Who We Are
StreetInvest was co-founded by Patrick Shanahan, John McGuinness and Duncan Ross and registered as a charity in England & Wales on 16th December 2008. Denise McEvoy, our first Director of Training Services, developed the Street Worker Training, now known as “Take Your Shoes Off”, in the 1990’s for application in Eastern Europe based on her substantial experience working with children and youth in the United Kingdom. This was then adapted for Africa with Patrick and, from 2002 to 2008, training programmes were delivered by Denise and Patrick in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
StreetInvest was established to allow the further development of this training; deepening its application, broadening its scope and extending its reach.
In the last decade, more than 700 participants have received the Core Training, including close to 50 who have gone through the Training of Trainers course. StreetInvest believes that a conservative estimate of the reach of these street workers would be some 37,500 children on a regular basis.
Chief Executive & Founding Member
Kate has an English Language & Literature Masters Degree from Oxford University. She has worked in International Development since 2004, with posts including Chief Operations Officer and Acting Director at the Consortium for Street Children (CSC). She is a members of CSC’s Advisory Forum and has been a Trustee for Students Supporting Street Kids since 2003.
Systems and Information Manager
Impact & Communications Manager
Georgina joins us after six years in advertising and CSR communications, working on household brands including Dove, Ford, TUI travel and Virgin Media, as well as pro bono clients such as Amnesty International. Georgina ensures the social impact of StreetInvest's work is analysed effectively and is responsible for our communications strategy and delivery.
Donor Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Francesca joined our team in July 2014 as donor manager and volunteer coordinator. She also manages our social media channels and supports our operations and community engagement activities.
Partner Development Manager
Jacob is our Partner Development Manager, working to establish a global network of NGOs committed to delivery of effective street work in support of street-connected children. Jacob joins us having recently been based at UN World Food Programme. Jacob completed a masters in Development Administration and Planning at UCL, graduating in 2015 with Distinction. Jacob’s undergraduate dissertation from The University of Manchester explored the value of street work practice.
George is the Project Coordinator for Action for the Rights of Children (ARC), in Kenema, Sierra Leone. He is a a former street connected child, and has been working with ARC since 2007 on child protection issues. He is now a Global Trainer of street workers for StreetInvest. He had a leading role in the national head count of street children in Sierra Leone in 2011, and delivered his first international street worker training in Ghana in 2012. In November 2012 he spoke at the All Party Parlimentary Committee on Street Children in the House of Commons in London.
Fred is co-founder and CEO of Watotowetu Development Foundation, a charity registered in Tanzania to support street connected children in Arusha. He has worked directly with street connected children and youth since 2010 and is also an active board member for Caucus for Children’ Rights (CCR). Fredrick has delivered training for StreetInvest in Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and India. Fredrick has a Bachelor Degree in Education from The Open University of Tanzania and MA in Community Development from Mt. Meru University.
Tijani Mahmoud works for Muslim Family Counselling Services in Kumasi, Ghana as project coordinator. Tijani was one of StreetInvest’s first trainers in West Africa and regularly delivers training for StreetInvest in Ghana and Sierra Leone. He has 9 years’ experience in working with young people and counselling, especially with young women in reproductive health. He was involved in the training of trainers for the National Headcount of street children in Sierra Leone in 2011.
A Catholic Priest & White Father, Patrick worked in developing countries for over 40 years. After meeting street children in Accra in the late 1980's, he began a lifelong mission to offer street children real choices and opportunities. His philosophy and passion continue to be StreetInvest’s inspiration. He passed away in August 2016.
John has been an international financial lawyer for the past 25 years, in the City of London and Hong Kong. John had been supporting street children for two years before becoming a co-founder of StreetInvest.
Chair of Trustees
Cees has been involved with StreetInvest since 2010 and chairs the Board of trustees. Cees has extensive international experience gained during a 35 year career with BP and Dialogos International. He has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Singapore, Cape Town and has now settled in London. Cees strongly believes that no child should grow up alone. His key focus on the board is StreetInvest's sustainability and maximising StreetInvest's impact through advocacy and in partnership with international and local NGOs.
Kim spent over 20 years in international marketing, ultimately as Duty Free Director at Grand Metropolitan’s IDV. He then elected to join the voluntary sector in a fundraising capacity. He set up his own consultancy in Cause Related Marketing, thereby playing a role in the seeding of CSR, before going on to lead Save the Children’s Corporate Development team, and becoming Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Children in Crisis and The Shooting Star Trust. After over 10 years as Trustee of Children of the Andes, building on extensive Latin American experience while at IDV, he now assists in the development of children and youth development charities. Kim is a fluent French and Spanish speaker. He is also the Chair of StreetInvest's Advisory Council.
Duncan worked in senior management roles in the UK charity sector from 2002 to 2008 (Norwood, World Jewish Relief) after a career in the international oil industry; subsequently he has worked as a volunteer in charities and an African NGO. Past voluntary roles include Treasurer of People In Aid, Vice-Chair of the Norwood Adoption Committee and Chief Operating Officer of StreetInvest (2012 -15). Duncan is a founder and trustee of the UK charities Streets Ahead Rwanda and Inspiration In Motion. He is a qualified accountant.
Poppy has been working in support of street children since she took a work placement from St Paul’s Catholic College Sunbury at the age of 15 years. She has continued to support street children since. In addition to personally arranged visits to both Ghana (conducting research into police violence towards street children) and two visits to Sierra Leone to work with street child organisations (where she met the Codwela team that we now support); Poppy worked with StreetInvest as Fundraising and Operations Officer for a year before she went to university in 2009. She is currently studying Animal Management and hopes to use this to support street children in the future through African animal conservation projects.
The Advisory CouncilStreetInvest's Advisory Council is a team of specialist professionals who volunteer their expertise and time on a quarterly basis.
Kim Darton - Chair
Cees KramerCees has been involved with StreetInvest since 2010 and chairs the Board of trustees. Cees has extensive international experience gained during a 35 year career with BP and Dialogos International. He has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Singapore, Cape Town and has now settled in London. Cees strongly believes that no child should grow up alone. His key focus on the board is StreetInvest's sustainability and maximising StreetInvest's impact through advocacy and in partnership with international and local NGOs.
Philip was a stockbroker for 20 years, a large part of which was spent in Hong Kong, before leaving to establish an African Investment Fund in 2008. The Fund, called '8 Miles', has raised $200m to date for investment into African businesses, and Philip remains a Partner and Non-Executive Director. He also remains a Non-Executive Director of CLSA, the Asian stockbroker whose European business he ran from 2003 until 2008. Philip has extensive knowledge of the City and and track record of raising money and managing successful businesses, albeit not in the charity field.