with vegan cooking.

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