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 and communications, 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 as Executive Director UK 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.
Peter Etabu – National Development Consultant Peter joined African Revival in July 2015, coming from Right To Play Uganda where he was the Country Manager since 2007. Peter has more than 20 years experience working with NGOs, including ActionAid International and Concern Worldwide. In his role at African Revival, Peter is responsible for further developing our Uganda programme, leading the implementation of current and future activities, whilst developing and managing relationships with international and national stakeholders, working towards the overall provision of quality education in northern Uganda.
Sam Lakor – Finance and Administration Manager Sam is responsible for ensuring the smooth administration of our accounts. He joined the organisation in 2013 having worked for a number of other NGOs including Save the Children.
Vincent Komakech 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.
Lucy Akello – Speed Schools Supervisor Lucy joined African Revival in March 2016. She supervises our 15 facilitators who teach in Speed School. She also supports the parents groups at each Speed School, makes sure Speed Schools have learning materials, and collects data on pupils enrolled in Speed School. Before joining African Revival she worked at Watoto Baby Home, caring for children aged 0-3 years.
Thomas Kinyera – Phonics Officer Thomas joined African Revival in November 2016. Thomas has a teaching background – he taught biology and P.E in Secondary schools, and trained teachers in Early childhood development. Thomas then went on to work for Save The Children Uganda as a research assistant in the learning programme. During this time Thomas realised that low literacy levels amongst primary pupils were due to the rote memorisation teaching method, which emphasises memorisation and cramming. Thomas then become interested in improving literacy and was trained in the phonics methodology.
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.
Julia Mackay – Programme Manager
Julia joined us in April 2013 as a fundraising and communications volunteer and became Programme Manager in November 2013. Since then she has been working in partnership with the Kalomo District Education Board (Ministry of Education) to implement construction projects at 21 schools in the Kalomo and Zimba districts. Julia manages infrastructure projects, notably supervising the build of classroom blocks, latrines, teacher’s houses as well as boreholes. Together with the former Programme Manager Lois Cochrane, she initiated a literacy programme which targeted 10 schools and a teacher training programme supporting 20 community teachers at college over a period of three years. Julia has previously worked for the German Development Service and volunteered in a boarding school for disabled children in Southern Zambia. Outside of AR Julia enjoys reading, travelling and gardening.
Iain Parry – Programme Manager Iain joined the AR Zambian team in March 2017 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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