Meet the Team

ANDREW BARRS

ANDREW BARRS

Andy is one of the co-founders of SanitationFirst. In his early forties whilst searching to add some meaning to his life, he was struck by a teacher’s words in an ashram in India. The words ‘hands that serve are better than lips that pray’ changed his life. Realising that much of his life had been just talking about doing something, he decided to use the business principles learnt during his long and successful commercial property career to start a charity whose work was always effective and sustainable. He realised that good sanitation was a cornerstone to the alleviation of poverty.

Utilising best practice and his knowledge of finance and marketing has enabled him to assist in Sanitation First becoming a world leader in ecological sanitation. To this day, he continues to concentrate on ensuring that donor’s money is used as effectively as possible through the construction of good quality, long lasting sanitary units, which are also environmentally friendly.

MIKE BIDDLE

MIKE BIDDLE

Mike is Chairman of Trustees for Sanitation First. He founded the property consultancy Angermann Goddard & Loyd 25 years ago specialising in the Retail and Leisure sectors and was a founder investor and chairman of Vision Direct, an online contact lens retailer later sold to Essilor.

Mike is a director of CAB Hospitality, a social media marketing and branding agency.

He is also on the fundraising committee of LandAid the property sector’s charity focusing on teenage homelessness.

Despite a knee replacement he has an active interest in golf, skiing and tennis and is chairman of the Hartswood tennis club. Married with two children.

LYNN DODDS

LYNN DODDS

Lynn Dodds is an American born financial journalist, living in London. She supports charities such as Street Talk for trafficked women, Baobab for unaccompanied child refugees and London Capital Foundation.

Lynn is editor of Best Execution and writes for publications including derivsource, Investments and Pensions Magazine, European Pensions, Pensions Age, Funds Europe and the Desk. As politics has become the driving force in economics and finance Lynn has rediscovered her passion for political journalism.

Aside from enjoying time with family, she loves traveling, hiking, art, theatre and music. As the saying goes, “You can take the girl out of Brooklyn but you certainly can’t take Brooklyn out of the girl”.

JULES PECK

JULES PECK

Jules is a social entrepreneur and currently the Founding Director of Avon Mutual Bank, a revolutionary new regional cooperative bank for the west of England. He is also helping to start 17 other similar banks across the UK.

Jules also has what some of his friends might say is an unhealthy obsession with ‘new economics’ and is the Founder of the Real Economy Lab,  a Board member of the New Economics Foundation and a Research Fellow on the future of the economy at the Democracy Collaborative’s Next System Project

Jules has had a very varied career working in politics and policy for David Cameron in the UK, for the UN, at the EC in Brussels. He has also advised many of the worlds largest companies and charities such as WWF,  Banktrack and Share Action. 

Jules and his wife Vicky have two small children Juno and Jago and a dog called Lulu. 

Jules loves cooking, running, skiing, kayaking and sailing and a claim to fame is that as a student at Imperial College he had major (not!) extra roles in Star Wars, Sliding Doors and a number of other films. 

MANITA KHULLER

MANITA KHULLER

Manita Khuller has first-hand experience of growing up in a changing India, where in large sections of society, women are denied education and equality. However, she was not one to let that get in the way of pursuing her dream of an international career and she moved to the U.K. over 25 years ago to pursue one. She never forgets how privileged she was to be given a great education.

As an Indian born British Asian, with a post graduate degree in business, she has had a rich and varied career as a brand marketer with large multinational corporations such as Unilever, Gillette and WPP. Her special interest is in helping integrate marketing communications and campaigns in digital and offline channels.

Outside of her busy life as a working mother, she devotes time to volunteering, including being Committee member at a local tennis club. She lives in London and loves yoga, cooking and is a keen tennis player. 

Of a keen analytical bent of mind, she believes “a life unexamined is a life not worth living”.

DAVID CROSWELLER

DAVID CROSWELLER

David Crosweller formed Sanitation First with his friends, Andy and Bhavesh, in 1997 after a life changing visit to India. However, he believes the charity’s real work started in 2005, when they started constructing eco-toilets in a country that has no toilets for millions of people.

It was in late 2005 that the first composting toilet was built in an Indian school, a unit that is still in use to this very day. This school, like so many others, now has long-term sustainable sanitation and the impact, especially for girls, is enormous. A 17.5% increase in the number of girls enrolling with virtually 100% finishing senior school and approximately half going on to further education. A toilet has a big impact.

David enjoys putting his feet up, reading, cinema, spending time with friends and avoiding his grown-up daughters asking him for money – he believes at this time of life it should be the other way around.

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