All roles within Kickstart are filled by our young and passionate team of Australian volunteers. They apply their collective skills and draw on the diverse experiences of the group to work towards a shared vision. One of Kickstart Kids International’s key messages is that young Australians can be empowered to facilitate real change for a better world. Kickstart’s founder was only 21 on his first trip to Kenya.
The Kickstart Kids International team at the 2011 Annual General Meeting held in October 2011 in Sydney
Although we were initially registered as an incorporated association in 2008, we are now registered as a public not-for-profit company limited by guarantee under the name Kickstart Kids International Limited. This entity is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and ensures that the highest level of accountability and transparency are maintained. Our members consider these attributes of accountability and transparency to be critically important to ensuring clarity on the use of donor funds.
We are governed by a board of directors who, between them, bring practical not for profit and commercial experience to our team. Each of our directors is passionate about our work in Kenya and all have previously volunteered within not for profit organisations in developing countries. It is this attribute that helps to ensure we maintain a healthy balance between corporate governance principles and the grass roots nature of our work with orphans and vulnerable children.
If you have any questions about corporate governance including more information about decisions made by the board of directors please contact Daniel Cramsie (contact details below), or send us a letter to The Board of Directors, Kickstart Kids International. PO BOX 90, Crows Nest NSW 1585, Australia.
|James Woodward, Founder James is the Chairman of Kickstart Kids International, one of the co-founders of Familia Moja Children’s Centre and a trustee of Nanga Organization (our Kenyan NGO partner organisation). Outside of Kickstart, he has worked full time for the past six years at KPMG across audit and advisory and is currently a manager in the Global Infrastructure practice in London. James’ relocation to London has enabled him to travel more frequently to Kenya on behalf of Kickstart. James is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business. In 2009, James was awarded an Australian Leadership Award for his work with Kickstart.email@example.com|
|Katy Anderson, DirectorKaty volunteered in Kenya with Kickstart across 2010-2011, spending time with the kids at Familia Moja and visiting our current project, Olturoto Children’s Village. Her favourite part of the trip was handing out school shoes to each of the children at Familia Moja which had been purchased with funds raised from our donors in Sydney. Katy is a Senior Associate in the banking & finance department of Sydney law firm, Henry Davis York.|
|Sid Ghosh, DirectorSid is a not-for-profit management consultant at Social Ventures Australia, focussing on measurement and evaluation. Prior to SVA, Sid worked for KPMG where he assisted clients across the public, private and social sectors with their strategic and operational planning. While at KPMG, Sid also took a role with the Corporate Citizenship team. Sid is founding director of a Private Ancillary Fund and has volunteered his time in Bolivia, Thailand, India and Australia. Sid holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering.|
|Daniel Cramsie, SecretaryDaniel has held the position of Secretary of Kickstart’s board since inception in 2008. Daniel holds an honours degree in financial mathematics from the University of Sydney and has volunteered with Kickstart in Kenya at Familia Moja and Olturoto Children’s Village. Daniel can be contacted directly to answer questions and provide information in relation to corporate governance at firstname.lastname@example.org|
In addition to the board of directors are a group of volunteers that make up our Operations Team. Core functions of Kickstart such as fundraising, finance, marketing and communications, volunteering, events, and IT are represented within this team. Members of the Operations Team are currently working and/or studying in our areas of expertise and are passionate about using our various skills to make a difference. Working with Kickstart provides the opportunity for us to contribute to the success of Kickstart, and with a team of such young professionals, truly embodies Kickstart’s vision of ‘Kids Helping Kids’.