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.
Senior Safeguarding Associate
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 assists the Designated Safeguarding Lead with incident management. 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 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.
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.