Our people

Below are details of Think Global’s staff and volunteer team. Any vacancies are advertised on our vacancies page. The charity’s overall strategic direction is set by our Board of Trustees, with support from an Advisory Council.

Jess McQuail

Jess McQuail, Chief Executive

Jess took up the post of CEO in January 2017 and is responsible for the organisation’s overall leadership and management. With over 25 years’ experience in the UK and international not-for-profit sector, she is passionate about working for a more just and sustainable world. Jess has a Masters in Social Work and post graduate qualification in leadership and management.

“I am proud to be part of Think Global, and a community of people that are committed to learning about, and acting on global challenges. I believe our vital work is needed now more than ever.”

Jackie Wray

Jackie Wray, Director of Finance and Operations

Jackie joined Think Global in September 2016 as Director of Finance and Operations after 18 years at Blackfriars Settlement in a similar role. Her previous roles included a stint as a trainee in the Home Office, working as a tour guide in India, promoting Minority Rights Group publications and managing Afghanaid. She has an MSc in Charity Finance and is an ACCA-qualified accountant.

“The gift of a stamp album when I was 8 started my travelling bug. Travelling widely led to an awareness of the challenges facing people everywhere in realising their aspirations. I could also see that charities need expert financial management so that they can pursue their passion for improving lives. Accountability, transparency and good budgeting are essential to keep everything on track. I aim to bring these skills to Think Global”

Judy Chaussalet

Judy Chaussalet, Head of Development

Judy joined Think Global as Head of Development in September 2017. She has worked at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene as Senior Trust Fundraising Manager, and previously as a freelance consultant and Trust Fundraiser, Judy has a background in business development, international development funding, training, and capacity building. Working mostly in academic, public and charitable sectors, she managed Rothamsted International for more than 10 years which focussed on sustainable agricultural and environmental development in developing countries. Judy started her career as a Scientist and has a PhD in insect-vectored virus spread.

“Nelson Mandela famously said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. That is what Think Global is all about – together, through education we can build a more just and sustainable world. For me that is a powerful vision.”

Kate Jones, Programme Manager

Kate joined Think Global as a Programme Manager in February 2017. Kate is a Geographer by trade, but started out as a Modern Languages teacher in London, then the Bahamas. She worked in local government and on community projects, before moving on to leading education programmes at several international charities, including Comic Relief, ActionAid, Greenpeace and Fairtrade. Kate also works with private and non-profits to help them engage with teachers, young people and the education sector in the UK and around the world. She holds degrees from Birmingham, Institute of Education, and London South Bank Universities, but has yet to gain any sort of qualification from the School of Life.

“For me, global education is all about making learning real – whether that’s using stories, film, statistics, projects, working together or anything else we want to do in class – it’s about a way of teaching and learning, not just about touching on specific issues in class.”

 

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Faaria Ahmad, Programme Manager

Faaria joined Think Global as a Programme Manager in 2015. She was previously Head of Corporate Services at Faith Regen Foundation where she worked for five years. She is also the chair of the trustee board at MADE and was one of the founding members of the organisation. Faaria enjoys travelling and has spent time volunteering in Jordan supporting refugees.

“This world is so much smaller than we think. If we understand the impact that each of us can have on making this diverse, interconnected and incredible world better- it is a duty on us to share that knowledge and hope that the ripples will become waves to make this world kind, green and just.”

Catherine Rennie

Catherine Rennie, Marketing and Communications Manager

Catherine joined Think Global in June 2017 and is responsible for Marketing and Communications. Catherine has worked in communications, marketing and fundraising for 13 years, working for the international development NGOs All We Can and Traidcraft Exchange, and for the global education movement UWC. She has an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck College and a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing

“I am passionate about global and environmental justice and am proud to be joining an organisation committed to global learning. I believe understanding global issues is critical to finding solutions to the challenges we face.”

Lina Tabares, Marketing and Communications Manager (maternity cover)

Lina Joined Think Global in November 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager to cover the maternity leave of Catherine Rennie. Lina has over 10 years’ experience working in marketing and communications having previously worked for Leuka, a leukaemia charity and for the mental health charity, Mind. She is also a qualified soft tissue and remedial massage therapist, graduating from the London School of Sports Massage in 2015.

“I believe in the importance of raising awareness and providing a better understanding of global issues. Through global learning we can inspire people to make changes, however small, and empower the nation to take action. Together we can work towards a more just and sustainable world.”