About Us

Our Staff

We have more than 450 staff members with the majority focused on running the projects on the ground in Cambodia. We're proud to say 97% of our staff are Cambodian.

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Development Director

Elspeth Gilfillan

Elspeth is the Director of Development for CCF UK. She is a fundraiser and philanthropy consultant with 20 years experience, having worked at UK national charities including the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and Fields in Trust, and also at her alma mater, the University of Nottingham. Elspeth lives in Yorkshire, UK, with her partner and her much-loved dog, and is passionate about supporting and working for causes where philanthropy has the greatest impact.

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Administrative Support

Daisy Rowland

Daisy contributes to the day-to-day running of the UK office, looks after UK based donors and sponsors, assists in fundraising activities, as well as manages all administrative duties.

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Founder and Executive Director

Scott Neeson

16 years after founding CCF, Scott continues to lead the organisation on the ground in Phnom Penh. Scott spends much of his time at CCF facilities and visiting with families in the community.

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Director

Scott Neeson

Scott led an accomplished career in the international film business prior to founding CCF. As President of 20th Century Fox International, Scott oversaw the release and marketing of Cambodian Children’s Fund Founder, Scott Neeson, spent 26 years in the film industry, lastly as President of 20th Century Fox International. He managed revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and oversaw the release and marketing of several blockbuster Hollywood films, including Braveheart, Titanic, Star Wars and X-Men. In 2004, Scott left the film industry to set up Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) after a life-changing visit the Southeast Asian country. Paying for all of the start-up costs out of his own pocket, Scott started CCF to help just a handful of children. CCF now educates around 1,900 children living in one of the most impoverished parts of Cambodia and supports families with community-based projects.

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Country Manager

Kram Sok Channoeurn

Noeurn was the first employee at CCF and has been heading up the organisation ever since. As Country Manager, she oversees all in-country programs and projects.

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Head of Finance

Morm Sopheak

Sopheak has over 20 years of financial experience, working with reputable international NGOs in Cambodia and Laos. Today, he heads up CCF’s Finance Department and is also part of our Operations Committee.

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Senior HR and Admin Manager

Yim Yaren

Yaren is CCF’s Senior HR and Admin Manager. With a distinguished twenty year career in leadership and management positions in numerous NGOs in Cambodia, Yaren oversees CCF's HR and admin procedures, as well as day to day and strategic operations. Yaren’s background is in medicine, and he has previously managed NGO programs in health and nutrition across Cambodia.

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Senior Donor Relations and Development Manager

Cath Downes

Cath brings to CCF her experience from the charity sector in Australia. She understands the important role each donor plays in the organisation and is employed at CCF as Senior Donor Relations and Development Manager.

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Senior Sponsorship Program Manager

Rubina Jacob

Rubina is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of experience holding managerial roles in various companies including CNBC, Cisco Systems and Bloomberg. She has a Masters degree in International Relations and Business Management. She moved from Toronto in early 2018 to take on new challenges, and work at CCF.

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Grants Manager

Nicky Ward

Working closely with the Programs team, Nicky manages the many elements that go into grant applications- including research and in depth reporting for all CCF grants and partner proposals.

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Education and Leadership Program Manager

Kram Sok Channin

Channin started at CCF in 2004. With an extensive background in English language teaching and education management, she is CCF’s Education and Leadership Program Manager.

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Healthcare Manager

Dr Deth Sereivuth

Dr Vuth is an experienced cardiologist who works at CCF as our Healthcare Manager, ensuring that the people of Steung Meanchey can access quality healthcare. He manages CCF’s busy outpatient clinic, as well as overseeing the maternal care program, dental clinic, critical nutrition program, infacility childcare, and all hospital referrals. Dr Vuth trained in cardiology and paediatrics in Vietnam and Australia, and has worked at CCF since 2015.

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Family Assistance Supervisor

Tep Moeun

Moeun has been working with CCF since 2008. As Family Assistance Supervisor, he works with community members to provide for the social well being of families and children. Moeun oversees the provision of emergency assistance support, responds to community concerns and issues, represents the community to the CCF management team, and helps build the CCF approach for community development.

