Staff, Board Members and Patrons

Viva is a huge partnership consisting of our partner networks across the world, their members, staff and volunteers along with Viva’s staff, board members and patrons and the individuals, churches and foundations across the world that fund the work. This page links to just part of that partnership – our staff, board members and patrons.


Viva’s staff are responsible for implementing all of our programmes with our local partner networks. 

Phil Green


Phil is formerly a CEO of Mission Housing and Home for Good, and was a leader at World Without Orphans.

Anna Barker

Director for Network Partnerships

Anna previously fundraised for Viva, has a degree in International Relations and volunteered with refugees on the Thai-Burma border.

Mim Friday

Head of Development

Mim trained as a teacher and worked for seven years as a field officer for Careforce before Viva.

Paul Kabunga

Head of Coaching

Paul has 20 years’ experience in strategy development for an HIV/Aids organisation.

Kezia M’Clelland

Director for People and Organisation

Jane Travis

Head of Collective Impact Initiatives

Jane has worked in the international NGO sector for more than 25 years.

International Board 

Viva’s international board meets at least four times a year and is responsible for the overall strategy, vision and values of the organisation. It has subcommittees for Finance & Risk, Programme and Fundraising and works closely with the boards in the US and Hong Kong.

Adrian Cooper


Adrian Cooper is Viva’s Board Chair. He is the CEO of Oxford Economics, one of the world’s leading providers of macroeconomic forecasting and economic analysis.

David Bright

Chair of Programme Subcommittee

David Bright has had a career in both business with Unilever and in international development, and is currently Head of Funding for the Church of England.

Minu Chowdhury-Westlake

Minu Chowdhury-Westlake has worked in media, entertainment and Christian mission. She is a public relations specialist in the commercial and voluntary sectors.

Jonathan Cox

Chair of Finance & Risk Subcommittee

Jonathan Cox is a chartered accountant, worked in corporate finance before holding director roles with World Vision, and is currently Finance Director for a national medical research charity.

Ian DeVilliers

Ian de Villiers is Senior Partnering Advisor for World Vision International. He leads the organisation’s approaches to partnering in programming, across levels from local to international. Ian previously served Viva, located in Asia.

Philip Niem

Chair of Hong Kong Board

Philip Niem is Chief Investment Officer at Axiom Investment Ltd in Hong Kong. He has previously worked at Barclays Wealth, AXA Investment Managers, HSBC Securities and Hoare Govett Asia. Philip serves on the Board of Viva Hong Kong.

Teresa Phiri

Teresa Phiri is a Research Associate at Perrett Laver, a leading executive search firm. Originally from Malawi, Teresa has experience of co-developing strategies to deliver high impact solutions for multinationals, startups and NGOs.

Michael Sloane

Chair of US Board

Michael Sloane chairs the Viva US Board and is based in Kentucky. He currently serves as Managing Director for Bluefire Capital, a family holding company focused on investments in emerging restaurant brands.

Katy Thompson

Katy Thompson helped to pioneer Viva’s work with children at risk from 1994. She catalysed partner networks in Latin America and later headed up Viva’s Doorsteps initiative in Oxford. She stepped down from a staff in 2021. Katy and her husband are wardens of the Windsor Hill Wood community, a place of refuge in Somerset, UK.

Honorary Positions

Patrick founded Viva and was our first CEO and Stephen has been our patron for many years. Both represent Viva across the world and support the staff and CEO.

Patrick McDonald

Founder President

Stephen Gaukroger


Hong Kong Board

Viva’s Hong Kong board is responsible for all of our programme and fundraising in Hong Kong and supports our work across Asia. They work closely with our Asia director and staff based in Hong Kong.

Philip Niem


Linnet Ma
Joanna Ko


Jess Evans

Vice Chair

Stephen Birkett

US Board

Viva’s US board is responsible for all of our programme and fundraising in the US. They work closely with our Latin America director.

Michael Sloane


Jenny Evans


Jonathan Booth

John Hightower

Bill Reichardt

Steve Ujvarosy

Adrian Cooper

Chair of the International Board