The Mlambe Project (TMP) is a charitable trust registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (21st August 2014) with the registration number 1160518.

Board of Trustees

We have an active board of voluntary trustees based in the UK and Malawi who meet quarterly. Trustees regularly visit Malawi and participate in TMP projects in the Balaka District. Our advisory board is made up of members based in the UK.

Our Board Members

Lucy Ifould

Trustee in UK and Malawi

Lucy has worked with The Mlambe Project in several capacities since 2014. Initially, she came to Malawi as a volunteer. She became passionate about the organisation from her time spent living and working in Chikolongo, the village in which The Mlambe Project began. After returning to the UK, she stayed actively involved as a trustee before moving out to Malawi as Chief Executive at the start of 2016, a role in which she continued until September 2018. Lucy lives in Malawi now, working for a different organisation. She has an active role in The Mlambe Project, primarily supporting Steven and Geoffrey, the Building Projects Managers. She has maintained a very close relationship with them. Thanks to her current job, TMP has some beneficial connections within the local government of Balaka District, where the project is based.

Jon Hassain

Chair of Trustees

Jon advises on our communication and marketing strategies after joining The Mlambe Project in 2019. Jon has managed various communication campaigns across the world, including work in Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Jon’s work helps develop marketing and communication approaches that support Mlambe’s objectives. He was awarded an MBE for a communication campaign he managed in Europe and currently consults for various clients, including the UK Government. Jon has a long-standing interest in development, and, after an awful lot of procrastination, he is about to finish a Master’s in development management.

Jon Ifould

Trustee

Jon has been engaged with the Mlambe project since 2018. He brings to the charity 20 years of corporate leadership experience working in the Financial Services and Technology sectors globally. Jon also represents one of the Mlambe projects key corporate donors, the Capital Group Companies, Inc. He is based in Orange County California and connected to the Mlambe project through personal relationships with a number of the charity’s volunteers, founders and trustees past an present.

Andrew May-Miller

Trustee

Andrew spent his career at the interface between Information Technology and business objectives. He was Group Information Technology Director for the Macmillan Publishing Group for 15 years, where he also served as a director of Macmillan Distribution Ltd and Macmillan India PLC. The experience of leading numerous major business change projects has made Andrew acutely aware of the importance of clear objectives for organisations and projects and the need for robust planning, reporting, and communication during projects. Andrew’s involvement in TMP started as a donor in 2017. He and his wife, Sarah, visited Malawi, spending time at Mlambe school and meeting Stella, the headmistress at Nankhono, where we have since built classrooms, toilets, and teachers’ houses.

Jamie Proctor

Founder and advisor

Jamie is a founder of The Mlambe Project and has worked for the organisation in a voluntary or trustee capacity. Jamie is a digital professional who started work in tech start-ups before transitioning to digital within the UK Civil Service. He currently works for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as EdTech Hub Country Lead based in Tanzania. Jamie is also a member of the Friends Of Malawi Association (FOMA) committee–providing input to the organisation’s grant programme.

Saalim Koomar

Advisor

Saalim has been involved with The Mlambe Project since May 2014, initially joining as Technical Programmes Manager and launching the education programme to sit alongside Mlambe’s sustainable building work. Saalim is a qualified teacher and uses the skills he learnt in UK classrooms to inform education programmes. He first visited Chikolongo in September 2014 and has been back regularly, establishing good relationships with the community. Saalim was TMP Chair from July 2017 to February 2021. He steered the longer-term outlook of the charity whilst retaining the core facets that make Mlambe special. He has experience in charity governance, works as a researcher in education, development, and technology, and sits on the TMP Board as a Trustee.

Andrew Proctor

Advisor

Andrew has been a Trustee of the Mlambe Project since the early days of the charity. He has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, including holding senior roles at Alzheimer’s Society and Asthma UK, and is currently Chief Executive of the National Eczema Society. Andrew has a long-standing interest in sustainable development, having first studied the subject at university and then later working at the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Sussex. Andrew provides governance and strategic support for The Mlambe Project, and has visited Malawi to see its work first-hand. He is inspired by the many volunteers who give their energy to TMP. Andrew is excited by the charity’s ambitious plans, which will see so many Andrew Proctor more children and communities benefit from a brighter future.

John Bamusi

Trustee of Malawi NGO

John joined the Project in 2016 while teaching at Mlambe Primary School where The Mlambe Project germinated. He joined the project as a volunteer upon seeing that the project aims at creating conducive learning environment for rural children. He wanted to be part of people developing education standards for the rural Malawians. John is now a trustee for The Mlambe Project. John is also a student of University of the People, studying BBA under the sponsorship of The Mlambe Project. He is hoping to complete his studies by the end of 2023. Currently, John works in the ministry of education (Malawi) and holds the position of Assistant Centre Coordinator.

Our Advisors

Leanne Visser

Business Development Consultant in the African Market

Leanne has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa. She is responsible for raising capital to fuel the next generation of PAYG-connected assets from impact donors to deliver a positive impact for low-income, off-grid communities across Africa. Previously, Leanne owned and managed a consultancy firm called Social Solutions Management Services, which later merged with Danubia SA. The organisation served the NGO, SMME, and social enterprise industries in Sub-Saharan Africa with sustainable impact funding in the health, environment, and social services sectors.

Our Team

We work with our sister organisation, The Mlambe Project Limited (TMPL). The Mlambe Project Limited is a company limited by guarantee in Malawi, which operates not-for-profit and in exclusive partnership with our UK charity.

In 2021, TMPL will go dormant. We will register TMP as a charity in Malawi with CONGOMA (Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi).

We work in partnership with the Malawi Government and local community organisations to ensure the operational success of our projects. We have one UK-based part-time employee and two Malawian-based staff members.

