Nick Jenkins: patron

Appointment date: April 2015 After reading Russian at University he spent eight years working as a commodity trader in Moscow...

Olly Donnelly: Trustee (Founder & CEO)

Appointment date: May 2008 Olly was appointed CEO in September 2010 and drives Shivia’s overall strategy and fundraises to support...

Stuart Tester: (Chairman – retired 2018)

Appointment date: May 2008 Stuart was appointed Chairman of Shivia in October 2009 and retired from the role in October...

Chris Langridge: Trustee (CFO)

Appointment date: December 2013 Chris is a Chartered Accountant trained by Ernst & Young and has worked in manufacturing and...

Tim Neslen: Trustee

Appointment date: September 2009 Tim works for Aventicum Capital Management. Prior to this, he worked for The Townsend Group and...

Nishant Lalwani: Trustee

Appointment date: December 2013 Nishant has extensive experience in international development and social enterprise and was COO at Global Innovation Fund...

Deepak Arora: Trustee

Appointment date: April 2016 Deepak is a solicitor specialising in financial regulatory and compliance matters.  Whilst a trainee at Clifford...

Dr Yasmine Hilton: Chairman

Appointment date: May 2017 Appointed Chairman: October 2018 Yasmine, former Chairman of Shell Companies in India, is now an independent...

Victoria Denison: UK Operations Manager

Appointment date: December 2014 Victoria supports Olly and the trustees in the day-to-day running of the charity, plus working on fundraising,...

Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

some of our supporters