Christopher Queree

Chairman of the Board

Christopher has worked as an Investment Director for Ruffer LLP since 2004, and is currently the manager of Ruffer's Common Investment Fund, the Charity Assets Trust. Prior to that he was a Director at Le Masurier, James & Chinn, where he worked for 13 years.

Christopher’s knowledge and interest of Africa stems from having travelled extensively across the continent to countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Kenya and Sudan. His travels in Africa had left Christopher ‘struck by the resourcefulness of many communities, who often achieved so much with so little, typically amidst an unhelpful political environment’. Subsequently, Christopher has been a keen supporter of practical and tangible development projects that make a real and long-lasting difference to African communities-and as a result has led him to join the Bread and Water for Africa UK board of trustees.

Marie Newcombe

Trustee

Marie was elected to the Board in July 2015.

After spending most of her professional life working in marketing agencies, Marie joined Beatson Cancer Charity in February 2015 as Head of Appeals, shortly after joining she assumed responsibility for marketing and all digital activity. More recently she has decided to return to her roots working with charities to develop and execute their fundraising strategies.

She is passionate about charities and decided to join the board of Bread and Water for Africa UK after visiting one of our programmes, the Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya.

Alexandra Buist

Trustee

Alex is a linguist and translator currently working in Germany. Over the years she has traveled in a number of countries in Africa. She has been on the board of Bread and Water for Africa UK almost from the beginning in 2005 and is passionate about the cause of helping communities break out of the cycle of poverty.

Sylvia Costantini

Chief Executive Officer

On our small team of committed and passionate individuals, Sylvia is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the charity. She is the go-to person for any general or programme-related questions you might have.

Sylvia has over 12 years experience in international development, with a focus on nutrition and agriculture policy in Africa. She has been collaborating with Bread and Water for Africa UK since 2008 and is a strong advocate for our amazing African partner organisations. She firmly believes that every child deserves not only basic access to food, shelter, healthcare and education, but also the right to play and grow in a safe and loving environment.

Jonny Hellman

Communications Intern

Jonny is currently working as our Communications Intern on his placement year from the University of Bath, where he is studying towards a BSc degree in Politics and International Relations. Having developed an interest in International Development after studying an introductory module on the subject in his first year of University, Jonny was drawn to Bread and Water for Africa UK and the valuable work we do. He is a strong proponent of our philosophy of supporting local projects run by enterprising individuals. Jonny’s responsibilities at Bread and Water for Africa UK include donor relations, social media marketing, supporting the website and newsletter, and general fundraising.