Charity organization «Hope and Homes for Children»
Dr Delia Pop is the Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes for Children. After qualifying as a medical doctor from the University of Medicine and Pharmacology in Cluj, Romania, Delia worked for the Maramures Child Protection Authority in Romania as Director of Alternative Residential Services.
Delia joined Hope and Homes for Children Romania in 2001 as Development Director, leading the first closure of institutions for children in Romania. In 2004, she joined Hope and Homes for Children UK as Head of Development before being appointed Director of Programmes in 2007 and Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy in 2015.
Over the past 15 years Delia has developed training materials that will aid global child protection reform. She is co-author of Deinstitutionalisation of Children’s Services in Romania, published by UNICEF in 2004, IMPACT, a custom curriculum for providing support for children and adults with special needs, published in 2011 and Preventing the separation of children from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, published in 2012.
In addition to her role at Hope and Homes for Children, Delia has recently been elected as President of Child Rights Connect, the global child rights network connecting the daily lives of children to the United Nations.
Mark Waddington is Hope and Homes for Children’s Chief Executive.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which 12 years have been as a Chief Executive.
He joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2012, and has worked with his team to develop a strategy that has positioned the organisation as the leading charity working on the global deinstitutionalisation of child care and protection.
He has developed a number of innovative financing mechanisms with private sector partners that are delivering the growth needed by Hope and Homes for Children to reach the operating scale required to fulfil its mission as the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care of children. And they are succeeding: the number of children benefiting from the charity’s work has trebled since 2012, and they have significantly expanded their programmes across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and most recently in India.
Prior to joining Hope and Homes for Children Mark served as CEO at War Child for seven years, during which time the charity increased direct beneficiary reach by a factor of 12, re-developed its brand positioning and ability to influence international policy, achieved over 400% growth in income, and won a host of awards.
As a volunteer, Mark is also Chair of the Board of MICAIA, a development charity that is delivering exciting new solutions to the longstanding injustice of poverty in Mozambique by using innovative social enterprise models.
Sarah Whiting is Director of Fundraising at Hope and Homes for Children.
Sarah grew up wanting to be a fundraiser, after being inspired in her school days by a speaker from a charity who spoke to her about the difference she could make if she raised just £100.
Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, she heard of Hope and Homes for Children through her mother who volunteered in the office. After meeting Mark and Caroline Cook, she was offered a job as one of the charity’s first fundraisers in 2000. Sarah drove the length and breadth of the country gaining support from companies, schools, organisations and developing new volunteer groups.
After five years of playing a significant role in growing the income of Hope and Homes for Children, Sarah gained an MSC from the London Business School in Fundraising and Marketing. She then spent a further three years at an organisation she respected highly, WaterAid, as a fundraising manager, where she doubled income in the area of fundraising she was responsible for.
Ultimately her passion lies with ensuring children grow up within the love and protection of a family, and following the birth of her two children, Sarah returned to Hope and Homes for Children in 2013 as Director of Fundraising.
She describes her role as her dream job, with a dream team, and works every day to ensure we get a step closer to eradicating the institutional care of children globally.
Sue Rooke is Director of Resources at Hope and Homes for Children.
With over 20 years’ experience of the charity sector, Sue joined Hope and Homes for Children in November 2003.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and after several years in the profession, during which she was involved with audit work for the International Red Cross, she left to head up the internal audit function at Save the Children Fund. She spent eight years at a social care charity in the UK prior to taking up her current role.