Chairman: Andrew Scadding
Andrew has 50 years’ experience of UK and overseas charities. He recently retired from being Chief Executive of the Thai Children’s Trust, which works in similar areas to Child Rescue Nepal. He is on the board of pointB, a US charity that trains community workers in Burma, and is a contributor to Civil Society’s blog on the regulation of fundraising.
Mudassar Ahmed (Treasurer)
Mudassar became a trustee in 2016. He is the Head of Programme Finance at Oxfam, where he manages the global portfolio of development and humanitarian programmes. He studied Law and Arabic at SOAS and International Relations and Contemporary Welfare at King’s College, London.
Mike ‘Mac’ McCurry
Mac has 30 years’ experience in healthcare technology working in government, the NHS and commercial organisations in the UK and overseas, particularly in Africa and Asia. He has worked with our Nepal partners to develop their healthcare portfolio by forging relationships with other Nepalese organisations who work in a similar domain to enhance the important link between education and good health among Nepalese children.
Sue has worked in children’s services, in both voluntary and statutory sectors, as a qualified social worker and manager. She has extensive experience in working with traumatised children in child protection and children in transition. Since retiring her focus has been on capacity building work with organisations, offering culturally appropriate child protection training, developing policies and tailored support which result in positive outcomes for children.
Nick has been involved with CRN since 2004, first a volunteer, then staff member in Nepal and now as a trustee. Whilst working for CRN in Nepal, he met his wife Rama and learned to speak Nepali. After returning to the UK he moved into a fundraising role at Hope and Homes for Children. After stints at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Buttle UK, he is now Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at World Child Cancer.
Michele has over 20 years’ experience in international development and volunteer management, significantly with VSO. She has held four regional or country management positions for programmes in Asia and has lived in Kazakhstan, India and Fiji. She is currently Managing Director for World Learning Europe.
Sophie has eleven years’ experience in the media and communications sector in a career that has spanned broadcast, tech, digital, advertising, film and PR.
After an inspiring sabbatical in the east in 2012 during which she spent time volunteering in Nepal at a child refuge, a digital media fundraising campaign enabled her to raise the money to rescue a homeless boy, Mausam and provide for two years of his life. On her return, she set up own ‘storytelling’ consultancy Tuesday Media, helping SMEs and FTSE 100s companies with branding, messaging, marketing and business development.
Susan has worked as a consultant in the charity sector since 2009 helping organisations to optimise their fundraising activities. A Chemistry graduate with an MBA in International Business & Finance her corporate experience includes process improvement, systems implementation and change management. Since 2009 Susan has supported CRN as a volunteer in both the London and Nepal offices.
UK Staff Team
Jo Bega, Chief Executive
Jo has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and has extensive experience in charity management, fundraising and marketing. She was a VSO volunteer in South Africa for two years and has worked in the disability and development sectors including Livability, Tearfund and Christian Aid. Most recently Jo has worked at the Orpheus Centre, a specialist college for young disabled adults, where she raised over £1.5m. With two school-aged children, Jo doesn’t have a lot of spare time but she does manage to sing in a gospel choir and regularly post photos on Instagram.
Ben Mayo, Corporate Fundraising
Ben’s professional background comes from working in the third sector, managing events & client relationships. He enjoys working as part of a team that has helped deliver events that range from international sports competitions and fundraising gala balls all the way through to bucket collections. He has a keen interest in development work that was strengthen by recently completing an MSc in the Environment and Sustainable Development at the Bartlett Institute (UCL).
Mariana Curado, Administrator
Mariana studied Hindi for three years in University and was afterwards offered a scholarship by the Indian Government to pursue her studies in Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, a Foreign Students’ University in Agra, where she stayed for three months. After that, she decided to leave her home town of Lisbon and came to London, looking for an opportunity to join the charitable sector. In her spare time, Mariana contributes regular content to Portuguese websites, promoting music events, artists and increasing brand awareness.
Nepal Staff Team
Jamuna Shrestha, Country Director Nepal
Jamuna Shrestha Bhattarai has two postgraduate degrees and 19 years’ experience in the development sector. Based in the Kathmandu office of CRN, she leads the CRN team in Nepal. She is interested in building resilience in communities and providing good quality education, healthcare and job opportunities for children and their families who are struggling to secure their basic needs and rights.
Roshna Lama, Accountant
Roshna Lama has worked at CRN Nepal since 2007. She has a BA in Management Accounting and Finance, and other qualifications in Finance and Accounting Systems and computer training.
In Nepal we operate through a legally registered local charity and the District Education Office.
Esther Benjamins Memorial Foundation (EBMF)
EBMF is our Nepali operating partner.
Karnasher Tamang MBE, Chairman
Karna has been involved with the work of CRN from the start. Before that, he had a long and distinguished career in the Queen’s Gurkha Signal Regiment and was decorated by HRH The Prince of Wales for his dedicated and loyal service to the Crown. After retiring from the British Army, he worked for the MoD UK as HR manager for the British Gurkhas Nepal with responsibility for the management of over 350 civilian staff.
Raghu Nandan Dahal, Programme Manager
Raghu has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and 15 years experience of working for the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Raghu joined EBMF in October 2015, where he has a key role in overseeing operations. Raghu is also proficient in yoga and meditation.
Kedar Nath Acharya, District Programme Coordinator
Kedar is our District Programme Coordinator in Hetauda, EBMF. He has B.Ed and BBS degrees from Tribhuwan University of Nepal and is currently studying for a Masters in Sociology. Before joining EBMF, Kedar was working for the Women Skill Creation Centre in partnership with Free the Slaves as Programme Coordinator in Hetauda. Kedar has also worked as a School Coordinator for four years in a Secondary Level School.
Dilu Tamang, Senior Member, Rescue Team
Dilu has worked with EBMF for 10 years and is involved at the frontline of all our rescues. Dilu is also one of Nepal’s few trained counsellors and has developed a speciality helping trauma and trafficked children. Dilu us passionate about rescuing children and giving them a new life.
Prem Khattri Chettri, Child Protection and Development Officer
Prem joined EBMF in 2012 and has key responsibility for child protection and development. He also works with Dilu to reintegrate rescued children. Prem has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University and has also worked as a school teacher at a Higher Secondary School.
Bikki B.K. Asst. Youth Development Officer
Bikki is one of the young and energetic staff members at EBMF. For the last two years he has been working as a lead person for our Youth Support Project. Prior to this he spent three years working at one of EBMF’s Care Homes. He has a Bachelors Degree in Social Science. Bikki is passionate about helping young people to gain skills and fulfil their dreams.