Sense International is governed by our Board of Trustees. Their primary purpose is to promote Sense International, uphold our vision, protect our assets and funds, and ensure that we comply with legislation and regulation.
Sunil Sheth (Chair)
Sunil has been a Trustee of Sense International since October 2004 and became Chair in 2011.
He is one of the senior partners at Fladgate LLP, a prominent firm of solicitors in Central London and advises a wide-ranging client base on corporate, commercial and business matters. As the founder and former Chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK, Sunil has an extensive network of contacts within the UK Asian community.
Sunil is also a member of another charity called One World Media, and has been a member of the Business Association Panel of the Bank of England. Although his main clientele is India based he has a substantial client base amongst the Indian diaspora in Africa, Middle East, UK and Asia and travels to these regions on a regular basis.
Richard Cooper previously worked in International Equity Sales at Deutsche Bank AG, and has spent over 20 years in the City of London.
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 history, cooking, wine and golf.
Nick has more than 16 years’ experience in international development. Nick has held senior positions in international NGOs and worked with numerous INGO’s, civil society networks, UN agencies, governments, private sector and grassroots organisations to successfully create positive change at global-, regional, and national-level.
Nick is a technical expert, thought leader and strong influencer in the areas of disability inclusion, HIV/AIDS and health. He has worked with Leonard Cheshire Disability, UNDP, UN Women and the Girls Education Challenge to mainstream disability inclusion.
He has also worked closely with Sense International through the International Disability and Development Consortium and the BOND Disability and Development Group.
Robin Heber Percy
Robin joined the Sense International board in April 2009. She has over 15 years' experience in the field of International Development, with specific expertise in rural development, project cycle management and capacity building.
Robin is currently a Programme Manager at the International Centre of Eye Health, which is part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this she was Head of Programmes at ORBIS UK, a blindness prevention charity.
She worked for many years for development organisations in Namibia, Uganda and Laos, supporting conservation and community-based natural resource management projects.
Dean is a founding director of Knadel Limited (a specialist consultancy to the investment management industry) and he has overall responsibility for the strategy and management of the firm and manages a number of important client relationships. Dean specialises in advising his clients on large-scale strategic change, operating model redesign and outsourcing.
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.
Pankaj Shah (Honorary Treasurer)
Pankaj has been a supporter of Sense International since December 2004 and was appointed a Trustee and Treasurer in October 2008.
He was born in Kenya and came to the UK in 1971 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Lubbock Fine in 1983. He is a Senior Partner at Lubbock Fine, Chartered Accountants and advises clients on all aspects of financial and taxation matters. His clients operate in a wide range of different industries, including property, hospitality, manufacturing, technology and charities.
His client base is predominantly in the UK although he acts for numerous clients based in India and East Africa. Pankaj and his firm, Lubbock Fine, act for numerous charities and have been good supporters of Sense International.
Sunil is the Managing Director of Urba-Life which develops and operates purpose built student accommodation in the UK.
Prior to Urba-Life, he was CEO of GBST Ltd until 2010 and COO of Wilco International Ltd until 2002, both of which were global organisations, providing mission critical, enterprise-wide transaction processing solutions to 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 till 1988 when he left to become the Financial Controller at County NatWest Investment Management. He also worked at ACT Financial Systems Ltd as a Business Development Manager for 3 years before joining Wilco International Ltd in 2002.
Sunil has supported and organised various fund raising events for Sense International since 2002.
Verity became a Trustee in May 2013, 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 U.S. 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.
Sue is a Trustee of both Sense and Sense International. She was first involved with Sense International in 1998 when she helped to organise the first deafBlind conference in India and became a Trustee in 2001.
Sue was a founder of the Kent Branch of Sense and is currently its chair. She has also been a parent trustee of Sense at times since 1993.
Sue has ten years' experience as a non-executive director for the local health trust for learning disabilities and mental health, and has acted as a Mental Health Act manager. She was also a voluntary advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau for eight years.
Sue has campaigned locally for the rights of people with deafblindness, in particular sitting on a Kent County Council panel in order to write a county-wide strategy for people with deafblindness.
Sue has a particular interest in international programmes and uses her considerable experience to focus on the needs and wishes of families with a member who's deafblind, in the countries in which Sense International works.
Maria has over 25 years’ experience in the international development sector, mainly with international networks of NGOs and professional associations, for many of which she held senior management positions. A seasoned project manager, she worked on policy influencing and advocacy, governance and organisational change, covering a diverse range of thematic areas including environmental management, gender, human settlements, food and agriculture and several aspects of health. She is multilingual and has worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Since 2014 she has worked as an independent consultant supporting UK and international NGOs with fundraising, strategic advice, governance and management. One of her recent assignments includes being the Executive Director of US-based Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH International) that works to provide quality eye health to people in need worldwide. As a socially committed citizen she is member of the Management Committee of Live at Home Scheme Northampton which supports the elderly to live independently and has recently been appointed as a Trustee of Age International. Maria was born in Bolivia and holds an MSc in Urban Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
First published: Monday 19 August 2013
Last updated: Monday 12 August 2019