Board of Directors
Adam Whittington - PRC Founder & CEO
Adam is the founder and volunteer CEO of Project Rescue Children. He receives no income or any benefits in his role as CEO. He spent four years in the Australian Army as an Infantry soldier. After leaving the military he was hired privately in investigations across the world. He was the lead investigator in the Internationally covered kidnapping and murder of British girl, Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, Japan. He featured in the best selling non fiction book, 'People Who Eat Darkness' written about the horrible case. Adam still has a very close relationship with Lucie's amazing mother. He then served in the Metropolitan Police Force in London, United Kingdom as a police officer.
Adam was the recipient of two commendations awarded by the Police Division Commander. One for outstanding police work and dedication to helping community members and the other commendation for rescuing a family of three generations from inside their burning vehicle. Adam has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings, kidnappers and child predators, across the globe.
Mama Rispa Jane - Director Rescue Centre Kenya
Mama Jane has owned her own clothes making business owning several dress making shops for ladies and young girls. As age advanced she moved back up country and did small scale farming as she developed a passion for the environment which in turn she started a tree planting group. They got help from international organizations in the provision of seedings, attended seminars and training. Mama Jane was then elected the secretary of the group of 50 members in a massive tree planting exercise that saw the planting of over 250,000 seedlings in the area, schools, and their homes. This effort caught the attention of the UN environment program. They were awarded certificates for exemplary work at conserving the environment. Mama Jane started taking disadvantaged children many years ago providing them with a roof over their heads and food grown from her farm. Her passion to help children from trafficking and exploitation has only grown. With no help from the government Mama Jane was a perfect partner for PRC. As we rebuild the rescue centre Mama Jane also has a very active role in the rehabilitation of the children with outside professional volunteers and a local private hospital in support. At 74, she is determined with PRCs help, she can help more children in her local area. She remains a member of the Women Enterprise Fund and Kadianga tree planters group.
Nancy Adhiambo - Director Rescue Centre Kenya
An environmental scientists and a campaigner for children's rights. Nancy has been a community health volunteer for numerous years. Qualified in first aid and has been dealing with trafficked and exploited children for over 7 years in her native country Kenya. Nancy is PRC director at our Mama Jane PRC Rescue Children’s Centre in Kisumu. She runs our International child sponsorship program for Kenyan children. Nancy’s loving and caring nature towards children, makes her the ideal representative between the children and international sponsors. In her free time Nancy likes to read, socialize with friends and family.
Kupa Gori - Director & Coordinator of Kenya
Kupa is a concept developer, with years of experience in volunteering for children’s rights charities. He is also a PR and marketer. Kupa is the PRC link between our international operations team and local authorities in the Kisumu district in the West area of Kenya, where trafficking and exploitation of children is a major problem. Worked with conflict resolutions in cooperation with NGO’s and Kenyan police. Specializing in bringing communities and authorities together through mediation and negotiations. Passionate about the rights of children, Kupa is spearheading the PRC campaigns in the Horn of Africa, seeking to change policies and legislation for the protection of children in countries like Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.
Kurt Smith - PRC Director
Kurt joins PRC with a wealth of experience in finance and management. Kurt is passionate and dedicated in PRC’s cause to fight child trafficking and exploitation. He has provided finance and wealth management throughout the Russia Federation and across CIS region.
Kurt is a proven businessman who wants to see the abuse of children around the world end. Seeing abused children throughout his travels, made him decide being part of PRC is a must. Kurt will grow strong business partnerships for PRC throughout the EU, Asian and Australian business markets. A dedicated family and sports man, Kurt loves keeping healthy and travelling.
Tabitha Owens - Director of Development
Tabitha has been supporting PRC since it's beginning. Always offering advice and guidance. She became passionate about nonprofits when she had the opportunity to work with charities volunteering. She started at PRC in 2019 as a volunteer and has been with the charity ever since. She has been project manager at HSBC, project team manager at LSN (Learning and skills network - provided bespoke training courses for children). Tabitha has also been an Actor, Director, Voice-over artist and drama facilitator specializing her passion on Social Integration projects. She has been running children's events, parties and clubs exploring imaginative expression through play and story adventures. Recently she is involved in helping as the Marketing and Events manager for a new publishing company. She has found her true passion in ending child trafficking and exploitation around the world. Tabitha cares deeply about company culture and strives to cultivate trust, integrity, and communication in her team. When Tabitha is not promoting PRC’s mission, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, theatre, art, yoga and writing children's stories.
Alexander X - PRC Director of Russian Operations
Is PRC Director of Russian operations. Serving over 24 years in the Russian Special Forces - Spetsnaz and Interpol Russia division. His expert knowledge in counterintelligence and field operations makes him invaluable to PRC operations in child trafficking and exploitation throughout Russia, Europe and the Middle East. Qualified combat medic and directly connected to Russian police who always is in assistance throughout our Russian operations. Extremely pro active and rarely sleeps as he constantly looks for leads for child sexual abuse, trafficking, exploitation and the sale of child organs. He also works directly without Russian DarkWeb IT experts based in Russia. Even though now out of the military he spends a lot of time training Russian special forces in combat and combat first aid.
