FORGING LINKS - TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES
OUR TEAM IN UGANDA
Pius Mwalye - Independent Director and chair of SOA-UF Board
Pius Mwalye has been HSoA’s independent financial monitor in Uganda since 2006 and was appointed a Director of SOA Uganda Foundatiion in 2014. Mr Mwalye was formerly a senior lecturer and Dean of Studies in the Social Sciences Department Makerere University in Kampala. He has for many years been engaged in a similar monitoring role as a Trustee for the Windle Trust, a well known organisation within the UK and Uganda.
Richard Okotel – Executive Director, SOA-UF
Reporting directly to our Trustees, Richard leads our team in Uganda, with overall responsibility for project planning and implementation. He has over 25 years experience of working on development projects in Uganda and has worked with a number of international charities. He has extensive experience in resettling internally displaced communities, and in mobilising communities to maintain development initiatives in projects involving education, health, clean water and income generation. Richard has visited the UK twice, and is an important link between Harpenden and Uganda, communicating the importance of our work at school visits and fundraising events.
Dr Edith Formum joined the Board in September 2016. Originally from the Cameroons she studied in UK and Nigeria. Since 2003 she has worked for TASO as Medical Officer, one of the largest HIV/AIDS organisations in sub-saharan Africa. She has a particular passion for female child development and takes part in many conferences. Dr Formum chairs our Health Committee.
Mr Michael Malomo joined the Board in September 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makere University and is a member of the Insitute of Public Accountants in Uganda. His career started as an auditor in a professional firm, but after joining Mbale Municipal Council he rose to Senior accountant there. He is member of many committees in the community and is the Honorary Treasurer for Spotlight on Africa (Uganda Foundation).
Mr Peter Ayo joined the Board in September 2016. He holds a BSc in Agriculture from Makere University and a post graduate diploma in project planning and management. He joined the Department of Agriculture in 1983 and was appointed District Agricultural Officer for the Mbale District in 2005. Peter chairs the Economic Empowerment Committee.
Mrs Lornah Wamono joined the Board in 2014 when the current local NGO was started. She helped with the drafting of the constitution at that time. Lornah is a social worker who has worked for 26 years in training andcounselling communities involved in development. She is a member of several church and community committees, and a member of the economic empowerment sub committee.
Bethan Rees - Director, SOA-UF representing HSOA.
HSOA -UF STAFF
Peter Wakwabubi - Project Manager
Peter holds a degree in Primary Education and acts as our link with several schools in Uganda. He also provides support for teenagers who suffer ill-health and promotes income-generating projects amongst the orphans and widows of the Musoto Community.
Christine Alum - Project Manager
Christine Alum first got involved with HSoA when we trained her to be one of our Community Health Promoters. She lives in Musoto and fully understands the needs of the community. She has also helped deliver new boreholes and our income-generating goat project. She is a trained HIV/Aids Counsellor and Community Health Promoter.
Patrick Emulit - Economic Development Support
Patrick provides administrative support for income generation activities.
Beatrice Akejo - Programme Manager for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme
Beatrice administers support to the 75 or so children and their famlies who are part of the ‘OVC’ programme.
Linus Hire - Accountant and Administrator
Linus has a Bachelor of Business Administration. Since qualifying he has supported various charitable organisations spending 8 years as Finance and Administration Officer for Bushikori Christian Centre. He was appointed in August 2017.
SOA-UF VOLUNTEERS AND ADVISORS
Richard Ogwang - Construction Project Supervisor
Richard is a qualified architect and quantity surveyor and has considerable experience of project managing large and complicated construction projects in Uganda. He was the Project Manager for the construction of the Musoto Spotlight Primary and Nursery Schools and undertook all of the supervision of that construction over a period of a year, together with the certification process for the valuation of the construction works. He prepares detailed Bills of Quantities and Schedule of Works in order to properly manage each of our construction projects.
Dr Peter Olupot-Olupot - Health Consultant and advisor
Dr Olupot-Olupot is a Clinical Epidemiologist and consultant paediatrician and is Director of the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. He has published research on treatment of malaria and HIV in children and has worked extensively in collaboration with Professor Tom Williams of Imperial College London.
Richard Obua – Chair of School and Management Committee
Richard is the Chairman of the School Management Committee of Musoto Christian School. He is a high school teacher in the city of Mbale and a part time lecturer at Uganda Christian University. Richard has an MA in Geography and is a member of the Uganda Geography Association, as well as regional Coordinator (Eastern Region) for Uganda Geography Association. He has worked with Spotlight on Africa on our educational projects since the beginning of our work.
