AfriKids UK currently has six Trustees:
John Hickman, a property developer and investor, is the Chair of the AfriKids' UK board of trustees. John is one of the charity's longest standing supporters; he has been involved since 2002 when he was approached by Georgie who was seeking funds to transport medicines to Northern Ghana. John explains "I liked what I saw and heard so much that I agreed to become a trustee when I was asked".
John felt he could contribute to AfriKids by bringing a measure of business sense and common sense to the aims of the charity. As chair of the trustees John describes his role as follows; "I need to know pretty much all that is going on and is planned, and I derive huge satisfaction from seeing a fledgling charity expanding into a really useful enterprise."
Anna Maria Kennedy
Anna Maria Kennedy, who is extremely active in the charitable world, has supported Georgie Fienberg and now AfriKids' work since its beginning. As a trustee she offers her time, generosity and advice to AfriKids in abundance. Anna Maria visits the projects in Ghana at least every other year and maintains a good working knowledge of AfriKids' work on the ground.
When in Ghana she acts as any other volunteer and is always keen to "muck in" on work, be it manual or otherwise. As a generous donor Anna Maria makes thoughtful use of her gifts, covering many of the unavoidable expenses which it is hard to fund elsewhere such as the council tax on AfriKids' head office in the UK
Nick Fry is a qualified Chartered Accountant who spent most of his career in investment banking, mainly with S.G. Warburg & Co.Ltd (now part of UBS AG) and latterly as a partner in KPMG, where he was also Vice Chairman, Corporate Finance. He is now a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Absolute Return Trust Ltd (a fund of hedge funds) and Pochin's plc (engaged in property development, house building and construction). He is also a non-executive director of Black Rock Smaller Companies Trust PLC.
Nick has been a trustee of AfriKids since he heard of the charity's work through John Hickman in 2003. In addition to his broad interest in the work of the charity, Nick lends AfriKids his financial expertise as needed and monitors the charity's accounts closely, as well as providing valuable experience gained as a non-executive director.
David is the Director of the Ethnic Minorities Partnership Agency (EMPA), an umbrella organisation for Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) groups in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. He is a finance and management consultant and human rights and social justice campaigner. David is also a member of the institute of fundraising and member of the chartered Management Institute. He has over 10 years working experience in the Charity/NGO/Third Sector.
David is a native of Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana where Afrikids Ghana operates. He has been involved with the work Afrikids since 2004 when he was introduced to Afrikids-UK through Rev Fr. Moses Akebule of Sacred Heart Cathedral of Bolgatanga in one of his visits to the UK.
In March 2010 David also completed an MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management.
Duncan Spencer is a management consultant with Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, as specialist asset management consulting firm.
Duncan has been involved with AfriKids since early 2008 when he spent 2 months working in Bolgatanga as part of an extended honeymoon. Leveraging his commercial and programme management experience, Duncan worked with and supported AfriKids Ghana’s Senior Management Team in the definition of standards and processes around project management, business case definition, financial management and management reporting AfriKids’ local sustainability initiatives - with particular focus on the AfriKids Medical Centre.
Duncan has continued to be heavily involved with AfriKids in this regard following his initial trip - undertaking annual working visits to Ghana in addition to supporting and occasionally speaking at AfriKids events and sitting on the AfriKids Medical Centre Advisory Board.
Vedrana Bilanovic Riley is a private equity professional who started as a charity sceptic, believing that funds parachuted in from above are rarely effective, something witnessed first hand in the reconstruction of her birth place in the former Yugoslavia. However, an opportunity to discover the AfriKids’ approach through a professional relationship with Georgie’s father led to her swift conversion to the AfriKids’ cause and she was subsequently delighted to become a trustee.
Vedrana returned from her first visit to Ghana in October 2010 as impressed by the impact of the charity’s work on the ground as she was by the professionalism of the staff throughout the organisation. Vedrana is foremost an enthusiastic supporter, raising both funds and awareness by bringing AfriKids to a new audience wherever and whenever she can.