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Counseling Unit Supervisor

Meng Dara

Dara has been working at CCF since 2013. As the Counseling Unit Supervisor he is responsible for CCF's counseling program, ensuring that all students, staff, and community members have access to psychological services when they need them. Dara has a degree in Psychology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

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Residential Facilities Manager

Ly Sophea

As Residential Facilities Manager, Sophea provides essential guidance for facility managers, while also monitoring key administrative processes and coordinating collaboration between all residential facilities.

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Case Manager

Doeun Vuthea

Vuthea has been working at CCF since 2013. As CCF’s Case Manager, he works with students, their families, and the community to promote an awareness and understanding of human rights, action against domestic violence, and provides legal advice and support. Vuthea manages our internal case management system and collaborates with relevant authorities on CCF’s behalf. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Public Law.

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Career Counselling Coordinator

Ea Chhaikeang

Chhaikeang has worked in Technical & Vocational Education and Training, and Public Employment Services for over 10 years. Starting at CCF in 2012, Chhaikeang is CCF’s Career Counselling Coordinator. He has set up and manages the career counseling service, as well as higher education and employment services for CCF students.

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CCF Community Centre Manager

Ngoy Hen

Hen works closely with a wide variety of departments to ensure the CCF Community Centre and associated outreach programs, satellite schools and live-in facilities are managed and supported appropriately.

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Child Protection Manager

Nhem Rithy

Rithy works with all CCF staff and visitor groups to ensure they are properly trained and compliant with CCF’s Child Protection Policy.

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CCF2-Manager

Chum Vichheka

Vichheka manages CCF’s all-girls facility, CCF2. With a background in education and NGO program management, Vichheka and her team provide essential support to the girls to reach their true potential.

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Chair

NiQ Lai

Mr. LAI Ni Quiaque (NiQ) is Group Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Broadband Network Enterprise Solutions (HKBNES). NiQ is passionate about developing HKBN Talents because he believes if you get the people right, the company will do great. Prior to joining HKBN in 2004, NiQ was a highly rated analyst as Director and Head of Asia Telecom Research for Credit Suisse. As a teenager, NiQ dreamt of becoming a tennis pro but wasn’t very good at Tennis so he become a CPA instead. In 2011, NiQ visited CCF and the visit changed his life, from thinking “the world is too big for me to change” to “I can change the world for 2 people and leave a net positive impact”.

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Director

Scott Neeson

Scott led an accomplished career in the international film business prior to founding CCF. As President of 20th Century Fox International, Scott oversaw the release and marketing of Cambodian Children’s Fund Founder, Scott Neeson, spent 26 years in the film industry, lastly as President of 20th Century Fox International. He managed revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and oversaw the release and marketing of several blockbuster Hollywood films, including Braveheart, Titanic, Star Wars and X-Men. In 2004, Scott left the film industry to set up Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) after a life-changing visit the Southeast Asian country. Paying for all of the start-up costs out of his own pocket, Scott started CCF to help just a handful of children. CCF now educates around 1,900 children living in one of the most impoverished parts of Cambodia and supports families with community-based projects.

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Global Chief Operating Officer

Bob Alexander

Bob leads CCF’s global operations, implementing systems to enable an integrated and coordinated approach, and providing a high degree of transparency and accountability, good governance and sustainability.

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Bob Alexander

Bob leads CCF’s global operations, implementing systems to enable an integrated and coordinated approach, and providing a high degree of transparency and accountability, good governance and sustainability.

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Director

Sheel Kohli

Sheel Kohli is a Communications and Marketing specialist. He spent 18 years at two of the world’s largest financial institutions, Credit Suisse and ING Group, and for the last few years, has been advising some of the most successful blockchain technology startups, Block.one, AAX and Diginex. He started his career in journalism and remains passionate about current affairs and the power of knowledge to change outcomes. He sees CCF as the embodiment of that pursuit, transforming whole families and generations through the power of education. Sheel also loves cycling and running and you can often find him on his bike or running around the hills of Hong Kong.

