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.

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 Traidcraft, 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.

Ravi Gidoomal

Ravi joined the board in 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He currently works for an alternative lender - helping small businesses borrow money through innovative technology and an online peer to peer platform. After several years in investment banking, Ravi worked with Grant Thornton where he undertook a number of operational, financial and strategic assignments including being part of the management team for a £200m Government-backed programme helping UK SMEs to grow. Ravi has a keen interest in social finance and before joining Cord provided part time finance and growth leadership to Cinnamon Network, a UK charity that helps churches to deliver local social action projects. The work of Cord resonates with Ravi's family history - his grandparents were born in British India but forced to leave during the partition, and this was repeated 20 years later when his father's family left Kenya. Ravi is keen to see Cord's peacebuilding work develop in Asia and Africa and is particularly inspired by the combined approach of practical interventions alongside working strategically with communities and stakeholders.

Steve Hucklesby

Steve’s introduction to Africa was with Cord in Eritrea where he served as Country Director with his wife, Ellie from 1993.  He has a decade of experience in the management of relief and development programmes and a passion for supporting people in overcoming violence.  In his current role he works as an advisor to UK churches on international affairs, conflict, security and human rights and is Co Chair of a Christian think tank on defence and disarmament.  He believes in the capacity of every person to make a difference even in the direst circumstances and is delighted to see how Cord has refocused its mission towards peace through partnership in recent years.