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BPF Team

Meet the team who, behind the scenes, help to make it all happen - our employees, trustees and staff

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

Founder & CEO

Nohara Chinguwo

Executive Director (BPF Malawi NGO)

Yona Cement

Finance & Admin Manager (BPF Malawi NGO)

Sibongire Mkhalipi

Finance & Admin Assistant (BPF Malawi NGO)

Wordsworth Rashid

Wordsworth Rashid

Sport for Development Officer (BPF Malawi NGO)

Clement Nthakomwa

BILD Malawi Project Manager

Lawrent Kamanga

Programs Assistant (BPF Malawi NGO)

The coaches

BPF Malawi's trained sports coaches

Maintenance staff

BPF Malawi's site maintenance team

Justin Mkandawire

Trustee & Board Chair (BPF Malawi NGO)

Chipo Dube

Trustee (BPF Malawi NGO)

Isaac Chimwala

Trustee (BPF Malawi NGO)

Emma Cave

Trustee & Board Chair (BPF UK Charity)

Anton Herbig

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Grant Constable

Grant Constable

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Group Captain Nick Robson

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Richard Bennett

Founder & CEO

Richard grew up in South Africa and the UK. Passionate about the power of sport, education, people and positive social change, Richard has over ten years’ experience working in development and with African stakeholders, establishing and shaping BPF's UK and Malawi entities. Richard is also a Trustee on BPF Malawi's Board.

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Nohara Chinguwo

Executive Director (BPF Malawi NGO)

An inclusive education specialist and disability rights activist, Nohara is passionate about uplifting the lives of all children in Malawi through education and innovative models of life skills development. He brings with him to BPF Malawi's team vast experience in inclusive education, program management and teams & talent management.

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Yona Cement

Finance & Admin Manager (BPF Malawi NGO)

Yona has over 15 years experience in finance, procurement, human resourcing, administration, fleet management and warehousing - all of which he draws on to support BPF achieve its goals. For Yona, the enjoyment of daily work provides a spark to go beyond his job description. It "melts his heart" knowing he's part of a great team working with less privileged youth to help shape their futures through sports, education and life skills.

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Sibongire Mkhalipi

Finance & Admin Assistant (BPF Malawi NGO)

Sibongire is a graduate with a Bachelor's degree in finance and accounting. 'Sibo' ensures authorisation procedures are followed and she carries out monthly bank reconciliations for all transactions. Since joining the NGO, Sibo has been exposed to different types of people helping her to develop her social skills. Working at BPF has helped Sibo "value the importance of teamwork".

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Wordsworth Rashid

Sport for Development Officer (BPF Malawi NGO)

Having helped to facilitate BPF's programs in Lilongwe since 2011, Wordsworth managed a pilot program in 2016 and 2017 before joining the NGO in a full-time capacity in 2018. In his development role, Wordsworth helps to lead a youth sports and life skills program. He also founded one of Lilongwe’s rugby clubs, the ‘Bhubesi Lions’, and is the Chairman for Lilongwe Rural Netball Committee.

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Clement Nthakomwa

BILD Malawi Project Manager

Clement is a results-driven project manager with 10+ years experience in operations, financial oversight and resource management. Clement has specific expertise in thematic programs which include child protection and participation, human rights, education and adolescent sexual reproductive health rights. Joining BPF is an opportunity for Clement to continue serving Malawian youths by acting as a facilitator and mentor to holistic personal development, with sports as a driver for sustainable development.

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Lawrent Kamanga

Programs Assistant (BPF Malawi NGO)

Lawrent is passionate about youth development in Malawi. With proven experience, knowledge and skills in data entry and management, Lawrent is the data hub for BPF Malawi's work. Lawrent is also developing his skills in media and communication which is helping the NGO's team to evidence and showcase programs and projects.

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The coaches

BPF Malawi's trained sports coaches

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Maintenance staff

BPF Malawi's site maintenance team

Beatrice, Susan, Ndewa, Numel, John and Stefan

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Justin Mkandawire

Trustee & Board Chair (BPF Malawi NGO)

A Malawian leader and multifaceted professional, Justin navigates diverse roles as Chair at BPF Malawi and President of Malawi Rugby Union. With a B-Tech in Industrial Engineering and a MBA in International Business, Justin spearheads several companies, mentors rugby players and fosters educational excellence.

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Chipo Dube

Trustee (BPF Malawi NGO)

Chipo is a qualified accountant with over twenty years of professional experience in auditing, financial management and banking, taxation, accounting and advisory services. Chipo worked for KPMG Malawi as a manager after spending fifteen years in the UK where she worked for different organisations and as a tax consultant.

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Isaac Chimwala

Trustee (BPF Malawi NGO)

Isaac is an accomplished professional engineer with over 25 years experience working for several multinationals in the industry, focusing on national development. He is also the Secretary General for Malawi Netball. Isaac has specific interests in gender equality and empowerment.

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Emma Cave

Trustee & Board Chair (BPF UK Charity)

After a 30 year career in the financial sector encompassing global and European senior leadership positions at Barclays, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley, Emma is now focused on a small portfolio of company directorships and charitable/voluntary work. Emma is particularly interested in education and wellbeing through sport, combining school governor positions in the UK with her work for BPF.

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Anton Herbig

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Anton grew up in Cape Town and has recently retired from Abbott where he was a Global Operations head, based in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to this, Anton worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 30 years in South Africa and the UK, in roles focusing on manufacturing, supply chain and operations. Anton - who now lives in the UK with his wife, Hayley, with whom he has two daughters - is passionate about rugby, cricket and motor racing. He has climbed Kilimanjaro for charity and completed an Atlantic crossing on a sailing vessel.

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Grant Constable

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Grant was born and raised in South Africa. Following an early career in corporate web and graphic design, he started Rugbydump in 2006 and quickly built it to become one of the most visited rugby websites globally. He has worked with Bhubesi Pride Foundation since inception and continues to help with awareness and social media strategy.

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Group Captain Nick Robson

Trustee (BPF UK Charity)

Nick Robson has a long background in sports management and leadership, from coaching rugby to managerial roles within the UK military. A military air traffic controller with over 30 years’ experience, he brings a keen eye on governance processes, functional risk management and assurance oversight within both charities and on the front line. His passion is the wider positive impact of sport from elite level to grass roots; he also continues to assist the RAF Sports Federation and the RAF’s sports charity to drive forward wider participation levels.

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