UK Staff

Chris Hunter (MBE) – Programmes Coordinator

Peacebuilding UK’s programmes coordinator Christopher Hunter was based in Moscow and the North Caucasus from 1994 to 2001, and since then in the UK. He has been instrumental in initiating and implementing a wide range of programmes in the areas of human rights, peacebuilding capacity development, psychosocial assistance and community development. He worked formerly as a Quaker Peace and Service Representative in Russia and Friends House Moscow staff member, and consultant for Oxfam in the North Caucasus, and in 2000 was awarded an MBE for his work in Chechnya.

Denis Smetanin – Administrator and Web Designer

Peacebuilding UK’s Administrator and Web Designer Denis Smetanin became a full-time member of staff in August 2017, having previously worked for the charity as a consultant. Denis assists with financial reporting to our donors, administration of sub grants, arranging travel, accommodation and other logistical questions for staff and partners, including helping to arrange Peacebuilding UK training seminars and workshops in various countries.

Julia Kington – Administrative Assistant

Julia joined Peacebuilding UK in early 2020 and is responsible for book-keeping. She originally trained as a nurse, later returning to University for a Bachelor of Education and taught for over 20 years in the UK, finally finishing her teaching career teaching English in France, Italy and the Middle East.

Partners in the North Caucasus

Peacebuilding UK works closely with skilled consultants in the North Caucasus, utilising decades of experience implementing and managing psychosocial support, human rights, peacebuilding and community development projects.