Cord is governed by our Board and dedicated Trustees, together they support the health and well-being of our organisation through deliberation, prayer and decision making. 

Helen Jackson - Chair

Helen developed her interest in international development through being a volunteer with VSO in Tanzania. She then worked in Central Africa for an organisation supporting people with disabilities.  More recently, she has extensive experience of the voluntary sector in the UK, working for a national charity for over 10 years both as an operational director and business development manager.  At present, she works in the health sector in Birmingham for children with disabilities. The common thread to this varied career is a commitment to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families who are marginalised.

Peter Davis - Vice Chair

Peter is a retired GP, and was previously Medical Adviser to Cord's international staff and volunteers. He brings to the board a lifetime of experience in dealing with people and their troubles. He became a trustee in 2012 and is now Vice Chair.

Tim Wingrove

Tim Wingrove joined Cord in 2014. He is the Founder and Director of Red Sea Executive Search, which is a specialist Executive Head-hunting consultancy, finding leaders and field directors in International Development and Philanthropy. Tim previously worked in London as an Executive Search Consultant for a Third Sector and International Development search companies on assignments at Trustee, CEO and Director level. He is a keen writer and film-maker, and is currently writing his first novel. He takes an interest in current events, global social change and geopolitics, church history, philanthropy and International Development, and has a particular heart for peace building and working in conflict across Africa and Asia. 

Helen Brownstone 

Helen is currently Director of Fundraising and Communications for PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools), an award winning social enterprise that provides low cost financially sustainable secondary education to the poorest children in Uganda and Zambia.  Helen has 15 years’ experience in international development working with large and small NGOs including World Vision, HelpAge International and VSO. Helen’s experience spans programme design, management, partnership development, fundraising and communications.  She has particular expertise in fundraising strategy, and raising grant funding from institutions, foundations, and philanthropists.    Helen has a passion to see NGOs transform to meet the changing demands of the 21st Century, and be more responsive to needs of all their stakeholders – service users, partners, and funders.

Abigail Knowles

Abi is a community fundraiser and volunteer manager at Traidecraft, and joined Cord as a trustee in 2014. She has a passion for people and has worked in a variety of fundraising and supporter development roles, helping the organisation’s supporters and volunteers share their enthusiasm for trade justice and the fair trade movement. Before joining Traidcraft Abi worked for Christian Aid. In her spare time Abi is an active member of her church, enjoys reading and walking and has recently taken up running. 


Chris McDonald

Chris is a humanitarian and development practitioner with 14 years’ experience covering Africa, Asia and the UK. He has worked with a range of international agencies such as World Vision, Medair and The Leprosy Mission International, mostly in disaster situations, often in insecure and conflict affected countries. His particular skills lie in strategic development, facilitating learning, supporting local partners and building community resilience to disasters. He currently works for Tearfund as Country Representative for Somalia and Somaliland and is based in Kenya. Chris has been a Cord trustee since July 2011.