Responsible for helping to guide SEED Madagascar's work, our board of trustees are based in the UK.
As the new Chair in 2017, Jane brings with her 30 years of financial sector experience, currently working for a global financial services company. Jane brings an array of skills sets inherited from a long career including strategy, program management, financial planning, risk management and governance.
Recently Jane chaired an employee network for 2 years where she was committed to increasing awareness of disability in the workplace. With a degree in mathematics and statistics Jane is passionate about travelling, culture, nature and science. In 2011 her passion brought her to Madagascar, opening her eyes to the beautiful country and invariably inspiring the roots to become involved in SEED.
Samm is a yoga and creative wellbeing teacher, and in her spare time runs Short Persuasion - a communications consultancy for charities. An ex-Head of Project Development for SEED, Samm first joined the charity in 2009 as a written communications and project development volunteer, and continues to advise the charity on all things semantic.
As a freelance specialist in brand development and new media, Barbara has been running her own design agency, Xtrafuel, for 10 years. In her capacity as a trustee, Barbara has completed all of SEED Madagascar's design work, both in print and on the web, since June 2004.
Oisin is an Investment Manager and CFA Charterholder. He joined the SEED Madagascar Pioneer scheme in 2005 on a career break and stayed in touch with the organization as a project donor and subsequently trustee, focusing on treasury management.
Vicky's worked in travel for 20 years, initially as a resort manager in Ski and Lakes & Mountains resorts, then as a tourism marketing and ecommerce specialist for big brand tour operators and travel agents. A passion for independent travel, wildlife and wilderness and a personal interest in more sustainable tourism led to significant travel and volunteering in Africa followed by a Master's in Responsible Tourism Management, qualifying as a ranger, and freelance work in tours and activities, charity challenges, sustainable tourism certification, ecotourism and volunteer tourism, on which she wrote her thesis and came to meet SEED. As a trustee, Vicky provides support in marketing.
Melissa Kantor is a seasoned Programme and Change Director with substantial experience in business analysis, process design and project management of global HR, Finance, Digital and Analytics change programmes for a diverse client base that includes Prudential Plc, BNY Mellon, PwC and Genentech. She is passionate about natural resource management, especially the human side. Her degree from Cornell University is in Natural Resource Policy, Planning, and Human Dimensions. Upon graduating, she chose to leverage her skills in an adventure in the dot coms. Whilst continuing her career in business operations and digital change, she enjoys the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by supporting SEED’s mission and goals.
Cody is currently a manager in the Banking Audit practice at KPMG. Prior to that, he spent time working in the Financial Service audit team at Deloitte in both San Francisco, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cody grew up on a farm near Somerset East in South Africa, but has been living abroad for the last 5 years. Having first lived in San Francisco, he has since settled in Clapham, London. Cody enjoys hiking and is an avid birdwatcher and photographer.
He first got involved with SEED as a volunteer and helped set up the internal audit function. Cody offers a range of risk management and governance support to the trustees.
Andrew works for JPMorgan Chase & Co and is a qualified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Also a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), he spent ten years as a management consultant. In his free time, Andrew acts as trustee of SEED Madagascar and has been involved for over a decade. Utilising his auditing background, Andrew helped introduce a robust set of internal operational and financial controls within SEED and visited Madagascar in 2007 to review operations and controls with local management.