The end of last year came with a lot of changes for our charity. Not only a change in our CEO but also with the addition of four new trustee members to our governing board. 

As last year already imposed a variety of challenges, we really felt the need to expand our board and include members with a wide variety of professional skills that they can offer to our work. The hope was that this would not only increase our capacity and resources but also bring new possibilities in terms of new ideas and the creation of growth strategies for the year ahead.

After the application process we were able to welcome four new trustees in October and already the first trustee meeting back in October made us realise how incredibly lucky we are to have them all on board! 

Lauren Kocher

Lauren has over 15 years' experience in programme management and as a training consultant, with experience working for national as well as international NGO's. Currently she holds a role as Programme Manager for the Sports Team at the Greater London Authority. Lauren adds to our team with her extensive experience in managing international development projects across various fields, including sports for development, HIV/AIDS, education as well as Ebola response, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia.

Lisa Delaney

Lisa is a senior executive with extensive digital marketing experience in the travel and tourism industry around the world. With experience in working for smaller as well as global brands in the luxury and consumer goods industry she has a deep understanding of the challenges small organisations are currently facing. Lisa’s experience in cooperate partnerships will be of great value, considering our goal is to create new fundraising strategies and valuable new partnerships.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Belvin M. Tawuya

Belvin is a digital and strategic communications expert with a wide range of experience in digital media and communications. Currently he works for an NGO in strategy and communications. Belvin is interested in promoting positive conversations about Africa and believes in empowering people at the grassroot level and in harnessing the potential of young people. Belvin’s experience working for the private as well as the public sector will be beneficial for our donor management and communication strategies development work.

Darren Talbot

Darren is a chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in global management and service delivery, running a D2i Management and independent Management Consultancy. His love for Africa developed during his work for the Liberian Government in cooperation with the World Bank, focusing on rebuilding the country's education system after the war. Darren's experience in business Management will help us with our budgeting and cash flow efforts.

With the wealth of experience our new trustees bring to our team, we are excited for the new year and have faith that we will be able to face the challenges it might bring.