Our CEO and trustees

Alison Wallace, CEO

Alison has been CEO of SOS Children's Villages UK since January 2018. Prior to joining, she was CEO of the European Council on Foreign Relations and global relief organisation ShelterBox. She has held senior positions at Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, and the Refugee Council, and has overseen relief operations for emergencies including Typhoon Haiyan and the Nepal earthquakes. She is also a trustee of Child Soldiers International.

Mary Maynard, Chair of Trustees

Mary Maynard has worked with SOS Children’s Villages for 20 years, first as a Trustee, then as Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2001.  She has served twice as a Senator on the International Senate of Kinderdorf International, (2004-2008 and 2012-2016). She was a management consultant by profession. During that period, she served on the Board and was Deputy Chair of the Management Consultancies Association. She is currently a Councillor on both St Albans and District Council and Harpenden Town Council, serving as a Cabinet Member on the District Council.

Graham Budd

Graham has 25 years' global business leadership experience, and is currently Executive and Board Member at one of the UK’s most successful technology companies. He leads a charitable foundation which helps charities and start-ups grow their operations.

Matthew de Villiers

Matthew is CEO of Greenstone+, a sustainability software and services company, and has held senior positions at Accenture, IBM and FutureBrand. Previously, he spent five years working at our East Africa office where he supported our operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

George is a former diplomat and now shares his expertise with a range of charities. In addition to his trusteeship at SOS Children’s Villages UK, he is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research and trustee of conflict-resolution charity the Next Century Foundation.

Michael Brewer

Michael is a strategist and marketing consultant who has worked across public and private sectors to advise on growth and development.

Don Haszczyn

Don has been the International Director for Fund Development at SOS Children’s Villages International since 2017. Previously, he held senior positions at VisionFund International and Habitat for Humanity, where he developed the first Housing Forum Alliance in Central Asia.

Nicola Robert

Nicola draws on 25 years’ experience in the private and charity sectors as an employee, finance director, trustee and consultant. She works for Gonville & Caius College in the University of Cambridge where she is responsible for managing a £200 million portfolio split between property and financial investments.

Ian Briggs

Ian has over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional in the charity and public sector having worked for national and international organisations. These include the International Red Cross, Save the Children, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and RNIB. He is currently the Director of Corporate Services at Wood Green, the Animals Charity.