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Meet Our Team

Profiles of our field staff and our trustees in Kenya and in the UK.

Tushinde Kenya

childrens-charity-kenyaBeth Muna | Lead Social Worker

Beth has been working with Tushinde since 2012. She started practicing social work before joining college. Beth graduated with a diploma in social work and community development from Nairobi Institute of Business Studies in 2014. Beth enjoys working with the most vulnerable families in the slums. She believes that “There is no fulfilment than touching and making a positive difference in the life of a vulnerable child.”

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childrens-charity-kenyaAnne Gathoni | Programme Manager

Anne has over 7 years of experience in community development initiatives, 6 years of which have been with Tushinde Children’s Trust in different roles. Anne is currently pursuing a diploma in Project Planning and Management and has a diploma in social work. Being the Programme Manager, Anne is involved in every aspect of programme design and execution. She is passionate about working with people struggling in life, to help make a difference.

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Jacquiline Akinyi Udoyi | Finance Manager

Jacquiline joined Tushinde in 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya). Jacquiline is also an active member of Association of the Women in Kenya (AWAK). ‘I am passionate and dedicated individual who loves helping the community in the smallest way possible’.

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Emma Wilcox | Chair of Trustees, Tushinde Kenyaemma-childrens-charity-kenya

Emma has lived in Kenya for most of her life and has always had some involvement in charitable work. When her children started school full time she wanted to give a little bit more and is now the chair of the board.  ‘It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems. But, what you can do is make that little corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.’

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Neelum Keval | Trustee, Tushinde Kenya

Neelum is a trained accountant and has worked for both the private and public sector in Kenya for many years. She recently left her job in the UN to open her own craft business, which is a real success. She is the treasurer of Tushinde’s Kenya board and provides advice and supervision of the Tushinde accounts.

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wambui-childrens-charity-kenyaWambui Kabue | Trustee, Tushinde Kenya

Wambui joined the Tushinde board as she wanted to make a difference. She has a background in art and design. Not only has she been involved in the board’s decision making, but she has also used her artistic talent to provide marketing materials for use within Kenya.

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Laurie Coe

Laurie has a Masters in Public Health, from Boston University and has over 10 years of experience managing complex public health programs for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She is a quality improvement specialist and uses data to motivate teams and drive improvement. She is passionate about health equity for vulnerable populations and excited to join Tushinde’s team to focus on monitoring and evaluation efforts and program management.

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Alex Barratt

Alex is a systemic practitioner with over 15 years’ experience working with children and families in child mental health. She has recently been supporting Tushinde to develop their family and community programme. Alex has introduced and trained the team in the Outcome Star, a model that is transforming the delivery of social work to become holistic and solution focused. She is passionate about finding innovative yet practical solutions that serve to keep families together.

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Tushinde UK

 

 

laurie-bidwell-childrens-charity-kenyaLaurie Bidwell | Trustee, Tushinde UK

Laurie was the driving force in Tushinde’s initial registration as a charity in Scotland. He draws on lengthy experience in policy and practice in the community based not for profit sector and ten years’ experience as an elected member in local government in Dundee with a focus on children’s services. He is currently chair of the board of trustees in the UK.

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Megan Wright | Founder & Director, Tushinde UK

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Megan has a degree in nursing and a concern for the rights of every child. She lived in Africa for over seven years; initially working for larger international charities before founding Tushinde in 2010. She is now based in the UK, where she is still very involved in all aspects of Tushinde’s work.

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John Randall | Trustee, Tushinde UK

John has a strategic consultancy specialising in turn around and startup businesses. He has held numerous directorships in SME’s and is currently non-executive director of More Partnership (fundraising consultancy). His interests include mountaineering, skiing, white water rafting (guide) and photography. John is married to Christine and has three daughters.
 

 

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Caroline Jordan | Trustee, Tushinde UK

Caroline has lived in Kenya for five years and has experience in education and development across Africa. Caroline holds a Master’s in Education and International Development from Institute of Education in the UK. Caroline currently works as an Education Adviser on donor projects in developing country contexts. She has been involved with Tushinde since its inception and has worked closely with our schools and Early Childhood Development programme in Mathare.

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Simon Pennington | Trustee, Tushinde UK

Simon is a Partner with More Partnership, a strategy consultancy that helps non-profits advance their great ambitions by maximising their fundraising success. Among his clients are King’s College London, Oxford and Melbourne Universities. Charities such as Alzheimer’s Research UK and Cancer Research UK, and NGOs such as Mercy Ships and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Previously Simon was Director of Development at University College London. Simon is a keen runner, skier and cyclist and wants to see all young people have the chance to shine, which is why he is so pleased to have been asked to join the Tushinde Board.

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Marie Duong | Trustee, Tushinde UK

Marie has worked in development for the past 15 years and is currently a senior project advisor for Friends International in Thailand. Marie spent two years in Kenya and in that time became very involved in Tushinde’s work, helping the staff develop the correct frameworks for the planning, delivery and evaluation of interventions. She brings to the board a wealth of experience in development and how to effectively run an NGO.