Management Team

Billy Gorter

Executive Director

Billy is a passionate activist and advocate for change, bringing more than 12 years of experience tackling conservation, social and human rights and educational issues in Australia and Cambodia to his role as Executive Director of This Life Cambodia.

Billy launched This Life Cambodia in 2007 based on his founding principles of listening to, engaging with and advocating along side communities. This development philosophy achieves high-impact outcomes and sets best practice for international development in Cambodia. Billy is internationally sought after as a speaker and is passionately committed to addressing the rights of children through education, juvenile justice and advocacy.

 

Se Chhin

Deputy Director

Se joined This Life Cambodia in October 2008 bringing a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge from his prior role as Assistant Director in a community development organisation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Translation and Interpretation from Build Bright University and a Masters of Public Administration from Royal University of Law and Economics. As Deputy Director, Se is responsible for supporting the Executive Director in developing and implementing This Life Cambodia’s plans, policies and procedures and overseeing the organisation’s programs. 

 

 

Somalita Keo

Chief Financial Officer

Somalita has a solid background in financial management, with nine years direct experience gained in Cambodian based NGOs including the Australian Center for Education (ACE), GFA/GIZ, This Life Cambodia and Save the Children. Somalita has a detailed knowledge of accounting in the Cambodian context, Cambodian financial law and requirements, She has a sound appreciation of the special role of NGOs in managing budgets on behalf of and being strictly accountable to donors, having worked for two years with Save the Children and over 3 years with TLC.   

Experienced in forecasting and budget preparation, Somalita’s role includes substantial involvement in managing and developing budgets and reporting on performance both at the program level and organisationally.   Somalita holds a Bachelor of Economics in Finance and Banking from the South East Asia University and a Masters in Finance and Accounting from Build Bright University.

Jaime Gill

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jaime is from the UK but has been based in Cambodia for more than 3 years, working with a variety of NGOs, both large and small, as well as delivering commercial campaigns for some of the largest global brands. He has 20 years of experience in delivering communications which influence people, increase profile, raise funds, build brands and create change. After completing a degree at Oxford University, he spent 9 years working in commercial communications, before following his passion for campaigning on social justice issues. His achievements include doubling the numbers of people with learning disablities who voted in UK general elections and winning awards for co-founding the world’s first accessible newspaper. His freelance journalism includes writing on social media, inequality, refugees, music and travel for media including Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post and the UK’s Guardian and BBC. He is passionate about social justice, children’s rights and development, working with the UK’s Refugee Council and leading a report into gender, health and poverty backed by Hillary Clinton. As Co-Chair of Leyton Orient Football Club’s youth charity, he played an active role in 2012’s London Olympics preparations. 

 

Borany Chea

Education Section Lead

Borany and her team manage three programs: Lower Secondary School Development Program (LSSDP), Internships and Vocational Training/Social Enterprise. Previously the LSSDP Coordinator at This Life Cambodia for five and a half years, Rany returned to TLC after working with Save the Children for two years.  Her experience of working collaboratively with NGOs and government partners is critical in providing the technical skills, knowledge and network to ensure the successful implementation of TLC’s education initiatives. Borany holds a bachelors degree in Economic and Social Science and a Masters Degree in Development Management.

 

Jeni Gwynn

Research and Consultancy Section Lead

Jeni leads the Community Research and Consultancy Program (CRCP). The CRCP team are responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation of all TLC’s programs. This ensures that programs are based on strong local knowledge and positively impact the families and communities we partner with. The team also provide consultancy services to other organizations to monitor and evaluate their programs, and conduct research to inform program and policy development. 

Before transitioning into development work, Jeni worked as a teacher in Europe, Cambodia and Peru for six years . She has since gained nine years experience working for non-profit organizations, including five years with Plan International UK in London. In 2014, she returned to Cambodia where she has further developed her technical and research skills working with locally-based non-profit organizations with a focus on education, healthcare and community development. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and International Development from University College London, and an Honours Degree in Languages with Business.

Tom Booth

Children & Families Section Lead

Tom brings over 16 years’ experience gained from working in and managing programs for young people and adults in the health, social care and community development sector in both the United Kingdom and Cambodia, where he has been based since 2013.

Tom has been involved in delivering a diverse range of successful programs including: diversionary justice and community reintegration with young offenders, sexual and reproductive health, drug and alcohol recovery treatment services, child protection, disability, education and vocational training and unsafe migration. This includes leading the development  and implementation of innovative projects as well as providing technical advice and support to develop the capacity of project and staff teams.

He holds a professional degree in Community and Youth Studies, (BA Hons) from Lancaster University, England and his passion is delivering excellent programs that make a positive and sustainable difference for communities and society.

 

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