Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the good governance of International Service. Find out more about each of them here.

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Brian Rockcliffe OBE


After working as a volunteer in Tanzania (1974-78), Brian occupied several senior leadership roles across the work of VSO, including Director of VSO Sierra Leone/Liberia, VSO Canada and VSOUK. His passion was to develop programmes that enabled volunteers from the global South to participate fully in development programmes, both through international recruitment and through VSO’s National Volunteering work. He championed the role of youth in development through programmes such as Global Xchange and until his retirement in 2016, he was Director of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

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Professor Paul Gready

Paul is the Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, whose work includes providing various forms of protection for human rights defenders who are at risk. The Centre has played a key role in the campaign to have York declared the UK's first human rights city, and pioneered projects integrating human rights and the arts. Professor Gready’s research focuses on the human rights based approach to development, which means his knowledge is deeply relevant to our work.

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Naomi Passman

Naomi is a Solicitor and Civil Servant with experience as a commercial lawyer in private practice and in local and central government. Naomi’s work has given her an insight into deprivation and hardship in the UK as well as environmental issues. Naomi now leads a team at the Department for Communities and Local Government advising on European Structural Funds and UK economic growth programmes.  Naomi is passionate about human rights and increasing equality around the world and has recently obtained a certificate in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice with a view to applying an empowering ethos more broadly.

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Nancy Redpath


Nancy is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry.  She worked at International Service as Finance Manager until 2016 and is now the Finance Manager at a local Multi Academy Trust.

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Bob Dignen

Bob is a director of York Associates, an organisation that specializes in international team and leadership training and coaching, particularly for those involved in international projects. Bob is a practitioner and delivers seminars on leading and working on international projects. He has been involved with International Service since 2008.

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