About Us

So far, we have shared laughter
and play with over

55,000 people


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Our Ethos

We believe every child has
the right to laugh and play.

Each year, we bring joy
and laughter to children living
in the most challenging places
on earth.

Clowns without
Borders UK was

founded in

and is a UK
registered chairty.

Our Clowns

Our artists are highly skilled professionals. They work
across comedy, clowning, circus, physical theatre, drama,
dance, music and facilitation. The common thread that ties
us all together is a powerful belief that laughter, joy and
play can make the world a more hopeful and peaceful place.

Many of the artists who volunteer with Clowns Without
Borders also work in crisis zones, areas of natural disaster,
prisons and hospitals. High levels of sensitivity
and awareness are necessary to work effectively in these
settings. And that is why our teams are experts in
creating safe, joyful space where children feel welcome. We have
a team of 21 artists and counting.

Our Trustees

Clowns Without Borders UK is run by a small administrative team,
donating much of their time for free. Our artists also volunteer their
time expertise for free. We are governed by a Board of Trustees.

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Shilpa Thanki-Green

Shilpa is a senior finance and operations leader in Financial Services. An Associate Charted Management Accountant, she has over twenty years of experience and has worked for the likes of KPMG, Morgan Stanley and Citi Bank. Shilpa is passionate about supporting children’s rights and was previously a Trustee of Street Child.
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Nikki Charalampopoulou


Nikki co-founded the environmental charity Feedback and was Executive Director from 2011 to 2017. Feedback’s campaigns and events have been launched in more than 20 countries across the globe. Niki is the winner of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Environmental Justice Campaigner of the Year 2015 and has received awards from Nesta and the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

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Tanya Glanville-Wallis


Tanya is a former lawyer turned humanitarian lending her communications expertise to communities affected by disaster. She works globally with International NGOs, currently Oxfam. When not based at home in Oxford, Tanya can be found gathering stories in emergency contexts, gallivanting up glaciated mountains or chasing after Nelson, her beloved Sealyham Terrier. Tanya’s thoughts and photos can be found here: Huffington Post.

​Instagram: @tgwallis
Twitter: @tanya_gw
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Ed King

Ed has been a trusts and institutions fundraiser for child rights and protection programmes for 9 years. Originally working at UNICEF as a Foundations Manager, he is now Head of Institutional Partnerships.

Prior to this Ed worked at the NSPCC as a Major Gifts Fundraiser. Ed graduated with an MA rom Brunel University in Children, Youth and International Development.
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Dr Unni Krishnan

Unni works on humanitarian and health issues, on front-lines where people encounter hostile forces – disasters, military, terror, and so on. He’s worked in senior management, leadership, and governance positions for ActionAid International, Oxfam, Plan International, the Sphere Project on humanitarian minimum standards, and the People’s Health Movement. He is currently the Director of Humanitarian Response at War Child Holland. More about him here: goo.gl/GmzvMY and http://bit.ly/2jqTGn1. His blogs are at www.unniverse.in. ​

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Wendy Lanchin

Trustee (Interim Chair)

Wendy read history at Cambridge, and then went into a career in marketing & communications. She was Channel 4 Television’s first Head of Marketing, Director of Marketing at The Design Council, and has held numerous board-level roles as Director of Planning in London advertising and design agencies, such as McCann Erickson and Publicis. She now runs a consultancy, The Complete Brief, specialising in creative development and project briefing.

​ @WLanchin
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Annabel Morgan

Annabel is a clown, facilitator and storyteller from Swaziland and Malawi. For the last six years, Annabel has a project coordinator, tour leader and artist for Clowns Without Borders South Africa.

She is also founder of Creative Beans in 2008 which develops creative projects for young people and adults with a focus on social and personal transformation.

The Team

We are a small team with a big impact.
We are meticulous about how we use every donation and
make sure every penny works as hard as possible.

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Samantha Holdsworth

Sam began her career as a facilitator and clown working in different community settings. She co-founded Nimble Fish in 2007, where she spent 12 years developing and delivering national and international cultural based events.

Sam founded Clowns Without Borders UK in 2014.

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Halima Habil

Halima is a Romanian-Israeli-Moroccan producer, facilitator and clown. She developed theatre projects for social change in the UK, France, Morocco and Romania.

She is also a co-founder of the organisation In-Play, using play to string-figure connections between people.

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Edward Morgan
Project Manager

Originally, from the UK, Edward grew up in Malawi and Swaziland. He finally found himself in Vigo, Spain where he founded the musical and visual arts festival, No Tengo Mama.

Edward consistently works on international projects with a focus operations, monitoring and safety.