Mr Charles Aquilina
A native of Malta, Charles has lived in Washington DC for many years and is responsible for various IofC programmes in the US. Charles has a particular interest in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. He has also worked with IofC in India, which he revisited in January 2012 for the Making Democracy Real conference. More recently he has helped launch the documentary films, The Imam and the Pastor and An African Answer, in the US.
Dr Philip Boobbyer
Philip was born and raised in Oxford. He completed degrees at Cambridge and Georgetown Universities and the London School of Economics, before getting a job as a lecturer at the University of Kent in 1995. Now a Reader in modern history, he has written three books on aspects of Russian history. He met his wife, Laura, through Initiatives of Change, and they have a son. His most recent book was a study of the thinking and spirituality of Frank Buchman, the American who started IofC. See The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman
Mme Nathalie Chavanne
Nathalie has been part of IofC teams promoting dialogue and trust between people of different cultures and generations in French- speaking Africa and northern African Arab countries.
In France, with Tunisian colleagues, she developed the programme Initiative Dialogue. In the decade following September 11th, 2001, she was involved in a French programme, Education à la Paix and in 2017 she became a facilitator on a programme called Oui Act. Nathalie has been on the Board of Trustees for IofC UK since 2015.
Mrs Margaret Cosens
Margaret was brought up on a West Australian wheat and sheep farm. Her pre-university gap year as a volunteer with IofC turned into a gap-30-years, mainly in India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and UK. In 1997 she gained employment in the NHS, becoming Project and Programme Manager for the implementation and development of IT Integrated Patient Care Systems, and later moving to a company supplying IT systems to the NHS. She retired from paid employment in August 2018.
Mrs Claire Leggat
Born and brought up in New Zealand, Claire has spent more than 50 years working with IofC/MRA in a range of capacities including secretarial, administration, personnel and conference facilitation. She has worked for extended periods in Australia, the USA, Japan, India, New Zealand and the UK, and for shorter periods in a number of other countries around the world. Claire was a member of the IofC International Council from 2001-2006, with particular responsibility for personnel and development.
Rev Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy
Lusa is an ordained Anglican priest who recently moved to be the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mission and Ministry Enabler for Leicester Diocese. He was previously Vicar of St Aidan’s, Gravesend, Kent in the Diocese of Rochester. He is married and has a daughter. His involvement with IofC initially came as a result of participating in the Faith in Leadership programme. Lusa’s forebears come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he has Belgian citizenship.
Mr Edward Peters
Edward Peters has worked with IofC for almost 50 years, in more than 50 countries. He was responsible for training programmes for young people from 1981-1983 and 1995-2000. He was a commissioning editor & monthly columnist at For A Change magazine from 1990-1996. Executive Vice President of Initiatives of Change International from October 2010 to December 2014, he continued as a member of the International Council until the end of 2016. Edward is currently Chair of the board of IofC Sweden.
Dr Nirmala Pillay
Nirmala Pillay is Reader in law at Leeds Beckett University. Her research interests are in Public Law and Human Rights. She has published in the areas of Human Rights, Professional Ethics and Constitutional Law and her current research is concerned with HIV-positive female prisoners in Zimbabwe and Malawi. She has served on the Council of Liverpool University and has chaired the University’s Research Ethics Committee; she was also a chapter member of Liverpool Cathedral and a board member of Milapfest.
Mr Gordon Robinson
Gordon worked for The Timken Company for 36 years. He has worked in Sweden, France, Italy, India, China and the USA, along with business responsibilities in Africa and the Arabian Gulf.
At Timken, he worked in General Management, including as MD and then Chairman of a publicly traded company, listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He also worked in Trustee roles for the Timken Foundation, XLRI School Of Management and Junior Achievement. He joined IofC UK as a Trustee in June 2018.
Training and Accompaniment Officer and Property Development Advisor
Denny has been working in leadership development for over 15 years. He started as a participant on a programme and has gone on to organise and develop leadership work around the world. Denny’s passion for leadership comes from the belief that the key to enable a caring world is nurturing the right kind of leader and leadership. Denny currently is a central member of the NLA (New Leadership) team at IofC as well as our Property Development Advisor.
Dr Jacqui Daukes
Jacqui is passionate about compassion, change and connection. She is currently the Partnering Manager for IofC UK where her work includes relational activism and delivering training. Jacqui has worked in retail, catering, cross-cultural community development, publishing and the performing arts. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call for the world to resolve conflict through dialogue she undertook academic studies of religion & gender and attained her PhD in 2015. Jacqui is a CEDR accredited and London Community Mediation Council certified mediator.
Roddy was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK and then Lebanon. After time in Ethiopia and India working with IofC, he returned to Jamaica and set up, with other community leaders in his village, a company to process local produce, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods. He chaired the company for several years. He was asked to join the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Group in 2010 and then to work on their outreach programme.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience leading teams and working with people in the third sector. He has been at the heart of bringing change to people and organisations from a variety of cultures, faiths and political persuasions. He works collaboratively, thinks creatively, enjoys developing staff and has a track record of opening up new opportunities. He regularly works with senior figures in religion, public service, business and the community, bringing people together to effect change. Paul is a Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham. He is also the Public Affairs Advisor to the Moderator of the Free Churches Group, Commission on ‘The Church and Social Cohesion’.
Head of the Sustainable Communities Programme
Amina is the founder of Peace Begins at Home, an intergenerational dialogue training, a programme created to empower and build the capacity of younger and older people to promote better understanding across generations.
She speaks Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English. In her role as an international advocate for peace, she uses her language and management skills to connect and inspire people to make a difference in the world. Amina has a Master’s degree in Equality and Diversity Policies.
Abrahaley started work with IofC in 1998. He holds an MBA, specialising in Finance, from Imperial College from which he gained essential skills that enable him to properly examine the outcome of investment portfolios, appraise projects and effectively plan operations to achieve their strategic goals. He believes in living with honesty, purity, non-selfishness and love and, as a Christian, he also believes empathy among us is necessary to understand each other and unite us for a better world.
Head of Communications and Marketing
Davina has been working with Initiatives of Change since 2014. She is a trained journalist and a multi-disciplined communicator with over 10 years’ experience working in charity communications. Davina holds an MA in International Public Relations and a degree in Journalism. She has dedicated her career to working with organisations that want to create a better world and lasting change for generations to come.
Krish Raval OBE
Director of New Leadership and Accompaniment
Krish volunteered for IofC at 17, organising conferences such as Tools for Change and the Society of Tomorrow. He serves as a Trustee on the Board of IofC, USA.
Krish is a Moller Visiting Leadership Scholar at the University of Cambridge. A Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, he has researched and read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of Sheffield respectively.
He was awarded an OBE for Services to Leadership Education and Inter-faith Cohesion.