Name: John Burns

    Title: Trustee/Treasurer

    Department: Board of Trustees

    Location: Whitby

    John has been happily married for thirty years to Jenny and they have three married children and five grandchildren. He and his wife live high on the North Yorkshire Moors, and both celebrated their 70th birthdays last year. John ran his own business and was then involved with the Probation Service before joining a national organisation helping provide specially adapted independent living accommodation for those with special needs. He retired, some seven years ago, as the organisation’s National Development Manager, responsible for commissioning new services across England. Amongst other things, these days he and his wife are active in their local independent fellowship, where John chairs the Board of Trustees. For over sixty years, boy and man, John has been active in the Boy’s Brigade and still attends BB camps and weekends away where he runs the cookhouse.

    Name: Victoria Amadi

    Title: Trustee

    Department: Board of Trustees

    Location: Epping, Essex

    Name: Father David Hope

    Title: Archbishop and Patron of Children in Distress

    Department: Copii in Dificultate

    Location: Bucharest

    Name: Cornelius McGill

    Title: Trustee

    Department: Board of Trustees

    Location: Glasgow

    Neil started his career with Rolls-Royce in Hillington, Glasgow in Sept 1965 and was given a position in the Quality Control area with specific accountability for looking after suppliers and sub-contractors. In 2003 after some 38 years he retired but realised very quickly that he still had a lot to offer through his knowledge and experience working across many countries and cultures. He started volunteering with The Prince and Princess of Wales hospice, when he met Alisdair Barron former CEO of Children in Distress. He realised that his grounding in Engineering and Quality control could actually help as he took on roles such as Governance, Procedures and Policies, a role he continues to hold to this day. He has always been impressed with the desire and professionalism of the team in Romania and the volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to help those who need it most. We are very proud to have him as part of our team.

    Name: Maria Cristina Mitu

    Title: Trustee

    Department: Board of Trustees

    Location: Berks

    Christine graduated from law school in 1999 and joined the Romanian Bar Association in 2000. During the first 9 years of her career, she became a litigator, which helped to develop her communication skill, to better assess risks and to make strategies. In 2009, Cristina moved to consultancy and handled clients in areas as constructions, PPP, public acquisitions, corporate and commercial. In 2012, she became an insolvency practitioner and joined the Romanian Association of Insolvency Practitioners. In 2013, as a Managing Partner and head of the consultancy department she coordinated the founding of Mitusi Asociatii a law firm regulated by the Romanian Bar Associations and Mitu Insolvency, an insolvency practice regulated by the Romanian Associations of Insolvency Practitioners. In 2017, Cristina registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a European Lawyer and Mitu si Asociatii opened a branch in the UK aiming to build bridges between the two countries. In 2018, Mitu & Associates, was founded an English sole practice regulated by SRA that can provide services under English and Welsh legislation. Her aim is to attract investors in Romania and provide services for Romanians in the UK or companies seeking commercial advice. We are delighted to welcome Cristina to CID and look forward to her help developing strategies to meet the demands of the future.