Click on the profiles to below to learn about the committed team behind PHASE Worldwide.
Tom has been the Director of PHASE Worldwide since December 2017.
Tom’s background is in the UK charity sector with particular experience in fundraising, communications, governance and charity management. He studied International Development and Geography at university before going to Tamil Nadu, India, to work on a mother and child nutrition project. Tom is on the Board of Trustees for the South West International Development Network, a charity which aims to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of organisations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the South West of England.
Outside of work he enjoys running, good food and great coffee.
COMMUNICATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Jonathan joined the team in Bristol as Communications and Partnerships Manager in August 2016.
Jonathan returned to Bristol in 2015 after 9 years of living abroad, working on various projects across the globe. On his return, he started a degree in International Studies with The Open University focusing on development as well as working as Engagement and Impact Team Assistant for Development Initiatives before beginning the role at PHASE.
Outside of work he is a keen fisherman and is rather partial to a summer picnic.
TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS OFFICER
Lorraine joined PHASE in July 2018 as a Trusts & Foundations Officer.
In 2017, Lorraine spent three months working in Gorkha, Nepal on a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project after completing a postgraduate degree in International Development. Lorraine’s charity background is in healthcare fundraising and psychosocial support work. She is also a Trustee for a Bristol-based charity preventing homelessness and food poverty.
Outside of work Lorraine likes camping, hiking, festivals and documentaries.
COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING OFFICER
Ben joined PHASE Worldwide in 2019 as a part-time Communications and Fundraising Officer.
Ben left sixth form and travelled to Kenya where he volunteered with the Red Cross. Upon returning to the UK he enrolled on a Biology degree at Bath Spa University. Whilst studying, Ben received a grant from his university to complete a three-month medical placement in Chitwan, Nepal. Since graduating from university, Ben has cofounded a community enterprise in Frome.
In between pursuing a career in the charity sector he likes to cycle, take photographs and make hummus.
Chair of Trustees
Together, Nick Cragg, Marie Cragg and Dr. Gerda Pohl co-founded PHASE in 2005.
Nick’s connection with Nepal began in 1997 on a construction related project for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Nick interacted with many Nepali communities whilst on this trip, he left Nepal with a desire to provide them support and resources to overcome challenges of poverty. PHASE began from this desire, and has come a long way since.
Outside of PHASE, Nick is a chartered civil engineer and a major shareholder of the Nicholas Associates Group; the group’s most recognised brand being Stafforce of which he is Chairman. He is also a trustee for the ‘Titans Community Foundation’ and the chair and co-owner of the Rotherham Titans Rugby Union Football Club.
Nick devotes a great deal of time and energy to the charities he is involved with. He brings to PHASE his expansive business knowledge, boundless enthusiasm, ideas and experience of fundraising.
Dr Gerda Pohl is one of the founding members of PHASE in 2005, and since has worked endlessly to help improve healthcare for rural communities in Nepal.
Whilst growing up in Africa, Gerda decided she wanted to dedicate her life to improving healthcare across the world. She trained as a doctor and gained a post-doctoral qualification in tropical medicine. Her relationship with Nepal started almost by accident; she came on a short holiday and immediately felt at home with the country and its people. Gerda learned Nepali and then worked for rural hospitals and NGOs for three years in Nepal, before helping to found PHASE.
Gerda was a GP in the UK for a number of years but now lives permanently in Nepal. In Nepal, Gerda spends much of her time monitoring the health programmes run by PHASE and supports the activity of PHASE. Aside from PHASE, Gerda also runs a hugely sucessful volutneer scheme for NHS professionals to train Nepali health staff.
Gerda’s passion, energy and commitment provides the PHASE Worldwide team with daily inspiration.
Dilys joined the PHASE trustee board in 2013, and has since provided us with invaluable advice and guidance from her 30 years of GP experience.
Between 2011 and 2013 she visited Nepal three times to mentor and support the staff and to teach both PHASE staff and government nurses in Kathmandu and Aaraughat. Dilys has four children and lives in Sheffield, where she spent 30 years working as a GP.
On joining the trustee board of PHASE she told us this:
“Delivering primary healthcare and basic health education in Nepali villages to families is the most valuable and practical form of medical intervention. The core values of PHASE – empowerment, sustainability and partnership – are reflected in this work.”
Martin joined the PHASE Worldwide board of trustees in 2009.
Martin is the former Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and a retired fellow of the Institute of Directors. He studied Social and Policy History at undergraduate level, before moving on to the Bristol University Law School. In 1992 he began forming professional and cultural links with organisations in South Asia. This involved police officers, teachers and students from South Yorkshire visiting India and Northern Pakistan, to share resources and experiences.
Outside of the PHASE trustee board, he is the former National Chair of the Emmaus UK and a Governor of the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. Martin brings an extensive knowledge of charity management and charity legislation.
Ed became a trustee for PHASE in 2016.
Ed’s first involvement with PHASE Worldwide was through one of our challenge events, and since, he has been primarily involved in fundraising for PHASE. Ed’s passion for PHASE and his motivation to support vulnerable communities in Nepal provides the PHASE team endless encouragement. PHASE Worldwide are honoured to have him on our trustee board.
