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.
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. I am a member of the Education committee and have visited Nekemte every year since 2011. I am particularly interested in supporting the development of O grade educational provision.
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, 2010-2013. Exeter-Ethiopia Link (EEL) Committee member 1998-2013, including periods as Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman. Visited EEL projects for monitoring and evaluation In 2006 and 2011. Currently member of Health & Welfare Sub-committee.
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 focussed on dimensions of social development and the cross over 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.
Dr 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.
Emma Sarton. Freelance Education Consultant. I have worked in Education for over 15years, 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).