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Ep 86 Lucy Kendall, CEO of International Children's Charity COCO

Lucy is CEO of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) an International Charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Lucy has worked at COCO for 14 years, working her way up from volunteer to a position of leadership, shaping the development and direction of COCO’s fundraising, governance and project management. Her major interests are led by a passion for international relations, equality, development, poverty alleviation and commitment to accountability.

Lucy advises smaller NGO’s based in the North East, advocating skill sharing, encouraging leadership and increasing aid effectiveness. Lucy regularly takes part in activities for COCO including trekking Mount Kilimanjaro running the Great North Run and Cycling in Maasai Land in Kenya. Lucy is also a board member for International Newcastle and Children North East in addition to being a governor at Fellside Primary School in Wickham.

Lucy studied Urban and Regional Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, after which she completed a Masters in Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. In 2015 Lucy graduated from Newcastle University Business School with an MBA with distinction and was the chosen orator at the graduation ceremony.


Ian and Lucy discuss;

  • The origins of COCO
  • The projects ran in Africa
  • Fundraising activites
  • Business Support & CSR
  • Volunteer Staff
  • Sustainable Schools in Africa
  • Women in business in the Charitable Sector


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