MEET OUR TEAM
We are proud to work alongside our main office in the UK, international office in Germany, and members of our Programs team in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to create sustainable change for vulnerable children.
WeSeeHope USA is governed by a board of directors, which includes Steven Baert, Andrew Barton Ed.D., Joe Francis, Julie Kae and Phil Wall.
CHAIR OF WESEEHOPE USA
Through her company’s partnership with WeSeeHope, and her role as CSR Director there, Julie has travelled to see our work in Malawi and Tanzania, and rolled out a number of company-wide fundraising and engagement initiatives on our behalf. Increasingly seeing an opportunity to extend support for our cause in the US, Julie established WeSeeHope USA in 2016. Find out more by visiting www.WeSeeHopeUSA.org.
UK & INTERNATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
With over 12 years’ experience as COO of a retail business and from running his own company for a decade, Mark brings extensive leadership, business strategy and growth skills to his role. Pairing this background with his interests in human rights and working with children, Mark joined the WeSeeHope team as CEO in 2005. In his role, he loves seeing, experiencing and developing the whole WeSeeHope picture.
Oswald has a masters in Development Administration, conducting his research on the impact of HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is a trained social worker, bringing extensive expertise and technical guidance to our programs and partnerships. He joined the WeSeeHope team in 2008 after managing and developing women and children focused projects with two of our in-country partners in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Blantyre, Malawi. Oswald enjoys seeing positive change in the lives of the children we support, their households and communities.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Cerie has a background as a Qualified Chartered Accountant working in both the corporate sector and the NHS. During her training, she specialized in dealing with small business and charity clients and wanted to work with an organization that focused on vulnerable children and entrepreneurship. After joining the team in 2014, she has enjoyed getting involved in WeSeeHope events and visiting our partners in Zimbabwe in 2016.
HEAD OF PROGRAMS & STRATEGY
Spending time volunteering in Kenya and Tanzania helped cement Lizzie’s desire to work for a charity focused in those countries. She joined the WeSeeHope team in 2012, helping to grow our programs and partnerships, and was key in introducing our Village Investors Program (VIP) in 2014. In her role, Lizzie stays busy governing our program strategy whilst building relationships with our partners, problem solving and providing them with technical support.
SHEILA IMMACULATE KENGINGO
UGANDA COUNTRY MANAGER
Sheila has a masters degree in Human Rights, specializing in child rights, a degree in Social Work and Administration, and a Law diploma. She initially worked for our partner, RIDE, in Uganda for eight years as a manager for projects that promoted and protected child rights and social accountability. Sheila joined the WeSeeHope team in 2016, and her community empowerment and project planning skills help to guide and develop our partnerships in Uganda and our wider programs work.
KENYA COUNTRY MANAGER
Shadrack brings ten years’ experience implementing child rights projects in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a trained social worker. He was working with our partner, ANPPCAN, in Kenya developing child rights initiatives and supervising the introduction of village savings and loans groups when he found out about WeSeeHope, and joined the team in 2017. His favorite part of the role is building our partners’ capacity in Kenya and seeing the impact we have together on vulnerable children.
SYLVIA KADER HERRERA
Sylvia has a masters in Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development, which she gained after working in the corporate sector and realizing her interests lay in development. She joined WeSeeHope in 2019 and supports the monitoring and evaluation of our programs. She really enjoys working on collating and analyzing the impact data from our VIP and the data collected through our other programs.
EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
After studying economics, Jess worked in Kampala, Uganda, with an organisation that helped communities to develop stable ways to support themselves. With this experience and a long standing interest in sustainable development, she was drawn to our work with savings and loans groups and joined the team in 2017. Today Jess manages all of our WeSeeHope events and challenges – from bike rides and golf days to dinners and pub quizzes. She also works closely with our corporate partners to help them put on events and challenges of their own. As an avid rower and cyclist, Jess loves motivating our supporters so they can make the most of their fundraising.
SUPPORTER CARE & ADMIN ASSISTANT
After completing his degree in English Literature, Craig worked in a range of administrative and sales-based roles. During this time, he also studied various modules relating to economic sustainability, poverty, and conflict response. This, in conjunction with voluntary work and his own passions, led to Craig’s decision to transition into a professional career in the charity sector, joining WeSeeHope in 2023. He is committed to providing excellence in supporter care and exploring new and creative ways to fundraise in sustainable and ethical ways.
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS
After completing a degree in History, Ellie developed her marketing and PR skills at a fast-growing tech start-up. She also ran fundraising events as part of their award-winning CSR program and produced a range of content to promote the charity partnership. Ellie joined the WeSeeHope team in 2017 to manage our brand and communications, and is focused on how to demonstrate our impact through our storytelling, data and publications.
Whilst he was studying for a masters in International Development, Jamie was involved in a research project in Botswana that highlighted to him the importance of community empowerment and inclusive development. After completing his studies, he built his experience in various roles in the international development sector before joining the WeSeeHope team in 2022. He is a firm believer in the power of storytelling and really enjoys exploring new ways to communicate our message in engaging and accessible ways.
PHIL WALL MBE
CO-FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE
With over 20 years’ experience as a performance coach and change consultant, Phil provides the team with invaluable strategic and creative input. He was previously a London Police Officer and worked with The Salvation Army. The bulk of his working life now is spent coaching senior leaders in business. Using his strong networking skills, he is always looking for opportunities to engage with potential supporters and explore innovative new ways to raise money for WeSeeHope. He is Chair of the Hope Classic Rally and sits on the Board of WeSeeHope USA.
In 2022, Phil was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to our work with vulnerable children.
WENDY WALL MBE
CO-FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE
Wendy’s passion for our cause was instrumental in launching WeSeeHope and creating the first ‘1010 Challenge’ which raised £2 million and led to our formation. She works as a Highly Specialist Speech Pathologist in the NHS, and also oversees the CSR agenda of Signify Ltd where she works alongside Phil. She is a member of our Projects Sub-Committee, and brings years of experience within this role to offer guidance to the team on the strategic planning and monitoring of our programs and partners.
In 2022, Wendy was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to our work with vulnerable children.
FOUNDER OF WESEEHOPE GERMANY
Christof met WeSeeHope when he took up the 1010 Challenge with 1,000 colleagues at his company’s annual conference. He was compelled to establish a fundraising arm for our work in Germany after visiting some of our partners on an epic cycling challenge across Malawi. He engaged Tobias Lowenthal and Gordon Salzmann to join his team, and they officially launched in 2015. Find out more by visiting www.WeSeeHope.de
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