Chairperson and Co-Founder
Alison Nagle, an Oxford University graduate, worked as an award-winning journalist for publications including The Economist and the Asian Wall Street Journal. She specialized in human rights. She now works both in the UK and Sri Lanka, overseeing educational programmes, communicating the reality of child poverty, visiting schools, maintaining contact with donors and raising funds
Director of Welfare and Schools, Co-Founder
Aruni Cooray, School and Welfare Director, is a highly dedicated social worker who supervises all aspects of the welfare, education of the children as well as coordinating counselling work. She works long hours visiting children’s families late into the evening to ensure that children attend school and investigates the many aspects of abuse. She is much loved by all the children.
Ajanta, a Sri Lankan herself whose family were influential educationalists, is an LSE graduate and a UK chartered accountant. She left the world of finance in 2017 to volunteer for the Rainbow Centre after a rewarding fundraising experience and visit with her childrens' school cricket tour. Ajanta brings invaluable efficiency and dedication to improving the Rainbow Centre’s profile, fundraising and sourcing teacher volunteers. She is responsible for many aspects of Rainbow Centre UK work including the design of the website, maintaining a strong profile on Facebook and introducing regular updates of all the Rainbow Centre news.
Piyatissa Cooray, Managing Director, a retired businessman, works as a volunteer for 12 hours a day and seven days a week. He oversaw the successful purchase of the Rainbow Centre premises in 2017 and manages all areas of maintenance and staff performance. Without his expertise and support, the Rainbow Centre would not be what it is today
Alasdair Nagle, Finance Director, is a UK chartered accountant and worked in private equity in Asia for 25 years. Now retired, he assists with the running of the Rainbow Centre, and oversees the monthly management accounts and the reports to auditors in the UK and Sri Lanka.
Head of English
Kasia is a very experienced English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, CELTA qualified, having worked in the field for more than 20 years. She has taught in a number of schools including three UK independent schools and has taught ages 4-18, as well as adults. She currently works as Head of EAL at Edge Grove Preparatory school, Hertfordshire. Kasia works tirelessly to ensure the Rainbow Centre English programme is continually outstanding, that it teaches the children key English skills in engaging and challenging ways. She regularly visits the Centre and Skypes several times a week to ensure the consistency and progression of the teaching. Kasia has brought the teaching of English to a dynamic and interactive level which has inspired the children and local teachers. Kasia is a key member of our small team working as a volunteer. Kasia lives with her two children and husband Harry, who is a housemaster at a boarding school near Hertford.
Cordelia Nagle, Youth Worker, grew up with the Rainbow Centre children and has a natural flair for teaching and creative work. She is easily the most loved Rainbow Centre volunteer. She is studying Philosophy and German at UCL and travels to Sri Lanka whenever her academic work allows. She gives talks to schools and helps organize visits.