The people below are the essential team that help spread TMEs reach and keep the charity running. The ‘Office Team’ are the core group who do the day-to-day ins-and-outs of running the charity, while the ‘Trustees’ are there to help with the big decisions.
Rachel Butt – Director
Rachel has worked in the overseas development sector for 20 years and now looks after the running of the UK office on a day-to-day basis, as well as supporting the partner organisations who use our lessons and working to find potential new users for the DVDs. She is our main voice on Twitter and Facebook, using social media to spread the word about TME.
Amy Stoneham – Deputy Director
Amy has been involved with TME for a number of years after completing a summer internship with us. She has travelled extensively, and recently led a Challenges Worldwide team in Uganda, consulting with
emerging enterprises in Kampala. Amy will be based in London and will be working on fundraising, such as our Big Give Christmas Challenge, and development, including scripts for new lessons.
Ayesha Dikko – Office Manager
Ayesha’s first role for TME was to record the script for our “Avoiding Ebola” lesson in her native Hausa language and she has a special interest in making connections with partner organisations in her home country of Nigeria. Ayesha has joined the team to provide support with office administration, making sure all our policies are up to date, helping to look after our relationships with supporters, helping co-ordinate fundraising activities and so much more! She’s normally in the office four days a week.
Beth Manship – Office Administrator
Beth was shown the importance of education in fighting poverty on her travels through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. She now does two days a week in the Leamington TME office, assisting with the administration side of things. As well as her work for TME, Beth volunteers at her local food bank and a women’s refuge.
Andrew and Chris – Technical Team
Andrew Sampson and Chris Crowstaff (volunteers) are a husband and wife team who are passionate about developing websites for charities and grassroots organisations.
With extensive experience in the non-profit sector, Andrew and Chris are responsible for maintaining our website and updating content.
Kay Bugg – Gift Aid Manager
Kay (volunteer) takes charge of processing our Gift Aid claims. Kay emerged from retirement a few years ago to help with this crucial part of our operation.
Mary Briggs – Office Support Associate
Mary (volunteer) is in charge of our DVD dispatch, making sure that lessons are ready to send when needed. She also plays a key role in the final production and quality control of the DVDs as well as keeping our records up to date – and all this in her spare time!
Paul McCall – Financial Manager
Paul (volunteer) has authored many of our lessons (the process of converting recorded scripts to finished DVD) since he joined us as a regular volunteer. He also brings his experience of working in local government finance to help with accounts and is a Trustee of TME Isle of Man.
Sarah Clarke – Associate
Sarah (volunteer) is a key member of our authoring team, doing the first quality control checks on each lesson as it goes through the process. She also uses her English teaching skills to assist with the development of new lessons.
Tashinga Chitunhu – Authoring Associate
Tashinga (volunteer) is a regular in our office, and a key member of the authoring team, taking new language recordings and converting them to finished lessons ready to be sent to our partners.
Helen Taylor Thompson has had a very varied career, which isn’t over yet by any means! Having run various businesses she became involved with the health service in London and founded Mildmay Hospice for AIDS patients in London. Through her work at Mildmay she saw the devastation that AIDS was causing in Africa, so she founded Thare Machi Education.
Tracy Stanbury is the company secretary. Tracy used to work in the fashion design business and now assists Helen with day to day administration for fundraising. Tracy lives in Tunbridge Wells and has three boys.
Stephen Clarke was the director of TME for 15 years. He developed the DVD lessons and found our first partners, associates, and necessary funding in order to take the project from concept to reality. Now living in France, he will continue to contribute to TME as a member of the board of Trustees.
John Hacker ran the very successful Wych Cross Nursery in Sussex for many years. He has visited Cambodia with his family where he attended the opening of our first classroom there in early 2005. In 2016 he walked over 6000 miles, along the UK’s south coast, to raise money for TME.
Simon Mabley is an HR Director at Unilever and has been involved with TME for number of years, becoming a trustee in 2008. In particular he and his family have been involved with projects, both in Malawi and Rwanda, that have successfully used the lessons with local communities.
Pastor Forbes Madziya is the leader of Christ Ministries International Church in Coventry which has a cosmopolitan congregation which meets in the Britannia hotel each week. Originally from Zimbabwe Pastor Forbes has a young family and joined the Trustees in April 2012.
Olu Olasode is a trained accountant from Nigeria and runs his own business consultancy “TL First”. He is the treasurer and oversees the accounts.
Colleen Robinson is a city stockbroker living and working in London. She has travelled to our projects in Cambodia where she attended the opening of our first classroom there in early 2005.