Our Ambassadors and Trustees

Our Trustees meet six times a year, and are responsible for overseeing the governance and strategic direction of International Service. They make sure we are:

Prof. Paul Gready (Acting Chair) is Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) at the University of York and co-edits the Journal of Human Rights Practice. He has worked for Amnesty International and held consultancies with several INGOs.

Professor Karen Stanton is Governor and Vice-Chancellor of York St. John University. She is also an Ambassador for the Uprising Charity aimed at developing the leadership skills of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr. Bob Dignen (Treasurer) has a BA and MA in English & Literary Theory. He is the director of York Associates, specialising in intercultural skills programmes and international team seminars which he delivers across Europe (appointed Treasurer 22/5/15).

Carla Sayer is an ICS alumni who completed her placement with International Service Partner TradeAID. Carla currently works as a volunteer co-ordinator for a social enterprise and volunteers as an IVO4ALL mentor.

Callum Northcote was an ICS team leader with International Service in the occupied Palestinian Territories, and co-oridinated the first International Service alumni conference. Callum now works as a Policy Advocacy Co-Ordinator with RESULTS UK.

Professor Jean Grugel is Professor of Development Politics at The University of York, and leads the university's Development Network. Her research focuses on rights-based development in the global south.

Ms. Leila Asrari has an MA in Applied Human Rights from University of York. She took part in the ICS programme in the oPt,and now works at Plan UK.

Dr. Reverend Lukas Njenga has extensive experience in education and charities, as a Trustee and Director. He is involved in micro-finance, community development, and is CEO of Heart for the City.

Mr. Liam Conlon has a BA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge.He was a Team Leader with International Service in Burkina Faso, and has since set up a project with International Service for the Burkina Faso Paralympic Team.

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Tiaan Bosch, ambassador of International Service and wheelchair racing athlete

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