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Meet The Team

Trustees

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NameJonathan Hunt
Current Occupation

Chairman

Previous Experience or Occupations

Current Director at Expert Wealth Management, Co-founder of the Nasio Trust Treasurer of the Trust before becoming the current Chairman. In my professional life I have a successful Financial Planning business in Expert Wealth Management. A Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. Jonathan has also completed the Investment Management Certificate and Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst.

When You Joined the Team

Jonathan set up The Nasio Trust with his wife Nancy in 2001.

Personal Statement

Starting the Charity when we only had 5 faithful supporters each contributing £10 per month into an account to support the only first 15 orphans, it is truly amazing what has come out of this small band of people who wanted to make a difference with the little they had. Because of them the trust now supports over 300 orphans & vulnerable children. That is simply amazing. Above all though I have been privileged to see God’s miracles happening at first hand. That can only build and strengthen one’s Faith.

Graham Hall
NameMr Graham Edgar Hall
Current Occupation

Current Tour Director, Timeline Heritage Tours. Will Writer with Just Wills, plc.

Previous Experience or Occupations

Expatriate Kenya resident 1973-77, whilst serving with United Bible Societies, working in Scripture Production for all 26 African Bible Societies. Wide experience in the printing industry with the McCorquodale Group; sales of business information services in the City of London (Extel); reference book (Macmillan) and academic journal publishing (Taylor& Francis); and customer services (OUP).Sales experience in financial services with Abbey Life Assurance and Sun Life of Canada and also in marketing with Countrywide Financial Advisers.

When You Joined the Team

UK Trustee from March 2013. However, I have been actively involved in the work of the Trust from 2007 and a supporter from 2005.

Personal Statement

Compiler and circulator of the Trust’s monthly Prayer Cycle (commenced October 2011).Fundraising for child sponsorship through church services and other meetings, as opportunity arises.Seeking funding for specific project support through making contact with potential new partners – both national and multinational.Developing links with existing partners, e.g. Sightsavers International. In a recent example, an eye operation was expedited for a child in desperate need.

Developing a basic Christian training programme for parents and guardians of our children in Kenya. Other work as needs or opportunities arise.

Marian Hall
NameMrs Marian Hall
Current Occupation

Retired but part time administrator with Open Doors Charity –Serving persecuted Christians worldwide

When You Joined the Team

Joined the charity as a trustee in 2007

Personal Statement

My most experience with the charity has been being able to introduce the next generations to such a worthwhile work, and teaching them the value of making a difference for good.

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NameBetty Georgina Luciola (BA Hons, M.A, PGCE)
Current Occupation

Currently works as a Community Health Support Worker.

Previous Experience or Occupations

Volunteer as a Church Warden.

When You Joined the Team

One of the co-founders in 2001 and daughter of Iren Mudenyo who found baby moses.

Personal Statement

I have so much compassion and being a board member I can influence how we change lives for good both in Kenya and around the world regardless of age.

Helen Lord
NameHelen Lord
Current Occupation

Head of English, Summer Fields Preparatory School

Previous Experience or Occupations

Head of Junior English, Cokethorpe School

When You Joined the Team

I joined the Nasio Board when the charity started over ten years ago.

Personal Statement

It is a privilege to work for a Christian charity like The Nasio Trust; to see truly humanitarian work being done among remote communities in Kenya, and to see children cared for and supported. ‘The King will reply, ”Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”’ Matt 25:40

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NameNeil Passingham
Current Occupation

Director/founder of two international start-ups focused on cyber-security (GardPass Cyber) and Dementia research (Oxonix)

Previous Experience or Occupations

IT/cyber professional at Hewlett Packard

When You Joined the Team

2017

Personal Statement

I discovered Nasio back in 2012 when I climbed Kilimanjaro and visited the projects in Western Kenya. I was immediately excited by how a small charity like Nasio was having a big impact. Even in my time there, I witnessed that in several ways.

Subsequently I helped establish the UK youth work at Wallingford School which occasionally involved me teaching very simple Kiswahili!

Excited about helping move Nasio onto its next stage in the journey.

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NameSarah Daly
Current Occupation

Director of Strategic Sustainability & Partnerships, Sustainable Homes Ltd

Previous Experience or Occupations

European Head of Marketing, SLR Consulting;
Managing Director, Heath Avery Architects;
Managing Director, Delphi Marketing Associates Ltd

When You Joined the Team

March 2017

Personal Statement

I started working with Nasio in 2010 and have had three amazing trips to Western Kenya getting involved with a whole range of activities including: education, medical outreach, farming assessments, jikos, vinasse and solar… to name but a few. I have an MSc Sustainable Development and believe that all international development should closely follow the Sustainable Development Goals ensuring the priority is local ownership and viability of all projects at the earliest opportunity.

