Ripple Effect Group Board

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Peter Jeffries

Peter Jeffries has a strong history of board participation and leadership and nearly 40 years’ experience in the animal health sector - most recently as CEO of GALVmed (Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines).

Peter is leading Ripple Effect’s Group Board of Trustees to deliver the 2030 strategy focused on growing the organisation’s impact and reach to support a further 5 million people to learn more, grow more and sell more.

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Simon Doherty

Simon is a senior academic at the Institute of Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast and is a recent past-president of the British Veterinary Association.

He started working with Ripple Effect as a volunteer ambassador in 2013, and brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to Ripple Effect, having spent over 20 years in the veterinary sector. His support has also extended to providing technical and veterinary support to a number of our initiatives.

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Andrew Gillam

Andrew has 30 years' experience as a chartered accountant. He trained with KPMG and worked for them in Ghana and Nigeria, and has since spent most of his career in insurance.

He is currently Head of Finance for AIG Life in London and lives in Croydon with his family. He is a Reader in the Church of England.

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Sarah Brunwin

Sarah has worked as a consultant in the charity sector for more than 30 years and has a keen interest in and knowledge of NGOs working in Africa.

She has visited numerous projects throughout Africa and has particular knowledge and experience in the areas of agriculture, education, health, development and conservation.

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Stephanie Dennison

Stephanie is an experienced development consultant working in the charitable sector, having previously been a journalist on national newspapers.

She works with arts, heritage and children’s charities, is a trained executive coach and a professional mentor with the Institute of Fundraising. She has held senior charity management roles and currently lives in Devon.

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Simon Gill

Simon has over 30 years’ experience in international development and public financial management in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. He has worked with the UK government, a consultancy company and latterly with the Overseas Development Institute where he has undertaken a variety of management roles.

He currently divides his time between Ayrshire and the Isle of Bute.

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Alison Griffith

Alison has a background in food and agriculture. Her experience includes market system development, multi-stakeholder dialogue, private-sector partnerships, fair trade and impact investment.

She has worked in both programme and policy areas with international NGOs, private companies and as an independent consultant.

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Patricia Napier MBE

Patricia has a medical background as a nurse, midwife and health visitor. Two years spent working for VSO in an isolated community in Zambia proved life-changing: she has been involved with a number of organisations linked to Zambia, and established the Baynards Zambia Trust in 1997.

This has grown over the years, alongside delivery partner the Zambia Rainbow Development Foundation which provides a holistic approach to addressing the challenges of disenfranchised communities. Her work in Zambia was recognised by her award of an MBE.

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Shallin Chikoto

Shallin is a native of Zimbabwe, a proven fundraiser and networker, building partnerships across the public and private sectors, delivering multi-million dollar, multi-sector humanitarian response and development programs. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development and humanitarian sector, working for several international NGOs designing and implementing projects across multiple sectors and contexts.

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Karthik Dasari

Karthik is the Founder of Tern Capital, a hands-on investor in software businesses. He has significant experience in fundraising, acquiring and growing businesses. He is also a business mentor for the Princes Trust. Prior to founding Tern Capital, he worked at Bain consulting for four years and in operational roles with General Electric for six years. He has travelled to many countries in Africa including Kenya and Uganda.

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Tim Passey

Tim has spent 30 years in life sciences and pharmaceutical marketing and communications, working with stakeholders from global expert physicians to Ministries of Health to patient advocacy groups, mainly in market preparation. Having spent long spells leading agency businesses in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East and North Africa regions he has seen some of the challenges faced by developing nations, particularly relating to access to effective health care.

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Prina Patel

Prina qualified in 2012 as a solicitor specializing in dispute resolution and commercial law working in various jurisdictions around the world. As well as legal work, her experience includes advising on governance, policies, & risk management strategies.

She is currently Head of Legal at CMC Markets UK Plc, a listed and regulated financial services company based in London where she lives with her partner and two small children. She has served as chair of various DEI committees including as current chair of Women@CMC.

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