The WFSA is led and run by volunteers and is consequently able to keep staff numbers at a minimum.
The small Secretariat supports all aspects of the Federation’s work including programme management, fundraising, membership, volunteering and governance and is based in London.
Julian Gore-Booth – Chief Executive Officer
Julian has over 25 years of experience in international development. Before joining the WFSA he was Director of International at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that the Chief Executive of two Charitable Foundations working with disadvantaged children and young people around the globe.
He has held Regional and Country Director posts for the International Red Cross and covered emergency and development operations in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Red Cross he spent two years with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) based in Jerusalem. His volunteering experience includes teaching in Malawi, elephant conservation in Kenya and youth employment in London and he is also a trustee of MAST, a charity that aims to conserve the UK’s maritime heritage.
Nita Pillai - Head of Programmes
Nita has over 10 years experience working for a range of non-profit organisations working in developing countries. Previously at the Fairtrade Foundation, Nita led their policy and research work before focusing on the impact assessment and evaluation of Fairtrade projects. She has extensive experience of working on complex global projects and programmes and working with, and coordinating diverse teams. Nita has also worked at Consumers International, the Overseas Development Institute and ActionAid.
Matthew Rothero - Partnerships Manager
Prior to joining WFSA, Matt worked as institutional fundraiser in development and humanitarian contexts for more than 14 years. This includes longer term deployments to the South Caucasus region with Oxfam, working as part as Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Response based in Lebanon, and more recently with ActionAid, deployments to Somaliland in response to the East Africa Food crisis, and to Bangladesh as part of ActionAid’s Rohingya Crisis Response. Matt brings extensive experience of fostering relationships with donors, working closely with colleagues to prepare proposals, contract management, and reporting. Matt’s voluntary experience includes working with a small Oxford based charity called Asylum Welcome where he acted as a voluntary Youth Support Worker helping to run a youth club for young, male, asylum seekers arriving in the UK.
Giselle de Castro – Administrative Officer
Giselle comes from a languages and IT background. She worked in Software Localisation industry as a QA specialist leading quality assurance teams in projects across different countries, and later as a Senior Administrator with a focus on the development and integration of systems and services. She moved to the charity sector 2 years ago.
Amal Paonaskar – Projects Officer
Amal has an academic background in Biomedical Sciences and Global Health. Before joining the WFSA, he supported the programmes of Shaishav, a children’s rights organisation working with marginalised children in urban slums and remote regions of India. He has also worked on community-driven projects aimed at supporting education and livelihoods in Nepal and Zambia and spent time working with the NHS in the UK.
Dilys Hartley – Projects Officer
Dilys has an academic background in International Development and Human Rights with a focus on securing the rights of the most marginalised in society. Before joining the WFSA she worked as a Programme Assistant with a youth focused International Development charity and prior to this worked in Customer Services for a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler and distributer. Her voluntary experience includes assisting on research projects in the field of migration as well as refugee and asylum seeker support with organisations in Leeds and London.
Francis Peel - Communications & Advocacy Manager
Francis has over 15 years' experience working in communications, marketing and advocacy for global health and not for profit organisations. Prior to joining WFSA, Francis ran Global Health Comms, a consultancy providing communication services to research groups working primarily in public health. His clients included London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Economist Group and Imperial College London. He has worked on a wide range of global health issues including school health and nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, small-holder agriculture, malaria and WASH. When not promoting global health initiatives Francis can be found at home being given the run around by his two kids.
Hira Aftab - Communications & Advocacy Officer
Hira has an academic background in International Relations and Humanitarianism. Her work experience prior to joining WFSA includes working as a Junior Expert for European Union-funded project in Pakistan with a focus on access to justice and as a Programme/Communications intern for the United Nations Development Programme. Her voluntary experience includes assisting with the development of new technology to be implemented in the humanitarian sector. Currently, she is studying towards an MSc in Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development from the University of Bath.
Jigna Gajarawala - Finance Officer
Jigna fell into the accounting profession by chance after learning about accounting software while studying for a degree in computing and has subsequently gone on to become an ACCA qualified accountant. Her passion for working in the not for profit sector comes from previously working in a grant-making charity for five years and seeing the impact the third sector has on individuals. Prior to this, she worked in commercial organisations. In her spare time, Jigna likes to travel and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Having recently qualified, Jigna is now looking for a new hobby to keep her busy in her newly acquired spare time. .