There are currently 13 members of our UK staff team:
0207 269 0740
Georgie founded AfriKids in 2002 following five years of building trust, relationships and a deep understanding of the complex child rights situation in the Upper Eastern Region of Ghana. She has pioneered AfriKids’ unique approach to sustainable development through social entrepreneurship and investment partnering. AfriKids was founded on the principles that underpin every aspect of its work both in the UK and Ghana; listen, empower and sustain. At the heart of Georgie's role is ensuring that these form the lifeblood of the organisation, in fundraising, communications, governance programme delivery and business development. Georgie works very closely with AfriKids Ghana's Director Nich Kumah.
Georgie is a regular speaker at the School of Social Entrepreneurs and at major corporate and third sector events. These include, most recently, Oxford and Warwick University, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Deutsche Bank, Allen and Overy and the Institute of Fundraising. In 2012 her Radio Four Broadcast, entitled 'Say No To Pity' was featured as part of the best of the series selection. As part of her work for AfriKids, Georgie advises and consults for NGOs and grant-giving foundations, both in the UK and on the ground in Africa. She is also a Trustee of Amantani and Chair of the Donations Committee for Alquity.
Georgie is a winner of the Charity Times Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
Contact Georgie for:
-Keynote speaking requests
020 7269 07 49
Andy joined AfriKids in 2006 as Programmes and Strategy Manager and is now Director of Business and Programmes. Andy is responsible for the development, operation and strategy of AfriKids’ social enterprise businesses from the UK, he also oversees AfriKids’ programmes. He shares overall responsibility for AfriKids’ organisational strategy and financial management as part of the senior management and Director teams. Andy leads AfriKids Squared, the organisation’s consulting arm, and has experience consulting for global corporations and international NGOs on topics ranging from social enterprise investment to organisational strategy; he also regularly speaks at NGO and social enterprise conferences and forums.
Before joining AfriKids Andy worked in the private sector in business process development and EMEA project management oversight. Andy holds a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar.
Contact Andy for:
-AfriKids social enterprises
-AfriKids Squared enquiries
0207 269 0742
Sally is on a year's maternity leave from September 2013.
Sally joined AfriKids as a Trust Fundraiser in 2005 and is now a Director. She is responsible for fundraising and programme development and shares responsibility for the AfriKids’ organisational strategy and financial management as part of the senior management team. Sally joined AfriKids as a full-time member of staff straight after graduating from university, where she studied for her degree in International Relations. Whilst at university, Sally volunteered for AfriKids both in the UK and in Ghana and she has travelled extensively to developing countries.
Since joining AfriKids Sally has remained committed to her continuing professional development. She is now a Institute of Fundraising certified Fundraising Manager and has an Msc in Development Management through the Open University.
In 2010 Sally won the Institute of Fundraising Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year Award.
Head of Fundraisingamyparker@afrikids.org
020 7269 0748
Amy joined AfriKids as Head of Fundraising in October 2013. Amy joins us from Deutsche Bank where she was the Charities and Fundraising Manager. During her five years leading the Bank’s Charity of the Year programme she helped raise over £8 million for 11 different charities, including just over £1.1m for AfriKids in 2010. The partnership with AfriKids remains the most successful Charity of the Year partnership for Deutsche Bank.
In October 2010 she took part in the first 'Experience Challenge', experiencing life in the shoes of AfriKids Ghana Fieldworker, Elijah Agongo.
“ I’ve met scores of charities working in Corporate Social Responsibility but none have quite moved me the way AfriKids does. Their collaborative, empowering approach and unwavering determination to ensure AfriKids Ghana is completely sustainable by 2018 is truly unique. I feel privileged to be part of this inspiring organisation.”
Contact Amy for:
Head of UK Finance & Operationsphilcrosby@afrikids.org
0207 269 0745
Phil joined AfriKids in September 2013. He is responsible for the efficient management of finance, human resources, governance, IT and office management in the UK. As part of the Senior Management Team he also shares responsibility for the organisational strategy of AfriKids.
Before joining AfriKids Phil worked for several international NGOs in field based roles in Afghanistan, Gaza, Darfur, Haiti, Niger & Uganda and prior to moving into the non-profit sector as an accountant for an oil company and as a management consultant. In addition to being a qualified accountant, Phil holds a BA in History and an MA in Medieval History both from Durham University.
Contact Phil for:
- Office management
Head of Programmesfelixwood@afrikids.org
020 7269 0742
Felix Joined AfriKids in September 2013 as Head of Programmes, and his main responsibilities are monitoring and evaluation of AfriKids Ghana’s programmes and supporting AfriKids Ghana in the identification, development and successful delivery of programmes. He is also responsible for statutory fundraising and relationship management.
Felix Has over ten years' experience of working in International Development, and has worked extensively across Africa and Asia, working with local teams and partners, focussing on supporting programme development and management. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Development.
Contact Felix for:
- AfriKids Programmes
Head of Sustainabilitycharliehay@afrikids.org
0207 269 0747
Charlie first came across AfriKids when volunteered on the Global Xchange programme in 2009, an initiative run by VSO, British Council and overseas partners to promote global citizenship. This took her to Bolgatanga for 3 months, where she lived with a family in a traditional home in Zuarungu and volunteered as a teacher for AfriKids Ghana. This introduction to the organisation made such an impression on Charlie that she contacted the UK office on her return and began an internship which allowed her to continue working on the initiatives she had been supporting in Ghana, namely AfriKids Ethical Trade, which tied in with her previous employment in retail management and her own personal interests.
Charlie is part of the Senior Management Team and works primarily on AfriKids' Programmes and Business support services to AfriKids Ghana, ranging from developing Monitoring and Evaluation systems, to producing business cases for our social enterprise portfolio and driving our unique strategy for AfriKids Ghana’s (financial and managerial) independence by 2018.
