Meet The Team

All of the TDT team are volunteers, who give up many hours of their time to support the work of the Trust.

Chair and Trustee

Jonathan Pace

Following a career in Music Education and School Management, Jonathan worked in Namibia as a VSO volunteer with the Ministry of Education. He joined TDT as a Project Officer in 2010.

Chair of BTS and Trustee

Elizabeth Taylor

After a career in the IT industry in the UK, Elizabeth first went to Tanzania in 2004 to be IT consultant to the Anglican Church of Tanzania , then moved to the  new Anglican St John's University of Tanzania  in 2007 to head IT, returning to the UK in 2011. She has been a member of BTS since 2011 and was secretary of both BTS and TDT until the 2017 AGM.

Treasurer

Brian Medcalf

Following a career in Pharmaceutical Project Management, Brian worked in management of an alcohol counselling agency. After periods of volunteering in Southern Kenya, he, with his wife Aleen, was based in the Dodoma region of Central Tanzania, assisting with sponsorship projects and school management, from 2011-2015. He continues to support this work from the UK.

Secretary

Kristina Putzova


Kristina was born in Bratislava, Slovakia and made a move to the UK in 2008. She studied International Ŕelations for her MA degree and now works full time for a medical charity in London.

Website Manager

Peter Kenworthy

Peter worked in Tanzania with his family, managing a fish farming development project based near Dodoma for 9 years.  He now runs his own company with a focus on implementing people management systems.  Peter joined TDT in 2019.

Projects & Campaigns

Tabora Representative

Philemon Boyo

Philemon has managed various rural development projects, and is currently the Executive Secretary at the Fair Education and Information Centre in Tabora.

Campaigns Manager, Project Officer and Trustee

Janet Chapman

After 30 years as an ICT teacher, assistant headteacher and consultant in educational technology, Janet now works full time in the charity sector. She is dedicated to devising effective campaigns and is driving this area of TDT’s work forward.

Projects Officer

Dan Cook

Dan lived in Tanzania as a child. After a 25-year career in the City, he now works part-time while studying for an MSc in International Development at the Open University.

Project Officer

Kevin Curley CBE

Kevin’s roles have included Programme Director for VSO, Chief Executive of Headway, and Chief Executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action. Kevin lived in Tanzania for 4 years and now spends 4 weeks there each year visiting our projects. He was appointed CBE in 2012 for services to the voluntary and community sector.

Project Officer and Trustee

David Gibbons

David lived in Tanzania as a child. He is a teacher in the UK, and helped coordinate and support a school link and exchange with Shambalai secondary school, Lushoto.

Project Officer

Phil Grant

Phil has been involved with overseas development for 40 years. In Tanzania he has been an agricultural extension officer, manager of a farmers’ training centre, and has also worked with Maasai people in capacity building. He was also a VSO trainer in the UK for many years.

Project Officer

Philippa Grant

Philippa’s experience is in agriculture, horticulture and small business, and she has worked in various developing countries. In Tanzania Philippa has worked as a volunteer in government and NGO projects, most recently with a Maasai CBO on the edge of Serengeti.

Kigoma Rural Representative

Benedicto Hosea

Benedicto has lived in Zeze village near Kasulu, Kigoma all his life. He has a degree in Environmental Planning and Management, and a strong passion for agriculture – especially in rural development and as a route out of poverty.

Project Officer

Dan Hutchinson

Dan studied South East Asian Studies and Environmental Policy and Management before going into a career in magazine and online publishing. Dan has recently returned to his core interest in international development and has been working with TDT and Tusk in East Africa. Alongside managing projects, Dan is committed to using his editorial skills and publishing background to raise awareness and help with fundraising.

Rukwa Representative

Anselmo Kapandila

Anselmo Kapandila has served as District Health Officer in Nkasi District - Rukwa region since 1995 and is a member of Tanzania Rural Revival which empowers local people by supporting their development priorities. He is also a founder of ANSADE FOUNDATION which provides education, care and support to children in need and empowers women to meet the needs and rights of these groups in the community.

Simiyu Representative

Ezekiel Kassanga

Ezekiel is the founder and Executive Director of Kawiye Social Development Foundation, and is a Bachelor of Arts and Education. Ezekiel’s organisation offers microfinance and training to build skills and capacity of marginalised people. Learn more about Ezekiel

Kigoma Urban Representative

Evelyn Leonard

Evelyn studied Organisation and Management for her BA degree. She worked for Barclays Bank and the British Council before taking up her current position as Director of the Kigoma NGO, Hope for the Community.

Mtwara Representative

Godfrey Makenzi

Godfrey holds a Bachelor Degree in Regional Development Planning from the Institute of Rural Development Planning, Dodoma. He works as civil servant at Masasi District Council.  He has a passion for helping communities and the rural poor, and helps grass-root CBOs and NGOs to write project proposals.

Trustee

Petronilla Mwakatuma

Petronilla is a Food Lead auditor with over 15 years’ experience in Food Safety in UK.  She seeks to utilise skills and experience in food safety regulation to help her fellow Tanzanians.  She also supports environmental conservation programmes through Tanzania Sunseed Trust.

Dar es Salaam Representative

Danny Mwasandube

Danny was born in Mbeya region, but much of his professional career was in the UK as a surveyor, and in housing management. After a stint as Treasurer of TDT in the UK, Danny now heads a team of surveyors in Dar es Salaam, but remains closely involved with TDT and other national charities.

Muleba, Kagera Representative,

Alpha Ngailla

Alpha Ngailla is a teacher at Ikondo secondary school in Muleba district. He has a Bachelor degree of arts with education, major in History.

Project Officer

Ian Powell

Ian did VSO in Tanzania from 1974 to 1976, teaching Chemistry and Maths. When he returned to the UK, Ian founded a charity which did education and crime prevention work, before moving on to work for a number of other not for profit organisations.

Mara Representative

Rhobi Samwelly

Rhobi works with the Anglican Diocese of Mara to implement a wide variety of projects. In her role as TDT’s representative in Mara, she supports development projects with people of all faiths. She is passionate about women’s rights, particularly helping girls affected by FGM.

Project Officer

Steve Scorer

A career in teaching in UK, France and Spain was followed by retirement and travel. Steve then stumbled across VSO at the Adventure Travel show and signed up for a short posting in Lindi, south east Tanzania in 2014, which ended up being for 3 years.  Steve joined the TDT team in early 2019 when he facilitated the completion of the Angaza school basketball court.

Shinyanga Representative

William Shayo

William studied for a BA in Mass Communication before joining the Tanzania Red Cross Society for over six years. He lives in Shinyanga, and is currently executive director of the Organization of People Empowerment, overseeing various community projects.

Singida Representative

Wilhard Titus

Wilhard has a Bachelor degree of Education in Economics from University of Dodoma. Now Wilhard works as business studies teacher in Manyoni district. He is also co-founder of Mbalamwezi Organisation, a charity that supports male teenagers from rural areas in Singida region.