Meet the team

Ken Dunn

Ken DunnA graduate in geography and geology, Ken is passionate about protecting the earth’s resources and developing sustainable solutions.

Ken brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to any project he is involved with. He also brings expertise and award-winning excellence to helping communities developing projects that are based on offsetting carbon usage, developing sustainable food-growing projects and green-energy.

He is currently spear-heading Africa’s Gift Trees4Africa campaign a major project that in tackling the effects of soil erosion is bringing all Ken’s geographical and geological knowledge to the fore.


Richard Penycate

Richard PenycateOver five years ago Richard, a committed environmentalist, set up Creation Recycling, a kerbside collection service. Having set up the Creation Recycling business, he formed and managed a successful partnership with his local authority.

Since forming the Creation Recycling business he has gone on to form his own green construction business.

Richard’s business experience as a green entrepreneur enables Africa’s Gift to provide valuable know-how to community groups interested in developing projects that involve social housing, or include a construction or recycling element.

As well as his environmental experience and qualifications, Richard also has many years experience in teaching drama and in looking at ways of using drama to tackle social issues and helping communities to re-connect.

On top of all this Richard is actively involved in helping communities, particularly young people, to engage with and get involved in civic society and the democratic process.


 Paul Keen

Paul k2.jpgPaul first became involved with Africa's Gift through a working holiday to Malealea in Lesotho in January 2015.  He got to know the people and worked on projects initiated by the charity, and was inspired to help further.  

Paul brings a background in governance, fundraising and strategic planning and is committed in particular to helping the charity secure new sources of funding to consolidate the development of the teaching farm in Malealea, to support improvements to schools and to support orphans to access education.  

Paul had a long career as a senior civil servant, largely focused on education, employment and training, including support for community development and procuring services from private and third sector organisations.  He is now retired and able to devote his energies to the further development of Africa's Gift, whilst also having the time to enjoy return visits to Malealea to help take our project work forward.

  

Lesley Cochrane

Lesley CochraneLesley’s expertise is in managing budgets, people and other resources.

Previously an active member of Local Authority curriculum working parties for the development and integration of Key Skills, Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy, she understands many of the issues affecting some of the UK’s most deprived areas, and communities in the developing world.

A former school curriculum leader of 11-16 PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education, and Financial Literacy), Lesley also spent over 25 years of her career in education promoting an awareness of issues around global Citizenship.

Lesley's expertise and skills make her the ideal link between businesses, community groups and schools. Her experience and connections with business can be invaluable in designing and managing community projects, particularly where it involves a partnership with a community in the developing world.

If that wasn’t enough Lesley has a strong affinity with a variety of creative activities - including a range of needlecrafts, maintaining and developing her garden, choral singing and playing her oboe in an orchestra - making her a great asset for communities interested in developing arts-based projects.


Paul Selina

Paul SelinaAs a successful businessman, electrical engineer and entrepreneur in the construction industry, Paul brings numerous skills to any community project he is involved with.

His business experience includes being past President of his local Chamber of Commerce. This means he can bring an extra dimension to helping community groups manage their projects, as well as helping them to develop projects that will engage local businesses.

Paul has been involved in assisting volunteer groups to form partnerships with community groups in other parts of the world since 1991.  His volunteer experience includes Project Management in the UK, Eastern Europe, Africa and North America.

 


Michael Fletcher

Fletch2.jpgMichael spent 28 years working in the Financial Services industry and has significant experience in both process design and project management, along with managing budgets and teams.
 
A keen sportsman in his younger years, Michael played football, cricket and rugby, but as age has crept up on him he has become an avid cyclist.
 
Michael used this experience to work on projects in Romania for many years before starting to work with Africa's Gift.
 
Before becoming a trustee, Michael has worked with Africa's Gift on projects in Lesotho on several occasions, including the building of teachers' housing and developments on the teaching farm.