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Exeter Ethiopia Link is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), UK Charity Number: 1154085.

It is run by a group of Trustees and a Committee..


Richard Benn

 Retired finance director of small/medium company, with 40 years experience of all aspects of business management.
Treasurer of Exeter-Ethiopia Link since 2008.

Mark Howells

Bsc(Hons) Engineering, Cert. Ed (FE), MSc Development Management. Senior Test Technician, Racal Radio 1989-1998. Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, Exeter College 1999-2009. Senior Peop!e & Learning Manager, Red Cross since 2010. Exeter-Ethiopia Link (EEL) Committee member since 1998, including periods as Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman. Visited EEL projects for monitoring and evaluation In 2006 and 2011. 

Valerie Huggins

BA(Open) PGCE Early Years; MEd Exeter; EdD Plymouth. I am a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth University, after many years as an Early Years teacher and consultant. I became interested in education in Ethiopia during a year as a VSO volunteer training teacher educators in Addis Ababa. I got involved with the work of EEL on my return and have visited Nekemte every year since 2011. I am particularly interested in supporting the development of O grade educational provision.

Rupa Chilvers

I have worked within health and care for over 20 years with a focus on implementing evidence and research evidence for high quality and safe care. In most of my projects, I have worked across academia, clinical/healthcare settings with clinicians/practitioners as well as at national level. I have worked mainly in the UK, but also have experience working in low resource settings including Ethiopia on workforce development and health systems strengthening. I have a Ph.D in health policy and planning (LSHTM), an MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Exeter), a BSc in Psychology (Bangor) and am an RSA Fellow.

Kirsten Pullen

BSc (hons) Applied Biology (Greenwich University), MSc Ecology (Bangor University), PhD Animal Behaviour (Exeter University). Having worked in animal behaviour and conservation for many years, I am now increasingly focused on dimensions of social development and the crossover between social development and environmental conservation. I have been a supporter of the Exeter Ethiopia Link for a number of years and took the opportunity to visit Nekemte and see first-hand the Link’s work with schools and young people from a range of backgrounds. I have worked within the charity sector for many years and have a range of experience in both directing and acting as a trustee of a charity.

Emma Sarton

Freelance Education Consultant. I have worked in Education for over 15 years, initially as an English Language trainer, then as a secondary teacher and then a teacher trainer. Currently I train teachers in the UK and abroad, conduct research on educational issues that impact on teaching and learning and I also monitor and evaluate education programmes in developing countries. In 2007 I went to Ethiopia with VSO and worked there for 3 years, based in Nekemte. I regularly travel back to Ethiopia and have been a member of EEL since 2012. I have a BA Economics/Geography (Portsmouth), MA Development Studies (Leeds), MEd Coaching and PGCE (Newcastle) and an MA Education Economics (IoE).


The Main Committee 2017/18 is made up as follows:

General Secretary: Mark Howells.

Minutes Secretary: David Evans.

Treasurer: Dick Benn.

Membership Secretary: Chris Pennington.

Fundraising Officer: Ella Sadler.

Media and Publicity Officer: Anthea Duquemin.

Website Manager: David Scarbrough.

Other Committee Member: Gentian Dyer.

Current Project Leaders

Inclusive Education Project (IEP) funded by DFID. Leaders: Mark Smith & Ella Sadler.

School Libraries and Literacy Project (SLLP) funded by Comic Relief. Leader: Emma Sarton.

Early Years Project (in conjunction with Plymouth University). Leader: Valerie Huggins.

School to School Linking. Leader: Penny Pullen

Collective Sponsorship Project. Leader: Anthea Duquemin

Water and Environment Projects. Leader: John Rainger. 

To contact any committee member, please use the contact message facility on the Contact Us page of this website