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Donate to our Festive Fundraiser campaign to kick off a children’s food program in rural Malawi and send sports kit and educational materials to Africa

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 & Managing Director

Gareth Nokes

Gareth Nokes

Chief Executive Officer

Rory McGee

Rory McGee

Operations Director

Sally Bennett

Sally Bennett

Volunteer & Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Gemma Hodges

Gemma Hodges

Assistant Treasurer

Emma Cave

Trustee (BPF UK)

Anton Herbig

Trustee (BPF UK)

Grant Constable

Grant Constable

Trustee (BPF UK)

Elliott Hodges

Elliott Hodges

Treasurer

Bridgette Sinthampi

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Sergio Pinto

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Chipo Dube

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Jonas Sani

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Wordsworth Rashid

Wordsworth Rashid

Development officer, Lilongwe, Malawi

Damiano Tibigwayo

Damiano Tibigwayo

Driver & training manager

Simeon Katsabola

Simeon Katsabola

Driver

Duncan Grant

Expedition leader

Join our team

Apply to become a BPF UK Trustee or Chair

Richard Bennett

Founder & Managing Director

Richard grew up in South Africa. After completing his studies in the UK, he qualified as a teacher and worked at an independent secondary school for three years. Passionate about sport and education, Richard has over ten years’ experience of east and southern Africa, through his work and travels.

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Gareth Nokes

Chief Executive Officer

A qualified chartered accountant, Gareth trained with Deloitte for ten years before moving into the insurance industry where he spent over 15 years working as a Chief Financial Officer for several multi-national insurance companies in the City of London and Bermuda. In 2012 Gareth helped to establish Beyond Rugby Bermuda, a charity combining his life-long passion for rugby and education with a desire for positive social change.

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Rory McGee

Operations Director

Rory studied physical education at the University of Edinburgh before working as a rugby development officer for Scottish Rugby and Marr Rugby. A keen sportsman, Rory has represented Marr Rugby since taking up the sport at youth level. Rory first volunteered with the charity in 2016, before leading the expedition in 2017. Rory combines his expertise and love of rugby, Africa and development, embodying a new and ambitious vision for the charity.

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Sally Bennett

Volunteer & Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Sally was born in England, grew up in Hong Kong, brought up her children, Richard and Samantha, in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1996. With an international background in marketing and education, Sally has been part of developing new businesses, including an independent school and a historical English garden in Somerset. At Bhubesi Pride Foundation, Sally focuses on the volunteer ‘journey’, promoting the charity’s opportunities and supporting its expanding operations.

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Gemma Hodges

Assistant Treasurer

Gemma currently works in International Development, having previously been a secondary school geography teacher. Gemma has travelled through various countries in Africa and has volunteered in an orphanage in Tanzania. She specialises in climate and environmental issues and is dedicated to helping the communities within which we work to develop sustainably.

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Emma Cave

Trustee (BPF UK)

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)

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 African 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)

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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Elliott Hodges

Treasurer

Elliott is a chartered accountant and works for UK waste management group, Viridor, with previous positions held at PwC, BDO and Old Mill. Elliott has travelled to most African countries in which the charity operates. He is passionate about building a sustainable future for the communities with whom the charity works.

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Bridgette Sinthampi

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Bridgette works at G4S Malawi as National Account Manager and has experience in management, business development and product development. She is a sales and marketing professional with a postgraduate diploma in marketing. Bridgette actively participates in the preparations of the charity's volunteer-related rugby events in Lilongwe. She plays golf and is the ladies vice captain at Lilongwe Golf Club.

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Sergio Pinto

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Sergio is the Sales and Marketing Director at Skyband Corporation, the largest Internet Service Provider in Malawi. Sergio, along with his brother, David, founded Skyband in the early 2000’s and has been at the helm of the company ever since. Having lived in Malawi his whole life, he is also a very active member of the community who is involved in other charities as well as social and sporting clubs.

