Board of Trustees | The Hunger Project UK

Board of Trustees

Judith PollockJudith Pollock - Interim Chair | Board of Trustees, The Hunger Project UK

Interim Chair, Board of Trustees

Judith is a Business Director at a charitable foundation which focuses on applying ‘enterprise-based solutions’ to global development challenges. She joined the foundation in January 2009 and has primary responsibility for their sustainable transport programme, which catalyses and implements sustainable mobility solutions in developing country cities across Latin America and Asia. Judith also manages a leadership training programme in Africa, supported by the foundation, and a programme developing management effectiveness and business skills in managers of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Judith came to the Foundation with 18 years experience in a large FTSE 100 company working in a number of different fields including technical projects, contract management, commercial and marketing in the Exploration & Production and Gas & Power businesses. She has worked in Europe, Africa and North America.

Judith’s interests include photography, reading and travel, especially if it involves activities such as hiking, biking or diving and sampling the local food and wine.

Judith joined the Board of Trustees in 2011.

Merilee Karr - Trustee | Board of Trustees | The Hunger Project UKMerilee Karr


Merilee moved to London following her MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.  An American national, Merilee has worked in various roles at a FTSE 100 company in London, spanning setting up  IT business models in India, managing Retail procurement across Med and CEE countries, and managing Retail strategy.

Highlights of her career include setting up the first deals with IT companies in India, delivering a single PR agency model across a Retail operation, and setting the Retail strategy for Alliances.  More recently, Merilee delivered a new contract with Johnson Controls for up to 5 years of a value in excess of $1B to deliver Retail maintenance globally and in parallel worked through Johnson controls to deliver 20% structural cost reductions and 20% performance improvement over 2 years.

Merilee’s interests include hiking, running and travel with friends, in the past few years she has hiked the Inca trail and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  She also enjoys relaxing holidays sailing along the Turkish coast.

Merilee joined the Board of Trustees in 2011.

Rob ShepherdRob Shepherd - Treasurer and Trustee | Board of Trustees | The Hunger Project UK

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Rob Shepherd became Treasurer of The Hunger Project UK in March 2012 and as such is specifically responsible for financial, legal and regulatory matters. Up to February 2012, he spent four and a half years as Finance Director of a publicly listed company with interests in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, as a result of which he gained an excellent appreciation of the work being done on the ground by The Hunger Project and other NGOs.
Rob worked for 9 years as a banker and prior to that spent four years as an engineer working in the Netherlands.

He holds a B. Eng from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from INSEAD.

Sandra PopoolaSandra Popoola - Trustee | Board of Trustees | The Hunger Project UK


Sandra has been a Civil Servant for 15 years. Over the years Sandra has worked in a number of Government Departments, with her recent assignment at the Department of Energy and Climate Change as the Head of the Director’s Office at the Energy Markets and Networks Directorate. Sandra is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Masters’ Degree holder in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management.

Sandra’s professional skills and experience in public and private sectors span over 20 years and include leadership, policy development, programme & project management, human resource, change management, stakeholder managment & communications and customer interfacing.

Sandra’s passion for equality of opportunities for all continues to drive her to seek opportunities to push the boundaries and support initiatives that bring this passion to life.

Sandra is married and has three children a boy and two girls – in between caring for her family she has been a parent governor at local schools and currently a deacon at her local church where she is involved in various activities to raise funds for charities all over the world.

Sandra enjoys reading, watching soaps on TV and travelling.

Sandra joined the Board of Trustees in 2011.

Amber Fraser - Vice Chair | Board of Trustees | The Hunger Project UKAmber Fraser

Vice Chair

Amber is a Canadian national and has held several international commercial roles in Canada and Europe for Fortune Global 500 companies.  Now living in London, Amber is leading a team managing the commercial relationship with the UK’s largest retailer, and is focused on building long term strategic partnerships.  Holding a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Development from a top Canadian university, Amber is passionate about contributing to the fight to end world hunger.

Amber joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.

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