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Director

Eric Leddel

Eric Leddel is a Los Angeleno whose diverse career spans 25 years in sourcing, product development and marketing holding senior management roles for Li & Fung Limited and Universal Music International in Hong Kong and London. A volunteering mission in December 2016 to CCF, inspired him to spearhead a Li & Fung initiative to advance CCF’s mission, which led to several return visits and joining the Board. After graduating from University of Denver with B.A. in Communications, and working for the NBA Denver Nuggets, Eric turned to coaching youth sports, travelling, outdoor adventure and volunteering to fuel his passions. His simple pleasures include listening to music or hiking Hong Kong’s trails with his wife Sharon, children Noah and Eden and two dogs Izzy and Lonzo.

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Internal Auditor

Keo Sidanin

With many years experience in finance and internal auditing, Sidanin monitors CCF’s internal processes and procedures to ensure we are compliant to the highest of standards and operating efficiently.

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Piny Ly

Piny Ly is Cambodian Australian. Her family fled the Khmer Rouge regime in 1980 and settled in Sydney. She is a corporate M&A lawyer, having worked in Sydney, Beijing and Hong Kong. Her most recent role was as the Head of Legal for Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (Australia's largest retail bank) International Financial Services division in Hong Kong. After two transformational visits to CCF in late 2019, she packed one suitcase and relocated to Phnom Penh in early 2020 to volunteer with CCF. She joined the CCF Hong Kong Board in March 2020 as its first Cambodian. Piny is a Committee member of The Cambodian Society and an advisor to the UNDP Cambodia's Bluetribe 2020 young entrepreneur incubation programme. Piny loves writing fun poetry and creative song lyric adaptations.

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Director

David Sit

David is a French born Chinese whose parents were born and raised in Cambodia until they had to flee the Khmers Rouge. After having worked for BNP Paribas in Paris and Hong Kong, he is currently a director at Macquarie in the Trading Division and a co-founder of a whisky bar. After an inspirational meeting with Scott in 2016, he decided to sponsor children and help CCF organizing fundraising events. Being able to help Cambodia is always something he wanted to do given his roots. Empowering children and young people through education is crucial: being a son of political refugees, he knows that even when people start with a big disadvantage they can still succeed through education, hard work if there are given the chance/opportunity to study and be healthy. He is a rescue scuba diver, loves reading, travelling with a passion for F&B.

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Chair

Warren Share

Warren is a fixed income sales manager for BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Previously, he was an attorney specializing in real estate and commercial litigation. Warren has been a supporter and fundraiser for a variety of organizations helping at-risk children including Charity Water, International Justice Mission and Maiti Nepal. Warren has also been a mentor to children in the New York City area for the past 11 years and sponsors two CCF kids that he visits annually in Cambodia.

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Chair

Kerry Doyle

Kerry has held leadership roles in the Government and not for profit contexts for over 20 years, working with the business, research and technology sectors to support greater impact from science and medical research for better health and economic outcomes in Australia. In 2005, Kerry was awarded an Australia Day Public Service Medal for services to Science and Medical Research in recognition of these efforts. She continued this work as Chief Executive of the NSW Heart Foundation and now holds the position of Executive Director of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance continuing her work in this area. A mother of five and grandmother of ten, Kerry is also a passionate believer in the power of education to transform lives. Kerry first travelled to Cambodia in 2015 and became aware of the CCF soon after. The CCF’s impact was tangible and motivated Kerry and her husband Peter to sponsor two children and look for additional ways to support and promote the CCF. Kerry and Peter travel to CCF annually, visiting their sponsor children and bringing back stories to share with other sponsors and stakeholders. Kerry was appointed to the CCF Board in 2018.

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Director

Scott Neeson

Scott led an accomplished career in the international film business prior to founding CCF. As President of 20th Century Fox International, Scott oversaw the release and marketing of Cambodian Children’s Fund Founder, Scott Neeson, spent 26 years in the film industry, lastly as President of 20th Century Fox International. He managed revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and oversaw the release and marketing of several blockbuster Hollywood films, including Braveheart, Titanic, Star Wars and X-Men. In 2004, Scott left the film industry to set up Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) after a life-changing visit the Southeast Asian country. Paying for all of the start-up costs out of his own pocket, Scott started CCF to help just a handful of children. CCF now educates around 1,900 children living in one of the most impoverished parts of Cambodia and supports families with community-based projects.

