Our team is led by our CEO and the Leadership Team:

Amanda Griffith

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda has over 35 years of working with marginalised and vulnerable children and young people. She has been a CEO of 3 UK charities and worked in the secretariat of national, European and international networks. She has extensive experience of working in the Middle East and North Africa, West Africa and CEE and CIS countries as well as managing multi-agency and multi-disciplinary contracts. As well as significant practitioner experience of working directly with children and young people Amanda has contributed to legislation and policy development in both the UK and Europe.  She was a consultant for the European Commission on equality and diversity. She has published papers with the European Commission and the German Government. She is a trained counsellor and youth worker and has a BA in Economic History, BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research.  She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).


At Family, Amanda…

is in charge of leading the Secretariat so that it implements the strategic direction of Family as laid out by the Board.  She is responsible for the management decisions made in consultation with all members.

Hugh Salmon

Head of Alliance Development

Hugh is a qualified, UK registered Social Worker, and has been providing, supporting and managing international expertise in child care and child protection since joining EveryChild in Moldova in 2000. In 2012 he completed an MSc in Civil Society Management at London South Bank University, for which his chosen research topic was Government-NGO relations. Hugh speaks Russian, Spanish, Romanian and French, and likes to dabble in other languages if given the chance. Hugh met his wife through EveryChild in Kyrgyzstan where, after a spell in London, they have recently returned, with their children.


Laurie Smith

Head of Alliance Support and Governance

Laurie worked for Christian Aid, a UK INGO, for three years before joining Family supporting them on their strategy, organisational development, human resources and leadership programmes. Laurie is also a trustee of a UK charity Charityworks which focuses on helping graduates to work in the charity sector. On leaving university he was a trainee at Charityworks and had placements with the Terrence Higgins Trust and Together for Mental Wellbeing. He holds two masters degrees from Cambridge University in Engineering and Sustainable Development and now lives in Cambridge with his wife and baby daughter. Laurie is a french speaker.


Andrea Thompson

Interim Head of Fundraising Development and Communications

Andrea has nearly 20 years fundraising experience. She has developed and managed fundraising programmes in the UK as well as across 15 global fundraising markets. Her experience covers both voluntary and institutional fundraising as well as communications. Prior to joining Family as Interim Head of Fundraising and Comms, Andrea worked for ActionAid for over 10 years, most recently as International Director of Fundraising and Communications. She has lead teams through significant change processes and was recently responsible for co drafting ActionAid’s new ten year organisational strategy.

Andrea is originally from Belfast but has been living in London for 22 years. She lives in London with her 2 young children

William Gali

Senior Project Manager

William has eighteen years of experience in East Africa and India working with children directly and through partners. William is passionate about facilitating holistic development of children in need of care and protection through working with individuals, organizations and partnerships. He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Development Education with a diploma in Organisational Development. In his spare time, he likes gardening, reading, music and doing creative things with recyclable waste.