Our Committee 

A dedicated team of volunteers and partners form our committee. They are passionate about making a difference in the lives of people in Tanzania. To support the work we do, the committee includes individuals with expertise in fields such as education, community development, and project management.

Committee members from Tanzania and the UK meet online monthly to assess and review projects, with a huge amount ongoing dialogue between meetings.

UK-based committee members include the Chair, Treasurer, Project Officers and Fundraising and Digital teams.  All are highly knowledgeable about Tanzania. Most have been involved with TDT for many years, and many are regular visitors to Tanzania.

The Tanzania-based committee consists of Local Representatives in each of the areas in which we work and are therefore essential to our work. These areas are: rural Dodoma, Kagera, Kigoma, Lindi, Mara, Mtwara, Singida, Shinyanga and Simiyu. Our Tanzanian team, initiate projects as well as assess and monitor applications. The committee get clear evidence of community participation and approval from local government officials and are our eyes and ears on the ground. They gain insights into the progress of projects as well as monitoring their impact.

Meet the Committee

Ahia Ntamubano

Kagera, Ngara Representative

Ahia Ntamubano is  Executive Secretary of Kagera People Centred Development Foundation(KAPECEDEFO), a National NGO facilitating community development projects in Ngara District – Kagera Region. “I am pleased to join the TDT family,  hoping to share information,  knowledge and practical experiences with you in our efforts of working with and for communities.”

Aikande Clement Kwayu

Trustee

Aikande Clement Kwayu is a senior development and research consultant at BUMACO Limited in Tanzania. She is also an honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her consultancy and research work focuses on the role of different actors in development. Her website is here.

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Alpha Ngailla

Muleba, Kagera Representative

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

Benedicto Hosea

Kigoma Rural Representative

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. He set up Mboni ya Vijana to do this.  In 2018 BTS sponsored him to speak at their AGM, and at the UK Parliament. Hear his story here

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Brian Medcalf

Treasurer

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.

Brian Rockliffe OBE

Project Officer

Brian worked as a VSO volunteer in Tanzania between 1974 and 1978, initially as a teacher at Ilboru Secondary School near Arusha. He worked for VSO throughout his working including as Director of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. However, Tanzania was his first love, and he has maintained a keen interest in the country since the 70’s, visiting a number of times in connection with his work. Brian’s wife Freda was also a volunteer in Tanzania and their daughter, Tessa, was an ICS volunteer in Kamachumu (Kagera region) in 2013. He also championed the role of youth in development through programmes such as Global Xchange and ICS. 

David Gibbons

Project Officer and Trustee

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.

Evelyn Leonard

Kigoma Urban Representative

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.

Ezekiel Kassanga

Simiyu and Tabora Representative

Ezekiel is the founder and Executive Director of Kawiye Social Development Foundation, and the founder of the Tumaini School. He holds a Postgraduate degree in Education Management and Planning with over  15 years of working with the community. Ezekiel’s organizations empower marginalized people through training and assistance. Hear his story here

Godfrey Gahanga

Kagera, Biharamulo Representative

Godfrey is also a Project Manager for Eleanor Foundation, has a degree in Community Development and experience in sustainable agriculture practice and has worked on research studies on challenges of safe and clean water supply in rural areas.

Godfrey Makenzi

Mtwara Representative

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.

Hamza Rajabu

Singidia North Representative

Hamza is the Executive Director of the Malengo Development Foundation (MDF). He holds a Postgraduate Degree in Public Health from Coventry University and a Bachelors Degree in Family Nutrition and Consumer Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture.

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Ian Powell

Project Officer

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.

Janet Chapman

Chair of Trustees and Project Officer

After a career in educational technology, Janet has been visiting Tanzania since 2014 to help assess projects and work with our partners. Realising that a lack of maps hampered their work she started the mapping project Crowd2Map in 2015. She is passionate about girls’ rights and chairs the committee. 

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Jen Bjorkman

Communications Lead

Jenny is a UX Consultant with decades of experience in financial services and tech. Over the last few years she has worked with various charitable organisations to help them increase their online donations. She’s also active as a mentor, coach, facilitator, guest speaker and panel member for several organisations in the UX and tech communities.

 

Jeremy Lefroy

Trustee

Jeremy Lefroy and his family lived in Moshi between 1989 and 2000.  While a member of Parliament (2010-2019), Jeremy chaired the All Party Group in Tanzania. He is a director of various companies including Café Africa and is  Hon. Treasurer of Britain Tanzania Society.

Jonathan Pace

Trustee

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.

Patrick Matonya

Dodoma Representative

Patrick Matonya, leads the Diocesan Deaf Ministry in Dodoma and has a Diploma in special needs. He started to work with the DCT deaf ministry in 2016 as a translator. His passion is to serve people with special needs and he is fluent in Tanzania Sign Language. Learn more about him here.

Paul Harrison

Chair of BTS and Trustee

Educated to BA and MSc levels at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Paul regards Tanzania as his second home. Paul has over 20 years’ global work experience in environmental conservation and international development. He is a director of specialist advisory firm, Kilimanyika and former United Nations Development Programme staff, where he set up and co-ran the Global Wildlife Programme.

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Phil Grant

Project Officer

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.

Rachel Monger

Project Officer

Rachel and her family lived in Tanzania for 10 years, volunteering with Emmanuel International. In Iringa and Mwanza she was involved in establishing community development projects working with local groups making fuel-efficient stoves, training in conservation agriculture and tree planting, beekeeping and women’s income generating projects. She joined TDT early 2021 after moving back to the UK.

Ramson Lucas

Lindi Representative

Ramson Lucas studied a degree of Community Economic Development and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development at the Open University of Tanzania.  He is also Project Manager for a development project in Lindi schools for an NGO called Sports Development Aid which has been using Sports as a tool for development since 2011.

Rhobi Samwelly

Mara Representative

Rhobi is an FGM survivor and activist and the founder of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania. In 2018 she was invited to speak about her work at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and organise an event showcasing how mapping can help protect girls from FGM by UNFPA.

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Robert Kasaaju

Kagera North (Bukoba) Representative

Robert is Headteacher at Nyakato Secondary School and has a bachelor degree of art with education.  He is passionate about supporting his community.

Sheila Farrell

Trustee and Fundraising Lead

Sheila is a transport economist who has undertaken many assignments in Tanzania over the years. Her main areas of expertise are in business planning and finance. She has a strong interest in economic development strategies for poorer countries, and is fully committed to the eradication of poverty.

Steve Scorer

Project Officer

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 and is also on the board for Tumaini Open School.

Svetlana Nyameyo

Content Manager

Willhard Titus

Singida Representative

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.

William Shayo

Shinyanga Representative

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.