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

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 is the author of Tanzania: A Political Economy. He remains a regular visitor to and writer on Tanzania, mainly on matters relating to agriculture.

Treasurer and Trustee

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. Apart from a 2-year gap, he has served TDT as Treasurer from 2010. Robert also provides technical back-up on our web site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Karagwe, Kagera Representative

Steven Revelian

Steven is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KARUDECA, set up to help people develop a sustainable income. He was born and raised in the Karagwe district in a village called Ihanda. He studied a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Linguistics and Literature at St. Augustine University of Tanzania and he worked as a teacher for a couple of years after graduating.

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.

Committee Member

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 was Executive Secretary of TDT from November 2015 to November 2017.

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.