Sue Burke, Chair

Chair of GEN since 2003 but linked with India since the 1980s. I worked with the the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Indian Family Planning Association on 'population education'.  I worked with the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Subsequently with the Commonwealth Secretariat I focused on effective community based projects that make a difference.

GEN is a UK based charity and a company limited by guarantee that works in India to alleviate poverty.

GEN provides resources to assist grassroot organisations with which it forms partnerships, to fulfil their development goals. With GEN's help, our partners can deliver project initiatives in collaboration with those village groups which are most-in-need. GEN's assistance includes:

GEN has sponsored the creation of an Indian-based NGO, END POVERTY, which from its founding in 2009 has built a programme of literacy and craftwork training classes in remote villages as well as working with village development.

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Company Secretary: Colin Marsh. Accountants: Radbourne Management Services, Radbourne House, Butchers Lane, Pattishall, Northamptonshire.

Charity Registration No. 1101193. Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee

Registration No. 4620446

Anthony Charlwood

I gained an interest in the development of India from several decades of business travel to the country. I became acutely aware that the rising prosperity of the middle class was leaving great swathes of the population behind in poverty. GEN is working to help the Meo community get out of the poverty trap by empowering them to develop their skills and education.


Andrew Picken

I joined Gen because I have spent a career working in international development including four very enjoyable years in India and fourteen in Asia. I have managed large and small scale development projects that have made a real difference to people's lives, particular those involving educational systems and livelihood development.  

Sunetra Puri

I was born and brought up in India. Hence, I have great interest in the work of GEN. To GEN I offer my long experience of working on development issues including women's health and rights, capacity building, communications and advocacy.  I gained my experience and expertise working at International Planned Parenthood Federation, The World Bank and other development agencies.

Shailendra Vyakarnam

Dr Vyakarnam is Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield  He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over several years. From 2003 to 2015 he developed practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

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Colin Marsh

Colin is our company secretary

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John McCormick and

Eric Arnold

Bet Tickner

I like to do something creative - beading, dressmaking, knitting.  I love craft fairs and handmade, individual goods and textiles. I buy Fair Trade goods wherever possible.

This is the source of my interest in and commitment to GEN-End Poverty , to help promote their handicrafts project, which works to provide a source of income and employment, and thus empowerment ,for village women.

The GEN Initiative Ltd.  Working with grassroot NGOs and the most disadvantaged villagers to contribute to the elimination of poverty.

Charity Commission Registration No. 1101193

 Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4620446

 Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4620446