Sunil Sheth (Chair)
Sunil has been a Trustee of Sense International since October 2004 and became Chair in 2011.
He is the Senior Partner of Fladgate LLP, a prominent firm of solicitors in Central London. Sunil advises a wide-ranging client base on corporate, commercial and business matters, and he also acts as a trusted advisor for many high net worth families.
Sunil was a founder and former Chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK. He was also Vice Chair of Victim Support and has been involved in other charitable organisations.
One of Sunil’s greatest achievements was to complete a trek to Annapurna Base Camp in November 2018. The group of 27 trekkers raised over £450,000 for Sense International.
Maria Arce Moreira
Maria has over 25 years’ experience in the international development sector, mainly with international networks of NGOs and professional associations. A seasoned project manager, she has worked on policy influencing, advocacy, governance and organisational change, covering thematic areas including environmental management, gender, human settlements, food and agriculture, and health. She is multilingual and has worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Since 2014, she has worked as an independent consultant supporting NGOs with fundraising, strategic advice, governance and management. A recent assignment includes being the Executive Director of US-based Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH International), which provides quality eye health to people in need worldwide. As a socially committed citizen she is a Trustee of the Hope Centre, a Northampton charity working on poverty and homelessness, and of Age International. Maria was born in Bolivia and holds an MSc in Urban Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Richard Cooper is an International Equity Sales specialist and has spent over 20 years in the City of London. He has been a Trustee of Sense International since January 2018, and a member of the Sense International India Board since January 2021. Richard also has interests in motor sport and hospitality.
Richard first became involved with Sense International in 2004, after joining a trek in Romania. Since then, Richard has participated in a number of further treks for Sense International in Romania, Spain and Scotland.
In 2012, Richard was able to attain funding from the CLSA Chairman's Trust which enabled the funding of three resource centres and a home visit programme in Jarkhand Province, India.
Richard is married, to Sieona, and they have three children, Christopher, Charles and Felicity. Richard's other interests include financial and political history, cooking, wine and golf.
With 20 years’ experience in international development, Nick has a strong track record in planning and project design, monitoring and evaluation, barriers analysis, inclusive organisational development, influencing and political analysis, strategy development, fund management, innovation and knowledge management. Nick also has a deep understanding of and expertise in multiple thematic areas, including education, health, livelihoods, infrastructure and child protection, including in fragile and emergency settings.
Nick has led multi-year, flagship projects for UNDP, DFID, Save the Children, UN Women and WHO. Nick utilizes his deep understanding of inclusive development, as well as strong links with key stakeholders across the international development sector to help shape flagship initiatives and foster strategic partnerships. While Nick has considerable experience of working with UN agencies, the private sector and governments to strengthen inclusion, his work remains rooted in and informed by his continuing work with civil society organisations at the global-, national- and local-level.
Dean is a founding director of Knadel Software Solutions (a specialist software company to the investment management industry) and he has overall responsibility for the strategy and management of the firm. Dean specialises in advising his clients on large-scale strategic change and the management, governance and oversight of strategic supplier relationships.
Prior to founding Knadel, Dean was a Managing Partner at Morse PLC, a Director at boutique consultancy CSTIM Limited and an Executive Consultant at Ernst & Young. Before moving into consultancy Dean was an investment professional with the Prudential and a software consultant with ACT Financial Systems Limited. Dean has an MBA from the Open University Business School.
Prior to being nominated as a Trustee of Sense International Dean had been involved with fundraising for Sense International through both his family and his company.
Lucy began her career as a rehabilitation worker with blind and visually impaired people in Cardiff, and moved on to work in international development predominantly in Asia, on the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities. She has worked with Sightsavers International, Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International), UN Development Programme, and for the past eleven years has focused on conflict resolution with Quaker organisations, most recently as the Asia Regional Director for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). In this role she managed work promoting diplomacy between the US and North Korea, engagement to mitigate conflict arising from Chinese investments in neighbouring countries and other programmes promoting social justice and equality. Now back in London, Lucy is working as a consultant with AFSC, with a focus on government responses to COVID that override civil liberties. She holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in International Development.
Rex is an entrepreneur and has had a career in the insurance industry, owning and building a successful insurance brokerage which he sold and exited in June 2020. He is currently employed by Adler Fairways Insurance Brokers, within the management team, with a focus on business development.
Rex served Oshwal Association of the UK, the largest Jain community charity in the UK, from 2002 as a Trustee and then as President from 2012 to 2016. During his tenure, the community acquired 2 centres to serve members’ needs more locally. He encouraged volunteers to embrace professional standards in community work and fostered a strong spirit of collective team working. A firm believer in equality, he also championed inclusion for members with disabilities and special needs.
Rex was part of the group that trekked to Annapurna Base Camp in 2018 to raise funds for Sense International. He became a Trustee in 2019.
Sunil is a director of Urba-Life which develops and operates purpose-built student accommodation in the UK. He is also a director of St Katherine Group which is involved in property funding and developing.
Previously he was CEO of GBST Ltd until 2010 and COO of Wilco International Ltd until 2002, both of which provided mission critical, enterprise-wide transaction processing solutions to global investment banks and securities brokers.
Sunil qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross & Co in 1984 and worked with them as a Management Consultant until 1988 when he left to become the Financial Controller at County NatWest Investment Management.
Sunil has supported Sense International since 2002. He became a Trustee in 2017 and has been Treasurer since 2019.
Verity became a Trustee in May 2013 and is a human resources professional with extensive experience in organisational management and development, both as head of the HR function and as a consultant working with professional services companies, international development organisations, research and scientific institutes, and UK- and US-based non-profit organisations.
A United Kingdom national, she completed her university education in the US and holds a Master's degree in Public Management. She has worked in multi-site and multi-cultural environments, primarily in Africa and the Middle East, and lived in more than 10 countries. Her most recent work has involved strategic planning and the development of the human resources function and capacity. In the US she was an active volunteer with Special Olympics and the Sierra Club.
Lauren is a technical expert in disability-inclusive programming and disability inclusive safeguarding and has extensive experience working for small-medium sized international development charities in a senior role.
Lauren currently works as the Head of Programmes and Advocacy for Able Child Africa where she oversees a large portfolio of projects that ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities in East Africa. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of FACE Uganda, a small NGO working towards the empowerment of women in rural Uganda.
Lauren is interested in disability data and worked as an International Development Research Portfolio Manager for the FCDO and Economic and Social Research Council funded disability centre at UCL. She is also a Co-chair of the Bond Disability and Development Group, and the Co-coordinator of the disability inclusive safeguarding Task Group at the International Disability and Development Consortium.
Gillian has been a trustee of Sense since 1996, with breaks in 2005 and 2013. A parent of a young man with deafblindness, Gillian has an in-depth knowledge of deafblindness. She is a passionate advocate when talking to politicians, business people, service providers and the public, influencing and motivating political, financial and practical support for Sense. Gillian previously held management roles in sales and customer services, supported students with disabilities and worked as project manager for a design company. She is now working for NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) on the Office of National Statistics COVID-19 Infection Survey.
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