Sheila Hollins, Baroness Hollins, is a professor of the psychiatry of learning disability at St George’s, University of London and a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords.
President: Alex de Waal OBE
Alexander is the founder and President of the Rufiji Leprosy Trust. Currently he is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and research professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has written extensively on African issues and was senior advisor to the African Union for Sudan. Alex was awarded the OBE for work in development and conflict resolution in Africa.
Geoff and his wife Jenny spent almost three years working as Project Officers in Kindwitwi and have continued in development work since then. Geoff is a founder member of Mango CIC, a small consultancy working with Charities and community based projects. Geoff is the International Director for the UK-based charity, CAFOD. He has been a Trustee since 2001 and is the current Co-Chairperson of the Trust.
Co-Chairperson: Sarah Feather
Dr. Sarah Feather works as a GP in Shropshire, UK. She became a trustee of the Rufiji Leprosy Trust in 1998, but first visited Kindwitwi in 1983 with a group of young people from the Diocese of Hereford. Inspired by the work of Father Robin Lamburn, she returned for two months in 1985 for her medical student elective and again for six weeks in 1989.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant having spent most of his career working overseas, living in as diverse places as Istanbul, Atlanta, Krakow and Johannesburg. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa on business which inspired him to devote more time to charitable work. He now lives in Berkshire and runs an accountancy and consultancy practice.
For most of her career, Val was a teacher of Economics both in schools and at the University of East Anglia. She has worked for the GAP organisation, being responsible for preparing and placing volunteers in both South Africa and Tanzania.
A year spent as a volunteer teacher in the Sudan inspired Nick to spend a further 16 years of his career in education in Africa. It was while teaching at the International School in Dar es Salaam that Nick became involved with Kindwitwi. Despite living abroad, Nick remains an active Trustee and his specific goal is to write a biography of Father Robin Lamburn.
Jenny became a Trustee in 2010, having just completed a Master’s degree in International Development. She spent several weeks in Kindwitwi in 2009 helping the team out there to develop their IT and English language skills. She has been the Youth Trustee at CAFOD and currently lives in Mexico City where she works as a Programme Manager for the British Council.
Victor de Waal
Victor is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Birmingham and a former Dean of Canterbury. A founder member of RLT.
Rachael became a trustee in December 2011, following completion of a Masters Degree in International Development. From a young age, Rachael has been interested in Africa and has carried out voluntary work and research in Uganda and Kenya as well as in Honduras. Rachael currently lives in Nottingham and works for a university.
Bob spent forty-two years with Lloyds Bank plc, of which 22 were in branch management. He saw war service in the RNVR 1941 – 1946, extending his service with the RNR to 1971 (Reserve Decoration). A founder member of RLT. In 2004, Bob was awarded an MBE for “services to RLT in Tanzania”. Bob on the right photographed in 1992 with Canon Robin Lamburn, the founder of Kindwitwi Leprosy Care Centre, and of whom he says ‘The man who inspired us all’.
First visited Kindwitwi in 1993 after his Advanced Levels. It was following this six-month stay that he decided on his career in nursing and Infectious Diseases. He has returned to Kindwitwi on a number of occasions, including a further six months in 2002 as Project Officer. After working as a TB and HIV Nurse Specialist, Henry is now employed as Salisbury District Hospital as Service Manager for the Sexual Health Department.
RLT has no paid staff in the UK and all trustees work for RLT on a voluntary basis.