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Chair of trustee board – Laura Whateley

Born in South Africa and having spent time in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, Laura has a keen interest in African development. She studied Marine Biology at Liverpool University and at the University of Bath where she qualified as a teacher. She has worked in Education as a classteacher, leader and governor in this country for over 10 years and is currently Headteacher for a Primary school in London. Her passion for education goes beyond the UK classroom. The empowerment education brings is one of the key reasons for her involvement with Positive Women.

Dr Hilary Moore

Hilary is a communications specialist for McKinsey, based in their London office.

She is also director/ owner of Moore Consultancy, which now acts as a vehicle for publishing business communication books. Hilary has an Executive MBA from Cass Business School, for which she received a high distinction and was fully funded by the Times Executive Scholarship. She also has a PhD and MA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to McKinsey, Hilary worked for industry-leading communication experts, Canning. There she worked intensively with many senior managers of the International Fortune 500, helping them build strategies and skills to communicate more effectively with their business partners. She has also acted as a client relation’s manager in Sweden and Key Account Manager for Nissan Europe. Having lived in three different continents, and worked in at least ten countries she has extensive cross-cultural experience. Along with being a trustee of the charity, Positive Women, and is a published author.

Bambos Charalambous

Bambos was trained as a lawyer and currently works at Hackney Council where he has been employed for 13 years. He is a councillor in Enfield and is a former parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party.

Marverine Cole

Marverine Cole is a freelance TV & Radio Presenter. A former Sky News presenter – broadcasting to hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world on World News & Business Report. Before that she honed her skills as an ‘on-the-ground’ journalist working, as a TV and Radio reporter and presenter with both ITV and BBC regional news in Birmingham.

Alexandra Kurn

Alexandra is Managing Director of the Executive Search at Harris Hill recruitment where she has worked for 3 years. A background in marketing, Alexandra brings a wealth of skills including marketing, communication and business strategy.

Juliet Charmers

Jules has a BSc in Anthropology and Communications and has travelled extensively in Africa over the last decade. Her passion for development started when she spent six months living in rural Southern Africa working with Witwatersrand University carrying out field research in underserved, chronically poor communities.

After spending time in the environmental sector, Jules has worked for Oxfam since 2001. Her current role at Oxfam is Head of Trusts and Major Gifts where she is responsible for a team of fundraisers, brining in £14 million per annum for a variety of development and emergency programmes. Jules also oversees the Circle, the women’s movement started by Annie Lennox, seeking to support women and children through advocacy, campaigning and fundraising.