Our Operational Team

Meet the team that drives our organisation closer towards achieving its goal of providing safe, accessible education facilities to children in Malawi.

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Chief Executive Officer

Amy is the CEO of Classrooms for Malawi, she has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years for organisations of many different sizes both nationally and internationally. Prior to working at Classrooms for Malawi she was Director of the International Voluntary Service where her role focused on international volunteering and global citizenship.

Amy leads Classrooms for Malawi in this exciting phase of growth, taking forward the 2020 – 2023 Strategic Plan and ensuring that the charity continues to meet its purpose of lifting children and young people out of poverty through education.

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Country Facilitator

Muli Bwanji! From Dezie. Dezie leads our organiastion in Malawi, coordinating our annual School Development Programme, ranging from project managing construction and renovation programmes and supporting our commmunity led projects at our partner schools. Dezie has a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malawi as well as a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Planning from the University of Massachusetts. Dezie is a qualified teacher and schools inspector and has extensive knowledge of education and community mobilisation in Malawi. Prior to Classrooms for Malawi, he worked for USAID on the very successful Early Grade Reading Activity programme.

Laura MacMillan MCIOF (Cert)
Fundraising Coordinator

Since Graduating in 2018 with BA (Hons) Event Management from Queen Margaret University Laura has worked in community fundraising and supporter development, recently attaining her professional qualification Certificate in Fundraising from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Laura enjoys organising fundraising and challenge events and is looking forward to meeting current and new supporters of Classrooms for Malawi.

Laura is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and is excited to be part of Classrooms for Malawi.

Brittany
Programme Assistant

Brittany is our Programmes Assistant here at Classrooms for Malawi. She recently completed an MSc at the University of Edinburgh in International Development and joined us in 2021 undertaking a research placement looking into Classrooms for Malawi’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems.  After completing her placement, Brittany has stayed on to help compile case studies and project reports on our 2020 and 2021 School Development Programmes.

The Board of Trustees

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Chair

Founding trustee and current chair, James Kelly, is a retired HMRC manager with many years experience in leadership, organisational development and planning.

With a passion for providing opportunities for every child to receive an education James said “feedback from our partner schools and communities inspire me to keep developing Classrooms for Malawi and to continue working in collaboration and partnership as we move forward”.

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Vice Chair

Andrew is a business owner and entrepreneur with a career background in finance and project management. His role focuses primarily on marketing and communications and he loves working alongside the people of the warm heart of Africa and thinking up innovative ways to solve problems. From running half marathons (in a not so athletic way), to bricklaying – Andrew is very passionate about working toward our goal of alleviating poverty through education and will turn his hand to anything!

Michael Daly - Treasurer
Treasurer

Michael is the Treasurer of Classrooms for Malawi and has a career background in Audit and Finance within PWC, SCIAF and currently the British Red Cross. As Treasurer, his role is the ensure that all charity funds are used to make the greatest impact and go as far as possible in providing a better education for children and young people in Malawi. In his words ‘making sure that together, we can make the biggest difference possible’.

Charity Secretary Patricia Duffy

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Charity Secretary

Patricia is a former teacher with experience in early years. She is a firm believer that education is the driving force to alleviate poverty and has a particular interest in ensuring girls have equal access to education.

Patricia also loves organising an event and has superb organisation skills – definitely the teacher in her!

Ian Dunn - Trustee: Communications
Trustee: Communications

Ian has 15 years experience working in journalism and charity communications. Born in Zambia, he has reported from across Africa and is currently the communications lead on the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi, the largest international development programme ever undertaken by the Scottish Government. He is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and helping Scots and Malawians to connect, communicate and learn from each other.

Trustee: Income Generation - Kerry Lindsay
Trustee: Income Generation

Kerry has 20 years experience working in fundraising and communications. Starting with the British Red Cross and now with Sight Scotland. She is passionate about Malawi and has a strong family connection to the country. Kerry is looking forward to helping grow Classrooms for Malawi’s fundraising so that we can help as many children as possible out of poverty through education.

Aurelie Walker Dean Trustee: International Development
Trustee: International Development

Aurelie is a senior consultant and international trade and development expert, with more than 15 years of experience in analysis, policy formation and negotiation within Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Aurelie is dedicated to making a positive and long-lasting impact on communities, with a specific focus and passion for agricultural trade, food security, sustainable development and education. Aurelie holds a Master’s in Agricultural Development Economics from the University of Reading and a diploma in Montessori early childhood education.

David Morley
Trustee: International Development

David has been working in international development for approximately 25 years, mostly on long-term assignments in Bangladesh, Tanzania, The Gambia, northern Nigeria, Kenya/Somaliland and Ethiopia.

David’s background experience is diverse, and includes work in fisheries, water supply, girls’ education, rural development and governance.

Want to know how you can support the work we do as we move towards our goal of giving children in Malawi the ability to learn safely, in purpose built facilities?

You can simply donate to Malawi, join us as part of our corporate partnership or charity school partnership initiatives, or become involved in our work directly by volunteering in Malawi on one of our projects.