African Revival has head offices in London (UK), Gulu (Uganda), and Choma (Zambia). In South Sudan we work in partnership with other NGOs – The Brickworks and Fields of Life. Our UK office is primarily concerned with fundraising, communications, and programme support, in order to support the programmes carried out by our 20+ dedicated staff in the field.
Across all our offices, we are lucky enough to be supported by a team of fantastic, hard-working volunteers and a board of experienced and passionate trustees.
Elaine Miller – Executive Director Elaine re-joined African Revival in September 2016. She has a track record of successful fundraising, having previously been Fundraising Director at African Revival between 2004 and 2010, and Philanthropy Director at The London Community Foundation from 2012 to August 2016. Elaine has a wealth of experience in communications, sales, and marketing – beginning her career in radio advertising at Kiss FM and Xfm, before being appointed Head of Entertainment at Capital Radio Group. Elaine is fizzing with ideas of how to create partnerships and build campaigns to engage businesses, individuals, trusts and foundations. Married to Andy, they have two boys, Jamie & Chad. Elaine enjoys music, rugby and walking their retriever, Harley.
Brian Carrick – Part Time Finance Manager Brian joined African Revival in March 2017, having previously enjoyed 40 years’ experience in Financial Management – working in Banking, Manufacturing, Leisure in both the private and not-for-profit Charity sectors. Brian’s job involves keeping us on top of everything finance-related, reviewing our financial information, systems and controls, and producing figures for our board of trustees which combine the operations in the UK, Uganda and Zambia. Married to Jane, when he’s not balancing the books he enjoys walking, reading about history and watching rugby.
Catherine Inch – International Programme and Fundraising Executive Catherine joined African Revival in October 2016 as a fundraising communications volunteer. The role was so interesting she felt inspired and driven to get more involved – committing to a newly created position that draws on her natural fundraising skills, and knowledge of International Development. Catherine recently graduated from SOAS, University of London, with an Msc in Development Studies. She enjoys yoga, and has previously volunteered with NGO projects in Costa Rica and Nicaragua – mastering brick-laying in the process!
David Williams – Collection Tin Volunteer David is a retired resident in the Hampton area. He has been helping look after African Revival’s collection tins in Hampton Hill for a number of years and often helps out around the office, especially when our quarterly newsletter is about to be sent out!
Cheryl Edwards – Collection Tin Volunteer Cheryl is another Hampton resident who has made a fantastic contribution to African Revival over the years. As well as helping to look after collections tins in the Hampton area, she has also been actively involved in our Schools Linking Programme.
Scovia Ekit Opuch – Interim Country Director Scovia joined African Revival in 2011 after working with War Child Canada and comes with lots of experience of the challenges children face in education after decades of war, especially in northern Uganda. She loves to work with teachers, not only to improve girl’s retention but also to create an environment for them to have the same opportunities as boys. Meeting assertive and confident girls (primary beneficiaries of the girls’ sanitation projects) is what she looks forward to. Scovia works to document the progress and impact African Revival has achieved in schools and is very excited about the future. Outside of work, she is studying for a master’s degree at Gulu University.
Finance and Administration Manager
Vincent Komakech – Construction Coordinator. Vincent has a wealth of experience in construction. Prior to joining African Revival he was a Project Officer at the Norwegian Refugee Council. Before that he worked at World Vision and Action Against Hunger. Vincent’s role at African Revival involves design, construction and costing the project or estimating the cost. He is also responsible for the process of tendering, acquiring the contractors, taking them through the sites, supervising the works, checking quality, processing and following up the payment process, and liaising with stakeholders like the District Government.
Richard Ayella – Education Programme Coordinator Richard joined us in 2006, and is one of the longest serving members of staff. Previously he has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, giving him a great insight into the challenges Uganda’s schools face. He loves visiting the primary school communities we work with and seeing the progress African Revival is enabling. He is happy to see the region is recovering after many years of war and is excited by the future. In 2010 Richard visited the UK to meet many of our supporters and also to compare the UK and Uganda education systems.
Thomas Kinyera – Phonics Officer Thomas is the Phonics Officer overseeing the implementation of ARU’s new Phonics programme in the Amuru and Nwoya districts. The programme is funded by British Foreign School Society (BFSS) and the Allen Trust – focusing on 25 schools and training over 100 teachers in this methodology. He is an educationist and works very closely with the READ for Life team to roll out the phonics programme. He has worked for ARU for 1 year now.
