The People

Malaika Kids has grown because of a large number of committed people in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA and Africa who are determined to make a permanent change to the lives of orphaned children in Tanzania. Our Trustees do a vast amount of work in identifying issues and managing solutions through a system of focused and dedicated working groups. Trustees are also responsible for fundraising, recruiting volunteers and guiding volunteer efforts.

Alan Edwards, UK Chairman

Alan was elected Chairman in May 2014. He was previously a Director of Ford of Europe, and led the Liabilities Management Unit of the DTI (the forerunner to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority).


Nigel Fawkes, Honorary President

Nigel is a businessman with extensive international experience which has proved pivotal in the development of Malaika Kids. Nigel was our founder chairman from 2005 until he stepped down in 2014. He continues to be closely involved and leads the Self Sustainability Interest Group.


Emile Farhi, UK Treasurer

EmileFarhiAs a founder member, Emile’s experience of finance in the UK and America spanning 20 years has been important to the work of Malaika Kids, from our humble beginnings to our vision for the future.


Phil Cooke, UK Secretary

Phil is using his retirement time to help a tremendous and wholly worthwhile initiative. An unbroken thirty years’ career experience as an operations executive in one of the world’s large multinational pharmaceutical companies is behind him.


Helen Marriage, Trustee

After an early career in magazine publishing, Helen has been involved with a number of charities and other voluntary organisations. She coordinates the recruitment and mentoring of volunteers going to Tanzania from the UK.


Martin Stoll, Trustee

MartinStollMartin is a retired Research Director of a major international market research agency.  Based in the UK, he has extensive experience of working for commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations in Europe and worldwide.


Ton Willemsen, Trustee

During the past 30 years Ton has been at the helm of various multinational companies. Next to his work Ton has always been active with extracurricular activities concerning Education, Sports and Charity. Ton is one of the founders of the Malaika Kids network, Chair of Malaika Kids International and Malaika Kids Netherlands and a Trustee of Malaika Kids UK.


Francesca Edwards, Trustee

After a career of 25 years in the city of London, Francesca has become increasingly involved in education. She was a tutor in Economics at Cambridge University before becoming Chair of Governors at Southend High School for Girls. She is now head of the Education interest group for Malaika Kids.


Chris Tomlinson, Trustee

Chris Tomlinson - UK Trustee

Having retired from a career in International Engineering Management, Chris is now involved with a number of charities including Malaika Kids where he provides technical support.


John Whitworth, Trustee

After qualifying as an accountant John’s experience in running corporate businesses in both the UK & the USA, Group Treasurer of a UK Plc and his founding of several companies in the USA gives him a good grounding to help with the accounting of Malaika Kids International.


Claire Carter, Trustee

When I moved to London I decided I wanted to do some volunteering with a difference, and I found out about Malaika Kids. That was more than five years ago and I now manage some of the social media pages for Malaika Kids, using my experience as a former national newspaper journalist. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Tanzania recently, and see some of the children I’ve heard so much about. The thing that really struck me is how they all, whether three or 16, really care for and look out for each other – with the obligatory fierce competition on the volleyball pitch – like a family.

Sophie Florentin-Siu, Trustee

Sophie is currently working in the asset management industry, she came across Malaika Kids when she was searching for a small charity that helps children to run a half-marathon for back in 2014. She has since become involved in helping Malaika Kids UK to raise funds and is passionate about the charity’s mission to help vulnerable children in Tanzania.


Alison Clewlow, Trustee

My working life was as a teacher of English and I became Headteacher of a state secondary school which gained an ‘outstanding’ under my leadership. I have visited CVM twice and have become increasingly committed to the organisation, with a particular interest in education. I live in London and have two grown up daughters.


Kevin Cusack

With  a former career as a designer and experience of working in India with local manufacturers, Kevin transferred into the voluntary sector. He offers 19 years’ experience gained in the charity sector and has a passion for marketing and is a guiding hand for social media and the volunteers in London.


Dr Simon Cooper

Simon qualified in 1976 and worked as a general medical officer in Malawi from 1981-1984. He subsequently became a GP and after 20 years specialised in Dermatology and worked as an associate specialist at Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn. He has a diploma in tropical medicine and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.


Rob Heap

After a long career in computing with both the private and public sectors, Rob brings his IT skills to the UK board of trustees for Malaika Kids.