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.
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.
Amy Stoneham – Development Associate
Amy (volunteer) 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 is based in London and helps with a number of aspects including communications, fundraising and researching topics for new lessons.
Andrew and Chris – Website Team
Andrew Sampson and Chris Crowstaff (volunteers) are a husband and wife team who are passionate about developing websites for charities and grassroots organisations.
In 2013, Chris received a Katerva Award for Gender Equality at the United Nations in Geneva, for working to promote under-represented grassroots groups focusing on women’s issues. Some of these groups are now partners and beneficiaries of TME.
Andrew and Chris are responsible for maintaining our website and updating content.
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 – Founder
After an early career as a member of the Special Operations Executive, Helen was elected to the board of the Mildmay Mission Hospital in 1952. She sat on a number of NHS committees and later fought the closure of the Mildmay hospital, going on to became its chair when it reopened as the first hospice in Europe for people living with AIDS, in 1988.
In 1995 Helen, alongside Adele Blakebrough and Lord Andrew Mawson, organised the Great Banquet – which saw 33,000 people in London, from every background, sit down together to a meal. This event saw the beginnings of CAN, the launch of a network of social entrepreneurs who shared a commitment to tackle social problems through business.
In 2000 Helen founded Thare Machi Education (originally Starfish Initiative) as a response to the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping east Africa. Since then, our simple lessons for safer living have reached millions of people all over the world.
In 1990, Helen was awarded the MBE and in 2005 the OBE.
Alistair Fraser – Chair
Alistair is a member of the UK Executive of UK accountancy firm Mazars, and is the firm’s Head of Talent. Alistair trained with the firm, and has been a partner since 1999. He continues to work with clients as an audit and advisory partner. He particularly works with entrepreneurial businesses and charities. Alistair joined the boards of Bright Red Dot Foundation, Mezzanine 2 Ltd and CAN Mezzanine Limited in April 2011 and in 2019 joined the board of Thare Machi Education when it became part of the Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation.
Clive has extensive experience of setting up and running commercial services in the public sector. He was Director of the Commercial Group at the University of Warwick for 12 years and he then used his public sector and commercial skills to advise Councils on remodelling their Adult Social Care services. Clive has been involved with Thare Machi Education since 2005, and has visited partners in India and South Africa to support lesson distribution and partner development. As a long-term associate he has a good understanding of the organisation and its lessons so has played a vital role in supporting TME’s move to the HTTF family. Clive is also a volunteer Skipper for the Rona Sailing Project. The Project runs Sail Training Voyages for young people and for those with physical or learning difficulties such as the visually impaired and deaf, those with mental illness and people in treatment for, or recovery from addiction.