Traidcraft's trading company and charity work closely wherever possible and share the same senior management team and support services. The two Boards share many of the same members and all their meetings are held jointly.
All our non-executive directors sit on both the boards of the trading company and the charity.
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Chair: Ram Gidoomal CBE
Ram is a successful businessman, formerly UK Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group (an international food commodity company for whom he worked until 1991), who over the last twenty years has used his business acumen to support the work of numerous public and charitable organisations.
Born into a Hindu family, brought up in the Sikh faith and educated at a Muslim school in Kenya, Ram became a follower of Jesus as a young adult. He was deeply affected by the experience of seeing poverty in India, and this led him to co-found the Christmas Cracker project that mobilised teenagers to raise money for the developing world from 1988-1995.
His other current roles include being Chair of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, Chair of the South Asian Development Partnership Trust, Chair of the Lausanne International Board, and a Board member of the International Justice Mission (USA).
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Andy joined the Board in April 2013. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and has international commercial and finance experience in the healthcare products and chemicals sectors.
He has spent the last 13 years at Attends Healthcare, latterly as Finance Director, specialising in financial systems and business performance management. He holds a BA in Economics from Durham University and in 2013 will complete an MA in Enterprise Management at Durham Business School.
As a regular supporter of and visitor to development projects in India he has first-hand awareness of social justice issues. He also has experience of UK charity governance as a trustee of his local church's charitable and trading activities.
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Jenny has worked in the international development field since being a VSO teacher in Malawi more than forty years ago. She was Deputy Director and International Director of Christian Aid.
Since 2000 she has worked as an independent consultant, including periods of senior management as Interim Director of ACT International (Action by Churches Together), Interim CEO of Interact Worldwide and Interim Executive Director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.
She is a non-executive Director of Crown Agents, Chair of the Fair Trade Advocacy office in Brussels, and a former Chair of Practical Action and BOND. She joined the Board in May 2011.
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David acts as part-time Finance Director and Company Secretary for a number of commercial and charitable organisations as well as doing some project work.
He is an active member of his local church and a keen supporter of the Trade Justice Movement. David was appointed in 2004 and chairs the Traidcraft Audit Committee.
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Liz became a Non-Executive Director in March 2011. She is currently Director of Rainbow Turtle Just Trading Ltd – a fair trade business and charity based in Paisley.
She has been instrumental in gaining Fairtrade Town status for Paisley and worked closely with the local council to achieve Fairtrade Zone status for Renfrewshire.
Liz is also a director of Just Trading Scotland (a company importing fairly traded goods from Swaziland and Malawi) and is on the board of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum working towards FT Nation status for Scotland. A long-term supporter of Traidcraft, Liz has been a fair trader since 1996.
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Jayne is Managing Director of creative agency Jupiter, where she specialises in designing communication for retailers and brands.
Jayne was previously Communications Director for Boots plc (now Alliance Boots) where she led communications across the business and had responsibility for the group’s corporate social responsibility agenda.
Jayne is also a member of the Remunerations Committee.
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Geoff joined the Board as the Trustee appointed Non-Executive Director (Foundation Director) in March 2004. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Shared Interest.
He is Professor of Business Ethics at Durham Business School, Durham University. He lives in Durham and is a member of the Audit Committee.
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David Neale is Group Commercial Director for the hospitality and leisure business English Lakes Group. He was previously Sales and Marketing Director of Reebok UK and worked in senior sales and marketing roles at the Mars Group.
David lives in Kendal where he is a member of a large evangelical church. He joined the board in 2012.
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Margaret was a Traidcraft Foundation Trustee for almost ten years from 1987. She re-joined the Board in July 2008 and was appointed Non-Executive Director in March/September 2009.
Her background is in recruitment and selection, with a focus on diversity and is currently a freelance recruitment and diversity consultant. She is also a Lay Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
She has a good knowledge of the Church of England and has worked within its structures for a number of years at both national and local level. She brings wide experience gained from appointments to various governing boards and councils. Her interests are mainly in the areas of health, education and poverty, and particularly in empowering women in the Global South.
Staff appointed director
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Richard has worked at Traidcraft since May 2011 as an Operations Assistant. He has been a Fair Trader for more than ten years and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee, Operational Cost-cutting team and the Environment team.
His background is in retail, having worked in management roles for M&S, Asda Stores and Co-operative Food Retail. Richard’s charity work includes The Round Table Organisation of Britain and Ireland; raising money for Children in Need, the premature baby unit at his local hospital, the National Autistic Society and the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Executive team members
All members of the Executive team are also directors of Traidcraft plc, except for Paul Spray who is an employee of Traidcraft Exchange.
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Mags Vaughan, Acting Chief Executive
Mags joined Traidcraft as Director of Operations in 2004 having spent 12 years in various engineering and senior commercial roles within the oil and chemical industry in the North East of England.
Mags holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Durham University. She first became involved in trade justice issues whilst a student, organising fair trade stalls in her University Union building. Mags took up the role of Business Director for Traidcraft plc in January 2008.
Mags is also vice-chair of the Durham Diocese Board of Finance.
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Larry Bush, Marketing Director
Larry joined Traidcraft as Marketing Director in 2006 having spent 10 years in a variety of brand management and innovation roles with Walkers Snack Foods and Pepsico Foods International. Prior to this as a graduate in Earth Sciences from Oxford University he spent five years working for a major mining and construction group in various operational and commercial management roles.
Larry has been actively interested in trade justice and international development since his student days when he spent time in Uganda as a volunteer for the development charity Send-a-Cow.
He is also a youth leader at Hexham Abbey and he is a Trustee of the Kenyan support charity The Friends of Kadzinuni.
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Simon Grant, Finance Director/Company Secretary
Simon, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, trained with Grant Thornton before joining Coopers and Lybrand in Singapore.
He joined Traidcraft in 2006 from G4S Plc where he spent 14 years in a number of roles including 11 years based overseas as Regional Finance Director Africa and Finance Director for their subsidiaries in Kenya and Indonesia.
Simon holds an Economics degree from Manchester University and an MBA from Manchester University Business School.
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Joe Osman, Sourcing Director
Joe joined Traidcraft in the early 1980’s and has been part of a very exciting journey both for Traidcraft and for Fair Trade as a movement.
He has worked in various roles including logistics, purchasing, warehouse and quality management although gave greater focus during the 1990’s to the development of many of Traidcrafts food products.
The pioneering role of Traidcraft was captured in this role, often developing supply chains and products which are now part of mainstream Fairtrade certification.
Joe was appointed to an executive role in 2004 and continues to oversee the plc’s supplier facing activities and also networks extensively with the wider Fair Trade world including several years as a member of the Standards Committee of Fairtrade International.
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Paul Spray, Director of Policy and Programmes
Paul Spray started his working life as a teacher in Lesotho and a civil servant in Botswana. He was a policy officer for the Catholic Institute for International Relations, and then Policy and Campaigns Director of Christian Aid.
In 1997 he became a civil servant again – working on international debt, heading DFID’s programmes for Nigeria, then for funding research, and finally for Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined Traidcraft as Policy Director in 2010. He is also a trustee of Christian Aid.