Board of Trustees
Chair of the Board
Dr Scilla Elworthy
Dr. Scilla Elworthy is a peace builder who has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Scilla founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, including a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas. She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World and advises the leadership of selected international corporations as well as training young social entrepreneurs.
As well as being a trustee, 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.
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.
Dr Jenny Altschuler
Jenny Altschuler, one of the founders of RTI, is a Clinical Psychologist and Family Psychotherapist with extensive experience of clinical work, supervision and training in the UK and abroad, with particular expertise in working with refugees, other migrants and people facing life-threatening illness. Some of her work with refugees is reflected in her recent book 'Migration, Illness and the Family' (2016).