We currently have seven trustees on our board, the majority have worked and lived in South Sudan and have come together with a common cause, to help fund and educate street children in the country.
Kevin Bellwood – Chair of Trustees
Kevin is a journalist and entrepreneur running two successful retail businesses in Shropshire in the UK. He has broad experience in project management, strategic planning and marketing, as well as a strong interest and experience in international development.
Kevin’s career has predominately been in media in the UK and the Middle East, he has worked for a number of commercial companies, plus as a consultant for the BBC in Birmingham.
Kevin worked for Foundation Hirondelle, a Swiss based NGO as Editor in Chief of Radio Miraya in South Sudan for two years (2012 – 2013), working alongside the UN mission in the country.
He then consulted for the United Nations in South Sudan (UNMISS) and became their acting Chief of Radio for a short while and then went on to train Radio Miraya’s journalists in the ten states across South Sudan.
Kevin has been a strong supporter of the work Cathy has done with CCC, he served on the board of trustees in Juba during his time there. Kevin also volunteered at the CCC children’s centre in Juba helping out in his spare time, even teaching some of the children Karate.
Kevin recently visited some of the children being educated in Uganda and presented a ‘Staying Safe in Social Media’ workshop with them.
Together with John and David, Kevin founded CCC UK, to support the work of CCC in Juba, plus funding the education for other South Sudanese street children.
Christine Fenning – Trustee and Deputy Chair of Trustees
Christine Fenning currently works as a Researcher and Evaluator for consultancy company
Mokoro. Her background in sociolinguistics and education led her into teaching English and
French before completing a post – graduate degree in International Relations at the Diplomatic
Academy of Vienna. Since 2011 she has worked in the Humanitarian / Development sector,
mainly in South Sudan (where she worked for WFP), focusing on reporting, conflict – sensitive
programming, programme management and donor/partner relations.
Christine has broad experience in research analysis, reporting and information management, as well as experience in monitoring and managing large – scale projects funded by the EU, the Netherlands, DFATD – Canada and DFID; her work has also involved collaborating with various other governments, NGOs and UN agencies. She retains a strong interest in education and joined CCCUK as a trustee in 2017.
Christine learned about and became a supporter of CCC in early 2014, when she heard Cathy speak at the church she attended in Juba. She visited the centre weekly to sing, read, and play
with the children, and occasionally welcomed them to her house to bake and do crafts.
Christine also helped organise fundraisers for the children both in Juba and abroad: a fun-run
with the children in 2013, fundraisers at the US Embassy and WFP, and a weekly pub quiz at
Christine is convinced of the benefit that education has on the development of the individual and of society and has therefore, been raising awareness for and supported CCC’s work both through her professional and personal networks.
David Dixon – Trustee
David John Dixon is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Hydrologist, with degrees of Bachelor &
Master of Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK and a Diploma in Hydrology of
the University of Delft, The Netherlands.
He founded the British charity Village Water in 2002 and has undertaken regular field visits
to oversee its annual programme in the Republic of Zambia.
Village Water has now completed the water, sanitation and hygiene education of over 1000 villages in the Western Province of Zambia. Since October 2016, Village Water has also operated in the Republic of Mozambique with local partners.
David and his family have worked internationally for many years. His daughter volunteered
to help Cathy run the CCC centre in Juba in the early days in 2010 when her husband was
assigned by UNOPS to help build the infrastructure, roads and bridges for the newly forming
country of South Sudan.
David also visited Juba in 2010. Later Cathy and her husband visited the UK and Cathy asked David to help set up CCC UK as a support group. Upon John’s return to the UK in mid – 2016, David, Kevin and John finalised the setting up of a UK charity.
John Fenning – Trustee & Treasurer
John has been working in a variety of capacities in South Sudan since 2010, when he was
involved in a research project for Concordis International and met Cathy and CCC.
Since this time he has been involved in setting up CCC UK and organising fundraisers for CCC (Cycling the length of the UK, running marathons, organising community fundraising events). John served as CCC’s Programme Manager from 2014 to 2016, spearheading donor liaison and care, both at institutional (with EU, UNICEF, CHF, Cordaid) and at a personal level, and developing new fundraising initiatives and encouraging supporters.
Since leaving Juba in 2016, John has been working for Asylum Welcome, an Oxford – based charity, supporting newly arrived refugees, mainly from Syria. He continues to speak about
CCC’s work at churches, schools and universities and in his personal circles and is keen to
see the children affected by conflict in South Sudan receive an education.
He last visited CCC in Juba in November 2016.
John holds Masters Degrees in Violence, Conflict & Development and in Arabic and
Lydia Stone – Trustee & Secretary
Having lived and worked across four continents, Lydia joined consultancy company Social Development Direct (SDDirect) in 2014 and leads their work on Conflict and Peace-building.
Her portfolio includes programme management of SDDirect’s contribution to the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, Access to Security and Justice Programme in Sierra Leone and the Access to Justice Programme in South Sudan, and team leading on the evaluation of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Lydia holds a Masters with Distinction in Conflict Resolution from the University of
From 2007 to 2014 Lydia lived and worked in South Sudan, focusing on gender, security and peace-building. Her interest in working with women and girls began in 2008 when she worked
for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Nasir and prioritised the improvement of the employment
rights for the female staff in the hospital.
While in Juba she served as a senior advisor to both the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and DFID, as well as working on a number of programmes including supporting the South Sudan National Police Service to evaluate and improve the Special Protection Units.
She has had several papers published on the security and justice for women and girls in South Sudan. Lydia has been a friend and supporter of CCC since 2010 when she and Cathy worked together on a book. Lydia joined CCC UK as a trustee in 2016.
Sarah Williamson – Trustee
Sarah Williamson is a senior manager in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service where she
is responsible for developing, implementing and managing a programme of mod
This role includes managing large budgets, managing a team of staff, liaising with all
stakeholders across the region. Previous professional experience includes working in various
capacities in the UK Health and Social Care system.
In 2013 Sarah lived in South Sudan and worked for the Juba County Health Department to support capacity development of key technical and managerial staff. She also
volunteered at CCC for six months running weekly sports sessions and has been a big sup
She has returned to Juba in January 2015 and January 2016 to volunteer with CCC – doing
reading, sports etc. with the children.
Cathy requested that she volunteer with the girls in Uganda in January 2017 and she spent time supporting them with schoolwork and sports and looking after them to give Yunia the opportunity to do preparatory work for their return to school.
She has been fundraising for CCC since 2013, speaking on radio programmes, running the New York marathon, and other fundraising initiatives, and joined the CCC UK board as a trustee in 2016. Sarah is also on the board of a peace and reconciliation charity in Northern Ireland.
Clare Hollowell – Trustee
Clare’s expertise in Gender and Gender-Based Violence in humanitarian emergencies has led her to work in a number of the world’s most difficult environments, including in countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, and also South Sudan.
She has worked for a number of consultancy companies and advised various donors, governments, the EU on this topic. Most recently she supported the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs through UN Women.
Clare worked in South Sudan between 2014 and 2015 and came to know CCC then. While she has now started a new job in Syria, she retains great interest in supporting the education and protection of vulnerable children/youth, and especially girls in South Sudan. Clare holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies.