About us Our people Our staff Isabelle Guitard Director of Programmes Isabelle has responsibility for heading the programme work of Child Soldiers International, and leading our activities towards the realisation of our strategic aims. Isabelle joined us in 2011, having previously worked for UNICEF Iraq as Child Protection Specialist. Prior to this she headed the International Advocacy Programme for Defence for Children International in Palestine, and worked at the Child Rights International Network (CRIN). Isabelle holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Carol SteelDirector of Operations Carol has responsibility for strategic management and leading the day to day running of Child Soldiers International. Carol specialised in international tax with KPMG before a stint of voluntary work convinced her to move to the NGO sector, where she joined War Child UK as Finance Director. Carol joined us in 2007, and now has over fifteen years’ experience heading financial systems and operations for international NGOs. Carol is a graduate of Cambridge University, and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ATII). David GeeUK Campaign Manager David joined us in 2015 to support our UK campaign for a rise in the British armed forces’ minimum recruitment age from 16 to 18. He has researched and written extensively on the welfare and rights of children joining the armed forces since 2007. David founded BeforeYouSignUp.info, which provides balanced information about joining and leaving the armed forces. He also co-founded ForcesWatch which examines and challenges British armed forces recruitment practices. Lianne MinasianProgramme Support Officer Lianne joined us in 2013 and supports our Middle East and North Africa programme and fundraising. Prior to this she worked for the Oak Foundation, supporting their International Human Rights Program. Before moving to London, she ran the China, Taiwan and Thailand programmes for an international adoption agency. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in International Relations and French, and has an MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Linda DowdneyPsychosocial Advisor Linda joined us in 2003. Linda was Director of the Clinical Psychology doctorate at the University of Surrey, and a founding director of the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University College London. She has wide NHS clinical experience working with families and children, and her research publications focus on parenting skills, failure to thrive, and childhood bereavement. Linda holds a Masters in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University, New York. She currently works as a freelance Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Rachel TaylorThematic Programme Manager Rachel joined us in 2010 to lead our work on international implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, with a particular focus on the minimum recruitment age. Since 2003 she has worked extensively with UN human rights bodies, national governments, judicial bodies and law enforcement agencies to promote the implementation of human rights law. Rachel previously worked for Amnesty International in the Europe and Central Asia Programme, and at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva. She has also worked pro bono for the British Refugee Council and UNHCR in Costa Rica, and holds an MA in Human Rights and Democratisation. Sandra OlssonAfrica Programme Officer Sandra joined us in 2015 and conducts research and advocacy on Chad, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She previously worked in child protection for UNICEF in Senegal, supporting countries affected by the Nigeria crisis. She holds a BA in History of Ideas and an MA in Global Studies, both from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. During her MA Sandra also interned for the Pan African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children in Ghana. Tim MolyneuxAsia Programme Officer Tim joined us in 2015 and conducts research and advocacy on Myanmar, Thailand, India and Afghanistan. Tim previously worked at Amnesty International as Research and Campaign Assistant for South Asia, before completing a Research Fellowship with the Karen Human Rights Group in Thailand, and as a Consultant for Cambodian Center for Human Rights in Phnom Penh. Tim has a BA in Japanese and English, and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Nick ScarboroughAdministrative Officer Nick joined us in 2015. He provides part-time admin support and keeps our website and communications up-to-date. Nick has a background in communications for humanitarian organisations, and prior to joining us he worked for RedR and Save the Children. He holds a BA in Development Studies. He is also an experienced filmmaker and has made films in Pakistan, Rwanda and the UK.