Our Trustees ensure that International Service remains transparent, compliant, and well-governed. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from across the private, public and charity sectors.

Brian Rockliffe OBE – Chair of the Board of Trustees

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.

Liam Conlon first worked with International Service as a Team Leader at a disability NGO in Burkina Faso in 2012, and has been on the Board for over five years. He is a disability rights activist and campaigner: much of his work draws on his own experiences of living with a disability. Liam has also worked in consulting and for the Labour Party, and he holds an MPhil in Development Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Professor Paul Gready 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.

Professor Jean Grugel is Professor of Development Politics at the University of York, where she leads the International Development Network. Jean has previously worked at the University of Sheffield and the Open University. Her research, which is largely focused on Latin America, and interests are very broad, from political economy to human rights and global governance.

Dr. Reverend Lukas Njenga has extensive experience in education and charities, as a Trustee and Director. He is involved in micro-finance, community development, and is CEO of Heart for the City.

Naomi Passman 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.

Nancy Redpath (Treasurer) 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. 

Kay Hyde is Head of Communications at Make It York, the city’s destination management organisation. Kay has over thirty years’ experience in marketing and communications in senior level roles. She joined International Service to channel her communications expertise into helping communities in the developing world and increasing awareness about the work of International Service. 

Bob Dignen is a director of York Associates, an organisation that specialises 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.

Callum Northcote volunteered in the occupied Palestinian territory with International Service in 2013, before coordinating the ground-breaking Shape Your Future conference for International Service. He then returned to Palestine as a Team leader in 2015.  He has worked for the Scottish Government and is now in the policy team at RESULTS UK, an international development advocacy organisation.