Meet the Team
Brad is a Co-Founder of Operation Orphan and Managing Director.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Brad is thrilled to be supporting orphans and vulnerable children in his home town as well as in fifteen other countries through the charity's projects. His claim to fame is being bitten on the bum by a lion when he was a kid - when you meet him, ask him to tell you that story!
Director of Communications
Cyrilyn is a Co-Founder of the charity and Communications Director. Her passion is to raise the profile of Operation Orphan, enabling the charity to create a brighter future for more orphans around the world. Cyrilyn comes from South Wales and is a huge fan of sunshine, so if you ever go on a Global Expedition with Cyrilyn, expect to see her face in the sun as much as possible!
With an academic background in Russian, Serbian and Croatian linguistics, Caitlin spends a lot of her time volunteering and helping in communities both locally and further afield. We are delighted to have Caitlin on the team and her positive, can-do attitude shines through, making her an extremely valued team member.
Administrator & Keep a Child Warm Coordinator
Heather joined the Operation Orphan team in April 2014. Heather plays a vital role supporting the administrative functions of the office. She has also taken on the coordination role of Keep a Child Warm. Heather loves anything BRIGHT and sits at a bright pink desk! Her love for colour reflects her bright and positive personality and we love having her in our team.
Bec has been painting anything and everything, up cycling, recycling and decorating houses since before it became trendy! Her philosophy is that with a little creativity and a teeny tiny budget, you can make just about anywhere beautiful. She hopes to take this passion and help Forget-Me-Notts make individuals' homes a place of beauty and rest.
Forget-Me-Notts & Warehouse Coordinator
Rob is a recently retired Police Inspector where his Twitter account was followed by NBA star LeBron James. He has known of Operation Orphan for several years and volunteered with us on many occasions before his current role began. We love Rob’s enthusiasm and you will find him doing anything from organising the warehouse to building beds.
Rob’s favourite place is wherever his wife is - especially if he’s got a plate of baked beans in front of him!
Currently studying Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, Chloe applied to be with us as a one-year Intern placement because she likes to help people and wanted to make a difference in some children’s lives. Chloe’s favourite food is chocolate so she’s looking forward to helping with the Forget-Me-Notts selection box pack at Christmas!
In her spare time, Chloe is a keen fencer and is a member of the university team.
Rubbish Science Founder & Project Lead
Born in Trinidad, Neil is a dynamic and inspiring educationalist and physicist. He is the Founder and Project lead for this transformational initiative that aims to; improve young people’s science literacy, awaken their desire to learn, inspire them to think outside the box and equip them to solve problems using local resources.
Will is our Digital Media Specialist. His amazing skills have helped us to bring our projects to your screen. You're not likely to ever see this guy in photos, he's likely to have his face hidden behind a camera which he says he prefers. Your challenge is to get a sneaky pic of him while he isn't looking.
Cath has been part of the team since the charity began. After attending a Global Expedition to Zimbabwe in 2009 she came home with a desire to help and began volunteering her skills as a bookkeeper. As the charity has grown, so have the number of books to keep and Cath remains an integral part of our core team.