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Our Core Team

These talented individuals lead IDV's activities at home and abroad in line with our Mission Statement and Operating Principles.

We look forward to adding talented individuals to this section as our team grows in the coming years.  

Executive Director: Andrew Chaggar

Andy holds a Master's degree in Social Development Policy and Management. He was awarded the Andrew Lochhead Prize for Development Studies and his Masters dissertation, which focused on community based housing reconstruction following disasters, was widely praised.

Andy has years of experience in disaster zones managing thousands of volunteers and is a survivor of the 2004 Asian tsunami. Andy's personal, professional, and academic experience inform his actions as leader of IDV in operations both at home and abroad.

In addition to the awards he received for his Master's degree, Andy has also been awarded the prestigious Vodafone International World of Difference Award.

Media and Marketing Director: Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor began working in disaster response directly out of University. She has worked in three disaster zones and helped manage hundreds of volunteers. In her role for IDV, she puts her writing degree to work managing IDV's website and communications, as well as helping manage overseas operations.

 In 2011, Emma was featured as a member of the Change Generation by Fast Company and as an example of a self-incubated social entrepreneur by the Huffington Post. 

Volunteer Resource Director: Sarah Hughes

Sarah has worked in HR for ten years and her experience covers the private, public and not for profit sectors. She is CIPD qualified and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. When she is not working with IDV, Sarah is employed as an HR Officer with the Planning Inspectorate. 

Sarah's experience of volunteering in three disaster zones combined with her background in recruitment, policy writing, employee relations issues, and health and safety, make her a key IDV team member. 

Ben Smith: Non-Executive Director

Ben has worked with the voluntary sector for the last five years as a contracts manager for the local NHS Primary Care Trust and as a Policy Development Officer for Voluntary Action Leicestershire. He currently provides support to health and social care focused VCS organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Ben's extensive experience guiding charities of all types is a great asset to IDV.

Elizabeth Price: Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth's interest in IDV started when she left her job as a political researcher for the then Leader of the Liberal Democrats, the Rt. Hon Charles Kennedy MP and volunteered in Thailand. After Thailand, she spent three years running an animal welfare charity for the British Veterinary Association.

She now works as a project manager for the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London and, in June 2012, she attended Rio+20. Elizabeth's far-reaching experiences in the third and public sector serve her well as an IDV trustee.