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UK Board of Trustees

Janet Suzman

Dame Janet Suzman (Patron)

South Africa-born actor/director Dame Janet Suzman, DBE is an Hon. Associate Artist of the RSC, having played a good fistful of Shakespeare’s heroines culminating in a memorable Cleopatra; appeared in The Singing Detective and The Draughtsman’s Contract, both cult series; directed a ground-breaking Othello at The Market Theatre, Jo’burg, and written re-locations to SA of The Cherry Orchard and Brecht’s Setzuan.

She was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Nicholas and Alexandra, and has twice won The Evening Standard Best Actress Award. Last year, she directed opera for the first time, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Hackney Empire.

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (Patron) is vice chairman of the UN Global Compact, and chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium. He was chairman of Anglo American plc, a global mining and natural resources company, from 2002-2009. From 1998-2001 Sir Moody-Stuart was chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies. He was also previously a Director of HSBC Holdings plc (2001-2010), President of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1997-2008), and chairman of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (2002-2011). He has a keen interest in development and champions our work in South Africa.

Ed Cottrell (Chairman) is a partner at Bay Tree Private Equity. He was previously an executive and investment banker at Investec Bank PLC.  He as been involved in Starfish since the early stages of its development, both as a supporter and board member, and most latterly as chair. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.

Tracy Dunley Owen is a senior Finance and Risk global transformation and change leader with a broad range of financial services experience including insurance, treasury, investment banking, corporate finance (mergers and acquisitions).  Her commercial awareness has been proven by holding senior finance positions in business divisions; she has held leadership roles at both an executive and non-executive level.

After holding a number of senior Finance roles within Old Mutual South Africa, Tracy relocated to London, UK and progressed to being Programme Director on 2 multijurisdictional Programmes within Old Mutual plc. She subsequently joined Guardian Financial Services, a UK consolidator of closed insurance books, as Group Chief Accountant.

Sally Keeble is a former international development minister who has worked especially on support for children affected by HIV and Aids in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally a journalist, she was Labour MP for Northampton North from 1997 to 2010.

Since then she set up an international development agency for the Anglican Communion, the global family of 88 million Anglicans, and is currently a regulator in the UK property market. She is the author of a number of publications. She holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of South Africa.

Chris Kotze has held multiple roles at Investec Bank PLC including Financial Controller, Business Analyst, Operational Risk Manager and is currently responsible for a Finance Projects team.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town.

James Siswick is a partner in a Big 4 consulting firm specialising in Risk Consulting.  He has a particular interest in South Africa and visits the country at least annually.  Prior to joining the board of Starfish he spent six years as a trustee and governor of a primary school in South West London.  He is a qualified accountant.

Matthew Houlton is legal counsel at Investec Bank plc. Matthew is a qualified lawyer admitted in England and Wales and prior to joining Investec he worked in the banking and finance team at a City law firm where he focused on leverage and acquisition finance, real estate finance and providing general banking and commercial legal advice to financial institutions, investors and multinationals. Matthew graduated from King's College London with an LLB (Hons) in Law before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Moorgate.

Ursula Schliessler is a senior asset management professional who has led global teams across multiple functional areas for Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Legg Mason and is now focussing on non Executive Directorship positions. Ursula’s experience spans sales strategy, product development and management, business process design and implementation, operations, technology and data solutions and risk management. Ursula holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and a Master of Commerce degree in Business Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kat Smithson is the Director of Policy and Communications at NAT (National AIDS Trust) the UK’s policy and campaigning charity on HIV. Kat has over a decade of experience working in the UK voluntary sector, including professionally and voluntarily in the UK HIV sector. She is an NGO representative on the London HIV Fast Track Cities Leadership Group and Steering Committee member for England’s national HIV prevention programme, HIV Prevention England.



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