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Trustee, Vice-President CCF-Australia

Alan Lemon LLB

Alan was born in Albury, New South Wales. He served as a member of the Australian Federal Police for 20 years, including 5 years of international service in Hong Kong and Cambodia. He practiced as a solicitor for 5 years in New South Wales before moving to Cambodia in 2008 to work as a consultant for CCF. He was subsequently appointed as Manager Legal & Compliance and is a member of the Senior Management Team in Phnom Penh. He is also a member of the Managing Committee of Cambodian Children’s Fund Australia Incorporated and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cambodian Children Trust Fund.

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Director

Cammie Rice

Cammie Rice is a senior level executive in the technology and financial services industries. Mrs. Rice held the position of Senior Vice President within the Finance Technology group at Bank of America headquarters. She also led the strategy team for the Global Corporate Staff Technology Group. From 1998 to 2006, Rice was the Senior Director of the Americas Strategic Partners at Hyperion Solutions Corporation. Cammie has always enjoyed public speaking engagements for KODAK, National Education Association, Duke University, Photo Marketing Association International and IBM. She is also currently a board member and Vice Chairman of Usher’s New Look Foundation, and is on the advisory council for Emory’s Global Health Institute. She and her husband live in the US and have four sons.

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Director

Heather Graham

Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights, for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow. Graham also starred in Cherry opposite James Franco and Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Most recently, she starred in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 5 Days of War, Scream4 and opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover.

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Director

Matt Greene

Matt Greene resides in Hawaii. He co-founded Red Leaf Resources as its initial investor in 2005 and served as CFO until 2013, when he transitioned to managing Red Leaf's licensing program, resource acquisition efforts, and special projects. In 2014 he became a consultant and moved his family outside the United States. Since departing full time executive positions, Matt has enjoyed being an active dad to his children, coaching volleyball, and volunteering in his community. Matt founded a family foundation, The MJG Foundation, which conducts several solar, internet, and construction projects that serve the indigenous Qero’s Nation, in the Peruvian Andes. The foundation provides tuition assistance to underprivileged students, and also assists school programs in Costa Rica. Matt continues to remotely oversee several development and construction projects in Utah and Idaho.

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Development Director

Sangeeta Dale

Passionate about Healthcare, Education and Fundraising, Sangeeta heads up CCF in Hong Kong responsible for our corporate partners, child sponsors, donors and CCF supporters.

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Office Manager

Nicky Cummins

Nicky Cummins is responsible for the day to day running of the Sydney office and assists donors, and supporters who are fundraising.

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U.S. Donor Relations and Office Manager

Andréa Zenewitz

Andréa and team are responsible for all donor and sponsor relations in the U.S. They are here to answer any of your questions.

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US Sponsorship Manager and Development Associate

Liz Theriault

Liz manages sponsorship relationships in the US office as well as assisting in donor relations and day-to-day office operations.

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Development and Operations Associate

Shelby Grates

Shelby researches and pursues new funding opportunities, assists fundraisers and supporters, and helps manage day-to-day office operations.

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Officer

Tessa Lines

Tessa Lines looks after our sponsors and regular donors as well as contributing to the general running of the office.

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Advisory Committee Member

Pip Fell

After graduating from Charles Sturt University with a BA (Communications), including a year in the USA on exchange, Pip worked in public and private sector PR and marketing roles in both London and Sydney. She was the National Publicity and Promotions Manager at Greater Union (now Event Cinemas) and the National Publicity Manager at Twentieth Century Fox. Pip is a director of Sequitur Hotels, which owns resorts in Fiji and Vanuatu. She is also the managing director of the Fell Foundation, which supports the wonderful work that CCF is doing in Phnom Penh. Her daughter, Charli, spent three months volunteering in the CCF classrooms in 2018.

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Advisory Committee Member

Rosy Sullivan

Rosy has been an educational professional since 1987. Her career began in the public sector, in disability and welfare, where she progressed from caseworker positions to hold management and senior operational positions. In 2000, Rosy moved into the private sector, establishing a vocational training college for professionals in the property, finance and business sectors. Rosy shares her management and leadership skills as an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Training and Development. Over the years, Rosy has held various board positions in charitable organisations and been a member of numerous government advisory committees. Rosy and her husband John have been associated with CCF since 2014 and now support 3 children through the sponsorship program.

