Who we are

Julia Weston - Chief Executive

Julia has been Chief Executive since 2015 and is responsible for the overall running of the Trust. Before joining us as Fellowship Director in 2008, she spent eight years working in development in rural India.

Channing Rider - Director of Finance and Resources

Channing’s role encompasses Finance, HR and IT. He has experience in the third sector having worked for a range of small to large charities.  He is a qualified accountant, and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Nikesh Patel - Administrator

Nikesh provides operational support to the team and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office. Before joining the Trust, Nikesh achieved a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Kings College London. In his spare time he enjoys watching both football and the NFL and is a season ticket holder at West Ham United. 

Sara Canullo - Fellowship Director

As our Fellowship Director, Sara is involved in all aspects of the Fellowship programme. Prior to joining the Trust, Sara had a career as an archaeologist before moving to the Third sector, where her work mainly focused on education, equality and gender-based violence. She enjoys learning about many more areas through the Fellows’ travels and reports.  

Sara Venerus - Fellowship Support Manager

Sara's main responsibilities are to provide guidance and support to Fellows, particularly prior to their departure, and she hopes one day to be able to visit some of the amazing places Fellows visit! Together with Harj Garcha, Stephanie Talbut and Sara Canullo she forms part of the Fellowship Team.

Harj Garcha - Fellowship Development Manager

Harj is responsible for assisting Fellows once they return from their travels, and manages the monitoring and evaluation programme of the Fellowship Scheme. Prior to joining the Trust in 2013, Harj worked in the third and public sectors. Harj is currently on maternity leave.

Tristan Lawrence - Fellowship Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

Tristan is now covering Harj's responsiblities whilst she is on maternity leave, and will be assisting Fellows once they return from their travels and managing the Fellows networks. Before joining the Trust, Tristan had experience working with educational and political charities. In his spare time Tristan enjoys reading history, running, and exploring London’s many fine museums and pubs.

Stephanie Talbut - Research and Impact Manager

Stephanie leads on the development of the evaluation methods used by Fellows to demonstrate the impact of their work. Stephanie works with our Communications team to ensure that the impact of our Fellows is articulated for a variety of audiences, as well as supporting Fellows in taking their research further. Stephanie holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Leeds. She has previously worked in the third sector and Parliament. 

Kati-Maria Ikola - Data Manager

Kati-Maria looks after the data and IT systems for the organisation, keeping a watchful eye on the online Fellowship application process. Her favourite solution is to turn things off and then on again. Before joining the Trust, Kati-Maria had experience working with children's and international development charities. In her spare time Kati-Maria enjoys reading lots of books, writing and travelling.

Jonathan Lorie - Communications and Events Manager

Jonathan publicises the work of the Trust and the Fellows, through media, digital, marketing, events and outreach to relevant organisations. He has led communications programmes for national and international charities in the overseas aid and arts sectors. He is also a freelance travel journalist for national newspapers and magazines.

Ben Anstis - Communications Officer 

Ben supports Jonathan in publicising the work of the Trust and the achievements of our Fellows. He works on Fellows' stories and press releases, and oversees the Trust's social media presence. Ben has several years' experience of working in the charity sector and most recently worked for Compact Voice, a programme within NCVO supporting voluntary organisations to work in partnership with government.