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Our Team


Our Team

VALID’s team consists of a group of individuals with extensive experience and a wide range of skills across both the humanitarian and business spheres. Although we have a small team, we are fortunate to be able to draw on a number of highly qualified specialists who support us in a voluntary, pro-bono capacity. We strive for the highest standards of governance and our corporate officers are ultimately accountable to a group of Members.


Steve Collins – Founder and Chairman

Steve2Steve Collins is a medical doctor with a doctorate in nutrition. He developed Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in 1998 and has been the central figure behind the development and expansion of CMAM using Ready to Use Foods (RUFs), and the acceptance of these innovations by the World Health Organisation. In 2001, he received a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to humanitarianism.

He is a respected academic who publishes widely in major international journals, including The Lancet. Steve is also a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Child Health in London and sits on the council of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatrics and Gastroenterology. He is one of the two founders and an executive director of both Valid International and VALID Nutrition.

Howard Dalzell – Member and Non-Executive Director

Howard2Howard Dalzell holds a degree in Agriculture and a research degree in Animal Nutrition. He lived in India for 17 years and has 45 years practical experience in development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He worked with Concern for 22 years as Overseas Programme and Policy Director.

Howard has also served for 12 years as a member of advisory committees to Irish Aid. He is currently a director of Sightsavers Ireland, Anghkor Microfinance in Cambodia and is Chairman of Blessington Men’s Shed.

Roger Yates – Member and Non-Executive Director

ryatesRoger Yates is Director of Disaster Risk Management at Plan International. He has nearly 30 years experience of international development and emergencies work with 10 years at Oxfam, 10 years at Actionaid and other contracts with UN and UK government.

He has lived in Africa for 16 years and has also worked in Asia and the Americas. He qualified as an engineer, and was a member of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management. He has a Masters in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University.

Derek Staveley – Non Executive Vice Chairman and Company Secretary

Derek2Derek Staveley was the first Chief Executive of VALID Nutrition (2007 to 2011) and was instrumental in establishing the business. Prior to that, he spent 31 years with Unilever, including 7 years based in Africa. Derek has extensive background in general management, finance and internal audit.

He was Finance Director/Vice Chairperson of Unilever companies in Zaire (4 years), Turkey (4 years) and Ireland (5 years) and Group Chief Accountant/Deputy Controller of Unilever for 6 years based in London HQ. He has a degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Hans-Jürgen Koch – Member and Non-Executive Director

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Hans-Jürgen Koch has had a long and distinguished career initially in academia and then finance. This includes positons as former CEO of Deutsche Bank (Suisse) S.A; the Head of Private Wealth Management International for Deutsche Bank Group as well as the CEO of Wealth Management Europe for BNP PARIBAS SA.

Hans-Jürgen earned his Ph.D. from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. He was both a Fulbright Scholar at The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, and a DAAD-Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Hans-Jürgen holds dual Swiss and German nationality and currently resides in Zurich. He is married with three daughters.


Steve Collins, Howard Dalzell, Olly Willans, Roger Yates and Claire Martin.

VALID Nutrition’s Board of Directors is responsible for developing and approving strategy while also ensuring that delivery happens in accordance with plans; the execution of which is delegated to the management team.

VALID Nutrition is registered as a Charity and has a distinct charitable Trust in the UK, the Trustees of which are David, Marquess of Cholmondeley KCVO, Paul Barrow and Steve Collins.

VALID Nutrition is also a registered Charity in the United States and is recognised as a 501(c)3 non-profit organisation by the IRS.

The Management team comprises full time executives, responsible for the day to day running of the business and co-ordination of all our international operations.

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Management Team

Paul Murphy – Chief Executive Officer

PaulMurphyFormerly Chairman and Chief Executive of Unilever Ireland, Paul spent some 27 years with Unilever in a variety of different roles and countries before joining VALID Nutrition. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with an MA in Economics and Business Administration, he started his career with Unilever as a Management Trainee.

Prior to evolving to General Management responsibilities, initial experience was gained in Marketing and Sales. He has worked in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the UK. Paul began working with Steve Collins in 2009 and has been Chief Executive of VALID Nutrition since 2011.

Elaine Collins – Finance Manager

ElaineElaine joined VALID Nutrition as Finance Manager in April 2011. She began her accounting career with Deloitte working with a broad range of global and domestic clients within diverse sectors including Consumer, Manufacturing, I.T. and Energy. She worked with a not for profit in Kenya managing a wide spectrum of volunteers, fundraising and finance in both Nairobi and Western Kitui.

She held a finance and legal position with the social innovation company, Ashoka. She holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering, from the University of Limerick, along with a PDA from Dublin City University. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA) and the Irish Institute of Taxation (ITI).

Peter Akomo – Product Development Manager

Peter Akomo works in the Research and Development department of Valid Nutrition. He has been actively involved in the development of alternative cheaper and efficacious formulations for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition.  Peter has a Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi.

In his current role, Peter leads product and recipe development (for improving existing formulations and developing new innovative ones) and provides food technology support to Valid Nutrition’s factory operations.

Peter is skilled in the application of linear programming in formulating supplement recipes. He is a researcher in food safety, nutrition and related fields, and is actively involved in seeking innovative solutions to tackle hunger, malnutrition and related problems in the developing world. He has technical knowledge of the hygienic design of food factories and food safety management system implementation and auditing.

Peter has experience in food quality assurance in the manufacturing industry, designing diets for college students and over five years’ experience in project management and child development with Compassion International. Just before joining the Central Management Team, Peter served Valid Nutrition for over two years as a consultant food technologist, coordinating and supervising sample production for Research and Development projects.

Mary Doyle – Communications Manager

Mary2Mary has a broad spectrum of experience from various positions held in Ireland, the UK and Australia, including working as a Senior Administrator in the higher education sector, as a Treasury Analyst with a leading blue chip multinational and as the General Manager of a start-up community childcare project. She holds a BA in Politics, Social Policy  and Women’s Studies and an MA in Child and Youth Care.

Amandine Paulin – Business Development Manager

amandine bio resize 340x340Amandine began her career in the banking industry in London and then moved to South Africa to work for the French utility company EDF.  Since 2012, she has undertaken various consultancy projects for Valid Nutrition as well as organisations such as Action contre la Faim, World Vision and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She holds a European MSc in Management from ESCP Europe and a BA in Business, Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In addition, there are full time Executives based in Malawi and Kenya.

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