All our trustees are volunteers working tirelessly to raise funds, raise awareness of orphans in Nepal and help the children directly. They are all helping fund the administrative costs of the charity and most of them are sponsoring some of our children.
Founder LBU, Co-Founder CAN
Florence established LBU in 2002 after volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. She funded the home herself for a year and then established CAN in London with Simon Yun-Farmbrough. Today, Florence is a full-time headhunter in the City, where she used to work for many years as an investment banker. She oversees the management of the orphanage very closely as well as fundraising for CAN. Florence visits the children three to four times a year and is very close to them.
Treasurer, Co-Founder CAN
Simon established CAN in London in 2003 with Florence whom he had known for some years when she was an investment banker. Simon is also Chair of the University of Bedfordshire, Chair of Honcho, a leading insurtech business, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Royal Society. Formerly, he was a partner of the Boston Consulting Group, Director of Strategy at Prudential plc., and a founder of corporate finance advisory firm Fenchurch Advisory Partners.
Trustee, Schools and Volunteers Liaison and Editor
Colleen has travelled widely during her career in news and broadcasting. She spent six weeks in Kathmandu in 2010 with the children and staff of LBU, videoing and photographing life inside the homes as well as the poverty outside. The appalling conditions endured by street children sleeping rough in the capital left a deep impression. Having personally witnessed Child Action Nepal's valuable work rescuing and supporting children at risk, she volunteered as a trustee.
Trustee, Sports Events and Fundraising
Franco became a trustee of CAN after completing an amazing fundraising trip by motorbike from Siena, Italy, to Kathmandu and volunteering for one month at LBU in 2010. Since then, he has become one of our biggest fundraisers and travels regularly to Kathmandu where he is also the sponsor of one of our children. Franco is a broker in the City and has a number of other business interests.
Trustee, European Fundraising
Laure has been the financial sponsor of one of the LBU 2 children since 2009. She regularly visits the children in Kathmandu and volunteered as a CAN trustee in 2013. She is involved in fundraising activities in France and Luxembourg. After 5 years spent in Luxembourg as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of BGL BNP Paribas, she returned to Paris mid 2018 to take the position of Chief Resources Officer of BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking division. She has spent her whole career in finance at Société Générale and BNP Paribas. As former President and founder of the BNP Paribas women’s association, MixCity, she is also an active advocate of diversity and gender equality.
Trustee, Communication and Social Media
Loretta is in charge of communication for CAN and is particularly skilled at using social media. She has worked in the same firm as Florence for many years and very early on started supporting CAN. She is a sponsor of one of our children and has organised many fundraising activities - she recently completed a 150km bike ride in less than 6 hours. Loretta works in the City as the Head of Research for an executive search firm.