Meet the ZOA-UK team
ZOA-UK is led by a small team of part-time, home-based staff, a structure that keeps our over-heads low allowing more donations to be spent in Zambia.
Our life-changing projects are developed and managed in Zambia by ZOA-Z and implemented by our grassroots partners who are known and trusted by the communities they work with.
To get in touch call +44 (0)1223 901006 or email [email protected]
Katy joined ZOA-UK in 2016 and is our first Executive Director. She has 20 years’ experience of working and consulting for international and UK charities and social enterprises, with a particular interest in development, children, disability and homelessness. Katy works from her home in Brighton.
Trusts and Foundations Leader
Danielle has been working in trusts and foundation fundraising for over 20 years – starting off at large international development NGOs followed by much smaller charities, mostly those working in Africa. She is passionate about working with grassroots/community based organisations to find sustainable solutions. She works from her home in East Sussex.
ZOA-UK board of trustees
We are governed by a Board of Trustees, including British Zambians, who are highly committed and share a wide range of experience much of which has been gained in Zambia. They include government economists, World Bank employees and infrastructure consultants. Trustees make personal contributions towards the cost of our fundraising. They also make regular monitoring visits to Zambia at their own expense.
Garnet Mulomo, Chair
Garnet brings a wealth of risk and project management experience to our team. He’s worked on major infrastructure projects in the UK and Zambia. Garnet has close links to Zambia and visits family and friends there regularly. We’re delighted that Garnet agreed to become Chair of Trustees in December 2020.
Dr. Shimwaayi Muntemba, Vice Chair
Shimwaayi, a Zambian national, co-founded Zambia Orphans Aid when she was working at The World Bank. Shimwaayi has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, African Development Bank and the International Institute for Environment and Development with a focus on gender, health and institutional capacity.
Freedom Mpande, Treasurer and Secretary
Freedom is a Chartered Accountant with several years senior management experience in Public Sector internal auditing. He currently works for the Food Standards Agency managing a multi-disciplinary team. Freedom has represented the UK developing EU-wide guidance for food and safety audits. Freedom was born in Zambia but lives in the UK.
Florence Bili also became a ZOA-UK trustee in 2022. She is a British Zambian lawyer and leads on child safeguarding for a London local authority.
Rachel is a skilled Restorative Justice Practitioner in the youth justice system. She has a proven ability supporting participants through restorative processes including for complex and sensitive cases. Rachel’s grandparents lived and worked in Zambia and her grandfather supported Kenneth Kaunda in Zambia’s fight for independence in the 1960’s.
Peter is a Lecturer in African History at the University of Oxford. He’s a specialist in the history of Zambia, with particular interest in radio broadcasting, print media and political culture. Previously he taught at primary level in South Africa and secondary level in the UK. Peter also worked as a carer at a residential home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Kwazulu Natal.
Venansio Mwansa Kabwe
Venansio was born in Zambia and now lives in the UK with his family. He has experience in retail management and leads and organises community groups. He has been the chair of the Zambia Leeds Community Association for many years. He hopes to use his networking contacts to help bring awareness of ZOA to the people of the North of England and beyond.
Andrew is a member of the UK Government’s influential Economic Affairs Committee and is a Crossbench Life Peer in the House of Lords. After reading economics at Cambridge, Andrew was appointed an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and posted to work as an economist in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Foreign Trade in Lusaka. In 1970 Andrew joined HM Treasury becoming its Permanent Secretary between 1998 and 2002. He became Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service in 2002, retiring from civil service in 2005.
“My mum and dad died when I was young so I live alone with my grandmother. Growing up without a parent is a challenge. I walk eight kilometres to and from school and when there’s no food at home it makes it hard to concentrate in class.”
£14 can provide a children with a nutritious school meal for a whole year
£66 can kit a child out with everything they need for school
£63 can pay the school fees for one primary pupil for a year
£99 can pay the school fees for one secondary pupil for a year
“My parents passed away when I was eight. I faced a lot of challenges but with the help of others I overcame these. I was supported by ZOA from the age of 15. It felt like I had parents somewhere doing their best for their child. Teaching is my passion. I received my degree in Secondary Education at the School of Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Philosophy. My ambition for the future is to complete a PhD and help others.”