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Advisory Committee Member

Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins has worked in the Australian media industry for more than 30 years as a journalist, senior editor and business manager. He most recently held positions as General Manager, NewsLocal, Managing Director, NSW for News Corp Australia and now Managing Director, Sport for News. He has been involved with CCF since 2008 after meeting Scott and being swept up like so many others in the amazing work of the team. Michael lives in Sydney with his wife Kat and their five children, and are sponsors of 15 year-old Lina at CCF.

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Advisory Committee Member

David Wiadrowski

David leads PwC’s Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment (TICE) practice and is also a senior partner in our Assurance practice based in Sydney. David has significant international experience having worked in the San Francisco office for 3 years and in the Jakarta office for 5 years. David has also provided services in buy and sell side due diligence, strategic business plan reviews and inbound investment decision reviews. David has held a number of senior management roles in the firm including the leading the TICE Assurance practice, the Consumer and Industrial Products Assurance practice and being the Chief Operating Officer of the Assurance practice. As a consequence David understands the key drivers in running a business.

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Chair

Axel Maier

Axel has a successful career spanning almost 25 years in the financial industry with senior management positions in Frankfurt, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Most recently for Macquarie Investment Management and Wellington Management, where he was a Managing Director, heading up their Asian and European business. A native of Germany, he has been either visiting or working in Asia since the beginning of his career. Over this time, he has developed first-hand a deep appreciation and understanding of the challenges and opportunities people in emerging countries in South East Asia face. Axel has a keen interest in educational strategy and is dedicated to helping young children living in poverty. He, his wife Allison and their young daughter now live in London.

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Vice-Chair

Andrea Heginbottom

Andrea Heginbottom has been involved with CCF for over ten years since becoming a sponsor of a CCF child in 2007. Andrea lived with her husband and three children in Singapore for over five years during which time she became active in supporting charities that are promoting a better future for Cambodia. She is a graduate of the University of Bournemouth and has a finance and hospitality background

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Treasurer

Mike Griffiths

Mike is a UK Chartered Accountant who has worked mainly in Higher Education. Mike retired 5 years ago from a senior position at University College London (UCL) and since then has undertaken a number of volunteer projects for NGOs in Africa and South East Asia. He has been involved with CCF Cambodia for over 4 years, undertaking volunteer projects in Phnom Penh implementing both financial systems and school information systems. Having seen at first hand the excellent work done by CCF and its impact on the lives of students and others in the community Mike is keen to continue supporting CCF by volunteering as a Trustee in the UK.

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Director

Scott Neeson

Scott led an accomplished career in the international film business prior to founding CCF. As President of 20th Century Fox International, Scott oversaw the release and marketing of Cambodian Children’s Fund Founder, Scott Neeson, spent 26 years in the film industry, lastly as President of 20th Century Fox International. He managed revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and oversaw the release and marketing of several blockbuster Hollywood films, including Braveheart, Titanic, Star Wars and X-Men. In 2004, Scott left the film industry to set up Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) after a life-changing visit the Southeast Asian country. Paying for all of the start-up costs out of his own pocket, Scott started CCF to help just a handful of children. CCF now educates around 1,900 children living in one of the most impoverished parts of Cambodia and supports families with community-based projects.

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Trustee

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor is the Compliance and Operational Risk Executive for EMEA. She is a member of EMEA Executive Committee and is based in London. Jennifer serves on the boards of bodies and legal entities on behalf of the bank and is the co-chair of the EMEA Diversity and Inclusion council, as well as a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is a trustee of Educational and Employers Taskforce which has lead the Inspiring Woman and Inspiring the Future initiatives in Europe, as well as a trustee for Vital Voices Europe. Jennifer read law at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an LL.B degree. She is an English qualified solicitor and did her training with the law firm Freshfields in London.

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Duncan Neale

Duncan Neale is a Finance Director with twenty years experience working for both publically-listed and privately-owned energy & technology companies. Duncan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. He is a Trustee and has raised money for CCF UK via the Thames Path Challenge.

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Trustee

Liam Palmer

Liam Palmer leads the Financial Services Operations Consulting service for a global consultancy. After ten years in the British Army and an MBA, Liam spent fifteen years helping organisations reliably delivering their customer promises at the lowest possible cost. He is a trustee of CCF UK, leading on effectiveness and efficiency of the operations, as well as sponsoring a child.

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