Board of Directors
In October 2017, Liz became the new COB after being SKIP’s Director for 8 years.
She is originally from the UK, has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a MSW (Masters in Social Work), and was a Child Protection Social Worker for 5 years before joining SKIP in 2008.
Liz is an avid traveler, having lived in Peru, the USA, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Hong Kong. She spends time moving through different countries promoting SKIP, helping with the internal and external relations and partnering with international organizations and fundraisers.
Founder and Trustee
Julie has always been passionate about fairness and equality and has been involved in various projects over the years.
She instigated the start of SKIP together with Duncan Turner when they met in Peru and recognized the needs in this area. They spent the early years putting the foundations for the organization through fundraising and promotion.
Having worked in banking and finance for over 20 years Julie now splits her time between the UK and France, spending time with the family and friends.
Founder and Board Member
Duncan is one of the founding members of SKIP, and was responsible for starting the project in Peru and running the organization from 2003 through to 2006. Duncan brought together a group of people who shared the dream that all children in Peru had the right to an education and a better future.
Thirteen years later, SKIP is still working hand-in-hand with disadvantaged families in Peru to achieve those aims. Duncan feels proud of how far the organization has come, but he still hopes it becomes bigger and he encourages people to join SKIP in any capacity they can to change children’s lives.
Tony lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and young seven-year-old daughter.
He attended the University of Leeds and the University of Exeter in the UK and obtained two Economics Degrees. Tony has spent all his working life in Financial Services working for a small Insurance Broker in Bradford (West Yorkshire) for 10 years and for the last 23 years he has worked for Scottish Widows Insurance Company (part of The Lloyds Banking Group).
Tony is fond of wine and reading and walking and his favourite holiday destination is France. He has yet to travel to Peru!
Tony is a founding member of SKIP and has been involved since its inception in 2003.
Joy has been a Trustee and Donor for SKIP from commencement. She is a Partner in the family business as a Funeral Director, a role she has held for over 20 years. She lives in Cheltenham, where she grew up, surrounded by a large family including her children and more recently grandchildren, which keeps her busy. Joy enjoys traveling, reading eating out, theater and of course spending time with her family.
Advisory Board Member
Benjamin is originally from France, but have been living abroad for about 10 years, mostly in the UK and in Myanmar (where he currently lives). He had move quite a lot, going to New Zealand, Peru, the Netherlands and East Africa.
He volunteered for SKIP in 2009 and really enjoyed his time there, mostly getting to meet all the people from El Porvenir. During his time in Peru he helped re-launch the Microfinance Program, thanks to some of his expertise in Human Resources, coaching and strategy.
Benjamin has a Masters in Organizational Analysis from King's College and 12 years of experience.
Legal Representative in the US and Advisory Board Member
Lizette is from the US and came to Peru in 2008 to volunteer with SKIP.
She obtained a B.S. in Psychology from UCSD and an MSW from San Diego State University. After obtaining her LCSW and working at a veteran's hospital for six years, she came to Peru to travel abroad for the first time on her own and to volunteer with SKIP.
While with SKIP she began the first pilot Nursery School Program. After just short of 1 year, Lizette returned to the veteran's hospital and has been there since. She continues to volunteer her time with SKIP as the US Representative managing the US finances.
Advisory Board Member
Patricia is from Spain and was in SKIP as the Program Coordinator in 2010-2011 and again in 2013-2014. She has a Law Degree from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Diploma in Social Work with a Masters in International Relations. Over the course of 8 years she has coordinated projects in different Latin American countries (Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and, of course, Peru) working in education and women's rights with development NGOs both local and international.
Patricia is currently in Spain working on women's rights issues linked to projects in Latin America.