MEET OUR TEAM

Children Change Colombia's team has ten members of staff, based in the UK and Colombia.

See our organisational chart to find out more about our team.

Blanca Guerra

Administration and Finance Coordinator, Colombia

Blanca is from Cali, with a background in administrative support. She previously participated in a programme run by FFF, one of Children Change Colombia’s former partners, for 2 years. This sparked Blanca’s interest in working for charitable causes focusing on child protection, health and supporting children and young people at risk. She is responsible for managing all administrative and financial tasks in our office in Bogotá.

She also supports the Project Officers and our Colombia-based fundraiser and works closely with our Operations Manager supporting her with ad hoc tasks. She is passionate about empowering children and young people to make positive changes in their lives and guaranteeing that the rights of children and young people at risk are not ignored.

Email: colombia@childrenchangecolombia.org

Ángela Carreño

Executive Director

Originally from Bogotá, Ángela has worked for 14 years in the international development sector across the three continents of the Global South. She has been the Executive Director of CCC since 2020. She has also worked for the UN, Plan International, Penny Appeal and the Colombian government, as well as on research projects with IDEAs India and the Council of Latin American Social Studies (CLACSO). After working in numerous countries around the world, she is thrilled that her work is now helping the children of her homeland.

Ángela has a Master’s in International Affairs, and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Communication and Political Sciences. As well as her native Spanish, she is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

Email: angela.carreno@childrenchangecolombia.org

Victoria Armfield

Finance Manager

Victoria joined Children Change Colombia in July 2020 with over 10 years’ experience in financial management roles within the Not For Profit sector. She holds a degree in Mathematics, an accounting qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting and a broad range of skills in charity and project management.

Victoria has a passion for supporting international development and humanitarian causes, and chose a career in which she can support these areas. Previous organisations she has worked for include Child Rescue Nepal, Minority Rights Group International, and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

Victoria looks forward to helping improve the lives of Colombian children and immersing herself in the vibrant culture and language of Colombia.

Email: victoria.armfield@childrenchangecolombia.org

Rebecca Schlesinger

Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

Rebecca joined Children Change Colombia in 2019. After working with disadvantaged children as a teaching assistant and volunteering as an English teacher in a refugee centre, she knew she wanted to work in a role that supports the marginalised and tackles inequalities. She spent 3 years in Madrid working as an English teacher where she developed a love of Spanish and meeting people from different cultures.

With this in mind, she set up a business teaching English to people from all over the world, promoting it through social media. She joined CCC so that she could use these skills for something she feels passionate about, which is promoting children’s rights and fighting social injustices.

Email: rebecca@childrenchangecolombia.org 

Carol Betancourt

Fundraising Coordinator

Carol is a professional in International Relations with a wide interest in International Development, cooperation and social transformation focused on the SDG specifically those oriented to no poverty, reduced inequalities and gender equality. Issues like child protection, social justice and human rights have been at the center of her professional experience as she has worked in both NGO’s and private entities dedicated to support children and the youth in Colombia, France and Turkey.

She strongly believes that tangible social transformation in Colombia goes up from the local level, working alongside communities where young people have the power to positively impact new generations.

Carol has a Masters in International Development, Innovation, Participation and Sustainability, she’s certified in Project Management and speaks Spanish, English and French.

Email: carol.betancourt@childrenchangecolombia.org

Natalie Calderon

Fundraising Intern

Natalie is originally from Bermuda, but moved to London for university. She is in her second year of the International Social and Political Studies course at University College London (UCL). As part of her course, she studies Spanish and will spend her third year in South America. Natalie is passionate about human rights and justice, and has become increasingly interested in the political and social climate of Latin and South America.

She has experience volunteering with smaller, local charities in Bermuda, and also helped to found a new volunteering service at UCL. She is thrilled to gain first-hand experience in the charity sector and assist the inspiring work of the CCC, as she would ultimately like to explore a career path in the NGO sphere.

Email: natalie.calderon@childrenchangecolombia.org

Gabriela
Bergmann-Chornik

Outreach Intern

Gabriela is currently undertaking a gap year before going on to study International Relations at university. She is eager to gain experience in the NGO and international development sector whilst interning at Children Change Colombia. Gabriela was drawn to the organisation given her Latin American background, being half Chilean, and also her keen awareness of social issues. She is looking forward to developing her skills and knowledge in this role.