Contact Charlie for:
· AfriKids Blue Sky Lodge
· AfriKids Energy for Life Initiative
· 2018 – AfriKids’ sustainability strategy
· AfriKids social enterprise
· Donating to/supplying AfriKids’ business department
· Partnering with AfriKids social enterprise
Business and Programmes Finance Managerdavidwhitworth@afrikids.org
David joined AfriKids in August 2013. Before joining AfriKids David worked as an auditor at a big four accountancy firm, where he took his accountancy exams and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Prior to this David completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics. David has had a long-standing interest in International Development and social enterprise which he's pursued by volunteering at a number of NGOs since university based in both the UK and Uganda. David's previous roles include working as a Financial Analyst for War Child UK, UYWEFA and Project Harar.
David's role at AfriKids involves supporting AfriKids Ghana in all financial aspects of their businesses and programmes, while providing financial analysis when appraising new business opportunities for AfriKids Ghana.
Contact David for:
- Programme development
- Business development
Fundraising and Communications Managerliamnolan@afrikids.org
0207 269 0741
Liam has been with AfriKids since 2008 when he joined as a fundraiser. Now Fundraising and Communications Manager, he is responsible managing AfriKids’ relationships with trusts and foundations and heads up AfriKids’ communication work.
Liam has over seven years of fundraising experience and has firsthand experience of all of AfriKids’ projects having spent time in Ghana with the staff and beneficiaries. In his current role, he leads AfriKids’ communications strategy and is passionate about the potential social media and digital communication present to the Third Sector.He holds an undergraduate degree in English and a Masters in creative writing, and has previous experience of working overseas.
Contact Liam for:
-Trusts and Foundations
0207 269 0758
Ama joined AfriKids in February 2010 as the UK Operations Assistant. She is now a Fundraising Manager and responsible for managing relationships with individual donors and supporters. This includes AfriKids Ambassadors, regular givers, and management of the AfriKids Social Investment Club. With Liam, she also manages relationships with trusts and foundations, to raise funds for our projects in Ghana.
Before joining AfriKids Ama worked in the Arts and Cultural sector for five years after graduating with a degree in Performing Arts and Arts Management. She worked extensively with young people and marginalised communities to use the arts for social change. After a change in career focus she decided to do a short course in human rights. She is now doing an Msc at Birkbeck College in Development Studies and Social Anthropology.
Contact Ama for:
-Enquiries about donating and regular giving
-The AfriKids Social Investment Club (ASIC)
-Trust and Foundations
International Relations Managerkatiearnold@afrikids.org
0207 269 0750
Katie joined AfriKids in March 2010 as the assistant to Georgie, providing a comprehensive support service on a wide range of internal and external affairs. Not long after, in October 2010, she launched AfriKids' first ever Experience Challenge with 50 Deutsche Bank staff, which went onto raise over £200,000 for AfriKids' projects.
Katie now works closely with AfriKids Ghana to plan and deliver donor and supporter trips to Ghana which focus on immersing guests in the organisation’s work, the impact being made and in life for people living in the Upper East Region (UER). The role of responsible hospitality and tourism in the socio-economic development of the UER is extremely exciting and Katie will be working with the UK business team to develop and implement AfriKids’ strategy in this area.
Katie also focuses on employee engagement for AfriKids’ corporate partnerships, for which trips to Ghana can offer innovative and once in a lifetime opportunities for organisations and their staff.
Contact Katie for:
- Trips to AfriKids Ghana
- Corporate partnerships
- Employee engagement
Beata Bishop McCarthy
Events & Communications Managerbeatabishopmccarthy@afrikids.org
0207 269 0743
Beata joined AfriKids in May 2012 as the Communications and Events Assistant, after completing her degree in Politics and French. Beata is now Events and Communications Manager, responsible for events, sponsored events and communications.
Beata develops and implements the Events strategy to raise money for AfriKids' 17 projects in Ghana. Beata also seeks to come up with new, innovative events to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Beata is also responsible for planning and delivering the Sponsored Events, which includes ensuring we have a wide range of events to suit all interests and leves, and support individuals in their fundaising initiatives.
Together with Liam Beata delivers AfriKids' communications; she manages the website, keeping in touch with our supporters on social media and producing the newsletters. Beata also works in measuring the impact and reach of AfriKids' online channels using Google Analytics.
Beata will also be account managing the last phase of AfriKids' global partnership with Allen & Overy. This will involve some exciting event and campaigns to mark the end of what has been a fantastic two-year partnership.
Contact Beata for:
- Events inquiries
- Sponsored Events enquiries
- Communications & PR queries
- Queries relating to our corporate partners Allen & Overy
UK Finance & Operations Coordinatorchanadeband@afrikids.org
0207 269 0740
Chanade joined AfriKids in August 2013 as the UK Finance & Operations Coordinator. Chanade began working for a financial government body but sought out a career change to the third sector after volunteering at an Ecuadorian children’s charity and other NGOs abroad. Before joining the AfriKids team Chanade was working for a children’s charity as a Finance and Project officer on an England-wide government-funded project.
Contact Chanade for:
Hospitality and Tourism Internalicetilton@afrikids.org
Alice has just completed an MSc in Global Development Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to this she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Durham University. At AfriKids she is helping with the upcoming Experience Challenge trips going out to Ghana. Her main focus is on developing a responsible travel policy for future trips.
Marketing & Events Internkaleranichols@afrikids.org
During her internship Kalera will be assisting with theSpirit Boy launch event and with marketing this autobiography. Kalera will also be helping with the Christmas Pub Quiz, Tough Crowd and Santa Run. She will principally be assisting with the communications and marketing aspects of these fundraising initiatives.