Our Staff

Our Staff


Baroness Caroline Cox

Founder and CEO

Baroness (Caroline) Cox became 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, South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, 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.


Sylvia Bourhill FMAAT, FMICB

Head of Finance

Sylvia is a Licensed Accountant and Managing Director of Another Answer. She has been practicing as a bookkeeper and then accountant for nearly 20 years. When not filing accounts or running the show at Another Answer, Sylvia might be found driving a Land Rover across the Sahara Desert or preaching in her local church.


Lola Yusuf 

Programmes Manager

Lola was an intern at HART for a year before joining the team full time. After graduating from University in 2017, Lola started her humanitarian career as a volunteer in Uganda for a microfinance charity, teaching transferable skills in business and finance. It was here that Lola saw first-hand the benefits of working with local people and organisations in order to create necessary and sustainable change. It was this experience that led her to HART and the rest is history…


Andrew Ashdown PhD

Good Governance and Advocacy Development Manager

Andrew spent 25 years in Anglican parish ministry, and has over the years been responsible for Church partnerships in various parts of Africa and the Middle East. For a while he was South Asia Officer for the Anglican Mission Agency USPG and has been a Trustee of several charities. He has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and led many group visits to these regions. More recently Andrew undertook on-the-ground Doctoral research into Christian-Muslim relations in Syria. His book ‘Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria: Historic and Contemporary Religious Dynamics in a Changing Context’, is to be published by Routledge in November 2020. He brings much experience of advocacy in international and interreligious issues.


Beth Stephens

EA to the CEO and Office Administrator

Beth started her HART journey as a Communications and Research Intern and joined the team on a trip to Burma in 2019, where she met several partners and colleagues. After witnessing first-hand the importance of combining aid with advocacy, she couldn’t wait to come back to support Baroness Cox and HART’s inspirational partners tackling some of the world’s most hidden conflicts and humanitarian crises.


Max Elgot 

Communications Assistant

After graduating university in 2019, Max came to HART as a Fundraising Intern before taking up the position of Communications Assistant. He now manages the social media channels, helps with parliamentary and advocacy research, manages the HART website, is responsible for the HART Student Ambassador Programme and coordinating the HART Prize and happily turns his hand to fundraising and preparing budgets when necessary. He has always wanted to work in the third sector and is passionate about making the world a more equal, just and compassionate place.

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