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Leadership

Meet the team who are working to make our vision of free, full lives for children affected by conflict and oppression a reality.

Founders Staff

Founders

Steve Gumaer

Steve Gumaer

Founder and President

Steve, along with his wife Oddny, founded Partners Relief & Development in 1994 and serves the international organization as President. He also continues to be involved in operations in the United States and is currently a Board Director. You can read more about our founders here.

Oddny Gumaer

Oddny Gumaer

Founder

Oddny Gumaer is a writer, graphic designer, and runner. Her books and speeches have moved many people to engage with the people of Myanmar/Burma and refocus on the big issues of our day rather than the trivialities that often consume us. Her primary role is working in advocacy, getting the information out about the victims of war through writing, meeting politicians and policy makers, and speaking at Human Rights Meetings. She also plays an important role in Partners Norway's work.

Staff

Chris Norman

Chris Norman

National Director

Chris is from the UK and has been involved in the commercial world in various companies from web development to water sports, as well as the charity sector with local, national, and international charities. After a year in YWAM, he moved to Liverpool for university, where he studied Sports Science, and then became a Youth Worker. Having served on the Partners UK board for almost 2 years and being impressed with Partners work, commitment and ethos, he felt an increasing desire to be more involved, and jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of National Director. He is married to Rosie and has 3 amazing daughters.