Trustees

Sense International is governed by our Board of Trustees. Their primary purpose is to promote Sense International, uphold our vision, protect our assets and funds, and ensure that we comply with legislation and regulation.

Sunil Sheth, Chair
Paul Feeney
Robin Heber Percy
Dean Lumer
Pankaj Shah, Honorary Treasurer
Verity Stiff
Sue Turner

Sunil Sheth (Chair)

Sunil has been a Trustee of Sense International since October 2004 and became Chair in 2011. He is one of the senior partners at Fladgate LLP, a prominent firm of solicitors in Central London and advises a wide-ranging client base on corporate, commercial and business matters. As the founder and former Chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK, Sunil has an extensive network of contacts within the UK Asian community. Sunil is also a member of another charity called One World Media, and has been a member of the Business Association Panel of the Bank of England. Although his main clientele is India based he has a substantial client base amongst the Indian diaspora in Africa, Middle East, UK and Asia and travels to these regions on a regular basis.

Paul Feeney

Paul Feeney has been Chief Executive of Old Mutual Wealth, incorporating the Skandia Investment Group and Old Mutual Global Investors, since July 2012. He joined Old Mutual in January 2012 as CEO of Asset Management within the Long Term Savings Division before moving into his present position. Prior to joining Old Mutual he was Executive Director and Global Head of Distribution for BNY Mellon Asset Management and before that Group Managing Director of Gartmore Investment Management and CEO of Natwest Private Banking. He has a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Wales. Paul has been a donor and supporter of Sense International for twelve years.

Robin Heber Percy

Robin joined the Sense International board in April 2009. She has over 15 years' experience in the field of International Development, with specific expertise in rural development, project cycle management and capacity building. Robin is currently a Programme Manager at the International Centre of Eye Health, which is part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this she was Head of Programmes at ORBIS UK, a blindness prevention charity. She worked for many years for development organisations in Namibia, Uganda and Laos, supporting conservation and community-based natural resource management projects. 

Dean Lumer

Dean is a founding director of Knadel Limited (a specialist consultancy to the investment management industry) and he has overall responsibility for the strategy and management of the firm and manages a number of important client relationships. Dean specialises in advising his clients on large-scale strategic change, operating model redesign and outsourcing.

Prior to founding Knadel, Dean was a Managing Partner at Morse PLC, a Director at boutique consultancy CSTIM Limited and an Executive Consultant at Ernst & Young.  Before moving into consultancy Dean was an investment professional with the Prudential and a software consultant with ACT Financial Systems Limited. Dean has an MBA from the Open University Business School.

Prior to being nominated as a trustee of Sense International Dean had been involved with fundraising for Sense International through both his family and his company.

Pankaj Shah (Honorary Treasurer)

Pankaj has been a supporter of Sense International since December 2004 and was appointed a Trustee and Treasurer in October 2008. He was born in Kenya and came to the UK in 1971 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Lubbock Fine in 1983. He is a Senior Partner at Lubbock Fine, Chartered Accountants and advises clients on all aspects of financial and taxation matters. His clients operate in a wide range of different industries, including property, hospitality, manufacturing, technology and charities. His client base is predominantly in the UK although he acts for numerous clients based in India and East Africa. Pankaj and his firm, Lubbock Fine, act for numerous charities and have been good supporters of Sense International.

Verity Stiff

Verity became a Trustee in May 2013, is a human resources professional with extensive experience in organisational management and development, both as head of the HR function and as a consultant working with professional services companies, international development organisations, research and scientific institutes, and UK- and US-based non-profit organisations. A United Kingdom national, she completed her university education in the U.S. and holds a Master's degree in Public Management. She has worked in multi-site and multi-cultural environments, primarily in Africa and the Middle East, and lived in more than 10 countries. Her most recent work has involved strategic planning and the development of the human resources function and capacity. In the US she was an active volunteer with Special Olympics and the Sierra Club.

Sue Turner

Sue is a Trustee of both Sense and Sense International. She was first involved with Sense International in 1998 when she helped to organise the first deafBlind conference in India and became a Trustee in 2001. Sue was a founder of the Kent Branch of Sense and is currently its chair. She has also been a parent trustee of Sense at times since 1993. Sue has ten years' experience as a non-executive director for the local health trust for learning disabilities and mental health, and has acted as a Mental Health Act manager. She was also a voluntary advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau for eight years. Sue has campaigned locally for the rights of people with deafblindness, in particular sitting on a Kent County Council panel in order to write a county-wide strategy for people with deafblindness. Sue has a particular interest in international programmes and uses her considerable experience to focus on the needs and wishes of families with a member who's deafblind, in the countries in which Sense International works.

First published: Monday 19 August 2013
Last updated: Monday 2 October 2017