Our Trustees


Sarah Balser has worked in the third sector for over 22 years having held Senior Management Roles in fundraising for the NSPCC, Chickenshed Theatre Company and Mercy Ships UK. Sarah is also a trained ChidlLine Volunteer Counsellor offering a regular weekly shift at ChildLine's London Base supporting children and young people across the UK. Living in Essex, Sarah was born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and British father.

Nick Braley trained as a CIMA accountant in industry before working with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management accountant for four years. He then worked in Nigeria for four years with Diageo before taking up a finance role with Concern in Liberia. In 2007, Nick decided to change career and retrained as a teacher. In 2010/11 Nick completed a year working in Lagos for another multinational company and is currently working as a Finance Manager for an African multinational based in West Africa.

Michelle Butler is a Barrister at Matrix Chambers in London specialising in human rights and international law.  She has been working with Stepping Stones Nigeria (with other members of the Bar Human Rights Committee) since 2008.

Grace Ekong has been a committed supporter of Stepping Stones Nigeria's work for some time now. Although based in Manchester she regularly visits her home country and helps to monitor the work that Stepping Stones Nigeria is carrying out. Grace has a background in nursing and midwifery.

Anthony Finnerty (MTh, MA) has been a teacher for 30 years (including two years in Zambia). Currently he works for Global Link, the Development Education Centre based in Lancaster, and as an Education Consultant.

Felix Holman has been working and supporting street children for the last five years and has a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm for working with these children. She is currently Director of Programmes for StreetInvest, a charity working to train street workers around the world.

Eleanor Jane Sandercock (BSocSci Hons) (MA) has been involved with community development in the Niger Delta since 2001, and lived and worked in West Africa for more than 4 years.  She is currently working for a Scottish youth education and development charity, providing programme development and funding support. Ellie has been a trustee for SSN since 2007.

James Trevett (ACA, MAAT) is a chartered accountant with a number of years of experience working for an international accountancy firm. His finance skills are an asset to Stepping Stones Nigeria, supporting our commitment to financial integrity and transparency.