Denis Willis Okot – Speed Schools Coordinator, a project funded by Geneva Global inc. in Nwoya District. He comes with an experience in banking and development work. Denis’ role is to oversee the day to day management aspect of the project including supervision of 2 project staff and indirectly 72 caregivers and facilitators in
Lucy Akello – Speed Schools Supervisor Lucy is the Speed Schools Supervisor in Nwoya District- a project funded by Geneva Global inc. in Nwoya District. She is an educationist and experienced in programmes. Lucy’s role is to oversee the day to day Monitoring and support supervision 36 caregivers and facilitators including ensuring quality in implementations of the ECD, VSLA groups and the accelerated learning aspect of the programme. she has worked for ARU for 2 years now
Samuel Gum – Samuel is the Speed Schools Supervisor in Nwoya District- a project funded by Geneva Global inc. in Nwoya District. He is an educationist and experienced in programmes. Samuel’s role is to oversee the day to day Monitoring and support supervision 36 caregivers and facilitators including ensuring quality in implementations of the ECD, VSLA groups and the accelerated learning aspect of the programme. He has worked for ARU for one year now
Richard Ojok – Richard is the Speed Schools Coordinator in Nwoya District- a project funded by Geneva Global inc. in Amuru District. He is an educationist and experienced in programmes. Richard’s role is to oversee the day to day management aspect of the project including supervision of 1 project staff and indirectly 62 caregivers and facilitators in Amuru district. He has worked for ARU for 2 months now.
Anthony Ayella – Anthony is the Speed Schools Supervisor in Amuru District- a project funded by Geneva Global inc. in Amuru District. He is an educationist and experienced in programmes. Anthony’s role is to oversee the day to day Monitoring and support supervision 62 caregivers and facilitators including ensuring quality in implementations of the ECD, VSLA groups and the accelerated learning aspect of the programme. He has worked for ARU for 8 months now
Wellborn Loum – Office and Security Assistant Wellborn joined us in 2009 after three years’ service with SPRING. He is a valued staff member who welcomes all visitors to the African Revival office. He is happy to see African Revival expand its operations in the region.
Tonny Oyat – Driver Tonny joined us in 2008 and is the second longest serving member of staff. Tonny previously worked for a member of parliament in Gulu Municipality. In 2010 Tonny entered African Revival folklore whilst driving our founder and some trustees from Murchison Falls National Park to Pakuba Air Strip in record time to catch a flight they were running late for using his local knowledge.
Michael Okello – Michael is the ECD monitor working on the Jumpstart! Programme in the Nwoya District – supported by UK Aid through DFID. He works closely with the teachers, school management and District Education department. His role involves day to day monitoring and support supervision of care givers and lower primary teachers in 10 primary schools in Nwoya District.
Iain Parry – Country Manager Iain joined the AR Zambian team in March 2017 as the Programme Manager, coming from the UK where he worked as a Project Manager for various events and construction companies. In his spare time Iain volunteered at the Integration Unit in Glasgow, helping refuges and asylum seekers make the difficult cultural transition into British Society. Iain’s first visit to Zambia was with VSO, and he was assigned to the Ministry of Health. Iain worked with sexual health workers providing treatment and support to rural communities, focusing on HIV testing and sexual health training. Prior to this he read History & Politics at Brunel University, London – graduating in 2013. In his spare time Iain enjoys fishing, boxing at his local gym, and watching rugby with friends.
David Moono Sangweni – Construction Supervisor
Dave, as he is fondly called at the office, joined us in 2006 when African Revival was first starting out in Zambia. He initially joined the organization as a carpenter and driver until 2010 when he was promoted to Construction Supervisor. He is the longest serving staff at the Zambian office, having completed over 60 projects so far. David has exceptional driving and community mobilisation skills, and traverses the Kalomo and Choma terrain with ease. He is also very good with craft works, to the point that most welding works for projects are done by him. In his spare time, he does some carpentry and he also happens to be a very committed member of his church where he is an Assistant Pastor.
Raymond Hadangalika – Livelihoods Field Officer Raymond was born in Choma, under chief Moyo in the Southern Province of Zambia. He was raised in a rural area and grew up shepherding and growing crops. Raymond has a certificate in General Agriculture from the Twin Fountain Agricultural research Institute. In 2004 Raymond was employed by Namwianga Mission Farms as a foreman and dealt with field crop management, joining Mopani Copper Mines at the end of 2006. Raymond then returned and started running an agricultural business, gaining a General Certificate of Education and enrolling at the Zambia College of Agriculture in Monze in 2015. Raymond is married – he and his wife Bridget both enjoy attending church regularly.
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