Our Patrons and Trustees

Edukaid is extremely lucky to have such dedicated Patrons and Board of Trustees.

Ralph Fiennes - Patron

Ralph Fiennes is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed film and theatre actors (Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, Harry Potter, The Reader, Skyfall) who has also recently turned to film directing (Coriolanus, The Invisible Woman). 

Baroness Glenys Kinnock - Patron

Glenys Kinnok was appointed Europe Minister in June 2009. She was an MEP for Wales between1994-2009, and a party spokesman in the European Parliament on International Development.

On 12 October 2009, Glenys Kinnock was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and United Nations. She has long been a campaigner on issues relating to Africa and the Caribbean and cemented her reputation on an expert on the regions during her time as MEP and co-president of Africa, Caribbean and pacific-European Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Glenys Kinnock founded and is President of One World Action, a Development NGO. She has also written widely on international issues, in particular on Africa.

Nick Parker - Patron

Nick Parker is a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Charted Institute of Tax. He is currently a regional tax director with RSM Tenon PLC, the 7th largest accountancy practice in the UK. He has also been closely involved with Bishop Wordsworth's School where his eldest son was educated - he was Chairman of the Governor's at Bishop's for many years.

Nick has visited Tanzania on a number of occasions and is honoured to be patron of EdUKaid.

Clive Barnett - Trustee and Patron

Clive Barnett was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools from 2002 to 2009. Before that he taught for 31 years in four independent and maintained grammar schools, before becoming headmaster of Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, in 1992 and holding the post for 10 years.

Whilst at Bishop's, Clive helped to set up and was one of the founding trustees of a development charity working to promote economic self-sufficiency through education and business enterprise in Tanzania.

Clive was invited to become a Patron of EdUKaid in 2006. Clive is a lay canon and formerly a member of the Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. He is also governor of an independent grammar school in Guildford and of Salisbury Cathedral School.

Since retiring as a HMI, Clive has worked as an educational consultant specialising in supporting initial teacher training and teacher's continuing professional development.

Barbara Macleod - Patron

Barbara was brought up in Nigeria, and has spent her career in education and educational administration. She has taught English in Japan and Algeria and was National Organiser of the Scottish European Educational Trust, a registered charity, from 2005-2012. She received an Award from VolontEurope in 2012 as Scottish Voluntary Organiser of the Year.

In late 2013 Barbara and her husband spent 3 months volunteering for EdUKaid in Mikindani, doing teacher assessment, community development and training. She saw first hand what an important contribution the charity makes to the local community. Since returning from Tanzania Barbara has been volunteering as a mentor to a refugee family from Sudan and as a reading assistant  at a primary school in Edinburgh.

Neil Blake - Patron

Neil graduated with a degree in Mathematics from York University in the mid-1970s. He spent the next six years teaching English as a foreign language in Algeria, Japan and the UK, before basing himself in Edinburgh and working in computer systems consultancy. In 1990 he joined the Bank of Scotland where he was to undertake a number of senior roles in Credit Risk Management, Product Management, and Policy and Planning. In 2002 he began working with Sainsbury's Bank in the capacity of Head of Products and went on to become Head of Risk Projects.

After taking (a very) early retirement in 2009, Neil joined a venture philanthropy fund, Inspiring Scotland, as a Performance Advisor. In 2013, Neil spent a year volunteering in Tanzania. Three months of this was working with EdUKaid, an experience he found extremely fulfilling. Since his return to the U.K., Neil has found himself working as a Performance Advisor for Inspiring Scotland again. 

Neil and Barbara returned to Tanzania on holiday in September 2015 and visited the EdUKaid office in Mikindani together with a number of the outlying schools. They were very pleased at the progress which the EdUKaid team continues to make.

Maggi Vaughan - Patron

More detail coming soon.

Tim Varney - Chair of Trustees

Tim has been involved with the charity since it started in 2003. Although a volunteer he is very involved in the day to day running of the charity, its future direction and fundraising. Tim’s day job is as Managing Director of Revive Vending which supplies and services drink and snack vending machines throughout the south west of England. EdUKaid is given office space within Revive and is very much part of the furniture.

Tim travels to Tanzania at least twice a year, where he gets the opportunity to work with EdUKaid’s local Tanzanian staff.

Tim explains “This is a true privilege that I do not take for granted. EdUKaid now employs more staff in Tanzania than we do at Revive and that brings a smile to my face. They are wonderful people and working with them and helping to improve their life chances is something that very few people will ever experience. Africa is truly under my skin and the Tanzanian people will always have a special place in my life”.

John Cox - Trustee


After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, John Cox taught English in schools in Shropshire, Suffolk and London. At Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury he was Head of English and later Assistant Head teacher and directed over fifty dramatic and musical productions. He retired in 2010 but lectures on English Literature at Sarum College.

He is a governor of the Sarum St. Michael Trust and a board member of La Folia (formerly Sarum Orchestra). He previously served as a trustee of a Development Charity operating in Tanzania and has travelled widely in Africa. He became a trustee of EdUKaid in 2011.

Bernard Dench - Trustee

Bernie Dench is married and has three grown up children, and four grandchildren. Bernie has worked for the Railways for the last 42 years, culminating in a position with The Watercress Line as a Track Engineer.

In 2002 Bernie visited Mikindani with his son Tim Dench (Founder of EdUKaid) to see first-hand want needed to be done to help the children in the village to attend school. Upon their return Bernie was asked to assist Tim’s friends and family in setting up EdUKaid to help the children of Mtwara in 2003. Bernie has been a Trustee since then and continues to do so.

Jane Talbot - Trustee

Details coming soon.

Mr Fidelis Fidelis Kambanga - Tanzanian Chair of Trustee's

Mr Fidelis is the Head Teacher at Singino Primary School

Mr Fidelis is the Head teacher at Singino School and is a Trustee for EdUKaid Tanzania. He works very hard to support EdUKaid’s work in the local area; he coordinates and facilitates EdUKaid staff meetings… encouraging staff to positively and proactively work together. Mr Fidelis is married to Maisha (our Pre-primary teacher at Singino). He is also an excellent drummer and plays regularly at his local church.

Previously, Mr Fidelis worked as a Teacher at Mwenge Primary School until he was appointed the Head Teacher at Singino in 2008

Mrs Celistine Ntendele - Tanzanian Trustee

Celistine is also the Vice Head Teacher at Mgao Primary School, Mtwara

Mr Ernest Hiluka - Tanzanian Trustee

Mr Hiluka is currently the Head Teacher at Mwenge Primary School

Mrs Rahema Liswele - Tanzanian Trustee

Mrs Liswele teaches at Msijute Primary School, a school recently renovated by EdUKaid

Mr Saidi Mpinji

Mr Saidi teaches at Namgogoli Primary School. EdUKaid finished renovating this school early 2013 with the support of the Incisive Media Foundation

Mrs Editha Ndaka

Mrs Editha teaches at Imekuwa Primary School, one of the first Primary Schools EdUKaid partnered with.

Mr Idd Kapora

Mr Idd teaches at Mnaida Primary School, a school that EdUKaid renovated in 2014.

Mr Saidi Mpinji 

Mr Saidi joined the Tanzanian Trustee board following a complete renovation of Namgogoli Primary School in 2013 where he teaches.


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