Demelza Hauser
Chair

Demelza joined Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees as its Chair in 2009. She had spent 10 years working with Amnesty International (AI), initially as a Researcher and later as Director of the Asia-Pacific Program. A specialist in Southeast Asian politics, Demelza has developed expertise in dealing with areas of armed conflict, peace-keeping and peace building and was seconded to teams working on crises in Afghanistan, Fiji and Solomon Islands, Indonesia and East Timor. She was Head of Delegation for AI’s first ever mission to Myanmar and first official government talks in Indonesia. Demelza was educated at Oxford and London universities, and has a Masters degree in Political Science.

Duncan Barnet
Treasurer

Duncan joined Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees as its Treasurer in 2009. He is a qualified accountant, with wide ranging experience in industry and the voluntary sector, including with NGOs working in the development and education sectors. Between 1986 and 2007 he worked for Amnesty International in a variety of senior roles, when he had responsibility for meeting statutory financial reporting requirements for the organisation’s two legal entities and producing the statutory accounts. Duncan obtained his degree in Maths from the University of St Andrews and is qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.

Paul Gready
Trustee

Paul became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2009. Paul is currently the Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights and convenor of the MA in Applied Human Rights at the University of York. He has wide-ranging experience of working with human rights NGOs and as a human rights consultant, mostly in the UK and South Africa. This experience spans organisational change and thematic questions, such as serving on advisory groups on human rights and development (Amnesty International Dutch Section, Special Program on Africa; Novib, Oxfam). Usually linking academic and practice-based concerns, Paul has published on a number of human rights-related topics, notably transitional justice and human rights and development.

Veronica Yates
Trustee

Veronica became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2011. She is Director of the Child Rights International Network - CRIN, where she has worked for 13 years. She joined CRIN when it was part of Save the Children and led its independence and growth since then. She has a passionate commitment to children's rights and achieving real change for children. She believes that small, focused organisations can make a disproportionate impact - but is well aware of the challenges. She is Co-chair of the International NGO Council on Violence against Children, sits on the Board of Approach Ltd. and is a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Child Rights Division.

Julie Light
Trustee

Julie became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2012. She currently works as an independent Human Resources consultant, where she provides consultancy and coaching services, and brings with her many years of expertise and experience as a Human Resources professional. Her career has spanned positions with the NHS, Amnesty International where she was Director of Human Resources, and the BBC. It was at the latter that she worked for nearly 20 years, including as Head of HR and Development with the BBC Future Media and Technology and as of Head of People Strategy. Julie has a PhD in Media and Communications, a certificate in Coaching Practice and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Alison Wallace
Trustee

Alison became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2015. She is the Chief Executive Officer of international aid charity, Shelter Box, where she has worked since 2013. Alison brings with her many years of experience and expertise working in fundraising and communications roles. Her career has spanned positions with Greenpeace, the British Refugee Council, Orbis International UK, Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International, the latter for which she was director of international fundraising. Alison has Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees, in addition to an MSc in Global Politics.