Veronica Yates
Chair

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.

Janet Anderson
Trustee

Janet joined Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Janet is a communications consultant, trainer and facilitator focusing on advocacy and journalism. She works with NGOs and journalists to develop new skills in story-telling, targeting audiences and making the most of opportunities offered by new media landscapes. As an independent consultant, Janet works on projects across the Middle East and Africa to build media partnerships with international NGOs. Based in The Hague, Janet also specialises in covering rule of law, accountability and justice issues. She previously worked for a range of media outlets, including BBC World Service. 

Véronique Aubert
Trustee

Véronique became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Véronique is the Senior Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Research Adviser for Save the Children UK, where she leads on the development and implementation of their Children in Armed Conflict Strategy. Prior to this Véronique was Deputy Director of the Africa Programme and Researcher on the Democratic Republic of Congo at Amnesty International. Véronique serves as Co-Chair of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). She has a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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.

Dr Théo Boutruche
Trustee

Théo joined Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Théo is an independent consultant in international human rights and humanitarian law, currently working as a legal adviser with the MENA Programme of the International Commission of Jurists. His previous roles include positions as employee or consultant at Freedom from Torture; Diakonia; REDRESS; Amnesty International; Save the Children, Norwegian Refugee Council, and OHCHR. Théo specialises in legal research and fact-finding work in numerous conflict and post-conflict settings, and has lectured in international law, human rights law and humanitarian law at various universities. Théo has a joint PhD in International Relations and International Law from the University of Geneva and University of Aix-Marseille.

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.

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 of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Alison brings with her many years of experience and expertise working in fundraising and communications roles. Her most recent role prior to joining ECFR was as Chief Executive of disaster response organisation, Shelterbox. Alison's 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.

Christine Watkins
Trustee

Christine became a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Christine specialises in children’s rights and child protection, with a primary focus on children’s rights in armed conflict. Christine was part of the team responsible for the development of the UN mechanism for monitoring and reporting (MRM) on grave violations against children in armed conflict. She led the development of its global field manual and training toolkit and worked with UN offices in six countries to establish the mechanism. She has worked with UNICEF, OCHA, UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council and remains active in field work, including through trainings on child protection.