Charity Director

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NameNancy Hunt
Current Occupation

Director Of The Nasio Trust

Previous Experience or Occupations
  • Venus Awards: 2015 UK Inspirational Woman award
  • Venus Awards 2014: Oxfordshire Inspirational Woman award
  • Thames Valley Police: Leadership and development team
  • Oxford County Council: County Domestic Violence Co-ordinator
When You Joined the Team

Nancy set up The Nasio Trust with her husband Jonathan in 2001.

Personal Statement

My mother, Irene, founded the original day care center after finding an abandoned baby in a sugar-field plantation. Whilst visiting in 2000 I couldn’t help but be touched by the plight of Moses and other children like him and decided to fundraise in the UK on my return. My husband Jonathan and I founded the UK arm of the Nasio Trust and I am now Director of the charity. The amazing thing is to see something so positive that started with just one child, found in a sugar cane field.

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Advisory Team

Keith Budgen
NameMr Keith Budgen CBE
Current Occupation

Current Chair/member of selection panels for Judicial Appointments Commission (part time)

When You Joined the Team

Joined the board in a support and advisory role after a short period in 2010/11, then fully in May 2013 to advise on the five-year strategy for Nasio and assist with policy and management issues both in the UK and Kenya.

Personal Statement

One thing I can say is Nasio is charity which sets ambitious goals and then meets them. It is highly effective in all that it does in improving (and saving) the lives of the people in Western Kenya and breaking the cycle of poverty. It delivers what is needed on the ground efficiently and quickly and is recognised by other NGOs as an organisation which is highly effective at achieving what others are unable to do – it is the leading NGO in this part of Kenya. The standards and values set at the Early Childhood Development Centres is of such high quality that children are well ahead, happy and confident, when they go to primary school and the ECDs attract students from outside. The Nasio is now positioned to broaden its outreach across Western Kenya and take the lead in in the education, welfare and self-sustainability of the communities

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NameKeith Butler
Current Occupation

Finance Director, Fish Brothers (Holdings) Ltd

When You Joined the Team

So long ago I can’t remember!

Personal Statement

I act as the Examiner for the Charity’s annual financial statements, which is equivalent to being the Auditor for a company.

Charity Ambassadors

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NameTim Foster, MBE
Current Occupation

Olympic Gold Medallist Rower

When You Joined the Team

Joined in 2015!

Personal Statement

The Nasio Trust are making a really positive and crucially important impact in a very remote corner of the world. It is hard to imagine the position that these orphans would be in without the support of the charity. They are highly ambitious and believe in a sustainable model, which I really admire.

UK Staff & Volunteers

Jane
NameJane Rennells
Current Occupation

Volunteer For The Nasio Trust

Previous Experience or Occupations

I joined The Nasio Trust team as Event Coordinator after 27 years working as a police officer for Thames Valley Police. Before joining the police I worked in libraries for 6 years.

When You Joined the Team

2015

Personal Statement

I was a participant on the 2014 Livingstone 4×4 challenge followed by 8 days volunteering in Musanda and Mumias seeing how the charity works in Kenya. On my return I started to volunteer for the charity and am delighted to now be the events coordinator. I love talking to new people about the work of the charity and about the incredible children, families and staff in Kenya.

The common themes to all my paid and unpaid roles has been communicating, organising, problem solving and planning. I love doing all these things and am excited that the result of doing them now will be people having fun and raising money for The Nasio Trust.

Jessica
NameJess Anastasiadis
Current Occupation

Volunteer

Previous Experience or Occupations

I joined the Nasio Trust team on a work experience placement after finishing my degree in Human geography at the University of Portsmouth.

When You Joined the Team

2015

Personal Statement

I am thoroughly enjoying working in such a vibrant and passionate organisation, and working with a team of such dedicated people has inspired me to pursue a career in the charity sector. I already feel a strong tie to the charity and I have even been persuaded to take part in the charities sponsored running events including the London 10k and Oxford half marathon- something I never thought I would hear myself say in a million years

Sue
NameMrs Sue Russell
Current Occupation

Volunteer

Previous Experience or Occupations

Before I retired in 2015 I worked as the Administration Manager in the Nasio UK office.

I came from a teaching background of 30 years’ experience, where I was Deputy Head of a local Primary School. I have had advisory role experience in training, coaching and mentoring new teachers and students. I also worked for 5 years as an Administrator for Thames Valley Police in their Learning and Development section.

