Our team

The Magic Bus team is headed by Matthew Spacie, Founder and Executive Chairman, and Jayant Rastogi, CEO. There are four separate boards governing our organisation, one in each of the countries in which we operate.

 

Read more below about the Magic Bus UK team and Board of Trustees.

 

  

 

    

Victoria Southwell, Director

 

Victoria joined Magic Bus UK in the spring of 2016, bringing with her over 18 years experience of working in senior roles within the charity sector.

 

Prior to joining Magic Bus UK, Victoria was UK Programme Manager at Comic Relief and managed significant levels of UK funding for the young people and refugee sectors. She has extensive knowledge of issues relating to young people in the UK and beyond and a strong set of relationships with key third sector organisations. Her development and analytical skills, alongside many years of experience in understanding and applying ever changing policy, make designing sustainable programmes capable of being scaled a key interest of hers. 

 

One of Victoria’s favourite aspects of being a funder was working with organisations to help them grow strategically and get as much value out of their funding as possible. Therefore, the opportunity to be working in a front line position for a grass roots Indian charity wanting to take it’s model to other geographies was too exciting an opportunity to pass up.

 

Contact Victoria to find out more about Magic Bus.

 

  

 

   

Priyanka Sharma, Programme Development Manager

Priyanka has 13 years’ experience working for child rights organisations. She joined Magic Bus UK in 2014 as Programme Development Manager having worked for Magic Bus in Mumbai for more than 11 years.

 

Priyanka held various roles within the Mumbai programme development team, including delivering the programme directly to children, before becoming Head of Curriculum Design. Between 2007-2010 Priyanka was part of the Comic Relief/IDS Sport in Development Project Workshop that explored the monitoring and evaluation systems of global sport for development organisations globally and the impact of these organisations. Prior to her time at Magic Bus, Priyanka worked as a Health Programme Officer at Butterflies, an organisation working with street and working children in Delhi.

 

Contact Priyanka to find out more about Magic Bus’ UK programme.

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Jane Backlog, Director of Fundraising, Major Donors & Events

  

Jane joined Magic Bus UK in the summer of 2017.

  

Jane comes to Magic Bus after 20 years with Comic Relief, where she managed high level relationships with corporate partners, key supporters, celebrities and trustees.  Jane also organised Comic Relief events both large and small and is already planning an exciting calendar of events to engage and recruit more major donors in the UK. Her key focus at Magic Bus will be on launching our Ambassador Programme which will aim to significantly increase our unrestricted fundraising. She is also looking more broadly at how we can raise awareness of Magic Bus in the UK and link in with schools, corporate partners and engage more one off and regular donors.

 

Contact Jane to find out more about Magic Bus UK’s fundraising strategy.

 

   
 

Coreen Reilly, Office Manager

 

 

Coreen joined Magic Bus in 2012. She has previously worked in Australia for UNHCR and Frontier Services, an organisation providing community services to families living in outback Australia and more recently an environmental think tank in London.

 


Contact Coreen to find out more about the Magic Bus UK office.

     
 

Ross Marshall, Information Coordinator

 

Ross joined Magic Bus in 2015, initially as a volunteer helping the fundraising team.

 

Since then Ross has taken on more responsibilities, managing Magic Bus UK’s communications, social media presence, data protection, and research. He was hired as Magic Bus UK’s Information Coordinator in the summer of 2017.

 

Contact Ross to find out more about Magic Bus UK’s communications,
social media or data protection policy.

 

 

Magic Bus UK Board of Directors

 

Bernard Horn, Chairman

Bernard Horn had a varied career in financial services spanning 30 years, including 6 years as a Main Board Director of the NatWest Group (FTSE 100 company). His roles included five years as Chief Executive of the International Businesses and a similar period as Operations Director.

 

Since leaving NatWest, Bernard has developed a portfolio of activities acting both as Chairman and non executive Director, concentrating on smaller, entrepreneurial companies in consulting and software development and pro bono activities.

 

"Magic Bus is very special and different to anything else I do. It is the expressions on the face of the children and young people together with the many life changing stories for them, their families and their communities. Truly magical." 

 

 

Jim Marshall, Trustee

Jim, a Chartered Accountant, is Group Tax Director of Pearson plc, the world’s leading learning company. Prior to Pearson, Jim held a number of senior roles in tax in the UK and US, working at Diageo and Cadbury, where he was also Group Tax Director. He acts as a trustee to the Pearson pension scheme.

 

Jim joined the board of Magic Bus after visiting one of the Magic Bus India programmes in Delhi.

 

"From the moment I visited a Magic Bus programme in Delhi, I realised that this was a charity that was making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in India; young people who without this intervention face a life of poverty and abuse in slums, on the streets or in deprived rural areas. There is so much more to do and by raising funds from the UK we are making an important contribution."

 
 

Ruby Parmar, Trustee

Ruby is a senior partner at professional services firm PwC. Among her various roles, Ruby heads up their UK Private Business practice with her main focus providing advice on her specialist area of corporate and personal taxation.

 

Ruby joined the board in 2013 having previously made several visits to the Magic Bus programme in Mumbai. Ruby also sits on the Magic Bus gala dinner committee.

 

"It took me a while getting fully engaged, partly due to time but mostly apathy, but now I am proud to be a Bus ambassador! Having visited one of the sites in Delhi and witnessed a session in progress, I believe it is one of the most effective and sustainable charities in its field." 

   
 

Jonathan Rawes, Trustee

Jonathan Rawes worked for many years in senior legal and managerial roles with Reuters. This included living in Hong Kong for three years, providing legal advice and support to local management throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 

In July 2008 he achieved with merit the ICSA Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from London South Bank University.

 

"Children have no choice over the conditions in which they are born and brought up, which can shape their whole lives. Millions of children in India exist in desperate poverty and deprivation; yet, if offered the right support and guidance, they can take control and radically transform their lives. I believe that we have a responsibility to give them this chance, and that Magic Bus is the ideal medium to achieve this."

 

 

 

   
     
Hans Porsche, Trustee

Hans is an agronomist and business angel with a long track record in sustainable production of agricultural goods and services, in particular in aquaculture. He is a co-founder and director of HP-Capital Partners, an investment company focusing on opportunities in the sustainable use of natural resources and early stage direct investments.

 

As trustee of Magic Bus Hans aspires to help millions of children to learn through sport to choose an empowered life in a sustainable society.

 

"Life is not fair; what makes women and men noble is the continued effort to overcome this law of nature. Magic Bus empowers those children, who have had the most unfair start to their lives, to become masters of their own future by engaging them in sporting activities that teach them the most important corner stones for that game of life."

 
 

Magic Bus India team

  • Matthew Spacie MBE, Founder and Executive Chairman
  • Jayant Rastogi, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

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