Our Team

COF is run by a team of approximately 30 committed individuals working​ together to provide security and opportunity for stateless Mon and Karen children. The majority of our staff are local Karen, Mon and Burmese. Many of our staff are also from a background of disadvantage. Regular employment at COF enables them to​ provide their children with a stable home and life changing education. Over the last couple of years our successful higher education program has seen a number of university and vocational graduates returning to join the team. It is particularly inspiring to see these young​ adults returning to their hometown area, empowered and eager to assist those​ facing the danger and uncertainty they once faced.

Our Board

As part of our governance framework, we are overseen by a board of trustees comprising of eight members. The board meets bi-annually. All board changes are approved and certified by The Thai Department of Social Welfare and Human Security.

The current Board of Trustees are:

  • Miss May Chawanakunakorn, President
  • Mr Daniel Thomas Hopson, Vice President
  • Miss Saranporn Taweemongkonchai, Treasurer
  • Mrs Sansanee Krairuk, Committee Member
  • Mr Mana Ngamnet, Committee Member
  • Mr Mark William Curragh, Committee Member

Our Key People:

Foundation President May Chavanakunakorn Bachelor Degree in Public Health

Foundation President

May Chavanakunakorn (Thai)

Bachelor Degree in Public Health

with COF since 2011

Foundation Secretary/ Board Member

Sansanee Krairiksh (Thai)

Bachelor of Education

With COF since 2011

COF Founder & Youth / Programme Leader

Daniel Hopson (UK)

BA Wolverhampton University UK

With COF since 2005

Project Manager

Mark Curragh (NZ)

BA Waikato NZ, Post Graduate Diploma Otago NZ, DELTA Seville Spain

with COF since 2006

Child Protection Manager & Liaison Officer with Thai Authorities

Saranporn Taweemongkonchai (Thai)

Bachelor of Tourism / Child Protection Diploma

With COF since 2008

Social Worker

Kanyawee Naglitaporn/’PipiPu’ (Karen/Thai)

Bachelor Of Social Work (Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, Thailand)

Medical Officer & Head of Mother & Child Protection

Talai Tow (Mon)

with COF since 2007

Principle Trustee COF-USA 

Robin Gascon (USA)

With COF since 2010

Principle Trustee COF-UK /Fund Raising Consultant

Tom Hopson (UK)

With COF since 2005

 Counsellor/Adviser to Child Protection Team

Lynda Hopson (UK)

Certificate in Counselling UK

With COF since 2005


Tipwan Chanasopiwat (Mon/Thai)

Bachelor Degree in Accounting

With COF since 2014

Children of the Forest Free School Teachers 

(From left to right)

Aewitra Rattanun (Kindergarten /Preparation 1) Masessa (Kindergarten/Preparation Assistant teacher), Andy Zeal (Art), Wimporn Sopaprajusanai (Korsanor Elementary),Patchareeporn Pattaraukontorn (Grade 1), Janpen Boonmak (Korsanor Senior High School), Wiparat Sopaprajusamai (School Administrator), Paraporn Pongpornprasert (Grade 2), Samrung Pansonboon (Korsanor Junior High School), Jittrapa Nakiiiapong ‘Malatee’ (English), Mongbajo (Preparation 2), Lek Pongsakan (Driver/Assistant)