Co-Founder & Chairman
Willie has been a Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) volunteer in Tanzania, chairman of: the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services, the Britain-Tanzania Society and a trustee of Uppingham School. He has also been a magistrate, High Sheriff of his county and a Deputy Lieutenant.
Gail first went to Tanzania in 1968 working for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). A trained physiotherapist and counsellor she has worked voluntarily with Liverpool’s Personal Services Society and been heavily involved with a number of youth organisations for disadvantaged children. She has also been a selector for VSO for over 18 years.
Co-founder and CEO of MMT Digital, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies, Ben is also an investor in a number of start-up businesses and sits on the boards of two other companies. He lives with his wife and their three children, and down-time includes walking their two dogs, playing just-about-competitive hockey, skiing and watching rugby.
Born in Kenya, where his mother still lives, Nick has lasting ties to Africa – his brother runs an agricultural distribution company in Tanzania. He also brings over 25 years of financial experience from his time working in fund management. Now a private investor, he co-founded ‘Dream for Trees’, a charity that plants mini, biodiverse forests in London and the home counties.
A TV documentary director/producer now working freelance after 16 years at the BBC, Giles has filmed in Uganda, Ghana, China and Mongolia. He is also a crew member on the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat station. As a long-term TMT supporter, Giles was repeatedly humbled by the truly profound difference that our work can make to people’s lives and future prospects.
A geographer and retired teacher with 40 years experience of taking pupils to various parts of the globe and opening their eyes and minds to other cultures. Nic has been a TMT Trustee for 15 years, supporting our work with links to schools and education as well as conducting aspects of community fundraising and sponsored cycling events.
CEO of Five Talents, Rachel has over 15 years experience in the charity sector, including roles supporting church-based community projects, fundraising and ethical campaigning, as well as managing savings group programmes in sub-Saharan Africa for Plan International. Rachel is responsible for developing and delivering our strategy.
Advisor to the Board
With over 18 years of experience working in food safety both in UK local Governments and Tanzania, Petronilla brings a bespoke experience on agricultural food security and training skills, conducting seminars, workshops, conferences, project management, and evaluation. She is keen to share the knowledge she has gained in the European community in her motherland, Tanzania.
Advisor to the Board
George was among the first beneficiaries of the Mango Tree programme. With education and experience in Kenya, the UK, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somaliland, he is a trained teacher, facilitator, and mentor. George also has competencies in programme implementation, project networking and promoting Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) approaches in community-led projects.