Our Team

Julia Misselbrook
Country Director jmisselbrook@dotrust.org

Julia leads on strategy and works with a dedicated team for advocacy, partnership-building and fundraising work for DOT UK's projects in support of DOT's global vision. She has spent her career addressing the needs of young people through youth enterprise projects with major international youth organizations, and as International Director of The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and International Award Association. Julia has experience establishing and building the capacity of charities, particularly those addressing the needs of marginalized young people in Africa and the UK'.

Laura Kelly
Chair

Laura is Director of the Shaping Sustainable Markets Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She has held senior roles in government and international NGOs including at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Cabinet Office on Economic Development in Afghanistan and at the ONE Campaign covering a range of sustainable development issues, and leading work on trade. She has also represented the UK at international negotiations at the UN, WTO and OECD. Her research interests include how responsible and inclusive business and finance can contribute to the SDGs. Laura has degrees in agriculture and international development and has written and lectured on sustainability trade and development.

Adrian Godfrey
Trustee

Adrian Godfrey, FRSA, is the Founder and Director of Shoots Consulting Ltd and works with small and medium enterprises to deliver their growth ambitions. Previously, Adrian held senior positions at Pearson, GSMA and Cisco as the director of their global CSR programme, and a director of their global consulting arm working on public sector reform in emerging markets.  Adrian has considerable experience working at the intersection of technology and business innovation, including up-skilling, re-skilling and employability. He has been involved with DOT as a board member and trusted advisor since 2006.

Janet Longmore
Trustee

Janet Longmore is the founder, president, and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a youth-led movement of daring social innovators who are transforming communities and creating opportunities around the world.

A champion for technology-driven, community-owned, and youth-led solutions in rapidly developing regions of the world, Janet was a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals from 2014-2016 and currently sits on the WEF Internet for All Steering Committee, which aims to drive digital inclusion across the globe.

Janet is a 2016 recipient of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, which recognizes her as a strong example of social leadership and innovation bringing considerable honour to Canada.

Janet is a frequent speaker at international conferences. A passionate believer in the power and potential of youth and technology, Janet works tirelessly to promote respect for youth as an untapped source of creativity, energy, and talent.

Laura Boyle
Trustee

Laura works on a variety of projects which contribute to a transition to an economy that will work in service of all people and our planet. She has over 15 years inclusion experience gained during her first career leading teams in the legal sector whilst working with workplace gender equality campaign groups, and is passionate about an intersectional approach to equity. She is head of stakeholder engagement for impact investor Snowball, director of impact investor The Impact Branch, and founder of a social enterprise Square Circle, for which she was recognized by NatWest and Pioneers Post as a UK Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise. She is a founding member of Catalyst 2030, which seeks to connect private capital with social entrepreneurs working on systems change solutions globally. 

Margaret Adrian-Vallance
Trustee

Margaret is Director of Education Projects for the Royal Over-Seas League, a membership organization which develops arts and education projects in the Commonwealth. Before joining ROSL in 1993, she was Assistant Secretary General (PR) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association and the Founder Editor of 'Award World'. Previously the Award's Press & Publicity Officer, she has an MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Dublin, and experience of working with remote and marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In 2011 she was made an MBE for services to the education of disadvantaged children in Namibia.

Dominic Charles
Treasurer

Dominic Charles is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).  He runs his own accountancy business, Vör Accounting Ltd, supporting small and medium sized enterprises with their tax, accounting, business advice and development needs.  After qualifying with Price Waterhouse, he spent his career in various business and financial leadership roles at JPMorgan, Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock.  He is a governor at Queen Anne’s School sitting on the finance and buildings committee and is also a director of the School’s trading entity and trustee of the School’s charitable trust.

Vickie Wambura

Vickie Chairs the Impact Makers Advisory Board that brings together young philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs in Africa to listen and learn from each other and ultimately leverage the financial and non-financial resources of the philanthropic and social investment sector. Vickie has over 10 years’ experience in the social sector, focused on skill empowerment of young people in prisons in Kenya and supporting refugees and migrants on their employment journey in the UK.

Aoise Keogan Nooshabadi
Partnerships Advisor

As Partnerships advisor, Aoise assists to build partnerships, research fundraising opportunities and build processes to assist the work of DOT UK and the wider DOT network. Aoise is also the co-founder of Supply Change, a tech-for-good social enterprise matching buyers with social enterprise suppliers.

Sana Zain
Senior Bid Writing Advisor

Sana is a Programme Development Specialist with over 18 years of experience in designing and managing a range of development and humanitarian projects across the globe. She has spent her career working in the non-profit sector and has held senior positions ranging from Director of Programmes at the American Refugee Committee in Pakistan, to leading a fast paced and experienced Proposal Writing Team at Save the Children in London, and currently as an independent Bid Writing Consultant. Sana advises on consortium building processes and manages consortium partner relations, inputs and deliverables in programme design and bid development. Sana holds an MSc in Development Administration and Planning from University College London and has a solid understanding of how policy, programme and community-level interventions can be engaged to address key development challenges. At DOT, Sana provides the HQ and Africa Regional Teams with bid writing support, and advises on the development of winning bids to expand DOT’s transformative strategy.

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