The CWS Team
Douglas Maclagan, Founder
Douglas was the founding chairman of Child Welfare Scheme in 1997. Since then, he has
raised well over 1 million pounds to create one of the most effective children’s charities in Nepal. He has established a network of CWS organizations (Nepal, United Kingdom, Hong Kong), which continues to grow and gain respect worldwide for its novel development achievements. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Child Welfare and Development, Douglas was awarded the Gusi Peace Prize in 2004 and the Unsung Heroes Award in 2008. He also won the World of Children Health Award in 2009, in the philanthropy industry this award holds the same prestige as that of the Nobel Prize. He was educated in England and The Netherlands and holds a degree in English and has two certificates in youth counseling and child psychology. He speaks 4 languages fluently of which one is Nepali. Today, he lives in Nepal where he continues to fight for the rights of disadvantaged children.
Gordon Oldham, Chairman
Gordon is difficult to sum up but we’re going to give it a try. He is first and foremost an explorer; he is enthusiastic about new ventures and is never one to turn down an expedition. Gordon thrives off adrenalin and cannot sit still. He collects experiences and memories everywhere he goes and dedicates his time to his wife, son and grandchildren as well as his hotels and legal career. Despite all this, Gordon devotes much of himself to CWS. Over the years, he has run marathons across various terrains such as the Gobi Desert, the Sahara Desert and the Atacama Desert to raise funds for children in Nepal.
Zein Williams, Director
Zein was born in Jordan and her family moved to HK in 1984. Having received a mixture of Chinese and
Western education in HK and having traveled extensively in Asia and the Middle East with her family throughout the 80s and 90s, Zein developed an interest in the economics, sociology and the history of Development and a passion for helping those less fortunate. Having received her BA in Sociology and Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK in 2001, Zein then returned to HK to pursue a career in the NGO field. She was determined to find an organisation that was cost effective, personal, transparent and sustainable – all this led her to CWS.
Lindsay Cooper, Director
Founder Director, Arisaig Partners (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore. Born in 1964, a graduate of Edinburgh University, Lindsay qualifiedas a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with Ernst & Young in Edinburgh. Between 1990 and 1992 he worked in the Audit and Business Services Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hong Kong. He joined Crosby Securities in 1992 where he headed the regional small companies research unit. He left Crosby to found Arisaig Partners in 1996.
Garret Quigley, Director
Garrett is originally from Ireland and is a qualified solicitor. He is a graduate of University College Dublin where he received a Master’s Degree in Economics. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and three daughters. Garrett is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he works as a lawyer.
Kathie Barna Allderige, Director
Originally a fund manager specializing in emerging markets, Kathie now focuses her professional skills on supporting CWS. She joined CWS ten years ago because of a deep concern for the issues facing women and children in Asia – particularly trafficking and education - and continues to be grateful each day for the heroic work that Douglas and his team do in Nepal.
The Team in Hong Kong
Our small team in HK works with a dedicated group of supporters from all walks of life who work hard to raise funds through their friends, schools, parties, sporting challenges and by connecting us with Foundations & corporations. We are grateful to all for supporting our work in Nepal. THANK YOU!
The Team in Nepal
We partner with passionate local NGOs who each specialise in their own specific areas of women and child welfare and protection. Every organisation we work with is dedicated to making a difference to the people of Nepal and with their technical skills and expertise they run our life changing projects on the ground and at the community level.
We work very closely with each of them to monitor all of our projects, traveling to Nepal several months a year.