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Our Team

Jonathan Blagbrough

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.


Jonathan is a Co-Founder and Director of Children Unite.



Helen Veitch

Helen has over 25 years experience of working in the children’s rights field, focusing on child domestic labour, the sexual exploitation of children 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 was based in Bangkok for two years, working as a consultant on the UN Study on Violence Against Children and has worked for five years as Oak Fellow on Children's Participation in Preventing Sexual Violence advising on a collaborative project between the University of Bedfordshire and the Oak Foundation.  Helen is currently working freelance with interests in children's participation, youth-led activism and safeguarding.


Helen is Co-Founder and Trustee of Children Unite


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.

Audrey is a Trustee of Children Unite

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.

Beth is a Trustee of Children Unite

Gillian Harrow


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.

Gillian is Chair of Children Unite's Board of Trustees



Torah Shah 


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.

Toral is Treasurer of Children Unite's Board of Trustees