Andrew Betts - Director
Andrew is responsible for overseeing the charity’s management and fundraising. He is an experienced development manager who previously worked as an agricultural and water project manager in Kenya and as a fundraiser for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Practical Action. Read more.
Rob Aley - Kenya Programme Manager
Rob’s extensive experience in community development includes working as a special needs advisor with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Kenya and as a small enterprise specialist for Practical Action. He also runs his own candle-making business. Read more.
Jane Betts - Uganda Programme Manager
Jane has worked for more than twenty years in development including roles in education, recruitment and more recently disability mainstreaming and advocacy for the development agency World Vision. Read more.
Prachi Joshi - Finance Officer
Prachi is an accountant with many years experience in both commercial and charitable settings. Read more.
Chris Chapman joined Advantage Africa in March 2013 and brings with him a wide experience of business and governance through his position as a trustee of several other charities. Read more.
George Mwaura is a church minister with vast experience of working in East Africa with the Kenyan Government, the UNHCR and the International Criminial Court. He is driven by a 'desire to be a co-worker with Christ reaching out to people the margins'. Read more.
Charlotte Cashman has experience as a Teacher Support Officer with VSO in Ghana and understands first hand the challenges faced by schools and people living with disability in deprived areas of Africa. She ha more than 30 years' experience as an Early Childhood Teacher, School Leader, Governor, Teacher Trainer and Education Planner. Read more.
Rebecca Sherriff has over ten years of experience working in the community and voluntary sector and has particular interests in community empowerment, participation, diversity and inclusion. Read more.
Pratima Dattani is the Chief Officer of a charity leading 20 different organisations to support vulnerable people in their community. She helps establish services co-designed with users, facilitates collaboration between stakeholders and promotes the adoption of new techonology. Pratima is committed to accountability, good governance, transparency and openness and has a keen interest in demonstrating impact. Read more.
Alice Gathoni has worked in the education sector in Kenya for nearly 20 years as a special education teacher, co-ordinator, examiner and college tutor. Besides her work as an educator, Alice is passionate about helping disadvantaged young people find and realise their purpose in life. She is currently in the final year of her Open University PhD on the use of social media by young people with disabilities in Kenya. Read more.
Sandra Golding is an SME specialist and consultant who has spent more than fifteen years working in the not-for-profit sector. To the board of Advantage Africa she brings international development experience working with INGOs in the UK and the USA and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more.
Mandy Smith is a development worker and fundraiser with a wide-ranging experience gained in charities and NGOs including Ockenden International, Practical Action, the British Red Cross and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity. Read more.
David Barnett (confirmation of apointment due at next meeting) is a finance and resources professional, with extensive not-for-profit experience, primarily in education and housing. He has worked for a wide range of businesses and charities over the last 30 years as Director, Officer, Board member and external consultant. Read more.
Martyn Joseph is Advantage Africa’s Patron. Martyn is a powerful singer and songwriter whose expressive and poignant lyrics speak to the soul. During a career spanning 30 years and as many albums he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. His passion for equality and social justice led him to join Advantage Africa as Patron and for more than ten years he has been a committed advocate for our work.
Jon Snow is a renowned, award-winning journalist. Before becoming the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989, he held posts as ITN's Washington correspondent and diplomatic editor. Jon became a Patron of Advantage Africa after presenting our BBC Radio 4 Appeal which featured a family affected by albinism in Kamuli District, Uganda. Jon worked as a VSO volunteer teacher in the same region in the late 1960s.
Advantage Africa works through local partner organisations in Kenya and Uganda. Agnes Musembi, Burgwin Muthoka and Paul Lwanga are among the many people who implement our projects on the ground.