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Naomi Aruliah (Chair)

Lakshman Somanathan (Secretary)

Sean McQuaid (Treasurer)

Trevor Perera (A Previous Treasurer and Secretary)

Philip Robinson

Hong Yan-Robinson

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Run by volunteers so every penny reaches those who need it

Trustees and Governance

Trustees & Governance

Child Aid Lanka is managed by a committee of Trustees.

The current Trustees, elected at the AGM on 10 November 2012:

The Trustees are elected each year by the members of Child Aid Lanka at its Annual General Meeting, and hold office until the end of the following AGM.

Child Aid Lanka is a charity, number 1115204, registered with the Charity Commission.

Trustees' Biographies

Naomi Aruliah - Chair

Photo of Naomi AruliahNaomi has been involved in charity work focusing on Sri Lanka for 30 years; having been president for the Methodist College Old Girls Association and Child Aid Lanka on many occasions. She is the founder of Child Aid Lanka and has worked relentlessly to build it to its current position. The impetus for setting up Child Aid Lanka came from a visit in 1998 to a prison in North Colombo where very young children were being held for child sex and petty offences due to deprived and disadvantaged circumstances. There was little attempt to rehabilitate them and Naomi decided to set up a charity to help all unfortunate children in Sri Lanka under the guiding principle of “helping children help themselves”.

Lakshman Somanathan (M.B.B.S, B.Sc, F.R.C.S.) - Secretary

Photo of Lakshman SomanathanLakshman qualified as a Doctor from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School where he also earned a BSc degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He subsequently trained as a Surgeon, completing his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In 1998 he left the NHS to pursue business interests in the property and retail sectors.

Being a Sri Lankan he has a strong affinity with the land and its people and has recently become a trustee in order to help take Child Aid Lanka forward and achieve its new ambitious goals.

Sean McQuaid (B.A Oxon, M.B.A) - Treasurer

Photo of Sean McQuaidSean graduated from Oxford reading physics and later obtained and MBA from Cass Business School (formerly City University Business School). He has run various geosciences businesses and presently he is a Director of Geophysics at ERCEquipoise, an oil and gas consulting firm.

Sean has been involved for twenty years in providing support to various charities including being Chairman for 5 years of the Kingston Explorers Club, which provided parental support and Saturday activities for gifted but challenging children.

Although he has provided practical support to Child Aid Lanka since its inception, he has decided to join as a trustee to help progress the Wells project.

Sugi Somanathan

Photo of Sugi SomanathanWill updated soon.

Tom Drake

Photo of Tom Drake Tom has been a supporter of WaterAid for 26 years and an active campaigner for 16 years. He has addressed over 280 conferences, clubs, schools and faith groups on the subject of water, sanitation and hygiene education.
He has been a Rotarian for 39 years and is a member of the Rotary Club of Ewell, acting as President twice and the club’s longest-serving member and has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
In 2008, he visited Mali with his wife, Primrose, which proved to be a life-changing experience and resulted in raising funds which provided safe water and toilets for 4,300 people in Mali.
During 2012 he and his wife Primrose received the President’s Award from WaterAid for Outstanding Voluntary Service by HRH Prince of Wales and in January 2014, Tom was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for ‘services to charity and the local community’.