The School Aid Team

Team

Patrons

The Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal.

The Rt Hon Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood is a Justice of the Supreme Court.

H E Ambassador Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar was the Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States of America and previously was the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

President

Lady Baker is the founder of School Aid. She was a primary school teacher and is the wife of Sir Scott Baker. She was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by The Rotary Club of Chesham in recognition of her work in founding and developing School Aid in support of African education.

Chairman

Janis Mowlam was a nurse and teacher. She delivered child healthcare in rural Malawi and later ran childcare courses in London. She established School Aid's South Africa volunteer network and set up School Aid South Africa.

Secretary to the Trustees

Roy Abraham was ​a Councillor on Chesham Town and Chiltern District councils and a former Chesham Town Mayor. He is currently a Panel Member of the Thames Valley Police, (Complaints, Integrity and Ethics Panel) and a Governor of Amersham and Wycombe F E College. He joined School Aid as a Trustee in 2004 and has strong links with East Africa.

Treasurer

Rob Walther worked for Clerical Medical for many years in a number of roles, finishing as Chief Executive. More recently he has worked with Nationwide, retiring as Deputy Chairman in 2012. More importantly (at least in his view!) he sailed the Atlantic with two friends in a 36 foot boat.

Trustees

Elisabeth Elias qualified as a barrister. She currently is President, chairs the Board of Trustees of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, where she has been a Trustee since 2006. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2007, she chaired the Girls' Day School Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK, responsible for 26 independent day schools. She has been involved in education and governance, through schools, universities and museums, for many years.

Ian Hodgson was a solicitor and partner at Slaughter and May in both London and Hong Kong. He spent 30 years with the firm before retiring in 2013 although he remains as a trustee of various of their pension funds. Since retiring, he has taken on a number of voluntary positions in the education sector including Deputy Chairman and Trustee of The British School at Rome, the development committee of Oundle School and Trustee and Governor of Coleshill Infant School. He is also heavily involved in the sports sector being Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Cricket Club, a director of Denham Golf Club and on the Real Tennis and Squash Committee of the MCC.

Amish Nathwani is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of operational and technology risk management and controls in financial services. He has worked in senior positions at one of the ‘Big 4’ audit firms, a global investment bank and a central bank.

Allan Westray worked in the drinks industry for most of his life and held senior positions with various UK wine companies before establishing his own wine importing business in the 1990’s. He retired soon after selling the business to Scottish & Newcastle. Allan was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2009 / 2010 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. He became a School Aid Trustee in 2010 and is also closely involved with many other charities in Buckinghamshire.

Staff

Clare Junak, General Manager

Clare joined School Aid in 2008 having previously worked in a number of senior management positions for Clarins UK Ltd. Initially joining School Aid as Operation Manager, she moved to the position of General Manager in 2011.

Thomas Broom, UK and Africa Operations Manager

Thomas has worked at School Aid since 2012, starting as an intern and now handling School Aid operations in the UK and Africa. Tom is responsible for service delivery, overseeing the UK logistics operation, international shipping and coordinating with partners in recipient countries as well as helping process the statistical data we receive for reporting. Managing our fantastic volunteers is also a big part of the role, ensuring that School Aid is a safe and enjoyable place to volunteer. Thomas is local to our Hedgerley site, having grown up in the village.

Sabina Budzinska, UK Operations Officer

Having started work as an intern with School Aid in September 2015, Sabina joined the staff the following year.

James Wyper, Warehouse Manager

James joined School Aid after retiring from senior management positions in the automotive aftermarket. He is Chairman of the Chiltern Morris Register (Owners Pre War cars) and owns a 1935 Morris 8 family saloon; he also enjoys playing golf. Since he has taken over the management of the warehouse, a stock control system is now in place, which enables more control of books and equipment donated to School Aid.

Michael Makwela, South Africa Project Manager

Michael develops, implements, and monitors School Aid libraries in South Africa. He is responsible for; identifying appropriate recipient schools; organising and providing library facilities and infrastructure where there are none; participating in the recruitment and arranging training of school library assistants; liaising with schools, relevant government departments, other partners and NGOs/NPOs plus School Aid South Africa Directors and the School Aid UK office; and working with and mentoring local volunteers. Mike Makwela has experience in tertiary, public and school libraries. He was first exposed to librarianship when he was working as a music librarian for Radio Turf in Limpopo Province. He graduated from the University of Limpopo with a Bachelor of Information Studies.

Moso Ranoosi, Lesotho Reading Club Project Officer

Moso was born and educated in Malealea in Lesotho, where he was a youth leader, volunteering with HIV/AIDS education in the local schools. He was active in the Adult learning circles and trained local facilitators. He was a trustee for the Malealea Development Trust (MDT), growing the charity from its early days. The MDT was a trust that focused on supporting the local community with literacy and development projects. He has a Diploma in Adult Education and a BA in Development and Environmental Studies at the National University of Lesotho.

Refiloe Khau, Lesotho Project and Reading Club Assistant 

Refiloe was born in Maseru, Lesotho in 1990.  She went to a local school at Mazenod, Maseru.  She holds a Diploma in Education Primary from Lesotho College of Education.  She worked as a Student Teacher at Tlametlu Primary School in 2012.  She has worked as a Class Teacher at Get Together English Medium School since 2014, where she is now working as An Assistant Teacher.

Josh Palfreman, Tanzania representative

Josh has been involved with School Aid since 2010, when he visited several of our recipient schools in remote areas of Tanzania. Having spent time helping out in the UK warehouse, he returned to Tanzania to live. Josh now works with our partners and recipient schools in Tanzania, smoothing the way for shipments and following them up after delivery.

Moses Kanyerere Banda, Malawi Projects Reading Officer

Moses joined School Aid in 2016 and has a Bachelors Degree in Theology and Leadership, which he studied at the African Christian College in Swaziland in 2011. He has worked as an Administrative Assistant, Teacher, Librarian and Preacher at the Namikango Bible College from 2012 - 2015. He is delighted to be working with School Aid to expand the literacy level in Malawi.