Chair of Trustees
Since 1997 Martin has been involved in youth and community work in the UK as a volunteer, youth worker and manager in the voluntary, statutory and charity sectors. Over the past 15 years he has supported and managed youth and community initiatives in Uganda through a number of organisations. He has worked with a number of small companies and charities to develop their organisational potential. Martin has a keen passion for entrepreneurial leadership and established the Bumba Foundation with the trustees to support innovation and creativity through educational projects.
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Wendy joined the Bumba Foundation board of Trustees in 2015 after supporting the development work of a number of projects in Uganda over the last 10 years. Wendy has worked in the Children and Young People sector in the UK for the past 30 years. After initially working and managing after school projects / Nursery schools, Wendy focussed on managing youth and community projects at a regional and national level within the third sector. In 2013 after many years working in the voluntary sector, Wendy was awarded an MBE for services to the British Red Cross and Olympic and Paralympic Games. Wendy believes in enhancing young people’s potential and is very excited to be able to use her skills to enhance the work of the Bumba Foundation.
Jane has worked for many years in HR and training and development through the private and third sector. She is skilled in the development and delivery of management training and supports organisations in their transformational agendas. Jane has worked on a number of community development projects in Uganda and is very passionate about sustainable development whilst supporting a creative approach in education.
James has been supporting the Bumba Foundation for the past 7 years and brings a wealth of experience in social media, IT and innovative methods of communication to the charity. James is very passionate about developing young people’s employment opportunities and utilising his skills to find creative IT solutions to measure the charities impact of our projects.
David joined the board of trustees in 2019 after supporting the Bumba Foundation for many years and visited the projects in Uganda in 2017. David is an international business leader over the past fifteen years has successfully developed a role working with some of the NW region’s most successful high growth businesses in the UK across a whole range of industries and sectors as a Non-Executive Chairman / Director/ investor. David is passionate about entrepreneurism and believes it’s essential for successful businesses to develop a CSR programme to develop communities and embrace change.
Bumba Foundation Uganda Coordinator
Michael is the Bumba Foundation coordinator in Uganda who is also the Chairman of the Bumba Foundation Uganda. He has lived in Budaka District his whole life and is very passionate about community development and education, whilst ensuring sustainability is key to the success of the Bumba Foundation. Michael has held many positions with the local government, national and international NGO’s and was the Chairman of the Uganda Red Cross Youth Council, representing Africa for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Crescent movement. Michael has worked with Martin in Uganda for over 22 years and they are often found under the mango tree in Iki Iki village planning and developing the next project with a cup of tea and a bowl of groundnuts!!!
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