Regional Advisor – UK, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Tom Burke is Funder Safeguarding Collaborative’s Regional Advisor leading support for network members based in the United Kingdom. Tom has been engaged in safeguarding issues for most of his life – transitioning from service user to practitioner. He has previously worked at the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, leading policy and law reform on participation rights, and at Y Care International, the international development agency of the YMCA movement in the UK and Ireland, where he spent eight years in a variety of senior roles. As a freelance consultant, Tom has led multiple safeguarding projects and programs for charities, including delivery of the UK government-funded Safeguarding Training Fund and development of the NCVO Knowhow safeguarding guidance suite. He was co-author of the report “Safeguarding young people during the Covid-19 pandemic: a guide for designated safeguarding leads in voluntary youth organisations.” Tom regularly conducts training and speaks at national conferences on policy and practice in safeguarding in charities. More widely, Tom works on issues related to evaluation and research on services for children and young people with a particular interest in equalities and participation in decision-making. He continues to undertake direct work with children and young people.
Regional Advisor – Kenya, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Martin Juma leads support for network members with funding portfolios in Kenya. He is a safeguarding and emotional wellbeing service provider and the Founder of Tunza Child Safeguarding, a Kenya-based consultancy focusing on partnering with organizations to establish safeguarding and wellbeing structures and measures for children and adults in vulnerable circumstances. Martin has over 12 years of practical experience in protection and safeguarding, having worked with numerous national and international organizations including Save the Children, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision, Oxfam, and SOS in various contexts and countries across Africa including South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Ethiopia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology.
Safeguarding Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Bri LaTendresse supports safeguarding for both Global Fund for Children and Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC). She develops and leads safeguarding training for all GFC personnel, manages the annual Global Safeguarding Policy review, provides safeguarding capacity development for GFC partners, and serves as GFC's Designated Safeguarding Lead. For FSC, Bri plays a key role in ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the collaborative and in providing support to members and their grantee partners. She provides logistical, technical, and administrative support across the full range of FSC activities and facilitates regular communication and engagement with FSC members. Bri holds a master’s degree in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and a minor in cultural migration studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Regional Advisor – Southeast Asia, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Kirsty Milev leads support for network members with funding portfolios in Southeast Asia. After pursuing studies in psychology and development management, Kirsty spent five years managing and providing technical support to local organizations implementing social work programs in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam. For the last four years, Kirsty has worked with Friends International as the Technical Coordinator for the Partnership Program for the Protection of Children (3PC), collaborating and coordinating with Cambodia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, UNICEF, and 25+ nongovernmental organizations to strengthen the child protection system across Cambodia. She leads multiple communities of practice around child safeguarding, violence against children, and sexual exploitation and abuse, and provides tailor-made coaching and training support to partners in conducting risk assessments, developing safeguarding policies, and ensuring strong protection systems in practice.
Regional Safeguarding Lead, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Shermin Moledina is the Regional Safeguarding Lead for Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC), where she supports the Regional Advisors for FSC’s communities of practice in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Shermin is passionate about social justice and challenging cultural norms that prevent women and children from living as equal citizens. She has a master’s degree in social work and 27 years of experience working on child protection, safeguarding, homelessness, and mental health programming with children, youth, and families. She has worked with nongovernmental organizations, primarily in East Africa and the US, leading, developing, and managing evidence-based programming on child welfare, protection, homelessness, and trauma-informed care. During the last ten years, Shermin has worked as a consultant supporting organizations and governments in developing interventions and methodologies in working with children, youth, and their families, with a particular focus on child protection, systems strengthening, family reintegration, alternative care, and safeguarding. Currently, Shermin is also a Safeguarding Advisor with Segal Family Foundation (SFF), providing support in enhancing SFF’s safeguarding policies and procedures and developing a strong safeguarding culture and practice for SFF and its partners.
Regional Advisor – South Asia, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Anuradha Mukherjee leads support for network members with funding portfolios in South Asia. Based in India, Anuradha has extensive experience working in grassroots, national, and international organizations on child rights, child safeguarding, gender-based violence, women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment, and grant management. As an independent consultant, Anuradha has been supporting nongovernmental organizations and implementing partners of funders to strengthen their safeguarding practices. She has worked with Oak Foundation, Human Dignity Foundation, Terre des hommes Foundation, and Ashoka. Anuradha has a master’s degree in development communication. She is fluent in English and Bengali.
Senior Director, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Karen Walker-Simpson leads the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative, which promotes greater collaboration and learning among funding agencies to strengthen safeguarding practices. Karen started her career working with children in care in the UK before moving to Ecuador to run Fundación Juconi, which provides therapeutic support for street-working children and their families. Karen spent the last eight years as a Safeguarding Specialist for international NGOs working across Africa, Asia, and Latin America before moving to Comic Relief as the organization’s Head of Safeguarding. Karen has a master’s degree in international human rights and is completing her professional doctorate, which examines the effectiveness of safeguarding standards and donor requirements when applied by NGOs in East Africa. Karen is fluent in Spanish.
Regional Advisor – Ethiopia, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
Blain Worku leads support for network members with funding portfolios in Ethiopia. She is an Ethiopian social development expert trained as a human rights lawyer. Blain began her career as a Public Prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia and subsequently served as Head of the Justice Office, where she led the office’s investigation and prosecution activities and participated in different legal drafting assignments. She has extensive experience in civil society policy and legal frameworks, drafting and co-drafting more than 15 directives and regulations for the proper implementation of the country’s civil society law. Blain’s engagement in the development world began in 2013, when she took on the role of Social Protection and Advocacy Specialist at World Vision Ethiopia. She then went on to serve as a Child Protection National Program Manager at Save the Children International before joining the DFID/Girl Hub project (later named Girl Effect), where she served in different capacities for five years, including as a Gender and Safeguarding Manager and Senior Program Manager for Impact - Gender, Safeguarding, and Evidence. In addition to leading Girl Effect’s gender and safeguarding technical work, Blain also led on government partnerships and initiated and led the Rural School Program, which is a UNICEF-Girl Effect flagship program. Blain currently works at the Office of the President of Ethiopia as Director of Programs, where she is responsible for managing the president’s initiatives and bilateral and multilateral engagements and assisting the president with constitutional duties.