Executive Team:

Lucy Ifould

Chief Executive

Lucy Ifould

Lucy first visited Malawi in September 2014 and has been involved ever since, taking the role of Chief Executive in January 2017. Since then, she has taken up permanent residence in the very heart of the project.

“It’s such an incredible team to be a part of. Both the team in Malawi and the team in the UK are amazing and make me feel very lucky to get to work with such wonderful people!

Working at The Mlambe Project has offered me the incredible opportunity to make a direct impact to the community.”

Mike Chapman

Finance Director

Mike Chapman

You will not find a higher impact charity to donate to this year. You can see direct results from the money you donate literally within months of it leaving your bank account, it is incredible and not like any charity I have ever donated to before. I have really enjoyed the great fundraising events that are put on by the charity and getting the chance to meet the entire team.

Joel White

Head of Grants and Corporate Fundraising

Joel White

Joel has been a member of The Mlambe Project team for over a year. He works as a Business Development Consultant at Joshua Brooks in Manchester as well as a Cultural Entrepreneur Trainer and Project Manager for In place of War. He uses his expertise to help The Mlambe Project identify and capitalise upon opportunities to diversify its income stream so that it can build upon its success and secure its long term future.

“The Mlambe Project is a dynamic charity that is very much focussed on working with the community to develop their ideas and make things happen.”

Clare Everett

Head of Existing Donor Engagement

Clare Everett

I love being part of a fantastic team and seeing the tangible impact at Mlambe School. I didn’t have any previous connection before joining the Mlambe Project, and what attracted me was the unique building technique applied and the strong bond to the local community, which benefits directly from the support given. 

Robin Archard

Marketing and Communications Director

Robin Archard

Robin has been involved with the Mlambe Project for over a year, and loves leading the marketing team to showcase all the great work we do.

“Working for a small and growing charity means that you have a real sense of community and get to see the difference your hard work makes!

I love The Mlambe Project’s emphasis on collaboration and innovation.  I am so passionate about our mission to make education better and more sustainable for children in a country where standards and attendance are incredibly low, and also to help the local community.”

Steve Lovejoy

Building Programme Director

Steve Lovejoy

Steven has been with the team for almost 3 years. He previously spent a month out in Chikolongo – getting to know our earthbag experts and the rest of the village, working hands-on constructing the buildings as well as travelling around Malawi.

“It’s your chance to contribute to an amazing project and help build school buildings for some of the simultaneously poorest and nicest people around! If you’re really not convinced then google “malawi classrooms” and you’ll see why it’s a good cause!”

Charlie Bowles

Mlambe School Building Project Manager

Charlie Bowles

Charlie is The Mlambe Project’s Building Project Manager and volunteered his expertise out in Malawi in 2017.

“My greatest achievement so far has been working with the building team to get the new school block designed and ready for construction in time for the upcoming school year.

I really enjoyed visiting the project in Malawi and meeting the villagers who are impacted most by the project.”

Tom Morris

Technology Project Manager

Tom Morris

Tom is The Mlambe Project’s Technology Project Manager and has been involved with the project for three years.

“I have really enjoyed being involved in the project. I particularly loved visiting Malawi in 2014 and seeing the first building nearly completed.”

Stefan Karakashian

Education Programme Director

Stefan Karakashian

Stefan is the charity’s Education Programme Director. Stefan spent a year in the village developing the education programme, and now lives in Lilongwe teaching at a school. He remains very involved with the charity!

“My greatest achievement so far has been assisting 4 local students to be awarded scholarships worth $4,000 for an online degree course with the University of the People. I loved working and living with the local people for 10 months, and becoming part of the community.”

Magnus Karnehm

University Project Manager

Magnus Karnehm

Magnus is our University Project Manager and has been involved with the project since 2016.

“In my role, the most rewarding moment for me was the faces of the Malawian school kids when they had their first bowl of porridge at school, which was part of the food @ school programme which I helped establish. It doubled attendance rates which meant they had better focus in the classroom.

I was quite broke myself when I was in Malawi, so I could really relate to everybody else! At the same time, living like the locals was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my life.”

Sophie Walker

Educational Resources Project Manager

Sophie Walker

Sophie has been supporting the project since it started back in 2013, but took on this role in the last year. Sophie’s task is to kit the school out with desks that we are getting made locally. 

“Watching the project grow from a great idea into a really special community both in the UK and in Malawi, and getting to meet so many superb, generous people has been a real highlight.”

Dave Yates

Innovation and Charity Development Director

Dave Yates

As director of a new department we’re in the process of launching our first project which we hope will make a big difference to life in the village. On my visit to Malawi, I loved spending time and becoming friends with the cheerful and inspiring people of Chikolongo Village. Why not help a young and exciting charity give people in the heart of the poorest country in the world the opportunities they need to help themselves?

Kat Cosgrove

Innovation and Charity Development Research Analyst

Kat Cosgrove

As part of the Innovation Team, I’m researching potential innovations to introduce into Chikolongo. As a team we are fairly new to the project but I’d say our greatest achievement has been being proactive in generating and sharing ideas with great potential. I love the strong positive team spirit of everyone involved and the obvious great connection between the local community and the team members on the ground. It’s an absolutely fantastic team doing incredible work that goes such a long way.

Lynda Sharkey

Innovation and Charity Development Research Analyst

Lynda Sharkey

Lynda is a vital member of the team, researching more ways to impact the community, especially in the areas of social innovation and water innovation.

“I love being able to use my knowledge to help a community that hasn’t had anywhere near the amount of opportunity I have had. The way they bind and work together to better their lives is inspiring. 

The Mlambe Project helps build a more educated and equitable future for Malawians and their children. The ramifications of the our work will be felt by the entire village, and by extension the communities around them.”

Andrew Phillips

Policy Director

Andrew Phillips

Andrew has been involved in The Mlambe Project for almost 2 years. His experience as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company working in areas such as international long-term growth strategy development in Sub-Saharan Africa has proved invaluable to theteam.

“My greatest achievement has been to help get TMP invited to the Rotary International event. My favourite thing about being involved is the people I work with! I would tell everyone going to visit Malawi to just relax and enjoy the experience.”

James Nolan

Marketing Officer

James Nolan

James is the newest member of The Mlambe Project team and brings promotional experience from his role as Events Manager at the Manchester Academy and from promoting  the work of Hospices of hope.

“It’s great to become part of a charity with such momentum at this young stage of its development. During my work at other not-for-profit organisations, I have learned how charities develop in the long-term so it is exciting to join a team at an earlier stage of this same journey. I am looking forward to showing off more of the Mlambe Project’s great work.”

Trustee Board:

Jamie Proctor

Founder and Treasurer

Jamie Proctor

Jamie founded The Mlambe Project in 2012 and spent a year volunteering full-time to establish the charity in 2013/4.

“What really drives me is the team in Malawi – who have completely changed their lives in working to make the charity successful. Over the next few years I hope that their Social Enterprise will be completely financially sustainable and resilient.

Bringing Earthbags to Malawi has been my proudest moment so far, as it has given us the momentum to build and expand the organisation.”

Saalim Koomar

Chair of Trustees

Saalim Koomar

Saalim has been involved with Mlambe for three years (and counting!) He is the current Chair of the charity and has always been on the Trustee Board.

“It’s crazy to think what has happened in these three years!

I still can’t believe we have established this university programme in the village. When I was first researching it before heading out to Malawi for the first time, it seemed like a great idea – but that’s all it was.

To now walk around the school and witness access to quality higher education, at such negligible cost, rolled out somewhere as rural as Mlambe is really special.”

Andy Proctor

Trustee

Andy Proctor

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