Partner Leadership Staff in Malawi

Stephen Kambalame

Building Projects Manager and TMP Malawi Chair

Steven’s tough childhood, which included running 40 kilometres every day to school, is one of the main reasons that he has put his heart and soul into The Mlambe Project so far. He believes that children should have easy access to education without travelling considerable distances to school. Previously a conventional builder, Steven was keen to learn about earthbag building and teach others. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the TMP volunteers from the UK and believes that the project has a lot of potential to change Malawi’s educational infrastructure.

Geoffrey Namagowa

Building Projects Manager and TMP Malawi Treasurer

Geoffrey started working with the project back in 2012 and has been integral to developing the project and training new builders ever since. He initially trained as an earthbag building expert and was keen to share his new skills. Geoffrey now supervises and teaches the other experts in the earthbag building technique and works as the Mlambe Project treasurer in Malawi.

United Kingdom Volunteers

Lucy Ifould

Trustee in UK and Malawi

Lucy has worked with The Mlambe Project in several capacities since 2014. Initially, she came to Malawi as a volunteer. She became passionate about the organisation from her time spent living and working in Chikolongo, the village in which The Mlambe Project began. After returning to the UK, she stayed actively involved as a trustee before moving out to Malawi as Chief Executive at the start of 2016, a role in which she continued until September 2018. Lucy lives in Malawi now, working for a different organisation. She has an active role in The Mlambe Project, primarily supporting Steven and Geoffrey, the Building Projects Managers. She has maintained a very close relationship with them. Thanks to her current job, TMP has some beneficial connections within the local government of Balaka District, where the project is based.

Jamie Proctor

Founder and advisor

Jamie is a founder of The Mlambe Project and has worked for the organisation in a voluntary or trustee capacity. Jamie is a digital professional who started work in tech start-ups before transitioning to digital within the UK Civil Service. He currently works for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as EdTech Hub Country Lead based in Tanzania. Jamie is also a member of the Friends Of Malawi Association (FOMA) committee–providing input to the organisation’s grant programme.

Saalim Koomar

Advisor

Saalim has been involved with The Mlambe Project since May 2014, initially joining as Technical Programmes Manager and launching the education programme to sit alongside Mlambe’s sustainable building work. Saalim is a qualified teacher and uses the skills he learnt in UK classrooms to inform education programmes. He first visited Chikolongo in September 2014 and has been back regularly, establishing good relationships with the community. Saalim was TMP Chair from July 2017 to February 2021. He steered the longer-term outlook of the charity whilst retaining the core facets that make Mlambe special. He has experience in charity governance, works as a researcher in education, development, and technology, and sits on the TMP Board as a Trustee.

Charlie Bowles

Volunteer Project Engineer

Charlie is a chartered structural engineer with seven years of experience working as a consultant on a mix of project sizes in London. He has worked with The Mlambe Project for six years as a building project manager and engineer. Charlie uses his structural design, technical drawing, and construction project management skills to oversee The Mlambe Project sites remotely and on the ground. He has seen the impact that well-constructed homes and buildings can have on Malawian communities and is impassioned to use his skills to provide more structures.

Dave Yates

Volunteer Project Researcher and Digital Developer

Dave first became involved with The Mlambe Project in early 2015 on a trip to Malawi and has remained in close contact ever since, officially joining the team two years later. He has advised and worked on numerous projects remotely and seen first-hand the results that can be achieved while working on-site with community members. He’s excited by the charity’s energy and modern approach. Dave is now living in Taiwan and working as a software developer after teaching English abroad for several years.

Magnus Karnehm

Volunteer Strategic Support

Magnus has worked with The Mlambe Project since 2015 within the university programme and, more recently, as a strategic advisor. He has worked for leading professional services firms Goldman Sachs (2014) and McKinsey (2016-2018) and is now working as a venture capital investor. Ever since Magnus joined the Mlambe team, he has been eager to apply his expertise in hands-on problem solving and strategic thinking to get initiatives off the ground and help anchor them in the broader Mlambe framework. He remains personally committed to the university programme that he helped establish and has been instrumental in supporting the TMP executive team on strategic planning and organisational topics.

Steve Lovejoy

Volunteer Architect

Steve is a UK-registered architect with over five years of experience working on residential, mixed-use, and public-sector projects in the UK and China. He first got involved with The Mlambe Project in 2014 while studying for his Master’s degree in Manchester and spent an incredible month out in Chikolongo working with the Malawi team on some of our earliest school buildings. He now assists remotely, volunteering his architectural expertise and project management skills to advise the project teams. He looks forward to when he can return to the beautiful and friendly Malawian countryside.

Global Volunteers

Marissa Newlove

Volunteer Brand and Layout Designer

Marissa started mid-2020 to help work remotely on launching the new website with other volunteers. She also worked on the 2021-2025 strategy document layout, which you are reading right now. Marissa is originally from the United States, and she currently lives in Taiwan. Marissa is now in school to learn Mandarin full-time after teaching English for over 3 years. In her spare time, she is learning new graphic design techniques in the hopes of making it a full-time career and goes to pottery classes on the weekends. She hopes to visit Malawi as soon as the opportunity arises.

Kate Nicholson

Volunteer Copywriter and Editor

Kate Nicholson started volunteering for The Mlambe Project as a copywriter and editor in late 2020, working to help get the 2021-2025 strategy and new website online. Kate currently works full-time as a freelance journalist, copywriter, and editor for various industries in both online and print. She specialises in art, design, and architecture writing. In her spare time, she makes and sells pottery from her home studio in Taichung City, Taiwan. Originally from New Zealand, Kate has called Taiwan home for over a decade. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


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