Board of Trustees
Mary MacLeod OBE
Chair of The Board
Mary MacLeod has a long and distinguished career in children’s services, family policy, and academia. She currently serves as Interim Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Non-executive director of the Video Standards Council, Trustee of Columba 1400, and Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation Ethics Committee. She was awarded an OBE for services to children and families in 2008.
David is also co-founder of RTI. He embarked on a career as a social entrepreneur some 25 years ago. He was Chairman of the Refusenik organisation and then co-founded the One to One Project which led to the formation of One to One Children’s Fund in 2001, with a mission to relieve the suffering of vulnerable children, wherever there is no government or other support. David has overseen the development of ground-breaking HIV/AIDS support and treatment programmes in South Africa, trauma counselling programmes and day care centres in Kosovo and Israeli/Palestinian resilience building initiatives in the Middle East. David is also the co-founder and Chairman of Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA), a network organisation of more than 350 HIV clinics across Africa, sharing best practice and treating more than 100,000 children born with HIV.
Catherine MacLeod is a Political Commentator and Consultant, with a long and illustrious career in journalism and the media. After five years as Political Editor at Scottish broadsheet newspaper The Herald, she was hired as Special Adviser to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.
Abdulkarim is a medical doctor and an epidemiologist from Syria. In 2013, Abdulkarim was training to be a neurosurgeon when his residency was interrupted by the war. He then worked in field hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib before joining Save The Children, where he led the health response in North West Syria until 2017. He is currently pursuing a PhD in health systems in war settings at King’s College London, in addition to his work as a research associate with the Conflict and Health Research Group at the same university. He is also an Associate fellow at Chatham House and serves on the board of two other organisations, Shafak, and Eyes to the Future.
Afsana is a London-based General Practitioner (Family Physician) with first-hand experience of the European refugee crisis. We first met Afsana in 2016, when she travelled to Greece with the Syrian American Medical Society to set up and run medical clinics in refugee camps in the north of the country. She has also volunteered in Bangladesh with Rohingya refugees. Afsana's other NHS roles include Clinical Cancer lead for North West London and Governing Body board member for Central London CCG.