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.

Vice-Chair, 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.

Vice-Chair - Fundraising

Jill Nicholson

Jill Nicholson has extensive experience over the last five years supporting and managing grassroots organizations in India and Africa. Having lived and worked in Tanzania for a number of years, Jill is committed to using her skills and experience to continue supporting grassroots initiatives within Tanzania now that she is no longer residing there.

Executive Secretary and Trustee

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth is a retired IT consultant. She was Director of ICT at St John’s University, Tanzania, until 2011. She retains links with friends and former colleagues in Tanzania, and became Executive Secretary of TDT in November 2015.

Treasurer

We are currently without a treasurer. Meanwhile the role is ably filled by our trustee, Robert Gibson, who is a former treasurer.

Trustee

Petronilla Mwakatuma

Petronilla is a Food Lead auditor with over 15 years’ experience in Food Safety in UK.  She joined TDT  3 years ago and straight away became involved with a project helping women in Singida. Based on her experience on food safety industry regulatory role she decided to utilise skills gained in UK to help her Fellow Tanzanians. She often travels back and forth to Tanzania to help sme’s who so wish to export goods abroad, and to know what regulations apply. She also supports environmental conservation programmes through Tanzania Sunseed Trust engaged on Building Eco friendly cookers, and using mycorrhiza  fungal spp on planting trees in Dodoma.

Trustee and acting treasurer

Robert Gibson

Robert was born in Dar Es Salaam. He pursued a career in journalism, stock broking and banking, including living in India, Malaysia and Singapore. He served TDT as Treasurer from 2010 to 2014, and has been a Trustee since 2010.  Robert also provides technical back-up on our web site.

Trustee

Andrew Coulson

Andrew worked in Tanzania as an economist in the 1960s and 1970s, first in the Ministry of Agriculture, then teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam. He returned to England in 1976, and wrote the book Tanania: A Political Economy (OUP – Second Edition 2013). Since 2009 he has been able to visit Tanzania two or three times a year, and to write, mainly on matters relating to agriculture. He is a trustee of the Tanzania Development Trust, and Chair of BTS since 2015.

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.

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 and Trustee

Julian Marcus

Julian’s career as a headteacher was followed by an M.A. in African Studies. He has worked with TDT since 1988. He is a former Chairman of TDT and regularly visits Tanzania visiting projects.

Projects & Campaigns

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.

Project Officer

Helen Carey

Helen was born in Kenya and lived there until the age of 10. She worked with VSO in Zanzibar from 2001-2004. More recently Helen worked with the Soil Association in London on a project getting school students into the countryside and connected with their food.

She joined TDT officially as a Programme Officer in October 2015. She is currently volunteering at the Mugumu Safe House and Vocational Training Centre getting the food growing project off the ground.

Project Officer

Tichafara Chisaka

Tichafara is passionate about African affairs, human rights and development issues. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Zimbabwe, and has also lived in various parts of the UK. She has many years of experience working on projects in both the corporate and development sectors.

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.

Project Officer and Trustee

Julian Marcus

Julian’s career as a headteacher was followed by an M.A. in African Studies. He has worked with TDT since 1988. He is a former Chairman of TDT and regularly visits Tanzania visiting projects.

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.

Fundraising Assistant

Lydia Moore

Having worked for three months in Tanzania in 2014, Lydia was inspired and decided to work alongside TDT to advance their projects. As part of the fundraising team, she assists with documentation and fundraising initiatives for all projects, inclusive of the Mugumu FGM Safehouse.

Local Representatives

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.

Lindi and Mtwara Representative

Linus Buriani

Linus went to university in Dodoma, where he gained a BA in Development Studies. He has worked as a volunteer with various international development organisations, and is secretary of a farmers’ NGO in Western Mtwara.

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.

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 was awarded 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 experience in working with different groups of people, especially in rural areas. He has also been helping communities, grass-root CBOs and NGOs to write project proposals. Godfrey has passion and good communication skills to support the rural poor to find ways to improve their livelihood options.

Kagera Representative

Elias Mashasi

Elias has worked in several countries for the International Labour Organisation. He has represented TDT in Kagera for many years, visiting, assessing and monitoring projects and arranging the visits of members from the UK to Kagera.

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.

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.

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.