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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.

John O'Donovan works within the Specialised Banking team at Investec Bank PLC. John is also a qualified lawyer in England and prior to joining Investec Bank Plc he worked in private practice for a City law firm. During his years in private practice John focused on real estate, real estate finance and general commercial law advice, his clients included financial institutions, investors and corporations. John graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA(Hons) in Politics and Economics before studying law at BPP Law School in London.

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.

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