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?


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 Executive MBA at the University of East Anglia.


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.  Silvia is currently working as the Local Area Coordinator for Teach First.

James Leith – James has 25 years’ experience in international development, principally in southern Africa, West Africa, the Middle East and the UK focusing on: sustainable livelihoods, community development, pro-poor markets and ethical supply chains. James has worked with several charities including Africa Now, Oxfam, and Action in Poverty and as an independent consultant. James has a BA in Development Economics and a Masters in Rural Development.

Mariam Mahamah – Mariam is the Head of Strategic Business at an engineering company. She has worked with a number of charities over the years including as a research assistant with eBASE Africa. She has also worked with the Girls Education Initiative Ghana and the Nsromma Cricket Academy. Mariam holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia and an BA in Economics from the University of Ghana.

Judith Olivier – Judie is an alumna from Development Studies at UEA. She has worked extensively in schools across Norfolk, primarily in Special Education Needs. She worked as a lead education advisor in Norfolk, Essex and Westminster, whilst also working as an inspector for Ofsted. Currently, she is working as a self-employed education consultant.


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.

Poppy Rodriguez  –  Poppy has recently completed a master’s in Development from the University of East Anglia. Prior to this she completed a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. She has supported international peace-building organisations, worked with front bench members in parliament and volunteered in Nepal. Poppy has a particular interest in gender, climate change and peace-building.


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.