Our team

We have a team of volunteers that undertake all of maNGOma’s work under the guidance of our trustees.

Who are our Trustees?

These are the people that run maNGOma.

Kieran Mcelhinney (Chair) –  Kieran holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics and an MA in International Development from the University of East Anglia.  Having lived and worked in Malawi before starting his postgraduate studies, his areas of interest are in education in development and community led development.

Chris Hull – Chris is an independent social worker with 33 years’ experience in the field of adoption. Chris has also been a County Councillor.  Chris is a Core Group Member for Norwich Farmshare (a community supported agricultural scheme) and a qualified cycle instructor, working in schools delivering ‘Bikeability training’, and leading adult cycling groups.

James Packham –  Currently working as a Senior Consultant with a business software company, James began his career as an Agricultural Economist with ODA (now DFiD) and worked on projects in Africa and the Caribbean.   James subsequently spent several years as Marketing Manager for an engineering company in Norwich.  He holds a Development Studies degree from UEA and an MSc in Agricultural Economics.

Julia La Ronde – Julia has worked for a number of organisations supporting entrepreneurs and has worked extensively to promote entrepreneurship in schools, through projects such as Women’s Employment and Enterprise Training Unit (WEETU) and Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE).   She is the founder of Norfolk & Norwich International Women’s Network and an entrepreneur; having launched her Sisserou Rum and coconut Cream Liqueur brand in the UK.  Julia originates from the Caribbean, holds an Accountancy degree from the USA and an MBA from UEA.

Silvia Harvey – Silvia recently completed her MA in International Development from UEA with a focus on education. She also holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of York. Silvia has experience in India, Senegal and Uganda, in educational development projects, and in a charity in Italy focused on gender issues and peace education.

Sophie Willis – Sophie currently works as a teaching assistant in a primary school, after having completed an MA in Education and Development at the UEA last year.  She also holds a BA (Hons) in Education and English from Durham University.  Sophie has volunteered at an orphanage in Cambodia and taught English at a rural school in Northern India.

Steve Wiseman – Steve has served in the charitable/social enterprise sector in many capacities including as CEO of a large Citizens Advice Bureau in Norwich and West Norfolk. Nowadays he provides fundraising and business development support for charities, social enterprises and community groups via his company Wiseman & Associates. Steve’s professional qualifications include an MA in Education and Professional Development, the Institute of Fundraising Diploma in Fundraising Management and Qualified Teacher Status.

Louise Richmond – Louise’s career has featured local, national and international charity management and fundraising roles.  Louise works for Break charity in Norwich in Business Development and has also worked with the United Nations in Social Development (UNRISD) and as a university lecturer.   She has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Switzerland, US, France and Spain as well as the UK.  Her qualifications include BA Hons. in Development Studies, MA in Gender Analysis in Development, and Professional Certificate in Management.  Louise is currently studying for a part time MBA at the University of East Anglia.

Emma Hamilton – Emma is currently studying for an MA in Education and Development at the UEA.  Emma has over ten years’ experience as a Secondary English Literature and Language Teacher holding posts in London and latterly as Head of English in Vietnam.  Emma has volunteered with a number of NGOs including a girls’ shelter in Ho Chi Minh City and has worked in Nepal training local teachers.  Emma holds a PGCE from Bristol University and a BA (hons) in English from Kent University.