Rosie Stroud: Chair
As a sister of Hope Foundation founder Maureen Forrest, my involvement in the UK organisation of Hope was inevitable!
Originally a trained Nurse, I have a wide ranging business experience including the establishment of two successful businesses, and am currently National Sales manager for a leading medical company. Having visited the projects in Kolkata, and seen the difference our efforts can make, I am passionate about raising awareness of the conditions these children are expected to suffer, and doing what we can to make improvements.
Linda first became involved with The Hope Foundation as a volunteer in 2008, joining the Board of Trustees in 2009 which she currently Co Chairs. Linda has always been involved with charities; this is the first time that she has committed to one charity. Linda lives in Surrey with her husband and three children who are also involved with the charity. Linda makes self funded annual visits to the Hope projects in Kolkata. She worked for many years as a Senior Manager at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young. She is now an investor in a portfolio of businesses.
My attraction to joining Hope was the chance to be part of a team that is making a difference to people's lives. I first visited Calcutta 20 years ago and saw first hand the poverty that existed then and whilst India has moved forward in leaps and bounds I know that many still exist in griding poverty, something I would like them to escape from. A career Corporate Banker with 15 years experience lending into the SME and Real Estate sectors, my main role for Hope is to manage the charity's finances and monitor it's financial performance.
Martin is a financial services professional, specialising in project management, strategy and product development. Martin works with Lloyds Banking Group in Wholesale Banking, at Executive and Board levels and his previous roles have been at RBS Private Banking, KPMG and Barclays. Martin's focus is on improving business performance and he has a reputation for bringing new ideas and products to market.
In his gap year Martin volunteered at a school and skills training centre for the physically handicapped in India, so is aware of the plight of street children. Martin offered Hope some pro bono time to help develop the business plan and, impressed by what he saw, was delighted to become a trustee in 2010. Martin is now the Company Secretary.
Trevor has been a Trustee of Hope UK since it’s formation in 2007. He has held several senior Sales & Marketing positions in the food industry, and is currently Director of Sales at Cranberry, the premium fruit & nut manufacturer. Trevor looks to use his sales & marketing experience to help the growth of Hope UK, both through fundraising and events.
Karen is a graphic and interior designer with over 25 years experience in London, New York and Toronto. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Karen has also been involved in voluntary work in Education since 1998 as a school governor in both primary and secondary schools and sits on pan London school disciplinary and admissions appeals hearings.
As a mother of three daughters, Karen is keenly aware of the desperate plight of street children in Kolkata and is passionate about the excellent work being done by The Hope Foundation, not only in their compassionate recognition of street children’s needs, but in their vital work of breaking the cycle of poverty through education and links with the local community and government.
Tim is owner and Managing Director of London branding agency LBD. His background in creating brands, creative thinking and design offers the Hope Foundation support in the area of communication and telling the ‘Hope effect’ and story to a wider audience. He has worked in London, New York and Toronto and has offices in London and Singapore.
Having been introduced to The Hope Foundation through various fundraising events both in Dublin and London over several years, Tim is proud to be involved in this very successful and inspiring organisation.