When You Joined the Team

I joined the NASIO trust in the administration role in February 2012

Personal Statement

I have been a supporter of the Nasio Trust since 2004, when my daughter selected one of the first 15 orphans admitted to the Noah’s Ark kiosk for me to sponsor. My first visit was in 2005. I went to join an Exit 7 group, who were painting the new building ready for its opening later that week. I have since returned 11 times to witness NASIO’s work grow from feeding and education to community health care, medical intervention, farming projects, HIV awareness, medical clinics, the conversion of the chief’s house into accommodation to medical clinics. God’s hand has been over this work and He has never failed. I have seen miracles happen!

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NameMr John Kilpatrick
Current Occupation

I am the current Financial Controller

Previous Experience or Occupations

Before retiring I worked as a Financial Controller for Recruitment Company, Finance Director Microfilm Bureau and Audit Manager CA Practice.

When You Joined the Team

I joined the Charity in December 2012

Personal Statement

Being part of the charity has been a complete eye opener on the plight of others and of the people prepared to help.

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NameMr John Cornelius
Current Occupation

Exit 7 Co-ordinator & Retired police officer.

When You Joined the Team

I joined the NASIO trust in 2003 when I started the first young people’s programme in Berinsfield.

Personal Statement

I have been a supporter of the NASIO TRUST since 2003. I have led 13 Exit 7 groups through fundraising and trips to Kenya to complete various projects: from demolishing buildings, digging foundations and painting Noah’s Ark to building chicken coops and extending Lucy’s Grandma’s house. Memorably the most recent group in 2013 was involved in jigger treatments alongside the Red Cross.Fundraising events have involved various shows at Dorchester Abbey including Showwaddywaddy and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, to packing bags at various supermarkets. The experience that the UK children gain is life changing!

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NameSelina Brathwaite
Current Occupation

Child Sponsorship & Administration Officer

Previous Experience or Occupations

Previously worked for British Academy of Television Arts (BAFTA), and The British Museum

When You Joined the Team

16 May 2016

Personal Statement

I’m absolutely thrilled to join the NASIO family and to be part of such a passionate team. I’m looking forward to managing the charity’s Child Sponsorship programme and forming relationships with our supporters here in the UK and the children in Kenya. Being part of a charity that makes such a huge difference in changing the lives of children in rural Western Kenya is an absolute privilege and I’m very thankful to Nancy for giving me this opportunity. I’m extremely excited for the future of The Nasio Trust!

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NameHelen Moss-Black
Current Occupation

Volunteer

Previous Experience or Occupations

I’ve an eclectic background with NHS experience both in nursing and administration and have most recently completed a digital marketing programme: working with organisations with a core value of social purpose.

When You Joined the Team

Summer 2016

Personal Statement

What an exciting time to join the team – at the launch of new cook book ‘Green Power: The Spirulina Cookbook’ – which has already been featured in the press in both print and film! Proceeds and awareness generated from the sales of this book will support the Nasio Trust Spirulina Project in Kenya.

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NameEmma Lerche-Thomsen
Current Occupation

Supporter Relations Manager

Previous Experience or Occupations

I worked for 20 years for the BBC in many production teams working behind the scenes on a variety of programmes from Drama to Documentaries.

Personal Statement

Hello, I’m Emma and I love working with Nancy Hunt and the team at The Nasio Trust. The  purpose of my role at Nasio, is to ensure we continue to build on the relationships we have with our  loyal friends, child sponsors and business partners. Working together we can continue to raise funds and volunteer support which in turn benefits the lives of our children.

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NameAdam Tarry
Current Occupation

Digital Design

Previous Experience or Occupations

I currently work in digital marketing for Specsavers by day, and look after the Nasio Trust’s website & design interests on evenings and weekends. Since leaving university I’ve worked a broad spectrum of roles from tele-sales and customer service, to eCommerce at an online beauty retailer. (I also really like going in the sea!)

When You Joined the Team

I began working with Nasio around 2007.

Personal Statement

Being able to be a small part of the incredible work undertaken by the Nasio Trust is a privilege and an honour. They truly are changing lives.

Kenya Staff & Volunteers

Hannah
NameHannah Carmichael
Current Occupation

Volunteer Enterprise Advisor

Previous Experience or Occupations

Assistant Director in the UK Civil Service working for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Vice Chair of Depaul UK, a nationwide homelessness charity.

When You Joined the Team

I moved to Kenya from the UK to join the Nasio Trust at the end of June 2015

Personal Statement

After several years wandering the corridors of Whitehall – and having reached a milestone birthday earlier this year (!) – I decided it was time for a complete lifestyle change. Life in Kenya couldn’t be more different, challenging or fulfilling! I’m here with ‘Team Spirulina’ looking at the potential of Spirulina to reduce malnutrition and bring in revenue to fund the charity’s vital front-line work.

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NameJane Munyendo
Current Occupation

Kenya Head of Education and Social Work

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NameRev. Humphrey Sennah
Current Occupation

Kenyan Director

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