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.


Jo Russell 

Hart Representative  

Jo has a background in education and management consulting with 20 years of experience at Gemini Consulting and the Professional Development Network. She is passionate about raising awareness of Human Rights and HART’s work amongst young people and runs our School Outreach Programme. Contact her directly if you would like to organise a talk or workshop on Human Rights or HART’s Prize for Human Rights at jo.russell@hart-uk.org



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