Adrian Reith, Chairman
Adrian is the founder of Jungle Group an industry-leading London media company producing TV, radio and advertising. He spent 30 years as a writer, producer, director and business owner – working at board/senior level with BBC, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Nationwide, Coca-Cola, Telewest and many others. His creative prizes include Sony gold, bronze and D&AD awards and the Irish Grand Prix, amongst others.
He is a non-exec director of Jungle Group; chair of Street Child World Cup; a qualified executive coach; and an unqualified sailor, cyclist and father of three. He is a published (alas remaindered) humour author.
Chris Rose, Co-Founder
Chris Rose is Director of Amos Trust, a small creative human rights organisation, and is one of the two founders of the Street Child world cup. Amos Trust set up the first SCWC to amplify the long running campaign of its partner Umthombo Street children to end the rounding up and casual brutality inflicted upon street children in Durban. Chris joined Amos in 2006 following 20 years as youth worker with marginalised young people, running a leading local youth and family charity and specialising in youth participation.
He is a Derby County supporter and the years of missed opportunity no doubt fuelled his belief that we had to seize the once in a life time opportunity which presented itself to run SCWC in Durban and to build upon its success in Rio.
John Wroe, Co-Founder
For the SCWC John leads on Football, the Arts and Brazil. As we get closer to Rio 2014, he is spending an increasing amount of time supporting the organisation in Brazil. He’s thinking of changing his name from John Wroe to John Rio.
In 2010 John led the arts programme. He holds firm the belief that the SCWC can be a catalyst so that no child should live on the streets in 20 years time anywhere in the World.
John has a B Education from Homerton College, Cambridge, an MBA from Anglia Ruskin Business School and is a Winston Churchill Fellow. He has followed Swansea City for 39 years, rarely misses an away match – no wonder he believes in miracles.
Joe Hewitt, Director of Communications
Joe is a communications professional specialising in public relations and brand management. Joe began his career working with ‘hard to reach’ young people in Tower Hamlets as part of the Education Service. From there Joe worked with Sarah Brown and the PiggyBankKids children’s charity organising fundraising events including receptions at Downing Street and an annual corporate football competition at Stamford Bridge.
Digital agency Wandering Bear was the next step before Joe ran the office for the electoral reform campaign Open Up ahead of the 2010 UK General Election. Joe was also a consultant with Brunswick the international corporate communications partnership where he spent four years. Joe has been visiting street child organisations since he was 16 and led the PR at the inaugural Street Child World Cup in 2010.
Karin Joseph, Teams Coordinator
As Teams Coordinator Karin is supporting our partners internationally as they get ready to take part in the SCWC, leading on the girls’ tournament and the September Street Child Summit in the UK.
Karin studied History at Somerville College, Oxford, with a focus on postcolonial African history, particularly race and politics. As part of her studies she spent time in Uganda for research. Karin interned at Amos Trust during the summer of 2011, and has also spent time working for a small Kenyan prison reform charity. Since joining the SCWC team Karin has made a commitment to frequently watching MOTD so that she might have more football-related knowledge to contribute in the office.
Lucy Jackson, Events Coordinator
As Events Coordinator Lucy is working on our FUN-raising process – organizing
events that raise vital awareness and funds for Street Child World Cup.
Lucy earned a first class degree in English Literature from the University of Hull,
despite having spent most of her University life on the Netball court! Having
been a member of a church that has long been involved with Umthombo in South Africa, Lucy has had an interest in the issue of street children for a number of years. She believes in the combination of education, awareness and sport to better circumstances and bring people together.
Peter Parsons (Treasurer) – biog currently n/a
Katie Hagley has been a trustee of Amos Trust for 9 years. She employed her background in community fundraising (previously working at Christian Aid) to help raise funds amongst schools and churches for the inaugural Street Child World Cup and volunteered in Durban, working alongside the Nicaraguan team
Not previously a fan of football she has come to love ‘the beautiful game’ when it is used to break down language and social barriers as in South Africa in 2010. She hopes to use her fundraising skills, languages and recruitment experience to further Street Child United in the coming years and is determined to learn Portuguese in time for Brazil 2014
Rod is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in London where he is Head of European Retail and Luxury research. He has been at Deutsche Bank for 13 years, prior to which he was in similar roles at UBS and Goldman Sachs. Rod trained as an accountant with Grant Thornton and worked in finance roles at the BOC Group and Kingfisher plc.
Rod was involved in fund raising for the first Street Child World Cup, and has been a supporter of the Durban street child charity, Umthombo, for a decade. He is married to Anita has three children and lives in Virginia Water, Surrey.
Judy Reith runs Parenting People in Cambridge, which offers parenting support and courses to any kind of parent. Judy has been involved with Street Child World Cup since its inception following a family trip to Umthombo, South Africa, in 2007. Judy’s particular interest is in enabling children to reach their potential
She knows nothing about football, but volunteering at SCWC 2010 proved what can happen when the forgotten children of the streets are given a chance to shine. Helping to run the SCWC conference was an unforgettable experience hearing children give their views on home, protection from violence and access to healthcare and education. She is endeavouring to learn what the offside rule means and takes up football each year for Lent
Sam graduated in Psychology from Leeds University in 2008 and now has over three years’ experience working in PR and communications. Sam has worked on major events and brands such as The London Marathon, Ryder Cup, adidas and Lucozade
Sam volunteered for the first SCWC in 2010 in South Africa and has been involved ever since. Sam works at Fast Track, a sports marketing and communications agency
Born in San Francisco, California, by Argentinean parents, Jimena eventually discovered Bahia, Brazil to be home. At the age of 15, Jimena began volunteering at community development projects throughout Latin America, but it was in Lencois, the heart of Bahia, that Jimena together with two other dedicated women, founded Grãos de Luz, (Seeds of Light), which would become the starting point for the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust and was named the UNICEF-Itau Brasil Project of the Year in 2003
Soon after starting up Grãos de Luz, Jimena met Jimmy Page, musician and composer, who subsequently became the Founding Patron of ABC Trust, which has reached out to thousands of children and their families since 1998. Jimena lives with their three teenage children in Sussex, England
Ian hails from gorgeous Croydon in South London, and his background was in the travel and aviation industry, where he drove fork lift trucks, worked on check in desks and managed the sales teams at Virgin Atlantic, Alamo Rent A Car and P&O Cruises, amongst other things. He had a spell setting up and running clothes shops and a Christian book shop in Sussex but the recession and internet shopping put paid to them recently
Ian has since returned to being a part time student and is struggling through a Masters in Addiction Psychology & Counselling, whilst juggling looking after 3 teenage children, several volunteering roles & charity involvements largely in the areas of addiction recovery and homelessness, running the Christian “dragons’ den” Cross Pollinate and playing football and watching the mighty Crystal Palace as often as possible
Katy is an English graduate and qualified lawyer. Katy specialised in Criminal law for many years and is an experienced advocate with a particular interest in Youth work and domestic violence. Katy has a keen interest in the Arts and believes in its power to give a voice to those who are unheard. Katy has been surrounded by football fans all her life – so knows what football can do
Martin Collins has been a trustee of Momentum Arts since 2006 and became chair three years later. He spent more than 20 years with Ladbroke Group where he held a variety of posts including regional director, head of operations and head of business development. In his final position he was responsible for developing and introducing technological and operational changes to support the business pending deregulation in 1995
Following this Martin has worked as an interim manager, specialising in project management and operational turnarounds. A key role was as bursar for Jesus College, Cambridge for 5 years up to 2007. Martin and his wife own a farm in Spain where they produce olive oil and make red wine
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”