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Jim has an extensive background in international development and humanitarian work. He has worked across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas occupying senior governance and leadership roles in international and local organisations.

Jim has led operations at local, national, regional and global levels overseeing strategy, programme design and development, policy and advocacy, resource mobilisation, and humanitarian interventions in difficult, challenging, and sometimes dangerous, contexts. He has lived in developing countries for over 25 years in urban slums, remote villages, and in disaster and conflict zones.

Jim recently completed an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. Previously he studied Public Health, Development Policy, Philosophy and Theology.

TODAY, ALMOST 70 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES, MOST OF THEM DUE TO WAR OR CONFLICT. HALF OF THOSE DISPLACED ARE CHILDREN. THIS LEVEL OF DISPLACEMENT IS UNPRECEDENTED. IN MANY CASES SETTING UP A NEW LIFE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY IS NOT SHORT-TERM, REFUGEES SPEND YEARS IN CAMPS OR HOST COMMUNITIES OFTEN WITH NO RIGHT TO WORK TO EARN A LIVING, OFTEN THEY CAN NEVER RETURN AND HAVE TO BUILD A NEW HOME.
INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE TRUST WORKS TO RESTORE DIGNITY AND HOPE TO THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TORN APART BY WAR AND CONFLICT AND HELP THEM ACCESS BASIC HUMAN SERVICES SO THAT THEY CAN STEP UP OUT OF POVERTY, AND TO LIVE HAPPILY IN A PLACE THEY CAN CALL HOME.
AS A SMALL ORGANISATION, IRT’S REACH IS LIMITED, BUT IT STICKS WITH THOSE IT DOES REACH THROUGH THICK AND THIN. HAVING SPENT MY ADULT LIFE WORKING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES MANAGING DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMMES WITH SOME OF THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS, I AM HAPPY TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT I HAVE LEARNED WITH A SMALLER ORGANISATION AND TO SUPPORT IT’S TEAM OF TRULY COMMITTED STAFF.


After an early career in London ad agencies, Charlotte joined the charity sector a decade ago. She has since led on brand, marketing, communications and fundraising strategy for a variety of charities including Marie Curie, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Reach Volunteering. She is currently Marketing Director for Global Action Plan. She was previously sat on a number of committees and acted as a trustee for Survivors UK.

AS A LOCAL TO INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE TRUST I’M DELIGHTED TO BE WORKING WITH A CHARITY WHICH CONNECTS MY COMMUNITY WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE MOST DESPERATELY IN NEED ACROSS THE WORLD.


Steve is an experienced humanitarian coordinator with a particular interest & expertise in child protection gender in emergencies and collaborative humanitarian response. Born and brought up in Brixton, South London, he has extensive experience working in complex emergencies having begun his career in 2003 working on the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Integration process in Sierra Leone, and having spent extended periods working in Colombia with Oxfam and with Concern Worldwide in Darfur, as well as taking several shorter emergency deployments with various organisations.

After deciding to return to London in 2013, he became part of Plan’s Disaster Risk Management / Humanitarian team overseeing Plan UK’s disaster preparedness and emergency response across Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East, including setting up Plan’s UKs responses to the crisis in Syria, Gaza and the West African Ebola response, among others.

In 2016 after actively supporting the Start Network, for two years as part a of member agency, he became the Start Networks first Head of Programmes and set up its programme department.

IRT’S FOCUS ON BUILDING ON LOCAL SKILLS AND CAPACITIES ALLOWS FOR LONGER TERM SUSTAINABLE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN DIGNITY TO REFUGEES.

I AM PROUD TO BE INVOLVED IN AN ORGANISATION THAT LOOKS BEYOND JUST IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN CRISIS BUT STRIVES TO EMPOWER THEM TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES IN A DIGNIFIED MANNER.


Robbie is a lawyer with expertise in construction and infrastructure projects. His work includes government commissioned, and development bank funded projects across numerous jurisdictions. Prior to his move to the UK in 2014, Robbie worked as a lawyer in New Zealand, where he was heavily involved in legal and policy issues arising in relation to the rebuild of Christchurch city, following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. He also provided free legal advice and representation to many people and organisations in the years following. Outside of the law, Robbie has spent a substantial amount of time helping displaced people.

In the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes, he supervised a team of 200 volunteers helping to provide on-the-ground disaster relief. More recently, Robbie worked with another international charity fundraising and providing practical support for refugees in Calais, where he worked alongside refugees in the camp to build a vaccination centre and helped to distribute free legal advice. Robbie also volunteered at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, on the proposed crime “Ecocide”. Robbie has been a trustee of IRT since June 2017.

I HAVE SEEN FIRST-HAND THE TRAGEDY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD EVERYTHING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM, BUT ALSO THE ASTOUNDING RESILIENCE AND RESOURCEFULNESS OF THOSE PEOPLE TO REBUILD. IRT’S WORK IN PROVIDING URGENT RELIEF, BUT ALSO EFFECTIVE, HOLISTIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES, IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES THEY REACH.

RA graduate of the Harvard Business School, where, as a Fulbright Scholar, she gained an MBA, Has worked for a number of high profile companies in the Finance sector, including Goldman Sachs, Loyalty Management UK and PayPal. Her current role at PayPal is Director, Small and Medium Business UK.


Gareth has a broad range of experience of management, governance and people issues from a long career in Human Resource Management including a number of senior leadership positions in international financial services firms. Most recently he was Managing Director, Human Resources at Royal Bank of Canada. He has particular expertise in governance, compensation, employee relations and the challenges of working across different countries and cultures. He has experience of the issues and challenges faced by the charitable sector in his current role as a Trustee of The International Federation of Aromatherapists and Vice Chair and Trustee of Theatre Centre.

I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE TRUST IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST SO MUCH. I AM TRULY INSPIRED BY THE EFFORTS OF EVERYONE INVOLVED TO BRING ABOUT SUSTAINED LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENT AND INCREASED SELF SUFFICIENCY TO THOSE MOST IN NEED.


Alex has spent the past twelve years working in Investment Banking. Prior to that she majored in Economics at the University of Edinburgh while also studying Politics and Economics. She speaks French and English and has created an app called MatchMyHobby which aims to recreate communities in big cities. She is passionate about the free movement of people and the efficient allocation of human capital. As well as being a Trustee with the International Refugee Trust, she mentors at the Baytree Centre and provides guidance and help to Care4Calais, while also trying to bridge the gap between charities and the private sector.

Alex enjoys learning languages, photography, tennis, yoga and running.