Our CEO is Alex Daniels
Alex has been working in the overseas development sector since 1988, following degrees and experience in Agriculture, and Product Marketing and Management. After working with Christian Aid in their Africa and marketing departments, and with VSO, she first joined APT Action on Poverty in 1993 as a Programme Manager, playing a lead role in APT Action on Poverty’s expansion overseas. At OXFAM Alex was responsible for relationships with some key institutional donors, securing new £1 million grants, and worked with a team securing gifts from major donors. She later returned to APT Action on Poverty as the Programme Development Manager, inspiring and supporting the charity’s development with passion and commitment to its work on sustainable livelihoods with marginalised people. Having lived and worked overseas, in particular in rural Sierra Leone, she is grounded in the work, challenges and needs of small NGOs and livelihood development and is a champion of their valuable contribution. Alex is also a fully qualified hot air balloon pilot.
Our Staff Team
Alex Daniels – Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Willis – Finance Manager
Rose Acock MBE – Programme Development Manager
Liz Chard – Fundraiser and Company Secretary
Lauren Jones – Programme Officer
Brian Capper MA PhD
An Agricultural Property and Banking Solicitor who originally worked as a United Nations Volunteer in Botswana and then with the Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research centres as a Livestock Nutritionist in many countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.
Neil Fray FCMA
A senior finance professional with 20+ years working at Board level in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations with particular strengths in strategic finance, governance and risk management, resourcing and technology solutions. He believes that if you give people the opportunity and the tools to succeed then there is a very good chance that they will and his ambition is to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.
Malcolm Harper MA MBA PhD
Emeritus Professor of Enterprise Development at Cranfield School of Management. Since 1995 he has worked independently, mainly in India. He has had books and numerous articles on all aspects of small enterprise development published, and his research and consultancy work has been supported by a wide range of national and international agencies.
Justine started her marketing career within the film and TV industry before moving into the voluntary sector. She has now spent over 25 years within the sector, with over 20 years in international development, leading fundraising and marketing teams at Plan International, ActionAid and Practical Action. Currently Director of Fundraising & Communications at social enterprise and international NGO, Riders for Health, Justine’s career has focused on helping organisations to build their brand and generate sustainable income.
Helen Altshul BSc (Hons) MSc
Helen is an international development and humanitarian expert with 20+ years experience, predominantly in Africa. She is currently a key member of the management team for the global CGIAR Research Programme on Livestock, and has previously worked for the International NGOs Adeso, Farm Africa and Christian Aid in various senior management and leadership positions. Helen is particularly interested in issues relating to cross-organisation partnerships and agricultural entrepreneurship. She is also a talented mezzo-soprano singer.
Louise’s ethos has always been that she ‘wants to make a difference’ and she is passionate about the work that Action on Poverty does in transforming the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable. Having worked in finance for the past twenty years, in both a self-employed and employed capacity in a wide range of businesses and specifically as Finance Manager for Action on Poverty for two years, she feels that as a Trustee she can add value through her inside knowledge of the charity and from a financial standpoint of an operating concern. Louise feels strongly that if commercial enterprises had the same moral compass as charitable organisations and could find a way to work together, the mutual benefits to both organisations, as well as the world in general, could be immense.
Dr Ajay K Agrawal is an entrepreneur in the biotech & pharma industry and currently sits on the board of directors of several companies in UK, Europe and USA, and editorial advisory board of six international scientific journals from the Bentham press, California, USA. Previously, he was a founder of polyMASC Pharmaceuticals plc, London, the first UK biotech company from a university that was directly listed on London stock exchange, raising approximately $40 million in 1995, and subsequently merged with a NASDAQ-listed company, Valentis Inc, USA in 1999 to become one of the biggest companies in the delivery of biologics at that time, and the Managing Director of the worldwide organization of collaborations in the pharmaceutical industry, London.
Ajay was awarded with Bharat Samman Award (India Honours Award) for excellence in healthcare by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in New Delhi, India in January 2015. The award is conferred on the Non-Resident Indians for their outstanding achievements in the chosen field of activities. He is a trustee of The Ramphal Institute, King’s College London that aims to advance knowledge and education in the Commonwealth countries in social, economic, governance and environmental policy areas for the benefit of both the public and policy makers. Previously, he was a special advisor on healthcare for commonwealth Business council, London. He is very keen to grow support for APT and its partners overseas.View Profile
Margaret’s background is in recruitment in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is currently working as an independent consultant focusing on leadership training and development, as well regulating the Solicitors (SRA) and Accounts (CIPFA) who breach the Code of Conduct. She brings a wide range of experience of serving on a number of boards of UK charities which focus on health, education and poverty in the Global South. She has a greater understanding than most of the impact of our work and she says “Growing up in Uganda as a young girl and woman, poverty was a reality. I grew up alongside families which had to live on less than 50p a day. I believe the APT team can give these men and women a sense of hope and dignity through having a livelihood.”View Profile
Baroness Alicia Kennedy, prior to joining the House of Lords, was former Deputy General Secretary of the Labour Party and strategic adviser to the Leader of the Her Majesty’s Opposition. Alicia has dedicated her working life to politics and working for change within local communities, with her adult years being spent in civic service, working for the Labour Party at the highest level, in parliament and in local government.
She is currently the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.
She is an expert in campaigns and marketing and is credited with the introduction of innovative campaigning and community engagement techniques.
Though preferring a behind the scenes roles she has also served as an elected member in local government as a councillor in Lewisham, a school governor, and ran the mayoral referendum yes campaign for Lewisham.View Profile
“In times of conflict, such as the war in Iraq and the mass slaughter in the Congo, we are all aware of the pressing need for humanitarian assistance. At other times media attention is focused on disastrous famines. But as the different crises fall off the front pages of our newspapers, there is a real need for longer term support to help people to rebuild their lives, and their communities, to become more self-reliant and reduce the risk of further crises. This is why I support the work of APT and its partners overseas.”View Profile
Louise has combined a successful career in business and broadcasting – she is probably best known for her work as a presenter of BBC’s Money Box programme. She has been a director of several major companies in the world of media and finance.
“I believe the work that APT does should be highly valued; it combines good business sense, ensuring the impact on people’s livelihoods is long lasting and the development sustainable, with practical help for the most vulnerable people in the world”.View Profile
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