Who we are

Board of Trustees

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

Our Director 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.

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.

Victoria Wickenden (Deputy Chair)

Victoria Wickenden is an aid worker.  She has worked in Africa, Latin America and In the Middle East.

Working for the UK government she started the UKAid office in Amman, Jordan at the start of the Arab Spring.  She went on the head up UK Aid in Libya.

She has worked for CARE International as director of programmes – leading a global portfolio of humanitarian and development projects.   She was director of safeguarding at CARE international and is the Safeguarding board member at Coach Core – a UK youth focused charity.

Victoria now leads relationships with donor governments on behalf of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

Jim O'Reilly (Treasurer)

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.

Martin Foy

Martin Foy has worked at several companies including small tech start-ups, commercial, public sector and numerous not for profit organisations, leading various teams in these sectors. He has degrees in Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Advanced Computer Science and continues to study for further qualifications in the fields of Humanitarian Aid, Business and Computing.

In his spare time, he likes to cycle and travel and volunteers with various charities. Martin is looking forward to working with Good Neighbours UK to make a positive difference in the lives of many children, families and communities around the world and the UK.

Natasha Kendrick

Natasha Kendrick is a senior lawyer in the public sector, specialising in contingency planning and crisis response. As an in-house company lawyer previously and having provided pro-bono legal advice to numerous charities, Natasha is experienced in advising organisations on a variety of legal issues, as well as advising on strategy, risk management and good governance.

She has a keen interest in human rights, international development and humanitarian relief and has volunteered on various development-related projects in the UK and overseas.

Meet the Team

Our Director 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.

Hyejoung Yang (Director)

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.

Hyejoung 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.

 

David King (Chief Operating Officer)

David King has 25 years experience in the charity sector. He has an MSc in Business Process Management.

When David was an Executive Director at UBS, he became a mentor through the Prince’s Trust, Roots and Wings programme, supporting young people through the world of work experience from Deptford Green School.

For 10 years, as Head of Operations at Pilotlight, he  worked with hundreds of charities, helping them to develop their strategic capacity and capability by matching them with business executives through a variety of projects and programmes.

‘I am looking forward to the challenge of developing and growing Good Neighbours here in the UK.’

Ellen Shin (Community Development Officer)

Ellen Shin has professional research experience acquired at various international or government-affiliated organisations in South Korea, such as the UNESCO APCEIU, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Incorporated Association, Korea Polytechnic University, and Korea Research Institute of Vocational Education and Training.

“My role as the Community Development Officer is planning and budgeting for development programmes at the community level in London. I also seek solutions to the issues communities face in partnership with statutory and voluntary bodies.

Being in the academic research profession seems to create a gap in the field of practice so this position at GNUK gives me the chance to be actively engaged in community work.

My aim is to venture beyond my comfort zone and seek out new learning with curiosity and openness.”

Sorina Antonescu (Marketing Coordinator)

Sorina Antonescu has a sustained passion for humanitarian and development work which earned her a Distinction in her MSc studies in Environment and Development at the University of Leeds.

During her masters, Sorina interned with the British Red Cross as a caseworker in the Refugee Support Service, providing much-needed practical and administrative support to asylum seekers and refugees.

Sorina also worked as the Community Engagement Officer for Knaresborough Community Land Trust (KCLT) where her language and communication skills played a crucial part in getting the community onboard and support the Trust’s mission to build locally affordable housing.

“Being the Marketing Coordinator for GNUK feels like a natural step forward where I can freely communicate my passion for community-led sustainable development with fellow staff members, volunteers and the general public.”

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