Mr Z - Head of IT Russia
Mr Z is the head expert in our Russian IT team, based in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. He is the driving force behind a 24/7 team of four other IT experts, who tirelessly work inside the Dark web searching for child exploitation material. As a result PRC, is one of the only not for profit charities in the world who target traffickers and paedophiles inside the Dark Web. MR Z has successfully searched and obtained shocking images and videos of children being raped and worse, leading to PRC investigating and rescued the children, at the same time working with local authorities to apprehend the perpetrators.
Mr Z studied math and computer science where he excelled at school. He has a bachelor’s degrees in three technical discipline: computer science, information technology and computer engineering. Mr Z speaks four languages has a master’s degree in information system security with specialized training through certifications, including CompTIA Security+, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA Security). Lets just say he is one of the best IT experts out there and we are honored to have he and his team with PRC.
Daniel - Head of Romanian Operations
PRC Head of Romanian Operations. Masters degree in microbiology and biochemistry engineer. Served in the Romanian military as a counter intelligence and anti corruption officer. Over 15 years experience in rescuing abused, kidnapped and trafficked children in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Middle East. He has volunteered with a Romanian trafficking and abuse charity in Bucharest giving him a wealth of experience in dealing with trafficking gangs and child victims. As well as being a qualified combat medic, he has a passion for continuing to educate himself especially on the legal aspects of child trafficking and exploitation within Romania and Europe. Daniel is a valued member of our team and his field expertise in different geographical areas, allows him to integrate with local community members where we operate. Daniel enjoys reading history and speaks five languages.
Andrew Williams - International Growth Manager
Andrew joined PRC in April 2021. Leaning into his 20 years of experience within international business management and development, leadership, strategic planning, and personal growth, Andrew is responsible for increasing awareness about the PRC mission, donor development, and building international relations.
A father of 3 and evangelous for the freedom and security of every young person, Andrew leads with the motto “there is no greater gift than a life lived free”.... “the children really are our future and if we are to create a world in which there will be no exploitation of the weak by the strong, of the good by the evil; where there will be no humiliation of the poor by the violence of the rich; and are able to shape society for the betterment and beautification of life, we all have a role to play.”
“To my mind there has never been a more needed and deserving cause then ensuring the freedom and safety of those most innocent and vulnerable, children”. “I love PRC for the fact that its mission does not just stop at statistics and awareness campaigns, It is about achieving real world results, actually saving children from horrific circumstances, and then providing them with the long-term aftercare, rehabilitation, guidance, and support so that they may claim back their power and grow into the kind of humans the world needs more of.”
Maria Ivanova - Rescue & Aftercare Specialist
Maria Ivanova is our wonderful Russian volunteer, child advocate since her student days, an activist of trade union movements in helping to organize student leisure, helping students from other cities across Russia.
Gaining her invaluable experience working with sexually abused children, volunteering in numerous orphanages throughout Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Ukraine. This lead to her gaining a university degree in child psychology and assisting in child protection organisations in particular aftercare of sexually abused and trafficked children in Russian and Eastern Europe countries including Belarus, Ukraine and Estonia. Maria is also one of our point of contact with Russian authorities. Always responsive, caring, responsible and perceptive in assigned tasks. Maria loves to spending time walking in the nature and being with her family.
David Ebbeson - Aftercare specialist
David a father of two children has been a business owner providing schools with meals throughout Stockholm Sweden. A qualified chef, his background in catering saw him wanting to provide healthy and fresh food option for children. As a result, his school catering company is the largest and most well know throughout the country. He will be in charge of designing recipes and meals for our rescue centers using locally grown ingredients.
David has an unquenchable thirst to provide, to serve and to be part of PRC’s fight to end child trafficking and exploitation. His big heart’s desire is to see the lives of thousands of children around the world rescued, rehabilitated, protected and free to live as children should live. David’s business, leadership, teamwork and motivational experience that has seen him succeed in life and business is a great asset to Project Rescue Children. When he is not working David spends every minute with family on the water or in the snow.
Sara Portnoff - Aftercare specialist
Born and raised in Scandinavia Sarah quickly realized her dream of travelling the world spending time in South East Asia and places where tourists never go at the same time enjoying changing experiences and getting to know locals. A mother who has dedicated many years working in the not forgotten profit industry. In charge of multiple employees raising funds for large international charities. Her leadership and teamwork will be beneficial for PRC as we continue to grow in to countries helping children. Sarah’s care and love for animals, also flows into her incredible passion and care for children. Her primary focus has been helping children, giving them self empowerment to go after their dreams. When Sarah is not working or taking care of her family she loves walking in the nature with her beloved dogs, relaxing and playing Pokemon Go with her children.