The Network Project: SECOND CONFERENCE
Fairtrade at the Crossroads
Saturday 28th October 2006, Clement House, LSE
Claude Moraes MEP
Member of the
European Parliament

Claude Moraes MEP was elected to the European Parliament for London in 1999 and again in 2004 where he led the London List of candidates. He was one of the first Asian MEPs and London's first ethnic minority MEP. Claude was previously Director of JCWI, the national migration and refugee charity and Chief Executive of the Immigrants' Aid Trust. Before that, he was a national officer at the TUC, a representative to the European TUC in Brussels, House of Commons adviser to MPs John Reid and Paul Boateng, and a CRE Commissioner. With a legal background, he has campaigned and written widely on human rights issues including recently co-authoring the 'Politics of Migration' (Blackwells). In the European Parliament he is Labour spokesperson on Employment and Social Affairs and a member of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee. For further information on Claude´s background or biography further details can be found on his website at
Meredith Cochrane
Meredith Cochrane is currently the Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation. Before this she worked for People & Planet, developing education and campaigning materials on Fairtrade and working with Sixth Form and University students on their Fairtrade campaigning.
Paul Chandler

Paul is the Chief Executive at
Traidcraft, the UKĂs leading fair trade organisation. Traidcraft, based in Gateshead, consists of a trading company (Traidcraft plc, with an annual turnover of Ł16 million), and an overseas development charity (Traidcraft Exchange with an annual income of some Ł2.5 million). Traidcraft plc sells the widest range of fairly traded craft and food items in the UK, distributing them through its webstore, extensive network of activists and through retail and wholesale channels. Traidcraft Exchange supports producers in the developing world through projects, consultancy and campaigning activities.

Paul, aged 45, is married with three young daughters. His wife, Sarah, is a GP with a particular interest in tropical medicine. They live just south of Durham.

After graduating from St John's College, Oxford in 1983, where he studied Modern History, Paul joined Barclays Bank. Over the following nine years he held a variety of management positions in Barclays, specialising in strategic planning and retail sales and obtaining an MBA from Henley Management College. In 1992 he was appointed General Secretary of SPCK - the oldest Anglican mission agency, which runs a substantial publishing business, a chain of bookshops and an international grants programme. He joined Traidcraft in 2001.

Paul is also chair of the European Fair Trade Association, a director of the William Leech Foundation, a tutor and SCR member at St ChadĂs College in Durham University, and a governor of the Choristers School, Durham.

Other previous roles have included being a member of the Church of EnglandĂs Board of Mission, a trustee of the Church of England Pension Fund, and a trustee of the All Saints Educational Trust.

Whitni Thomas

Whitni Thomas joined Triodos in May 2006 with responsibility for structuring venture capital investments in social businesses and brings a particular interest in fair trade finance. Whitni worked in investment banking at JP Morgan for six years in New York and London, structuring leveraged finance for management buy-outs. She arranged senior debt, mezzanine and high yield debt for private equity clients for over 15 transactions in wide ranging sectors such as pub chains, paper manufacturing and automotive parts.

Most recently, Whitni was Head of Access to Finance at the New Economics Foundation where she led the think tank's research and consultancy work on improving access to finance for financially excluded individuals as well as social businesses. She worked closely with Twin Trading for 18 months exploring how best to finance fair trade companies. Whitni also worked for a year in the microcredit field in Mexico.

Whitni has co-authored a number of publications including: Basic Bank Accounts: The case for a universal service obligation, Ethical Finance: Challenging the mainstream or marginal alternative? Unlocking the Potential: A guide to finance for social enterprises and wrote a chapter on Finance for Fair Trade for the book Fair Trade. She has served on the board of the European Microfinance Network and the steering group for the Campaign for Community Banking Services. Whitni is a dual national of Britain and the US and lives in London.

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