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.

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

Head of Fundraising 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

Andres Gomez de la Torre

Head of Alliance Programme

Originally from Peru, Andres has spent more than 20 years working on long-term development, humanitarian and advocacy programmes in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. His experience includes working for both faith and rights-based organisations as well for national and international confederations and alliances, in partnership with a range of civil society, private sector, and governmental actors. Prior to his time with Family, Andres worked for CARE International, CAFOD, EveryChild and WomanKind. Andres started his career as a lawyer in the private sector (Ernst & Young and REM Law Firm), also spending some time in academia and the Peruvian government. Andres is a strong advocate for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, as well as an active supporter of localisation and shifting the power initiatives in the international development arena!