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.
Phil is formerly a CEO of Mission Housing and Home for Good, and was a leader at World Without Orphans.
Latin America Director
Carmen is a qualified medical doctor, previously working for UNICEF and World Vision.
Network Consultant, Viva India
Ameeta is experienced in promoting child protection and in developing community health.
International Director (currently on maternity leave)
Anna previously fundraised for Viva, has a degree in International Relations and volunteered with refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
Matt worked as both Youth Pastor and Missions Pastor at The Vine, an international Church in Hong Kong.
Fundraising & Communications Director
Andrew has worked in charity communications for more than 20 years, and was Editor at BMS World Mission before joining Viva.
Mim trained as a teacher and worked for seven years as a field officer for Careforce before Viva.
Africa Programme Facilitator
Paul has 20 years’ experience in strategy development for an HIV/Aids organisation.
Gary has been responsible for promoting the Asha Health and Development Society in India.
People Care Director and Children in Emergencies Specialist
Acting International Director
Jane has worked in the international NGO sector for more than 25 years.
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.
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 has worked in media, entertainment and Christian mission. She is a public relations specialist in the commercial and voluntary sectors.
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 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.
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 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.
Chair of Fundraising Subcommittee
Tim Pottle is an experienced, multi-channel fundraiser in the not-for-profit and education sectors. He was Viva’s Head of Development for five years and is currently Development Director (interim) at St Peter’s College in Oxford.
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.
James Tavener works as a Chartered Accountant at Critchleys, an accountancy practice in Oxford. In this role, he currently supports academy trusts, but previously worked with charities.
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.
Chair of the International Board