The Malawi Team

Stephen Kambalame

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 project so far. He believes that children should have easy access to education, without huge distances to travel. Previously a conventional builder, Steven was keen to learn about Earthbag building and teach others. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with volunteers from the UK and believes that the project has a lot of potential to change educational infrastructure in Malawi.

Geoffrey Namagowa

Geoffrey Namagowa

Building Projects Manager and TMP Malawi Treasurer

Geoffrey started working with the project back in 2012 and has been integral to the development of the project and training new builders ever since. Geoffrey initially trained as an earthbag building expert and was keen to share his new skills. Geoffrey now supervises and trains the other experts in the earthbag building technique, as well as working as the project treasurer in Malawi.

Our Volunteer Team

Magnus Karnehm

Magnus Karnehm

Volunteer Strategic Support

Magnus has worked with The Mlambe Project since 2015 within the University Programme and more recently, also as a Strategic Advisor. Magnus has worked for leading professional services firms Goldman Sachs (2014) and McKinsey (2016-2018), and is now working as an Early Stage Venture Capital Investor. His previous experiences include supporting the turnaround of a diamond mine in Africa, crafting the strategy for a Swiss bank in weekly sprints with the CEO, and immersing into the local Malawian culture when volunteering with the Mlambe Project in late 2015. 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 Executive Team on Strategic Planning and Organisational Topics.

Steve Lovejoy

Steve Lovejoy

Volunteer Architect

Steve is a chartered architect with over 5 years of experience working on residential, mixed-use, and public realm projects in the UK and China. He first got involved with the Mlambe Project in 2014 whilst studying for his Masters 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 in the future!

Charlie Bowles

Charlie Bowles

Volunteer Structural Engineer

Charlie is a chartered structural engineer with 5 years experience working as a consultant on a mix of project sizes in London and has worked with The Mlambe Project for 4 years as building project manager. In this role Charlie uses his skills in structural design, technical drawing and construction project management to oversee The Mlambe Project sites remotely and on the ground. Charlie has seen the impact that well constructed homes and buildings can have on Malawian communities and is impassioned to use his skills to help provide more of them.

Dave Yates

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 results first hand while working on site with members of the community. He’s excited by the charity’s energy and modern approach. Dave is now living in Taiwan and working as a software developer after spending several years teaching English abroad.

Lynda Sharkey

Lynda Sharkey

Volunteer Project Researcher

Lynda has worked with The Mlambe Project for 2 years as part of the Innovation Team. Lynda has worked for technology companies such as Esri and Autodesk as a technical specialist, and for nearly 20 years has concentrated on the GIS, infrastructure, urban planning and sustainable development sectors, in the UK, Europe and the USA.Lynda started her career working with local governments responsible for disadvantaged communities in South Africa, and works for The Mlambe Project because she believes that using technology to educate and empower people one small step at a time, can add up to huge benefits not only for the community itself, but for those around it as well.

Leanne Visser

Leanne Visser

Fundraising Advisor

We are glad to welcome Leanne to our team, who has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa. Leanne is currently the Senior Business Development Manager M-KOPA Labs, the innovation incubator within M-KOPA Ltd, responsible for raising capital to fuel the next generation of PAYG connected assets from impact donors to deliver positive impact for low-income, off-grid communities across Africa. Previously, Leanne owned and managed a consultancy firm (Social Solutions Management Services which later merged with Danubia SA), serving the NGO, SMME and social enterprise industries in Sub-Saharan Africa with sustainable impact funding in the Health, Environment and Social Services sectors.

Our Trustees

Saalim Koomar

Saalim Koomar

Chair of Trustees

Saalim has been involved with the Mlambe Project since May 2014, initially joining the team as Technical Programmes Manager where he launched the charity’s education programme to sit alongside Mlambe’s sustainable building work. Saalim is a qualified teacher and wished to leverage the skills he has learnt in UK inner-city classrooms and adapt these to suit the Malawian context. He first visited Chikolongo in September 2014 and has since been back regularly, spending considerable time living in the village and establishing good relationships with the Malawi team and wider community. As an early trustee, Saalim transitioned to his current Chair role in July 2017 and has placed a focus on steering the growth and longer-term strategic outlook of the charity whilst retaining the core facets which Mlambe special – most notably our genuine community-oriented approach to addressing development needs using endogenous solutions. Saalim has recently worked in charity governance which has supported the Board’s awareness of governance, risk and compliance. His current role as a development researcher, focused on EdTech, is sure to help The Mlambe Project keep its ear to the ground on current and prevailing trends in education development.

Lucy Ifould

Lucy Ifould

Trustee

Lucy has worked with The Mlambe Project for nearly 6 years in a number of capacities. Initially she came to Malawi as a volunteer in 2014 and became passionate about the organisation from her time spent in the community. 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 which she continued until September 2018. Lucy continues to live in Malawi now working for a different organisation and still supports The Mlambe Project as in-country advisor.

Andrew Proctor

Andrew Proctor

Trustee

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 worked at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex for several years. Andrew provides governance and strategic support for the Mlambe Project, and has visited Malawi to see the charity’s work first-hand. He is inspired by the many volunteers who give their energy to The Mlambe Project so willingly, and by the transformational work the charity has already achieved with limited resources. Andrew is excited by the charity’s ambitious plans, which will see so many more children and communities benefit from a brighter future.

Andrew May-Miller

Andrew May-Miller

Trustee

During his career Andrew has spent 40 years at the critical 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 (the logistics division) and Macmillan India PLC (an Indian publishing and off shore services company). The experience of leading numerous major business change and system implementation projects has made Andrew acutely aware of the importance of clear objectives for organisations and projects as well as the need for robust planning, reporting and, crucially, communication during projects. Andrew’s involvement in TMP started as a donor in 2017 and he and his wife Sarah visited Malawi that year spending time at our flagship school and meeting Stella the head mistress at Nankhono which at that time we were still evaluating for its suitability as a partner for us. Sarah and Andrew toured Malawi and visited a major building project which used SSBs to gather information about what is now our preferred building technique for school rooms.

Jamie Proctor

Jamie Proctor

Founder and Trustee

Jamie is a founder of the Mlambe Project and has worked for the organisation in a voluntary or trustee capacity since it’s inception – including at least one trip to visit Malawi each year. 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 Department for International Development within the EdTech Hub – and is currently in the process of moving to Tanzania to help establish the EdTech Hub in East Africa. Living closer to Mlambe Jamie hopes that he will be able to visit much more frequently over the next few years! Jamie is also a member of the committee for the Friends Of Malawi Association (FOMA) – providing input to the organisation’s grant programme.

Jon Hassain MBE

Jon Hassain MBE

Trustee

Jon joined Mlambe’s Trustee Board in 2019 and advises on our communication and marketing strategies. Jon has managed a variety of communication campaigns across the world, including work in Africa, North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Jon’s work involves helping develop marketing and communication approaches that support Mlambe’s objectives. He was recently awarded an MBE for a communication campaign he managed in Europe, and currently consults for a variety of 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. He hopes to put this to good use with Mlambe.

Our CEO

Ed Forrest

Ed Forrest

Chief Executive Officer

Ed joined The Mlambe Project in January 2020, bringing his experience of international community development in small charity leadership. He previously co-founded and developed an integrated education, healthcare, and community development programme for a deprived and remote rural community in Rajasthan in India.