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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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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Matt joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in September 2013. He is an entrepreneur who runs a group of health and beauty companies including online retail, salons and a consultancy service.
He is also owner and director of a web and mobile design consultancy and has previously been a director of businesses in the leisure and design industries. He has a degree in Accountancy and Finance.
Matt was a trustee of Frontline church in Liverpool and organised the 2010 En-thuse conference encouraging Christians in business.
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.
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Sarah joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in February 2014.Sarah has over 30 years in the humanitarian, development, refugee and peace building sectors. She has worked all over Africa, with a special focus on the Great Lakes, Horn, and East Africa. Her broad development base includes food security and economic rights, community development and capacity building of local churches and non-governmental organisations.
In recent years she has specialised in humanitarian response and peace building in conflict affected and fragile states. Sarah has worked for a number of international NGOs in senior management positions. She is also a Trustee of a UK-based charity working with refugees and asylum seekers.
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Staff appointed director
Tessa Bees has worked at Traidcraft for more than ten years, firstly as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive, and then recruiting our new Fair Traders. She is an occasional speaker for Traidcraft, has served as a member of the Staff Association, and has visited Traidcraft producer groups in Cuba and India.
Her church meets in a school building and is one of three congregations within a Church of England parish. As a member of the pilot group she has responsibility for prayer ministry, and has enjoyed introducing the Traidcraft percolator and ground coffee to the after-service fellowship. She is also a member of the town’s Healing on the Streets team, and recently achieved a Bishop’s Certificate in Living Theology Today.
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, 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 was Traidcraft's Business Director for nine years before being appointed as Chief Executive in July 2013.
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.
Charlotte Timson, Director of International Development and Policy
Charlotte joined Traidcraft as Director of International Development and Policy in 2014 having spent 10 years working in international development, both overseas and in the UK. She spent a number of years in Malawi, as Country Director for Christian Aid and more recently worked with the Fairtrade Foundation and Restless Development leading global initiatives and policy work.
Charlotte became interested in international development and trade justice as a student and through her experiences volunteering in an orphanage in Kenya and teaching English in Bolivia.
She holds Masters’ degrees in Theology and Development Studies from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Charlotte lives in London and worships at St-Martins-in-the-Field.