TackleAfrica is governed by a board of Trustees who oversee the running of the organisation and offer capacity and advice in their areas of expertise. Trustees are identified based on a specific skill set or need and are interviewed and invited by the existing board members.
The current TackleAfrica trustees are:
John Miller (Chair)
Susannah Hill (Treasurer)
Trustee Biographies can be found below.
Our current CEO is Charlie Gamble. Charlie is an experienced charity Director and football coach with a background in international and UK social development. Joining the TackleAfrica team as a volunteer back in 2005, Charlie subsequently spent a year in Africa, predominantly coaching football in Uganda, becoming excited about the possibility of social change through football. With a career that has included Comic Relief and Street League and election to the Network Board of streetfootballworld in 2010, Charlie has an Honours Degree from the University of Leeds and is a committed advocate for the positive influence of creative, non-traditional education.
John Miller has been Chair of TackleAfrica since 2010, John has extensive experience of Change Management and Business Leadership within the public and private sectors. John currently runs an organisation development consultancy with a focus of its work being to foster the engagement of people in successful change and development processes. His career includes youth work, teaching in secondary and higher education, consultancy and latterly 10 years in the executive leadership of a European UK based FTSE PLC.
Liz Twyford is a Programme Specialist based at UNICEF UK, supporting the development of International Inspirational, the London 2012 international social legacy programme, in 20 countries around the world. Prior to joining UNICEF, Liz spent many years in the development field living and working for more than 2 years in Bhutan where she supported Save the Children’s community sport work, and for a year in Cameroon supporting sport for development programmes in the Northwest province. She has worked in more than 10 countries over the past 8 years, with a focus on supporting community mobilisation and volunteering.
Sam McPherson has over 15 years of experience in international development and specialises in research, planning & monitoring & evaluation issues and HIV/AIDS. He has key programmatic and evaluation expertise in HIV/AIDS issues, knowledge management, strategic planning, Results-Based Management (RBM) and Value for Money (VfM) assessment. Sam has recently taken up the position of Associate Director at ITAD. Prior to this, he was Associate Director: Field Programmes at the HIV/AIDS Alliance. Sam has previously worked at PLAN International and the European Commission (Evaluation Unit in the DG for Development). Sam holds an International Masters Degree in Practicing Management, an MPhil in Development Studies and a First Class Honours Degree (MA) in Geography.
Enock Kimbowa is a ‘veteran’ journalist. He is now a public relations and marketing practitioner with particular interest in digital and social media marketing. Having experienced, first hand, the effect of HIV and AIDS on the African continent (and Uganda in particular) from early adulthood, he has worked on a number of community development projects both in the UK and Uganda. He is also a civil servant with the Department for Works and Pensions.
Matt Oliver is an experienced parliamentary advocate and is currently the Policy Advisor to one of the most active UK All Party Parliamentary Groups. He has worked for a number of global health organisations in both the UK and Latin America and has a particular interest in grassroots activism.
Kate Iorpenda is the senior adviser on children and adolescents at the International HIV AIDS Alliance. She has worked with children and young people in the HIV sector for many years and is committed to the promotion of young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education and services and to reducing the impacts of HIV on their lives. Kate feels that working as a trustee provides an exciting opportunity to be closer to programme implementation and the detail of how an organisation is delivering services. As well as a passion for the issues of young people and sexual health she is also from a family of football fans. Kate has 2 boys who are training with Brighton and Hove Albion Academy and her husband is a football coach running coaching sessions in their local community and Nigeria.
Takudzwa (Taku) Mukiwa is an HIV specialist at Terrence Higgins Trust engaging African communities in England for the national HIV prevention programme, HIV Prevention England. He is part of the team leading in the development and delivery of the prevention social marketing campaign ‘It Starts With Me’. Previously he led the development and delivery of one of the most successful programmes that used football as a platform to encourage HIV testing amongst African men in London. Taku is also part of the Diaspora Changemakers programme for Africans in the UK interested in African development through which he has developed a network with other UK based Africans actively involved in supporting initiatives that are meant to bring about social changes in Africa.
Tatyana Park has been a supporter of TackleAfrica since 2006 when she was a volunteer coach. She has 14 years experience in the field of IT. She works for a social enterprise involved in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation software within a number of frontline NGO’s working across Africa, South America, Europe and North America.
Susannah Hill is a qualified accountant with seven years of financial experience and works at M&S as a Finance Manager. She has finance and audit experience in the commercial and charity sector. She was a Senior Finance Business Partner for Save the Children’s UK Programmes department, leading a team to provide financial and strategic support to the leadership team and other budget holders.
TackleAfrica also benefit from support from a volunteer advisory panel currently made up of:
Winnie Ssanyo Sseruma