Dr Rob John OBE FREng
Rob is a specialist in materials engineering, research and business development. He retired as CEO of the renowned research and engineering institute TWI.
‘As the Asian Tsunami unfolded on Boxing Day 2004, I watched with horror to see that families, just like mine, could go from celebration to devastation in just one day. But, I saw how ShelterBox could supply all of the essentials to help people after disaster strikes and I made a promise there and then to use my skills to help this inspirational charity to grow. My passion is shared by ShelterBox staff, volunteers and supporters from all over the world. The equipment is only part of the story – the people make all the difference.’
Lydia is a specialist in humanitarian policy and provides consultancy for governments, UN agencies, international non-government organisations and research institutes.
‘With the world facing an unprecedented level of humanitarian needs, and a future increasing exposed to the risk of disaster, the need for rapid and effective disaster response has never been more critical. I joined ShelterBox as a trustee in 2015 and am committed to supporting the dynamic and dedicated ShelterBox team to adapt and prepare for meeting the needs of crisis-affected people in an increasingly complex and risky world.’
Bill is a specialist in branding, strategy and risk and consultancy who has also previously held roles in government relations. He is the co-founder of The Hub, a meeting and events space, based in Philadelphia.
‘I am impatient for ShelterBox to possess the resources that will enable it to have a deeper, more meaningful and positive effect on the millions of displaced persons who require shelter in the wake of natural or manmade disasters every day.’
Robin is a specialist in chartered accountancy. He has worked within a range of organisations, from investment management and financial planning firms to market research firms.
‘I joined ShelterBox as honorary treasurer to bring financial expertise to the board of trustees. I am passionate to ensure that donors money is well and wisely spent.’
Richard has a background in commercial strategy and strategy consultancy. He has held a variety of poisitions at Virgin Media, including leading the commercial strategy team and running the sales and marketing function for Virgin Mobile, and is currently the CEO of a private hospital group.
‘In our frantic day to day to lives, whether at work, at home or out and about, we’re all impatient. Impatient for the traffic lights to change. Impatient for the self scan checkout to work. Impatient for someone to turn up to your meeting. When you’re talking to someone who has lost their home, with their family all around them – all these things seem ridiculous. That’s when I feel impatient. At that moment, every minute waiting really means something.’
James has held a number of roles at the RNLI, including the post of fundraising and communications director, before becoming international director of the charity.
‘I was attracted to ShelterBox by the extraordinarily simple concept of ensuring that displaced people around the world can regain hope through effective shelter. My pledge is to volunteer whatever time I can to help an amazing team of people achieve this aim.’
James Sinclair Taylor
James is a senior partner at Russell-Cooke Solicitors LLP and head of the organisation’s charity and social enterprise team.
‘Disasters are sudden, terrible and unexpected. I am passionate about ShelterBox’s ability to go all out to respond to those disasters. Going all out, both to get shelter to those in the open, and to gather the supporting funds necessary to make this response.’