The Zambia Society Trust is run entirely by volunteers
We are committed to improving life in Zambia for everyone.
From our patrons to the committee members who run the Trust on a day-to-day basis, they all give their own time, energy and resources to make a real difference in Zambia.
We all have a personal or professional connection with Zambia and are doing our bit to improve lives in the country.
Find out more about some of these individuals by clicking on the below picture to revel their stories …
My role is to chair the regular meetings of Trustees, and the AGM, and make sure that we fulfil the objectives of the Trust in our decisions and actions. I act as spokesperson on behalf of the Trust and liaise with the Zambian High Commission in London. I also chair our sister committee in Zambia, which has recently been established to give a stronger local presence to keep in touch with the projects and the people involved.
I joined the Zambia Society Trust about ten years ago, when I was looking for ways to get back in touch with the country, after a long gap since my return to UK in 1970.
I first went to Zambia in 1968, to work as a Civil Engineer on hydro-electric projects, including the Victoria Falls 60MW power station, and survey work in the Rift Valley to explore potential sites for hydro power generation.
The Zambia Society Trust is a very special organisation because of the breadth of experience of our members who have served in Zambia. Every time I meet members I am delighted to hear about their unique contribution and commitment, and their continuing love for this very special country and its people. We support well managed projects run by local, servant-hearted people for whom I have tremendous admiration, as they give their time to make a huge difference - they are true grassroots heroes!
The needs are many, and the funds available are limited, but if money was no object I would love to see upgrading of schools and universal availability of education, and greater access to health care facilities.
I am a fundraiser for the Zambia Society Trust. In my business role I was involved with companies that exported goods to Zambia and to further these relationships I have explored raising money for the Trust from the corporate world.
I joined the Trust as my company had been a corporate member. I came across a call out for two new committee members in one of the newsletters, with the requirement of commercial experience with Zambia. As my work took me to Zambia three or four times a year I felt that I needed to apply, which I did, and was elected in November 2011.
I have made around 100 business trips over a 30 year association and have also been able to visit the country as a tourist on several occasions. I used to run a procurement business and our main clients are in the mining industry but over all this time we’ve supplied a vast range of industries both public and private and I’ve been privileged to meet and get to know many different people in Zambia.
The reason I support the Trust is because I truly believe in the projects they support. Having witnessed the issues first hand in Zambia over such a long period, I felt that I wanted to put something back into the country.
Funds available are limited, and if money were no object my focus would be on eliminating HIV and AIDS. Visiting Zambia in the 1990s and driving on the roads between towns I was struck by the frequency of funeral corteges, the like of which I’d not witnessed before. Although these are nowhere near as frequent nowadays, the consequences have been disastrous.
We need to do as much as we can to support the volunteers on the ground and other Trust committee members who travel to Zambia and take the time to also check on the work being done.
Zambia has been an enormous part of my life for more than 50 years. My wife and I moved to Zambia, then known as Northern Rhodesia, in January 1964 and stayed for almost 23 years, until May 1986. While there I spent the majority of my time lecturing at the Primary Teachers Colleges in Chipata and Kitwe while my wife taught in a wide variety of schools in the country. Our children were born and schooled in Zambia.
My association with Zambia did not end with my return to the UK. Since 1995 I have travelled to Zambia once or twice a year to visit my daughter who lives there with her husband and son. In 1998 I joined the Zambia Society Trust as a trustee and committee member. I have special responsibility as coordinator for our Education Grants scheme (link), which provides grants for disadvantaged Zambian students for vocational, technical and other courses within Zambia on completion of secondary education.
The work of the Zambia Society Trust is absolutely crucial. As a small charity it does not attempt to initiate, control or direct its own projects but supports and monitors existing sustainable projects operating within different parts of the country reaching the most needy and vulnerable citizens. The Trust is operated by volunteers in the UK and Zambia so virtually all the funding reaches those most in need.
Board of Management
Mr Geoffrey de Mornay Davies
Mr Derek Ingram OBE
Mrs Caroline Marsh
Mr James Cairns
Chairman Mr John Barnard
Vice-Chairman Mr Ken Hamilton
Hon. Treasurer Mr Andrew Rose FCA CF
Hon. Secretary Mrs Jenny Healy
Independent Examiner Mr Silvernos Chinganga MSc ACMA CGMA
Mrs Patricia Sikaala Chanda, Mr Peter Fleming, Mrs Anne Fraenkel, Mrs Eileen Hamilton, Mrs Gretta Hudson, Mr Mathias Mbewe, Mr Ben Van Nes, Mrs Val Pearson, Mr David Powell, Mr Roger Thompson and Mrs Elisabeth Young.