People

Meet The Hunger Project-UK trustees and staff.

We work together to build a community of like-minded people in the UK who are committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

 

Board of Trustees

Judith Pollock

Judith Pollock

Chair, Board of Trustees

Judith joined the The Hunger Project UK Board of Trustees in 2011 and stepped up to be Board Chair in January, 2015.

She came to The Hunger Project with extensive experience in the energy industry and in the social enterprise sector. Judith started her career working in technical roles in Exploration and Production projects for a FTSE 100 company in Europe, Canada and Africa. She progressed to project management and commercial roles in the Gas and Power sector before becoming a business development director at a charitable foundation focused on the provision of clean and sustainable energy and transport in developing economies. It was through 7 years in this latter role that she gained experience of the charitable sector and of working with grass roots organisations in Africa, India and Latin America to ensure effective delivery of solutions on the ground.

Judith currently splits her time between The Hunger Project and supporting an NGO which bring clean, sustainable practices to the freight industry. In her spare time she sculpts and carves stone and is working towards a Fine Art diploma.

Rob Shepherd

Rob Shepherd

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, after which he spent two years as Managing Director of a publicly listed company with assets in the Ivory Coast, 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.
Between 1996 and 2006, Rob worked as a banker in numerous developing markets and prior to that spent four years as an engineer working in the Netherlands.
He is currently a non-executive director of two publicly listed companies and financial advisor to a number of others.

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

Irena Tullis

Irena Tullis

Trustee

Irena Tullis became Trustee of the Hunger Project UK in March 2017.

She has 15 years of experience in corporate and investment banking in the UK, Russia and the Czech Republic. During her career break to look after her family, she lived in Argentina, Italy and The Netherlands. She resumed her banking career in June 2017.
Growing up behind the iron curtain was instrumental in growing Irena’s passion on the importance of women’s education and self-reliance. Irena volunteered for charities in Argentina and The Netherlands.

Irena has two children. In her free time, she enjoys running and cycling. She plays piano and sings in a local choir.

Monique Surridge

Monique Surridge

Trustee

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Monique moved to the UK to do her MSc in Tourism Planning and Development at the University of Surrey. At one of the big 4 consultancy firms, Monique worked on national tourism strategy plans for both public sector as well as private sector clients. Most of her projects were across Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Having worked with donor agencies and governments in developing countries she is a strong believer in women’s empowerment.

Monique joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

monique.surridge@thp.org

Manda Lakhani

Manda Lakhani

Acting CEO & Trustee

Manda became an investor in The Hunger Project in 2017 and a year later, because a Trustee of The Hunger Project UK. She stepped up to the role of Acting CEO in October 2020 and has since been steering the organisation through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an experienced business consultant working across multiple fields including marketing and finance, Manda has led teams in a variety of organisations including UK Atomic Energy Authority, Prudential, Hill Samuel, and Nomura Asset Management. Manda left the corporate world to focus on her family, which she did alongside running a successful health and wellness business with a team of over 30 women. She also continued her pro bono work across the charity and small business sectors.

Manda has a long held passionate belief in female empowerment and championing under-represented talent in the workplace.  She has spoken at a number of events on gender parity, diversity & inclusion and health & wellness, including raising awareness of the menopause.

At The Hunger Project UK, Manda has been instrumental in re-launching and growing the Unleashed Women network; recruiting a cohort of female business leaders to maximise their own limitless potential and make a positive change, using the inspiring, transformative global work of The Hunger Project. In her role as Acting CEO, she is spearheading the vision of The Hunger Project to unlock the potential support of the UK market. 

Manda holds a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from Cass Business School and a BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Management from City, University of London. Alongside her role at The Hunger Project UK, Manda is a Senior Advisor to the President of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in India, advising on international activity and collaboration. She also supports and advises the Board at Action for Happiness and is a consultant and mentor to a number of women entrepreneurs.

Manda lives in London with her husband, Kanesh and they have two grown up daughters. 

manda.lakhani@thp.org

Dr Joanna Martin

Dr Joanna Martin

Trustee

Dr Joanna Martin became Trustee of The Hunger Project UK in 2021

An architect and accelerator of change, Dr Joanna Martin has worked with hundreds of prominent business leaders, campaigners, entrepreneurs and difference-makers across the globe.  She’s passionate about the potential of a new kind of leadership grounded in compassion, connection, courage, clarity and creativity: a style of leadership that she has crafted, practised and honed over decades as a medical doctor, serial entrepreneur and founder.

Founder of One of many® a coaching organisation for women leaders and entrepreneurs, her message and work have directly impacted over 100,000 people on 4 different continents. The diverse membership includes politicians, CEOs, partners in major global organisations, doctors, lawyers, accountants, activists, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters – united in their desire to change their corner of the world. As an internationally acclaimed and award-winning speaker she’s trained and certified over 1800 coaches, master coaches and trainers in behavioural change tools.

A committed investor and Trustee on the Board of The Hunger Project UK, Jo’s trained over 70 fundraisers and facilitators globally. Jo believes that the introduction of diverse modern leadership across every sector, at every decision table and in every part of society will have a transformational impact that’s needed now more than ever.

Elspeth Cox

Elspeth Cox

Company Secretary, Board of Trustees

Elspeth is The Hunger Project UK’s Company Secretary, a position she has held on and off since 2014.

A Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Elspeth has extensive experience in the charity and non-profit sector and has worked with a number of organisations including English Heritage, The Theatres Trust and the Imperial War Museum. Elspeth has also worked in a number of voluntary roles with the Ramblers Association, most recently as their Committee Treasurer, and as a Trustee of Paul’s Cancer Support.

Alongside her work with The Hunger Project UK, Elspeth has worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for over 17 years and in 2018 became their Company Secretary.

Volunteers

With only a small team in the UK, The Hunger Project could not achieve our work towards the end of hunger without the enthusiastic and incredible volunteers who support us.  We work with people with various experiences, including PR, marketing, fundraising, social media, events management and graphic design. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to be part of our community ending hunger, contact us at info@the-hunger-project-uk-2022.local

 

Razia, Bangladesh

“Every woman should be skilled and economically self-reliant… Otherwise, the problems of women could never be solved…”

Rita, Ghana

“I worked with the teachers, sensitising the school children on the effects and the harms teenage pregnancy can do to them.”

Rejeya, Bangladesh

“Now I do not pass the night without food and my other family members can eat full meals at night.”