Mark currently works on the EU's humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. In previous roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Parliament he has worked on strategy to support human rights defenders and on developing human rights standards. He has worked with civil society and industry to develop human rights due diligence policies in the mining sector and to develop the first human rights standards and oversight mechanisms for the private security sector working in conflict environments. Aside from knowledge of human rights and humanitarian issues Mark also has some background in multilateral negotiations, particularly at EU level as well as through the UN and OECD on business and human rights issues.
Eleanor Harrison OBE
Eleanor Harrison OBE has a wealth of experience leading non-profit teams around the world. She is currently Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK; an award-winning global charity challenging traditional aid dynamics; using new technology to enable better access to funding, skills and learning for local organisations everywhere. Prior to this Eleanor ran a charity in Kenya for five years helping vulnerable children and their families build better lives. Previously she led innovative programmes for refugees and young people in the UK. Eleanor holds an MA in International Relations, University of Queensland and an MA in Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016) in recognition of her services to International Development. Eleanor is an elected Board Member for BOND - the UK NGO network for international development and the charity Peace Direct.
A senior corporate commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. She is qualified in England and Singapore and has worked extensively in-house with organisations including GE and GE Capital and financial services institutions. She has been a volunteer and trustee in a number of organisations including the AirUsers Council, governor of the Botley School in Oxford and Chair of the school’s finance committee and Secretary of the St Nicholas’ Society of Eton. She has also acted as a Mentor for sixth form students at the Wycombe Management Conference.
Natalie is a research and communications professional, with broad experience of working across the private and public sectors. She has been involved with RRDP since its inception, helping to establish the charity and build its public profile. She is currently working in London as a Media Officer for a Member of the European Parliament, focusing on promoting freedom of movement and humanitarian migration policies. Natalie has a MA in International Conflict Studies from King's College, London.
Marta Welander (Interim Chair)
Marta Welander, the Executive Director of RRDP, serves as the interim chair of the Board of Trustees during the nascent period of the organisation. She will step down from her role as Trustee as soon as feasible, in order to ensure sound governance and a clear separation of duties.