Our Team

Jonathan Blagbrough
Founder and Director
Helen Veitch
Founder and Director

Jonathan has 30 years’ experience of working with exploited children, specialising on child domestic work. From 1992 to 2006 he coordinated Anti-Slavery International’s child labour programme, and since then has been an independent consultant on child exploitation issues for a range of organisations. Over the years he has collaborated closely with civil society organisations on child protection issues across Asia, Africa and Latin America and, as an independent consultant since 2008, has undertaken research and provided expertise on project and programme design, monitoring and evaluation and policy. Jonathan has worked with international agencies, grant-makers and local groups, including most recently in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Ghana, Nepal and the Philippines. He is currently undertaking doctoral research on intra-generational relations between child domestic workers and the children they serve in Tanzania and is also working alongside the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on child domestic work issues.

Education

Doctoral Researcher at Dundee University

Masters of International European Comparative Law, Keele University

BA Sociology, University of York

 

Helen has over 25 years experience of working in the children’s rights field, focusing on the sexual exploitation of children, child domestic work and children's participation. Helen began her career working with a movement of street children in Indonesia, then spent eight years working with children’s rights advocacy group ECPAT UK campaigning for the rights of sexually exploited children. Helen has been an independent consultant since 2004, initially based in Bangkok, working for an inter-agency group on children's participation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children.  She has worked for children's rights NGOs and grant-makers acting as an advisor on participatory approaches to working with exploited children.  Helen worked for five years as Oak Fellow on Children's Participation in Preventing Sexual Violence advising on a collaborative project between the Oak Foundation's Prevent Child Sexual Abuse programme and the University of Bedfordshire.  Helen has interests in children's participation, youth-led activism and feminist safeguarding.

 Education 

Masters in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights UCL Institute of Education, London 

Associates

Catherine Turner

Catherine is an effective advocate, strategist and researcher. She has over 20 years’ experience of leading successful international and national child rights, development and transparency campaigns at organisations, such as Anti-Slavery International, Amnesty International, World Vision and the international aid transparency campaign, Publish What You Fund. She has worked internationally, nationally and locally, combining various approaches, notably using international mechanisms, government lobbying, the media, coalition-building and supporting local-level awareness-raising and campaigning to promote positive changes in legislation, policy and practice. Catherine is also able to draw on her early career at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University, an MA in International Relations from the Central European University and an MSc in NGO Management from Cass Business School. 

Trustees

Audrey Guichon

Audrey is a senior program officer at the Freedom Fund; before that she worked for 7 years with Anti-Slavery International, and has over 10 years experience of working on issues related to slavery and a particular interest in the situation of migrant and child domestic workers around the world. She has managed programs across Africa, Asia and South America.

Beth Herzfeld

Beth is currently in charge of media for the International Institute for Environment and Development. She has 17 years' experience of working in media relations for international and national NGOs / charities, including for The Children’s Society, Greenpeace International and Anti-Slavery International. She also worked as a journalist for several years in Hong Kong and the UK and lived in Beijing for nearly a decade.

Gillian Harrow, Chair

Currently Senior Partnerships Advisor at World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Gillian was previously the Operations Director at CRIN - Child Rights International Network, leading in monitoring, advocating and campaigning against all global child rights violations. Prior to CRIN, Gillian spent five years in Canada as the Development Manager at SOS Children's Village BC, Co-Director of Cameras4Change and Development Director for an infant and maternal health organisation based in Vancouver and Uganda. She has worked in strategic planning and fundraising with Save the Children UK and a number of international development programs in Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and South-East Europe.

Toral Shah, Treasurer

Toral is currently Head of Fundraising for Child Poverty Action Group, the leading charity working to prevent and end child poverty in the UK. Toral has over 17 years' experience in the voluntary sector and fundraising with national/ international and human rights organisations including Anti-Slavery International, Consortium for Street Children and the Refugee Council. Toral has worked as a fundraising consultant, trainer and adviser on a freelance basis and for organisations including Commonwork and Liverpool CVS. She has previously served as a Trustee of a small grant-making charitable trust and on the Board of an arts company.

​​Contact Us

jblagbrough@gmail.com

 

Registered Charity No. 1136614