Who we are

Board of Trustees & Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive and leadership team are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them. They are guided by, and are accountable to, our Board of Trustees.

The Board meets regularly and is responsible for setting our strategic direction and governance, and overseeing management.

Cheryl Siddons (Chair)

Cheryl Siddons has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has worked extensively in establishing charities and businesses from concept to delivery. She values volunteers and has worked directly with them throughout her career.

Cheryl is a former Non-Executive Director of the Local Health Trust with Board level responsibility for Women and Children’s issues. Cheryl also works in Politics as an adviser.

Jim O'Reilly

Jim O’`Reilly has over 30 years of experience working in emerging technologies, products and markets and is currently a strategist enabling faster growth via Digital Strategy, Product Innovation & Emerging Technology Acceleration.

Jim was inspired by the Good Neighbours International Team and volunteers while living in South Korea during the start of the  Internet race in 2000 and is excited to be working with them to help children and vulnerable people.

He is constantly looking for new stories and people that make a difference and a published author of Digital Korea. He has committed to continually challenge himself and encourage others to do the same and has been active with Charities on various projects and events, including International Cycle rides, Marathons and long distance triathlons. He is looking forward to welcome and work with others with Innovative ideas to change Neighbourhoods for the better.

Haeun Seong

Dr. HaEun Seong (Marcellino) has 20 years’ experience in international human rights and humanitarian NGOs, with a particular focus on the United Nations advocacy and partnership in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Institute of Geneva where he studied the impact of National Human Rights Institutions in the domestic implementation of international human rights norms.

His human rights activities centre on advocating and supporting human rights defenders from the global south to build awareness in the UN fora. He currently focuses on developing partnerships between Good Neighbours members and UN agencies in order to support refugees and host communities in Africa and Asia.

Hyejoung Yang Chief Executive

Hyejoung Yang began working in the NGO development sector as a volunteer in UNDP to raise awareness on Millennium Development Goals. She volunteered again in 2008 working with children and young people at the Oxford Kilburn Youth Trust in London, UK. After this she joined UNESCO APCEIU to research and develop a multimedia resource for Education for International Understanding.

Since 2010 she has been working for Good Neighbours International, involved with international project planning, sponsorship management, monitoring and guiding the programme of the Asia & Africa region.

She has always enjoyed working in teams and partnerships, having a particular focus on ending poverty and on social justice. She is excited to be leading Good Neighbours UK.

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