OUR TEAM IN the uk
Dr Bethan Rees BSc MBBS DRCOG DFFP MRCGP GPwSI became the Chair of Trustees in June 2019. Bethan has been SoA’s UK Health Advisor since 2009 and was appointed a Trustee in April 2018. Bethan has been a GP Partner in Harpenden since 2002. Having had an extended experience of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a junior doctor she later qualified as a GP with a Special interest in Gynaecology and subsequently worked in a local Community Gynaecology Service for over 10 years as well as working as a GP in Harpenden. Bethan has a wider interest in general practice services and is Chair of the Hertfordshire Local Medical Committee. She is passionate about the work of SoA in Uganda and has been involved with the projects since 2009 having visited on six separate occasions since then. Bethan has been involved with the SoA Health Project since its evolution in 2009 and attended the first as well as subsequent graduation ceremonies for the CHP programme. Bethan ran the marathon for SoA in 2016 to raise funds towards the immunisation centre.
Robin Bradley is Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and has extensive experience in IT project management and innovation. He has worked in the banking and infrastructure sectors as well as for IBM, and has was also Head of Finance for a major charity. Robin visited our projects in September 2013 and has been a Trustee since October 2013.
Lesley Davies joined the Board of Trustees in April 2016 and leads the Fundraising Committee. She is Chief Executive of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, combining her commitment to the charitable sector with her love of wildlife and the natural environment. She has been involved in a variety of charities as a volunteer and has extensive experience in fundraising. Lesley visited our work in Uganda in 2017.
Wendy Howson is the Trustee Representative on the Events and Schools Committee. She is a founding member and Trustee of the Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust in South Africa and Trustee of the Himalaya Consortium for Himalayan Conservation (HIMCON). She has considerable experience in delivering integrated development projects in her role as Corporate Relations Manager for Hewlett Packard South Africa, the ICT partners in the World Summit for Sustainable Development. Wendy was appointed Trustee in April 2013 and visited our work in Uganda in 2015.
Andy Hodge (FCA CTA) was appointed our Hon Treasurer on 1 July 2018 and became a Trustee in February 2019. Andy retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") as an International Corporate Tax Consultant on 30 June after 37 years service. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1986. Whilst at PwC, Andy specialised in pharma & life sciences & technology sectors and he has also worked with various charity clients. On retirement, Andy has also been appointed the Independent Examiner for 2 other local charities.
Clare Mason joined the board of trustees in January 2018. She has experience in development programs, having managed EU-funded projects as a field-based officer in West and Southern Africa, and also whilst UK-based for the NGO, CAFOD. Clare has worked in the UK public and private sectors, always with an international aspect, and is currently studying for a PhD.
Hilary Hollick is Chair of our Events and Schools Team with responsibility for local fundraising and our relationships with schools. Hilary is a retired Head Teacher and has visited our projects in Uganda twice, most recently in 2017.
Laura Bailey was appointed a Trustee in 2019. Having studied International Development and International Relations at university, Laura worked for the Royal College of Physicians, and later the Royal College of Surgeons, in their international teams to provide clinical training for a stronger global medical workforce. She managed projects and fostered partnerships across a dozen countries including Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. She has volunteered for a number of international development charities and is a member of Chatham House. Laura currently lives near Harpenden and is Senior Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Parliament.
Sallyann Boschetti was appointed to the role of Secretary in mid 2018. Her professional background is in HR and Education and she volunteers for other initiatives in her home town of Harpenden as well as Spotlight.
Lord Antony St John of Bletso has been an independent cross-bencher in the House of Lords since 1978. He is a spokesman on African affairs and is involved in a number of other charities in senior positions as Patron, Trustee and Chairman. He joined the Spotlight team as a Patron in March 2018.
Bim Afolami is Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden since 2017. Despite being one of the youngest Members of Parliament, he has already had a varied business career in the City advising some of the biggest companies in the world, both British and international - first as a corporate lawyer and then for HSBC. Raised by parents who worked in the NHS, he is passionate about improving equality of opportunity for a good education and access to healthcare. Bim has also been a primary school governor and has volunteered for charities that focus on helping people return to work. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Ditchley Foundation.
Hefin Rees QC was Chairman of Trustees of Harpenden Spotlight on Africa from 2008 to 2014 and played a huge part in all areas of our development. He continues to advise the Trustees on legal and construction issues.
Professor Andrew Mayo was Chairman of Trustees between 2014 and June 2019 and a Trustee since 2010. He is a Professor at Middlesex University specialising in Human Resource Management, and has run his own management and HR consultancy for 20 years. He has also served as a Trustee of Open Arms International (UK), which works with homeless and orphan children in Eldoret, Kenya, and is Chair of the Spiral Partnership Trust, which oversees six primary schools in Herts. He has visited our projects in Uganda seven times.