Our International Board of Trustees is made up of professionals, return volunteers and alumni from various fields including communications, the international development sector, finance sector and many others.
Click on one of our Trustees to find out more about them.
Martin Hayman - Chairman
Formerly general counsel and company secretary at Cadbury Schweppes Plc. and Standard Chartered Plc.
Martin was a Trustee of CARE International UK for 6 years and chaired the Programme Committee for 3 years. He has been a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics and chair of Mediation UK and has been on the board of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
Martin is a special adviser to Standard Chartered on its global sight programme.
Affan is currently Head of Programme Quality at Islamic Relief Worldwide, an international Non-governmental organisation. He has over 19 years of experience in the humanitarian sector and has held numerous senior roles at Islamic Relief Worldwide and CARE International UK. His senior management roles have entailed him being at the forefront of organisational effectiveness programmes.
He brings extensive knowledge of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and is a specialist in programme management and institutional fundraising. Affan is a SOAS graduate, holds a Postgraduate Development degree from the University of Bristol and is Prince2 qualified. In his spare time Affan is a keen sportsman and is a Football Association qualified coach.
Aamirah Patel is a Campaigns Coordinator at RESULTS UK and began her journey in youth participation from the age of 13 as a Deputy Member of the UK Youth Parliament; she still remains driven to create change.
She volunteers with MADE, a Muslim-led movement of young people who want to see their community lead the fight against global poverty and injustice, having also served as a member of the Oxfam National Youth Board and in previous years. She spends her spare time working with the grassroots and pursuing causes she is passionate about.
Having graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kent, with a focus on the history of global health, she began her journey with Restless Development as an ICS volunteer in February 2015, working in rural South Africa.
Carol Monoyios has been Director of Development at WWF International since May 2010. She joined from CARE International UK where she was Marketing and Communications Director for 5 years. Prior to this she held a number of roles for a leading disability NGO.
Carol started her career at a small NGO in Romania before joining the BBC World Service. She then spent 10 years in sales and marketing at a major publishing firm. Carol has a BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Jennifer started out in corporate finance and international private banking and got an MA (Hons) from the University of Oxford. She spent a year on secondment to the Cabinet Office, working on a project sponsored by the Prime Minister to encourage greater interchange between the public and private sectors.
Following a period in management consultancy with the Hay Group, working on organisational change, top team development and leadership capability, Jennifer was Group HR Director at EMAP plc and subsequently spent 6 years as Group People & Culture Director at UBM plc, with a focus on the Group’s executive talent management and organisation development.
Jennifer joined ARM plc, the world's leading semi-conductor intellectual property supplier, in September 2013, where she is EVP People and a member of the Executive Committee.
Jennifer is also a Non Executive Director of the Guardian Media Group plc and was appointed to the Council of the Royal College of Art in May 2016.
Hannah Bronwin is a senior associate at Linklaters LLP, a multinational law firm. Hannah specialises in energy and infrastructure project finance and does a range of work with both the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. She has a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, Oxford (2001-2004) and a post graduate diploma in law from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.
Before starting her career at Linklaters, Hannah worked for Restless Development (or SPW, as it was then called), as a youth volunteer on a community resource programme in rural Uganda. At Linklaters, Hannah has taken a lead role in originating, managing and delivering many pro bono projects, ranging from the provision of advice to local London charities to coordinating multi-jurisdictional research projects for leading human rights charities. Since the age of 18, she has regularly volunteered with a children’s charity in the UK, camping and running outdoor activities for one or two weeks each year with young people from all backgrounds.
Hannah is a keen traveller. In 2013 she cycled solo across Central Asia before completing a 1000km horse race in Mongolia. She lives in London with her husband and young daughter.
Jim is a former volunteer from 1990 in Zimbabwe. He graduated from Manchester University in 1993 and joined a start-up business called Alternative Networks as Enterprise CEO in 1994.
Alternative Networks is a communications and IT integrator which has since floated on the AIM market and now employs around 500 staff.
Jim is married with 3 young children and chairs the People and Performance committee at Restless Development.
Jon is a Director at KPMG. He currently leads international development work on monitoring, evaluation, value for money and audit with major donors and NGOs. He has experience of development work in several African countries, including South Africa. Jon has worked for most of his career undertaking statutory and non statutory financial and value for money audits across the public sector.
He has helped develop the financial and wider skills of Board members and has presented to a number of conferences and forums on audit committee practice and risk management. His other major area of interest is sustainability and he has worked with the Environment Agency and the Department of Energy and Climate Change on energy efficiency and carbon reduction schemes.
Jon is married and has two teenage children.
Matthew Otubu is a tireless advocate of democracy, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law – particularly in elections and the judiciary – with chief focus on core aspects of criminal, international and property law and corporate and charity governance.
As an accredited independent electoral observer and analyst of international affairs and development (with special interest in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Matthew was selected as a Scholarship Holder at the 2015 European Forum Alpbach in Austria and as a 2014 Global Scholar of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He was granted the distinction of Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society in 2015 for determination in working to improve the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens.
Matthew is a committed youth social action champion, with an exceptional track record and deep-rooted passion for entrepreneurial leadership, education reform and economic empowerment. In recognition of this commitment to social action, Matthew was appointed as an Ambassador and Youth Advisor to the Business Pioneers Steering Group of the Step Up To Serve charity, which runs the national #iwill campaign – led by HRH Prince of Wales and endorsed by the Prime Minister – to increase the number of young people involved in meaningful social action by 50% by the year 2020.Matthew contributed extensively to the formulation of strategic policy affecting young people in the United Kingdom and across the European Union in his previous roles as a Youth Councillor and Member of Youth Parliament, Media Spokesperson for the British Youth Council and Youth Commissioner for the National Citizen Service; drawing from his heritage and his academic, voluntary and campaigning experiences in Austria, Benin Republic, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, France, Nigeria, Togo, the UK and South Africa.
Matthew is an Equity Research Summer Analyst within the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs and is studying towards an LLB in Law at Queen Mary University of London.
Myles has a long history of involvement with international development and Africa. He was Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa from 1993-97; coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington from 1997 to 2000; and from 2000 to 2004 was based in Addis Ababa as British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. He was in 2004/2005 Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa.
His book ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’ was published by OUP in June 2015. Myles is currently Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and Advisor to ‘Hand in Hand International’ and ‘Development Initiatives’. He is on the Boards of a number of NGOs and Foundations. He has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on Africa and development. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.
Saffi is a Young Trustee and joined the Board in November 2011. Saffi joined the Order of St John in September 2012 as a Programme Support Administrator within the International Development Team assisting in the development and implementation of international programmes.
St John is based in 43 countries across the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. She is a graduate of Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, with a focus on the welfare of young people in both the third and public sector.
Saffi is a former Restless Development volunteer having been both a Volunteer Peer Educator in South Africa in 2010 and a DfID International Citizen Service Leader in Sierra Leone in 2011.
Tom is an analyst on the Corporate Strategy team at Jaguar Land Rover. He has previously worked at Malachite, a boutique risk and corporate intelligence consultancy and at Aros Capital Partners, a London based investment management firm, where he structured funds with blended financial and social impact mandates.
He spent 6 years in China managing a portfolio of joint ventures for a US venture capitalist and during his MBA founded Afroes, a social enterprise that develops applications for corporates and development agencies keen to spread educational and branded messages to young Africans. Tom has a BA in Mathematics, Economics and Chinese from Middlebury College and an MBA from the University of Oxford.