Since graduating with a degree in Modern Languages in 2001, Ed has worked as cabin crew based at Heathrow operating long haul flights for a major UK airline. Outside of PHASE Worldwide, Ed sits as a Magistrate in the East Midlands and is a keen cyclist. Ed’s most recent visit to Nepal was in October 2017.
In 2007, Margaret had her first interaction with PHASE and has since been motivated to support our work in Nepal. In 2014 Margaret joined the board of trustees for PHASE Worldwide.
Margaret has spent her life working across the charity and public sector of the UK. She has held senior management roles at the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council, the NHS and the local government. All of these roles focused on improving the lives of vulnerable people; her experiences and knowledge has been highly valuable for PHASE Worldwide.
Margaret passionately believes in the core approach of PHASE – particularly she emphasises the importance of our integrated programmes that facilitate self-empowerment. As a trustee she wants to ensure that more people and organisations know about the work PHASE carries out in Nepal.
Roger became a trustee for PHASE in 2018, after working with us on a small project in 2017.
Roger initially graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, before decide to change career after doing an MBA. Since then he has worked in brand marketing, and has been involved in the marketing of the some of the world’s best known international blue chip boards. He provides PHASE Worldwide with expertise in corporate and consumer communication.
In his spare time, Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing as much sport as he can.
Christos joined the PHASE Worldwide trustee board in 2018, providing an extensive knowledge support in charity work and financial expertise.
Christos’ has worked in the professional services industry for over 30 years, working in senior management positions for organisations across the UK and Greece. Christos is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England & Wales, and has also stood as Chair of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. He is currently a non-excecutive board member of Greek distribution company WS Karoulias and UK start-up BuyaPowa.
Rosie became an official patron for PHASE Worldwide in 2013
From marathon running in the Sahara Desert (twice!) to a solo sail across the Atlantic Ocean; Rosie has overcome challenges that no other human being has before. Not only that, Rosie documents her journeys and shares them with the world as she hopes to inspire and motivate individuals to overcome any challenge in life. Furthermore, she was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for her dedication to charity work. It is a great honour for PHASE Worldwide that Rosie Swale Pope (MBE) is one of our recognised patrons. Here is snippet of some of her incredible achievements throughout her life:
Brian Blessed (OBE) began supporting PHASE Worldwide in 2014
Brian Blessed is an inspirational figure, not only for his long and successful career in stage and screen acting, but also for his passion to support and catalyse positive change for disadvantaged communities through charity work. For Brian, Nepal is one of the most fascinating places in the world; he has had numerous visits to Nepal, spending time learning about Nepal’s wonderful people and diverse cultural traditions. Of course, Brian has also been captivated by the environment of the Himalayas and has attempted to climb Mt. Everest three times without supplementary oxygen. Outstandingly, in 1993 Brian reached 28,200 feet.
Together with PHASE Worldwide, Brian has channelled his motivation and beliefs towards supporting isolated communities in Nepal. An exceptional example of this was at our 2018 event An Evening with Brian Blessed, of which raised an overwhelming £17,000 for PHASE Worldwide. A pure entertainer, explorer, philanthropist and motivational speaker – PHASE Worldwide are grateful to have Brian Blessed as one of our Patrons.
Alex Staniforth became an ambassador for PHASE in 2016, in that same year, he attempted to climb the world’s sixth highest peak – Mt. Cho Oyu.
Alex Staniforth inspires people of all years to overcome challenges, challenge stigmas and believe in their own capabilities. The following year from Mt. Cho Oyu, at the age of 22, he set the record for the fastest person to climb all 100 UK county tops in just 72 days. He is a key tenet in the promotion of PHASE’s work in Nepal, having led two of our sponsored Walk for Nepal events in 2016 and 2017. Below is a list of Alex’s life achievements, we hope he inspires you as much as he inspires us:
The Nicholas Associates Group is a market leading partner of choice for talent management solutions, from Apprentice to Boardroom. Their group of companies are all specialists in their fields, supporting talent from Apprentice to Boardroom. They bring value, specialism and breadth of knowledge, providing the best talent and business solutions every time. The NA Group is PHASE Worldwide’s longest partner and support us in HR and payroll as well as running staff fundraising events.
Orca are a Bristol-based design company that are at the forefront of cutting edge visuals, branding and website design. They have supported PHASE for numerous years by creating beautiful visuals to help market our campaigns and events.
PKF Cooper Parry are an IT solutions company who are providing PHASE with IT support as well as fundraising for our work in their Castle Donnington office.
People for Research have been recruiting participants for paid research opportunities across the UK for nearly 30 years, and work in partnership with UX, digital branding, and clients to source participants for a diverse range of studies. They have financially supported our trained nurses in Nepal as well as supporting our campaigns. This partnership enables us to work together to support our projects and spread awareness of our work.
South West International Development Network (SWIDN)
A network of Charities and NGOs based in the South West of the UK. We engage in SWIDN to share and receive best practice, skills, and knowledge.
The UK’s largest network of International Development Charities and NGOs. We regularly attend workshops, seminars and other learning opportunities to ensure we are performing to the highest standard.
The British and Nepal NGO Network (BRANNGO)
The UK’s most prominent network of NGOs working in Nepal. We share learnings and challenges from our projects in Nepal and look to collaborate wherever possible.