The members of our Board of Trustees come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience in the public, private and charity sector. They work in a voluntary capacity, meeting regularly to help guide PBI UK's strategy and policy, and decide how funds are spent.
Sophia joined the board in 2015 after almost three years in Colombia with PBI, where she was a member of the field team in Barrancabermeja and a field team coordinator in Bogota. Sophia is a barrister undertaking a third six at 5 St Andrew’s Hill, working in criminal, extradition and regulatory law.
Deborah is an Employment Solicitor at Capsticks LLP where she advises healthcare organisations, NHS Trusts and charities on employment law issues. She has a keen interest in charity governance and HR issues and in PBI UK's aims and work.
Tara Jane O'Reilly
Tara joined the PBI UK board in 2018 and leads on advocacy and communications. She works as the Coordinator to a group of 80 Labour MPs in the House of Commons. From 2015-2016 she worked in various campaigning and outreach roles at Bond, Campaign Bootcamp, and the Labour Party. She volunteered in Nicaragua with the NGO Progressio in 2014 and volunteered on a peacebuilding project in Bosnia in 2015.
Yukie Yokoyama (Treasurer)
Yukie joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and takes the role of Treasurer. After over 10 years in Banking and a few years in Architectural Interior Design, she is now currently a Director of Zealous, overseeing their business strategy.
Amy joined the PBI UK board in February 2019 and supports fundraising and programme development. She currently works in international Policy and Research, focusing on human rights, conflict, security and gender. Previously she worked for various INGOs including peacebuilding organisation Cord, where she supported human rights defenders across South and Southeast Asia on issues including land and environmental rights, sexual violence in conflict and freedom of assembly and speech. She has worked with clients including the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peacebuilding Unit, DFID, the FCO Human Rights Unit and the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.
Emily joined the PBI UK Board in 2019, supporting on fundraising. Prior to beginning her current role in Trusts and Statutory fundraising at the British Red Cross, she trained at a fundraising consultancy for two years - where she completed the Trustee Leadership Programme as well as several fundraising training courses. She has worked and volunteered for various charities, in both the UK and abroad, including at an education charity in London and Kilifi County, Kenya; as a translator at a support centre for Spanish speakers in London; and a centre for victims of sexual abuse in Cusco, Peru. She holds a BA in French and Spanish from University College London, and during her degree she also studied in France and Spain.