Staff and Trustees
Alisdair had a career as an HR professional and Director in industries as diverse as brewing, avionics, premier league football and the NHS in Scotland. Throughout his career he maintained an interest in the care, education and development of disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. He is the longest serving member of the juvenile justice system in Scotland and the Vice-Chair of the Board of City of Glasgow College the newest and largest college of further education in Scotland. He inspires the teams delivering innovative care projects for thousands of Romanian children abandoned, chronically, incurably or terminally ill, touched by HIVAIDS or living the daily challenge of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In 2006, Alisdair was honoured for services to the "forgotten" children of the Balkans.
A graduate economist and highly experienced finance director, latterly business entrepreneur and consultant, Paul had an exceptional career and played a key role in the modernisation and development of the power generation industry in both Romania and Iran. In 1990, he first set his talents to ensuring the success of Children in Distress projects and was instrumental in delivering projects in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia and in Romania. Without Paul and his network of contacts and exceptional administrative ability Copii in Dificultate would not be the success it is today.
Christina Borza is key to the administration of the charity in Romania, she joined the team over nine years ago having studied law today as CID Ro’s Administrator she handles all aspects finance, purchasing and administration .She is the essential link between the Directors and Romania’s burgeoning social care bureaucracy. Christina is the right hand of the charity’s Vice-President and Regional Director and has been affectionately christened CID’s “Keeper of the Faxes”.
Maria Popa, one of CID’s patrons in Romania is a remarkable woman. This doyenne of Romanian cooking has served British Ambassadors as their cook, since before the Revolution and in that role has delighted everyone hosted at the British Residence in Bucharest. Her talents are much appreciated and sought after as the photographs, cards and letters of thanks from Patriarchs, Presidents and Royals that adorn the wall in her new Chez Marie Restaurant attest. Maria has always been generous to the children at St Margaret’s Hospice, sending little personal gifts, arranging parties, providing entertainers to bring them joy. Now a successful restaurateur in her own right with Chez Marie, a stylish restaurant, renowned for the warmth of its welcome and the quality of its food.