Email: outreach@childrenchangecolombia.org

Our Trustees

Carolina Giraldo - Chair

Carolina is an independent consultant in sustainable development projects with a background in social development. Carolina likes to collaborate in multidisciplinary groups with mixed approaches, paying special attention to social and economic inclusion and responsible consumption and production mainly in the cacao supply chain.“When I started collaborating with CCC I thought it would be an excellent way to stay connected and give a hand to my home country. Moreover, I had never considered that it would nourish my soul and intellect in the way that it has. It is and has always been a stimulating and challenging environment, a place to grow in all human dimensions. “

Richard Drean - Honorary Treasurer

Richard was appointed a Trustee in April 2016 and became Treasurer of CCC later that year. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent most of his career working for Lloyds Bank. One of his main roles was Finance Director of the International Division which included a significant local banking subsidiary in Colombia. During his visits to Colombia he enjoyed getting to know the people he met, as well as experiencing some of the difficulties the country faces, and is now pleased to be able to give something back to Colombia.

He strongly believes in the importance of helping children so that they all have an opportunity in this world. This led him, on retiring from the bank, to spend time as interim Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity,

Eugenia Londoño

Eugenia has over 9-years of professional experience with a strong background in project management, business development and investor relations within the non-profit, tech and global financial sectors. She holds a Master’s in International Business. Eugenia currently works in a digital transformation program in BAT and is the chair of the board of trustees of Fundación Chimí in Colombia, which aims to awaken children´s consciousness through cultural-artistic experiences and to create a sense of belonging to Colombia´s history and cultural roots.

Eugenia is passionate about projects that have a positive and sustainable impact.At Children Change Colombia she is part of the finance committee, and from the board has lead the formulation of the new CCC’s corporate strategic plan 2020-2025.

Dr Marilyn Thomson

Marilyn lived and worked in Latin America for many years, carrying out research and working with women’s grass roots and human rights organisations. She completed a PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London with a thesis on: The Politics of Domestic Service, a case study of domestic workers in Mexico. She later was employed as Gender Adviser at Save the Children for over 7 years and worked closely with staff and partners in Colombia.

She was also a founding member and co-director of the London-based Central America Women’s Network (CAWN) supporting women’s organizations in the region, until it closed in March 2017. She currently works as an independent consultant on gender, diversity, and development issues.

Richard McColl

Richard is a British born, Colombia-based author, journalist and hotelier, and holds a PhD in Social and Human Sciences from Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Bogotá. He has lived in Colombia for fifteen years and spends his time with his family between the capital of Bogotá and the colonial town of Mompós. His work has appeared in dozens of international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and many more. His award-winning weekly podcast Colombia Calling can be found on all relevant platforms. 

Alex Jones

Alex is the co-founder and Director of Red Tree Study, an education travel agency that specializes in providing summer programs in Colombia. An expert in international education, she manages program development, collaborating with universities, embassies, cultural organisations and language schools to build new courses which explore the social impact of the conflict in Colombia and the recent peace process there. She studied History as an undergraduate at Bristol University and went on to complete a masters degree in Historical Research at the University of Oxford.

She has lived and worked in Colombia, and looks forward to returning each summer to oversee Red Tree Study’s courses and to welcoming new cohorts of international students to the country. As a long-standing supporter of Children Change Colombia, she is honored to join the Board of Trustees and to support the important work that it does to protect the rights of children.

Juan Pablo Hernandez

Juan Pablo is an expert in Communications and in Multi-Media Content Production. He worked for several years as a researcher, producer, and editor of social, historical, and political documentary films. Originally from Colombia, Juan has been a professor for the Faculty of Communications at Javeriana University and worked on education programs for public schools in Bogotá. He has a Master’s degree in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics.

Felipe Alviar-Baquero

Felipe has worked in some of the most prestigious law firms in the world (Slaughter and May and Latham & Watkins). Since 2014, he’s been a director at INDECS Consulting Limited, advising international finance institutions, government and organizations on large scale infrastructure projects.

Felipe has a passion for community projects. He has worked on a number of projects including working with the International Senior Lawyers Project – United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Christian Aid and Save the Children. Since 2009 he has been a member of the board of trustees of Children Change Colombia. He has also been an ambassador for other UK charities.