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Chipo Dube

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

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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Jonas Sani

Trustee (BPF Malawi)

Jonas is a Director at Good Shepherd International School in Lilongwe and he’s also working in renewable energy on one of the largest solar developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Jonas is currently the President of Round Table Malawi.

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Wordsworth Rashid

Development officer, Lilongwe, Malawi

Having helped to facilitate the charity’s programs in Lilongwe since 2011, Wordsworth managed a pilot program in 2016 and 2017 before joining the charity in a full-time capacity in 2018 as a development officer. On behalf of the charity, he runs a year-round rugby and life-skills youth program. Wordsworth also founded one of Lilongwe’s rugby clubs, the ‘Bhubesi Lions’.

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Damiano Tibigwayo

Driver & training manager

Damian trained as a boxer for four years before becoming a professional driver and mechanic for the Ugandan Government in 1993. Damian, who also works for an overland company, has been Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s lead driver since 2015 and he’s a keen ambassador of the charity’s work.

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Simeon Katsabola

Driver

Simeon loves sports, especially volleyball. Based in Lilongwe, he trained to become a mechanic, the experience of which helped him become a professional driver. Simeon drives overland trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. Simeon, who joined our team in 2017, is a proud family man who enjoys travel and meeting new people.

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Duncan Grant

Expedition leader

Duncan, who is half-Kiwi, is already looking forward to the 2023 Rugby World Cup! He volunteered with Bhubesi Pride Foundation in 2016 for three months and has always been keen to return. Duncan studied physiotherapy at Cardiff University, he loves travelling and all things outdoors although his scrum-half abilities haven’t transferred to his growing interest in surfing... yet.

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Join our team

Apply to become a BPF UK Trustee or Chair

Bhubesi Pride Foundation is seeking to add to its existing Board of UK Trustees. We're committed to our annual operations, developing our Malawi programming and nurturing our deep-rooted relationships to deliver impactful and sustainable legacy projects. We have an ambitious long-term strategy, which includes:

- Replicating the success of our Malawi sports and education community centre in the other locations in which BPF operates
- Establishing centrally developed year-round sports and education programs in the BPF locations, delivered locally by our in-country teams
- Developing a series of interactive e-learning courses tailored specifically to our African communities addressing topics of relevance and importance

What we're looking for...

Role specification:
The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the administration and sound management of the organisation. We are actively seeking a Chairperson for the Board of Trustees to complement our existing Board members providing direction, passion and insight to ensure the charity can deliver its ambitious vision and strategy.

Trustees are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to the values, goals and objectives of Bhubesi Pride Foundation. They are expected to possess sound judgement, independent thinking and a willingness to challenge accordingly to the betterment of the charity. In addition, excellent communication skills, experience in fundraising and a good network of like-minded philanthropists are important in carrying out the Board's duties, and in supporting or holding the executive team to account.

Person specification:
In addition to a commitment to the charity’s goals and objectives, a passion for Africa, sport and education, the successful candidates will have expertise in one or both of the following:

Charity:
This individual will have extensive experience in the charity sector – whether as an experienced Trustee or, ideally, as a former Chairperson for a UK registered charity.

Fundraising:
This individual will have experience of fundraising within a UK charity, and/or oversight of fundraising activities. The successful candidate will have developed a network amongst corporate donors, trusts or foundations, or high-net-worth individuals.

UK Board composition:
- Emma Cave
- Anton Herbig
- Grant Constable

Terms of appointment:
Board members can claim travel and other expenses incurred by them in attending Board meetings, sub-committee meetings, AGMs or any meeting in connection with the business of the organisation.

Safeguarding children:
Bhubesi Pride Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees to share this commitment. All Trustees and staff are required to hold an up-to-date DBS certificate.

Process:
This process is being run in-house by BPF.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Emma Cave:
emma@bpfafrica.org

Closing date
30th October 2020

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