Our team is led by our CEO and Senior Management Team:

Amanda Griffith

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda is in charge of leading the Secretariat so that it implements our strategic direction as laid out by the Board. She is responsible for the management decisions made in consultation with all members.

Amanda has over 35 years of experience of working with vulnerable and marginalised children and young people and 16 years of experience at Director and Chief Executive level. Before joining Family, Amanda held several leading positions at Save the Children and was Director of Programmes at EveryChild. Throughout her career, Amanda has led research and published extensively, including for the European Commission, the German Government and the World Economic Forum. She has worked with the UK Government in policy forums in the development of white papers on youth and social exclusion and with the European Commission on equality and diversity.

Hugh Salmon

Head of Network Development

Hugh leads the team that supports our members in their joint work on advocacy, research and the development of policy and practice. He is also responsible for facilitating the wider participation of members, including sharing knowledge and learning, and welcoming and introducing new members to the wider network.

Hugh is a qualified, experienced Social Worker, and has worked for 20 years in a wide range of countries to provide and manage technical support for partners providing child protection, family support and alternative care services for children.

Laurie Smith

Head of Strategy and Organisational Performance

Laurie leads on the development and implementation of our strategy. He supports our members, trustees and secretariat in developing a dynamic and impactful network.

Laurie joined our team in 2014 and brings 7 years of experience working on organisational strategy and performance in the non-profit sector.

Nathalie Hobeica

Head of External Relations

Nathalie leads our External Relations strategy, building strong relationships with thought partners, opinion-makers and donors, developing partnerships with foundations, corporations and philanthropists in support of our work and helping to raise our profile and brand in the international development sector.

Nathalie joined our team in June 2014, bringing 15 years of fundraising and communication experience in the international development and non-profit sector. Before working for non-profits, Nathalie was a journalist for six years.

Nia Marshall

Senior Global Human Resources Partner

Nia leads on both our strategic and operational HR aspects, supporting our global Secretariat staff with all employment and wellbeing matters.

Nia is an experienced HR professional having run her own HR consultancy for 15 years with a background in change management; leading, supporting and improving the way organisations invest in their people.

Nicola Taylor

Head of Operations

Nicola supports the governance of our alliance and oversees business planning and operational processes across the Secretariat.

Nicola has worked in international development for 10 years and has extensive experience of the child rights and disability sector in both South and Central Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.