Governance & board of trustees

James Robinson

Chair of Trustees - Daneford Trust

James is a social worker in east London. A former story-teller working in primary schools, James volunteered through the Daneford Trust at the Youth Exchange Centre, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 2001/2 and also at a primary school near Pretoria, South Africa. Not only has James supported the Trust’s work since then but he completed the London Marathon in 2018 to raise £2300 towards the work. James has served as a trustee of the Daneford Trust since 2016.

In Uganda, James has been part of an international mental health link between professionals in East London and Uganda’s Butabika National Referral Hospital.

James has a daughter aged 9 and is interested in travel, cinema and current affairs.

Mike Wardle

Vice Chair

Mike became a trustee in 2017. He is the Director of Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre in Tower Hamlets, a charity devoted to delivering high quality inexpensive outdoor adventure activities & education for young people. It uses outdoor activities as a vehicle for social progress & individual development, training & employment.

Mike is also a qualified Teacher and has taught in Botswana, as well.

Wendy Bisiker

Trustee

Wendy has been involved with the Daneford Trust since the early eighties when she led a youth exchange called The Lewisham Jamaica link, with two Lewisham and two Kingston, Jamaica schools. For ten years Wendy ran a very successful exchange programme between Deptford Green School in Lewisham and St Kizito SS Bugalobi school in Kampala, Uganda. More recently Deptford Green volunteers have worked in the St Kizito community on short term Daneford Trust placements. Wendy has forty years of secondary school teaching experience and began her teaching career as a VSO in Northern Nigeria. She is a retired assistant headteacher and English teacher and became a trustee in 2015.

Edward Clayton

Trustee

Ed is currently a social worker in Lincoln. He is the longest serving trustee of the Daneford Trust at this time.

During his many years in London, Ed worked at Centre Point and Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation. Ed volunteered at the Liberty Lodge Boys Home in St Vincent & the Grenadines in 1999 And then again at the Swift Boys Home in Highgate, Jamaica 2003. Ed gained his MA at the University of the West Indies in 2006

Ed has run the London Marathon and Hackney Half Marathon in support of the Trust and has been a trustee since 2007.

Ayodele Bandele

Trustee

Ayodele Bandele is a former student of Bow School in Tower Hamlets. He had previously volunteered via European voluntary service in Arvidsjaur, Sweden for 4 months in 2008 and came upon the Daneford Trust as he was on the lookout for an international volunteering organisation.

Ayodele volunteered at the Daneford Trust  from July 2010 and went to St Vincent and the Grenadines for 9 months  between June 2011 and January 2012. His time was spent on placement as well as opening many future projects while there. Ayodele continued ever since as active supporter of the trust’s work since that time and he has been a trustee since 2018.

Akilah Higgins

Trustee

Akilah Higgins became a trustee for the Daneford Trust in September 2019. She currently works as a study support assistant for young adults with disabilities. Last year she embarked on a trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines going to an island called union island. She supported kids with a learning difficulty such as challenging behaviours, autism, dyslexia or dyspraxia.

 

She has recently come back from the same country. She had helped start a reading program that ran for six weeks and has supported children to read. She hopes that the reading program is still up and running so she can go back next year.

Tony Stevens

Founder/Secretary

Tony Stevens is a former secondary teacher at Daneford Boys School in Tower Hamlets, 1972-91. He has coordinated staff/student exchanges between Daneford school and schools in Botswana,Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He was a governor at the school for six years from 1994.

He founded the Daneford Trust in 1981, with former MP, the late Ian Mikardo as founding Chair of Trustees and the late Rt Revd Trevor Huddleston as founding Patron. He is also Chair of Trustees of Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation and a Trustee of Friends of Street Children, Bangladesh. 2020 will see Tony’s 50th year of working with young people, particularly in the London boroughs and overseas.

Tony is currently the only paid worker, the trust will be recruiting early in 2020 for a project & marketing worker.

Richmond Amoah

Trustee

Richmond became a Daneford Trust Trustee in 2020. A Consultant with stints in investment banking and tech at Investec, Millicom and Sky. Richmond currently advises early-stage startups on strategy and execution via his portfolio company, Kingswood Ventures. He studied Economics at the University of York, where he was the COO of the University’s student-led investment fund. 
Richmond has a particular passion for the arts. He joined Phakama’s Youth Board in 2015 following his participation in the charity’s flagship 10-week drama project, Rise Up. He has subsequently joined Phakama as a Trustee. In 2019,  Richmond travelled to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe with the Young Vic to perform in a play called Umtolo. The placement was partially funded by the Daneford Trust. 
Richmond has travelled to 20+ countries and has lived in India, Tanzania, China, Ghana, and the Netherlands. In his free time, he loves playing football, tennis and squash. 

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