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.
Lornah Wamono – Director, SOA-UF
Andrew Mayo – 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 - Administrator and Economic Development Support
Patrick is SOA Uganda's book-keeper and provides administrative support for the goat project and other income generation activities.
Joseph Okoche – Economic Development Project Manager
Joseph Okoche has a degree in Aquaculture and has overall responsibility for all our income generation projects. He is working closely with Michael Sande of ICIPE who is bringing push-pull technology to Uganda and is based in SOA Uganda's office in Mbale.
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 HARPENDEN
Andrew Mayo is our Chairman of Trustees. He is a Professor at Middlesex University specialising in Human Resource Management, and also runs a management and HR consultancy. Andrew has been a Trustee of HSoA since 2010. He was until recently also a Trustee of Open Arms International (UK), which works with homeless and orphan children in Eldoret, Kenya, and is Chair of a St Albans Academies Trust. He has visited our projects in Uganda three times.
Robin Bradley is our Hon Treasurer and Trustee. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and now works as a Management Consultant for IBM specialising in IT project management. Robin was previously Head of Finance at a major charity and also has experience in the banking and infrastructure sectors. Robin visited our projects in September 2013 and has been a Trustee since October 2013.
Caroline Swanson is Hon Secretary and the Trustee representative on the Marketing and Communications team. She works for BP in the Global Pensions Treasury Team. She has been with BP for over 25 years in various finance, treasury and pensions roles in Australia, Singapore, South Africa and the UK. Caroline has visited our projects in Uganda almost every year since 2009. She was appointed secretary in 2007 and Trustee in October 2014.
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 Sumitt for Sustainable Development. Wendy was appointed Trustee in April 2013.
Roger Hallam was appointed a Trustee in August 2015 and is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Currency Management at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, a CFA Charterholder and Trustee of the J.P. Morgan UK Pension Plan.
Elizabeth Sarney was appointed a Trustee in August 2015. She brings a wealth of experience in Trust and Grant application and has been out to see our projects in Uganda.
Lesley Davies joined the Board of Trustees in April 2016 and sits on 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.
Julie McConnell is the Chair of our Marketing Communications Team and was appointed a Trustee in May 2016. She has a degree in Environmental Science and spent time teaching in Ghana. More recently she has held senior marketing positions in both commercial and charitable organisations. Julie also volunteers for a number of local and national charities.
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.
OUR UK COMMITTEES
EVENTS AND SCHOOLS TEAM
- Hilary Hollick (Chair)
- Wendy Howson
- Colette Usher
- Pam Brown
- Rory Scales
- Vladi Kuna
- Janet Orford
- Hugo Stephens
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS TEAM
- Julie McConnell (Chair)
- Caroline Swanson
- Jon Bowd
- Rachel Lee
- Anne Meehan
- Hibo Abdulrahman
- Nicole Hashtroudi
- Vladi Kuna
- Hugo Stephens
- Alison Fox
- Roger Hallam (Chair)
- Rory Scales
- Jonathan Bryers
- Lesley Davies
- Emily Tilly
- Robin Bradley
- Andrew Mayo
- Elizabeth Sarney
The Rt Hon Peter Lilley has been MP for Harpenden and Hitchin since 1997 and was a Cabinet Minister between 1989 and 1997.
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.