Our board

HelpAge International is governed by a strong and diverse board of trustees. At least six of our board members are representatives of our affiliates. 

Cynthia Cox Roman (Chair)

Cynthia Cox RomanCynthia Cox Roman is Chief Executive Officer of WIT Consulting, LLC, a strategic research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC.

WIT Consulting helps businesses, government agencies and non-profit organisations understand their target audience, develop effective communications and spot new areas for growth and innovation.

David Causer, FCA

David Causer

David is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc, an investment trust listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Securities Institute.

David has held a number of senior positions within financial services organisations, including as finance director of Mercury Asset Management Group plc and as a managing director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers until 2001.

He was finance director of The British Red Cross Society until December 2007. He is a trustee of a number of charities and of a pension fund.

Mathew Cherian

Mathew CherianMathew has worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board.

His further assignments include the post of Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Country Representative, Charities Aid Foundation.

He is the Founder of Association of Third Sector Researchers in India, Resource Mobilization Network in India, Campaign for Human Rights (Dalits and Tribals), and CAF India. Mathew serves full time as Chief Executive of HelpAge India.

Follow Mathew on Twitter @mathewhelpage.

Pham Hoai Giang

Pham Hoai GiangPham Hoai Giang is a women's activist and Head of the International Relations Department of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU). 

The VWU is a large organisation which is taking the lead on ageing and gender issues in Vietnam. It has also been a valued partner of HelpAge International for more than ten years.

Cho Hyunse

Cho HyunsePresident of HelpAge Korea, Mr Cho has been instrumental in promoting initiatives like the ASEAN Homecare programme and other regional initiatives like the OPA leaders regional event and supporting links for KOICA and other Korean donors.

He has been instrumental in providing direct funding for small projects in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Ageing, Seoul City and member of the Policy Forum for the Elderly and the Policy Department for the Elderly in Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Korea.

John Kingston

John Kingston

John is the Founder and Director of Venturesome (2001-11), a company which pioneers social investment in the UK. He was previously a director of Save the Children UK, and before that at 3i plc.

He was also Chair of the BIG Social Investment Committee (2011-12) and of the NCVO Commission on Tax Incentives for Social Investment (2011-12).

Currently, he is Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, a senior advisor at Social Finance Ltd and non-executive director of Big Society Capital and of the European Venture Philanthropy Association. 

Laura Machado

Laura MachadoLaura Machado currently holds the position of International Coordinator to the United Nations for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). She is also Executive Director of InterAge Consulting in Gerontology. She was the Latin American Regional Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) between 1997-2009.

Sanja Miloradovic

Sanja MiloradovicExecutive Director and co-founder of Lastavica, an NGO and HelpAge International affiliate founded in 1996 as a joint project of the Autonomous Women's Centre in Belgrade and Oxfam. 

Lastavica offers community services, economic support and training to refugees, internally displaced women and other marginalised groups in Serbia such as older people, children, socially excluded people.

Mike Wade

Mike WadeMike Wade started his career at the development charity Oxfam, where he worked for 17 years in a variety of roles – most recently as Head of Individual Fundraising. After a further three years at WaterAid, he joined the National Deaf Children's Society in July 2008 as Director of Fundraising and Communications. As well as helping and advising HelpAge International, Mike is also a Trustee for Childlife, Age International and the Institute of Fundraising, where he also chairs their Policy Advisory Board.

Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeW1965.

Dr Jack Watters

Jack WattersDr Jack Watters is Pfizer’s Vice President for External Medical Affairs, responsible for relations with medical societies, academic institutions and government health bodies around the globe. Dr Watters has also represented Pfizer on matters of corporate responsibility and human rights, especially relating to raising political will for the plight of people with HIV and AIDS and the older citizen.

Dr Watters serves on the boards of several distinguished non-governmental organisations and arts institutions in the US and UK. He joined Pfizer in 1994 and was an architect of the landmark Diflucan Partnership Program which is now active in sixty of the world’s least developed countries. Dr Watters trained in medicine at the University of Edinburgh in his native Scotland.

Sola Mahoney

Sola MahoneySola Mahoney is Director and Head of Financial Institutions for Sub-Saharan Africa for Barclays Africa, based in Johannesburg. A Gambian national, Sola began his career in the public service, working for the Government of the Gambia for thirteen years in the management of bilateral and multi-lateral assistance. He has worked in the field of international banking for the past 18 years, with responsibility for a number of different markets and regions across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Outside his work as a banker, Sola has a keen interest in theatre, particularly musicals, and he is currently involved in trying to bring a musical production to the big stage. He also dabbles in investing in small business ventures, and until recently sat on the Advisory Board of a start-up company in the energy efficiency space.

Follow Sola on Twitter @SMahoney.

Isabella Aboderin

Isabella AboderinIsabella is a senior research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

She currently leads the programme on ageing and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

She is also a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK.

Professor Du Peng

Professor Du PengProfessor Du Peng is Director of the Gerontology Institute at Renmin University of China in Beijing. He is an academic and activist on ageing in China.