Strategic Team

David Marcus

Chair - Board of Trustees

David is Chair of The Victoria Climbié Foundation Executive Committee (Board of Trustees).

He is also Director - Joint Head of Family Department at legal firm Burke Niazi, specialising in care and ancillary relief. In addition to this legal practice, David has for many years acted as a legal consultant to a number of charities and non-governmental organisations working to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children including appearing at the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.

Mor Dioum

Co-Founder and Director

Mor is the Director of VCF – The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK. He co-founded VCF with Mr and Mrs Climbié (Victoria’s parents) to campaign for improvement in child protection policies and practices and to ensure effective links and coordination between statutory agencies, care services and BME communities.

Mor is also spearheading the Victoria Climbié Charitable Trust (VCCT), set-up to build a school in Victoria’s home town, in the Ivory Coast. The school – Centre d’Education Primaire Victoria Adjo Climbié – opened its doors in 2009 with capacity to teach up to 360 children, including ICT and English.

In November 2015, Mor received an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of East London.

Stephanie Yorath

Programme Director

Stephanie joined The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK in 2007, and is now its Programme Director. She and the Foundation are currently developing a National Centre of Excellence that will respond to government policies and provide an independent environment for sharing and researching best practices for children's rights, care and protection.

Stephanie is a communicator and facilitator, and provides strategic support and oversight of VCF's services. She is also a practice educator for social work masters students seeking to develop their practice skills within an advocacy-based environment

In November 2015, Stephanie received an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of East London.

Chris Bourlet


Bernell Bussue


Bernell Bussue is A trustee of The Victoria Climbié Foundation.

He is also Director, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) London Region responsible for London’s almost 60,000 members. Bernell has a clinical background in cardio-thoracic and intensive care nursing. Early in his clinical nursing career, Bernell spent five years working in the Middle East, returning to the UK private sector and later to the NHS where he held senior positions managing surgery and orthopaedic units, before time as an Operations Manager in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Bernell joined the RCN in 1998 as a Regional Officer before moving into the equalities and diversity area as the RCN’s Diversity Advisor followed by a further stint as a Regional Officer before taking up his Director role. Bernell has links with the International University of Nursing in St Kitts, Caribbean and with a number of International Nurse Associations.

Jane Cook


Jane is a trustee of The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK.

She is also a Registered General Nurse and Public Health Specialist (Health Visitor) who has worked for over 30 years with excluded groups including asylum seekers, refugees, homeless families, single homeless people, migrants, undocumented migrants, unaccompanied minors, travellers and gypsies. She has worked in a variety of settings to deliver health care, such as hostels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation, day centres, prisons, accommodation centres and the street.

She has helped to develop national guidance and resources. Jane provides training and clinical supervision within public health and safeguarding frameworks to improve standards of care and sits on national advisory groups. Jane also specialises in advising on safeguarding within a cultural framework.

Briony Ladbury


Briony is a trustee of The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK.

Briony has over forty years of NHS experience as a Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor and Family Planning Nurse. The focus of her career has been with children and families, working in various roles in acute and community settings. As one of the first Designated Nurses for child protection in England, Briony developed and and managed a 24/7 multi-agency safeguarding and child protection team specifically for health services in Croydon. The service was cited as an exemplar in the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services 2004.

Zibiah Alfred Loakthar


Kevin Muhammad


Julie Penny


Juliet Walton