The trustees hold the legal responsibility for RSN's work. They act together to make decisions that guide our work, and meet together quarterly. They must make decisions as a group rather than individuals.

Dr David Hollow (Chair)

David is an international development consultant and Director of Jigsaw Consult. He also has a PhD in the monitoring and evaluation of education programmes in Africa from Royal Holloway, University of London, and lectures on the MSc programme in Practicing Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway. He has worked in over fifteen countries throughout the world as an academic, consultant and development practitioner, specialising in education. 

David has held the position of Chair of Trustees since RSN was founded, and has an in-depth understanding of global education alongside a passion to see education accessible for all - irrespective of gender, place of birth, conflict and displacement.

Joy Johnston

Joy has worked for the UK government as a civil servant for the past ten years including in child protection, immigration  and refugee resettlement. She has previously supported the start-up of a number of local charities and projects as a trustee and advisor. She also has an MSc in Forced Migration from Oxford University and worked on the Young Lives global research project, developing participatory research methods for use with children living in poverty. 

Mark Goodchild (Treasurer)

Mark is a freelance strategy consultant working across public and charity sectors. Previously he was co‐founder and Managing Director of Challenge Partners, an education social enterprise that enables collaboration between schools. Prior to this Mark taught at a secondary school in Oxfordshire and spent six years in the City with Accenture Financial Services in management consultancy and outsourcing sales.

Belinda Perriman

Belinda has worked for Shell International in the Far East, Africa, The Middle East and Europe in technical, finance and commercial positions. Having lived as a visitor in other countries for many years, she returned to the UK in 2012 to lead a large, industrial clean energy project. Since 2007, she was involved in starting the Dutch partner branch of International Justice Mission,  has worked with Serve The City Netherlands , developed a charity matchmaking service in The Hague and been an advisor for a human rights organisation in London. She holds a degree in Physics from Oxford University.

Karina Martin

Having established and led Derby-based refugee charity Upbeat Communities for 12 years, Karina is now the executive director of Welcome ChurchesWelcome Churches, a new charity whose vision is to inspire, equip and empower churches to welcome and support refugees. A passionate social entrepreneur with a degree from Durham University, she has helped start a number of social enterprises empowering and supporting refugees. Karina is a great communicator who regularly speaks at conferences and events about refugees issues and social transformation.


Advisors are experts in their particular fields, who provide ongoing programmatic advice as and when we need it. We're grateful to have them supporting our work. 

Emily Travis, MBE (Private Secretary at Department for International Development)

Emily has worked for the British government since 2004. Her roles at the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Cabinet Office have included policy advice and programme management on Iraq and the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. She spent more than 3 years working on Afghanistan, including as Head of the DFID team in Helmand province. She is currently working in DFID’s Ministerial Office, focusing on Africa and tackling violence against women and girls. Emily has an MA and Master of Studies from Oxford University, and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work in the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team for DFID in Afghanistan.

Amanda Gray (Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR)

Amanda works at the International Rescue Committee where her roles have focused on urban refugee policy and the Syrian regional response, having previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in London. Originally from Ireland, she qualified in law at Queen’s University Belfast and then at the College of Law. She worked for a leading national law firm, Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, for four years with a specialization in commercial and civil litigation before moving into refugee and migrant issues.

She later studied International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex before working at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat supporting policy and campaigns on migrant rights. Her role at UNHCR focuses on asylum policy and practice in the UK through close engagement with the UK government. 

Chris Talbot 

Chris Talbot is a consultant specialising in education in emergencies, working for agencies such as UNICEFGIZ, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Open Society Foundations. He was a co-founder of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and of the Global Coalition for Protecting Education from Attack (GCPEA) and was active in their leadership. 
Chris also worked as UNHCR’s Senior Education Officer, responsible for technical support and policy advice to the staff of UNHCR and its implementing partners, on the education of refugees worldwide. After this he worked at UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, where he was responsible for a programme of research, publications, training and advocacy on Education in Conflict, Emergencies, Reconstruction and Fragile States.

Dr Elaine Chase

Dr Elaine Chase has been based at the Oxford Institute of Social Policy, University of Oxford since 2010 and prior to this worked at the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.  Her background is in policy-focused and participatory research, specialising in the sociological dimensions of the wellbeing, health and rights of individuals and communities, particularly those most likely to experience disadvantage and marginalisation. 

Elaine is particularly interested in the interface between policy, practice and context and has carried out many qualitative and mixed-method studies, in the UK and internationally (including Southern and North Africa; Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East) in diverse health, education, public care and community settings.

Aside from research, Elaine has worked for a number of years in public health policy and programming in Namibia and in the UK. She has a particular interest in the wellbeing outcomes of young people subject to immigration control as they make the transition to ‘adulthood’ in the UK and across Europe and is currently pursuing a research agenda to this effect. 

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