Debbie Coulter former Head of Programmes, Ethical Trading Initiative, former deputy general-secretary, GMB Trade Union.

Krishanti Dharmaraj Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in New York; former Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. Co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.

Michael Pennant-Jones former Group Head of Sustainability of James Finlay Ltd, member of the Tea Advisory Group for Utz cert. and Swire Sustainability Committee. Prior to Finlays he worked for Premier Brands Typhoo. Michael is currently Head of Technical & Capability at Impactt Ltd.

Nikhil Subbiah Trainee Solicitor at Debevoise & Plimpton. Prior to starting his legal career, he conducted a study trip to tea plantations in India and Sri Lanka on a Churchill Memorial Trust grant.

Stirling Smith Independent ethical trade consultant; former Chief Technical Adviser for the International Labour Organisation in India. He has worked for DFID, British Council, Fair Labour Association, trade unions, NGOs and several companies.


CEO – Sabita Banerji An economic justice specialist with long experience in ethical trade and international development having held strategic posts at two of the UK’s leading rights based organisations, Oxfam and the Ethical Trading Initiative.  She is also a former member of Board of Directors of Just Change, UK – a voluntary community tea trading initiative, and was born and raised on tea plantations in Kerala and Assam.