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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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 Programme 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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Sonia Watlal

Doctor of Coaching & Mentoring.Wellbeing devotee, Semi-vegetarian, Omnist.

Role: Learning & Development Lead.

Sonia helps people turn the knowledge they already have into the embodied wisdom that is waiting for them through personal development, and visionary leadership no matter what station in life they are. She has experience working and living in 5 different countries in 4 continents and is passionate about the intersection of leadership and culture in global organisations. Sonia is our learning and development lead, working to augment the capacity of local partners and delivering L&D solutions to optimise humanitarian organisational effectiveness.

What makes her tick?

Human resilience and their ability to love, dream and hope in spite of war, fear and despair.

 

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Federica Luciolli

Lateral thinker. Spreadsheets ninja. Collaborations enthusiast.

Role: Business Development Lead.

Federica's business development experience is colorful; from start-up to multinationals, from sales of anti-dandruff shampoo in China to partnership strategies for a UK health's charity. Her creativity and business acumen are the propeller that is moving CanDo into the kick-ass, game changing social enterprise that it is becoming.

What makes her tick?

Connecting with unexpected people in unexpected places.

 

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Lance Stewart

Experienced Finance professional, calm under pressure and driven to make a difference

Role: Finance Lead.

Lance brings a wealth of commercial, finance and management experience and expertise having worked across a wide range of sectors and countries, at a senior level over the last 25 years.

What makes him tick?

The constant desire to grow spiritually, understand my life purpose and to apply myself to serving others throughout my journey.

 

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Mary Kenny

An organiser and networker who is always willing to learn

Role: Team Resources Coordinator.

Her experience working with young people and communities has taught Mary that given the right resources, marginalised communities can find the best solutions to their problems. Working for CanDo and witnessing the amazing work of our partners strengthens that conviction.

What makes her tick?

Working with people who want to have a positive impact on the world.

 

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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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Claire Colvine

Communicator and campaigner. Food lover. Boat dweller.

Role: Creative Communications Lead

Over 12 years experience in non-profit communications and campaigning, working on causes from children’s rights to loneliness in later life. Motivated by the amazing things that happen when people work together to make change. Loves discovering what makes people tick and using data to drive creative communications. Motto: Work hard, play hard, be nice.

What makes her tick?

Good food, good friends and the great outdoors. Active travel on water and on land.

 

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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.