Our team

The CanDo team is a tight-knit group of diverse talents and experience, united by a can do attitude and a belief that everyone has the capacity to be a humanitarian - so we’re working to give them the means to unleash it! Collectively we have over 100 years of hands-on experience of healthcare in war-devastated communities, thousands of hours of business experience and roots all over the world.

Some of us have lived and worked in war-torn Syria. Some have launched and grown successful start-ups. Others have crowdfunded millions of pounds. All of us are determined to help save more lives. Join us?

Dr Rola Hallam

Dr Does-a-lot. Incurably curious adventurer. Avid talker.

Role: CEO & Founder.

Rola is a strategic thinker with an original mind. She’s a consultant anaesthetist and has worked for 14 years in global health in both Africa and the Middle East. She loves the diversity of humankind and has a deep sense of interconnectedness - with that rare ability to connect with, and accept all people. Oh... and she’s CanDo’s founder and CEO.

What makes her tick?

The idea that we are all one big family

 

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Thuy (twee) Nguyen

Sees a glass half full and chooses courage over despair

Role: Interim Chief of Staff

Thuy has over ten years of purpose-driven work experience ranging from sales, marketing and sustainable business at Unilever to advocacy and communications at the UN-housed movement to end malnutrition, SUN. An expert at asking why and what for, to solve underlying issues for the greater good.

What makes her tick?

Kindness

 

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Jemima Williams

Enthusiastic. Slightly outside the box. Almost ambidextrous.

Role: Executive Assistant  

Having trained as a language teacher, Jemima started working with refugees and displaced people and learned so much from them that she realised the system was totally the wrong way round. She began looking for a way that she could help empower people like her brilliant students and luckily discovered CanDo. She can normally be found hunting for obscure documents that no one remembers the title of.

What makes her tick?

Witnessing ordinary, passionate people achieve extraordinary things.

 

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Dina Prior

Aid worker polymath. Emergency Relief Specialist.

Role: Head of Programmes

Dina has worked in over 28 countries across the globe, often at the front lines of conflicts. Dedicated to supporting first responders, her career has focused on assisting people and communities in most need by providing the ability to become self-reliant. With particular experience in health care, mental health and women and children, Dina has worked her magic across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe over the past 18 years.

What makes her tick?

Travelling! Immersing myself and my family in new cultures, with new people and history. And working together for better - every day

 

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Razan Al Halabi

Human dynamo. Professional ice-breaker. Mega heart.

Role: Senior Partnership and L&D Officer

Given her 5 years’ worth of experience in working with local Syrian NGOs and being part of the United Nations humanitarian & livelihood team, Razan holds an immense amount of empathy and tenderness towards human beings. She appreciates planning and strategic thinking which kept her working in the managerial field for more than ten years.

What makes her tick?

Helping those in need. The fact that the sky is the limit and the vastness of this world. Also good music is always the answer

 

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Emma Littledike

Public Health Specialist. Data and evidence geek. Relentless humanitarian.

Role: Senior Health Officer

Emma has 10 years of experience managing health and nutrition programmes in humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East and Africa with INGOs and the Red Cross movement. A passionate advocate for the global scale up of localised emergency response and a firm believer that humanitarianism is a way of being.

What makes her tick?

Striving for the change I believe in. The peace in my heart from doing my best.

 

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Anastasia Piliouni

Finance Professional, Problem Solver, Thinking out of the Box.

Role: Finance Lead.

Anastasia has 20+ years of finance and operations' experience in senior positions both in commercial and NGO sector. Service oriented, results' driven, self motivated and Resourceful Manager  dedicated to supporting organizational growth through efficiency, optimization and expansion. 

What makes her tick?

Being creative and innovative, facing challenges, meet nice people, and work together with excellent minds.

 

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Lorna Farrant

Experienced. Motivated. Caring.

Role: Finance and Administrative Officer

Lorna brings over 20 years’ experience working in both private and public sector organisations in the UK and Europe in a variety of roles. She has strong relationship management, stakeholder management and problem solving skills and a proactive, adaptable and conscientious approach. Having delivered consultancy & advisory support to executive, leadership, senior and line managers on people management issues, setting up HR and learning & development functions to deliver the People Strategy during periods of considerable growth, transformation and culture change and delivering the people strategy for a charitable trust and leading on the Safeguarding panel with local authorities, she brings a wealth of experience to CanDo.

What makes her tick?

Helping people to help themselves - I love what I call the ‘lightbulb’ moment, when someone realises the power is in their hands! This is what motivates me.

 

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Christy Clemence

Wordsmith, solution-finder, big ideas person.

Role: Marketing and Digital Lead

Whether raising millions of pounds or selling allergen free food, Christy’s marketing and communications roles have one unifying strand - a genuine desire to make the world a better place. Terrible with fashion, great with words (friends and colleagues can confirm on both counts), Christy is on a mission to convince everyone to join the CanDo community. Do it now and she’s one step closer.

What makes her tick?

Creativity, challenges and the radical notion that we can all make a difference.

 

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Nicole Benton

Social Media Wiz. Communications BA. Music lover.

Role: Social Media Manager

Nicole Benton is a Business Marketing and Communications graduate from the university of East London. Her experience ranges from working with artists and record labels to rural communities and tribes. Focusing on content creation and social media strategy, Nicoles love for connecting people and transmitting the right message has lead her to work on projects around the globe.

What makes her tick?

Music! When a great tune can change the mood of thousands of people.. All at once!

 

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The Board

Angus Margerison

Director. An ideas man. Storyteller.

Angus gets what makes people tick. He’s a problem solver, has an acute attention to detail and a nose for what works. His history is varied. He’s worked with the big names, as senior management at entertainment companies such as United Artists, EMI, and Virgin. More recently he’s built two successful tech start-ups that deliver web services and online marketing to global media firms. He is also the Chief of Staff for the ‘Listen’ campaign.

Ian Burman

Director. Legal eagle. And by no means last, a Millwall fan.

Ian is the Managing Partner of the Ian established and heads up the Philanthropy Team at London-based Laytons Solicitors. He believes that good communication is the cornerstone for positive outcomes and achievements. Being willing to engage with others is vital to the success of any organisation. Inspire someone with the right ideas and you have their commitment for life.

John Plastow

John has worked in international development for about 30 years. He started as a VSO teacher in Western Kenya after which he has worked for a series of international organisations including Oxfam, CARE International and ACORD with time spent based in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania and Iraq. His last position was as CARE International UK’s Programme and Policy Director. Since 2016 he has worked as an independent consultant. He has focused much of his work around locally led humanitarian action an area about which he is passionate and which brought him to CanDo.

Ning Wong

Director. Change guru. Connector of dots.

Energetic yet focused. Optimistic but objective. Determined while flexible, and serious and at the same time humorous. Above all though, Ning gets a buzz out of what she’s really good at - rallying people together towards a common big idea. She has worked with clients like LEGO,  Microsoft and Cisco, helping them transform ethos and performance, stakeholders' mindsets and end-customers' experiences. What about CanDo? Ning knows it will succeed because: when you have a clear inspiring vision to get people behind you, magic happens.

Steve Katelman

Director. Curious Person. Advertising Professional.

Steve has been working in the world of marketing and advertising for 30 years.  From Madison Avenue to Silicon Valley, he has brought his special magnetism to clients in order to try new things which will ultimately separate them from the pack. He is passionate about learning new technologies and truly enjoys exposing his quirks. What makes Steve tick? Ideas and thoughts that go against the grain.