Our Staff

Our Staff


Baroness Caroline Cox

Founder and President

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma.

Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs. Areas travelled include the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh; Sudan; Nigeria; Uganda; the Karen; Karenni; Shan and Chin peoples in the jungles of Burma; and communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia. She has also visited North Korea helping to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes. Additionally Caroline has been instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.

In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas over the past twenty years, she had been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the prestigious Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement. Lady Cox has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia.


David Thomas

Project Logistics

David was a Chaplain in the Royal Navy and with the Royal Marines for twenty years before joining HART. David has previously worked on a voluntary basis for NGOs working in Africa. During his military service he was able to liaise and work with NGOs in various countries in war-ravaged and rebuilding environments. He brings to HART the concern for logistics one would expect from that background; as well as training in trauma care and counselling.


Prakash Patel

Finance Manager

Prakash joined the HART team in June 2017, with over 20 years’ experience in financial management and control in both private and voluntary sectors. As a senior manager Prakash will be leading HART’s finances and IT systems. There are a number of things that Prakash enjoys while working here, such as problem solving, providing timely and relevant analyses and working as a team to grow the organisation.


Stephanie Heyden

Communications and Fundraising Executive

Stephanie developed her communication and fundraising skills while working at an organisation that helped small charities to fundraise online. She is also a trustee of a small international health NGO based in South America. She has a passion for travelling and is motivated to support the marginalised communities of the countries she has, and hasn’t yet, visited.


Ziallo Gogui

EA to the CEO and Office Administrator

Ziallo wants to change the world one fundraising action at a time. She is passionate about giving back to society and is up for any challenge that would help towards this goal. She has supported a charity that raises awareness of girls’ rights in poorer parts of the world and ran a 10k for Cancer Research. She is now planning to run another 10k for HART on October 1st.


Matt Peters

Campaigns and Research Intern

Matt is a recent law graduate who has joined HART as a Campaigns and Research intern. His interest in HART’s areas of work stems from his studies of international law and his passion for human rights. He has strong research skills, and hopes to use his experience at HART to pursue a career in international human rights law.


Emma Ball

Campaigns and Research Intern

Emma has joined HART with the hope of beginning a career in research within the charity sector. Emma brings with her previous campaigning and administrative experience, as well as strong research skills developed from her undergraduate and postgraduate History degrees. Through her studies she has developed a passion for humanitarian work and human rights, particularly relating to gender and women’s issues.

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