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Tamryn Stowell

Corporate Advisor
Charities Aid Foundation

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SPOTLIGHT ON A TEAM MEMBER - TAMRYN STOWELL

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERY MORNING?

Okay, well firstly it’s my alarm that actually gets me up. Without it I would be lost!

In terms of inspiration – my whole family are hard working entrepreneurs who never seem to tire, lose passion, or find challenges insurmountable. They unknowingly follow Mandela’s mantra “I never lose. I either win or learn.”.

So I suppose I have a lot to live up to, especially being the youngest.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT CAF?

Prior to starting at CAF I had a mixed working background – I spent 5 years in London working in marketing and business development and then 4 years in Africa and Asia, working for grassroots charities and advising on CSR. CAF combines all of these things: a charity which promotes responsible corporate behaviour and also directly impacts the charitable sector. Kind of like having my cake and eating it.

WHERE'S THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOU HAVE TRAVELLED TO?

This is a really tricky one so I am going to break it down into categories:

  • My favourite place I have ever lived is Uganda.
  • The most eye-opening place I have ever been to was Vanuatu - I travelled for a month with my family around the remote islands when I was 14.
  • My go to place for culture is India.
  • And my favourite place for food is France (also possibly India).

If you combined all of those together, that would be my Nirvana (it would also be very peculiar)!

WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?  

  1. The Obamas. I know everyone says this but I have always been a huge fan of their liberal attitudes, and in light of recent political upheavals I couldn’t think of anyone else I would more like to have a sensible conversation with!
  2. Ricky Gervais. I love his (at times controversial) humour and he is also a huge advocate of animal rights – something else that is very important to me.
  3. Valerie Amos. She is currently the head of SOAS (where I did my Masters), she is the first female black head of a university, she was the first British Cabinet Minister from an African-Caribbean background, she was also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Her achievements are astonishing and she is a huge inspiration to me.
  4. Dolly Parton. This may come as a surprise but I love Dolly! I love her music, her commitment to charity, and most of all I love her self-deprecating attitude – for such a big star she always comes across as extremely humble.
  5. And seeing as this is an imaginary dinner party I would also invite Nelson Mandela. I don’t think that one needs an explanation!

Just trying to imagine how the seating plan would work for this one has me in stitches.

WHAT CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY TRENDS DO YOU SEE EMERGING?

In all honesty I think it is a huge convergence. Corporate Responsibility is increasingly being viewed in a holistic way. No longer is it only to do with employee engagement, charity partnerships, direct aid, or sustainability. I think that all these elements are creating a wheel of CR which complement each other in their ambitions. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals create a good lens through which companies can create priority areas which align to their business. This then gives focus to their giving, behaviours, and strategies to achieve the greatest impact.

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