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How the Link is Organised

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

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

Richard Benn

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

Emma Sarton

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

Valerie Huggins

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

Rupa Chilvers

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, is now increasingly focused on dimensions of social development and the crossover between social development and environmental conservation. Has 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. Has worked within the charity sector for many years and has a range of experience in both directing and acting as a trustee of a charity.

Kirsten Pullen

A qualified and experienced programme manager who heads up a law firm's in-house Project Management Unit. She has over 15 years' experience working across a range of sectors including European policy, regional economic development, higher education and legal services. Her experience includes:
* Delivery of a range of business change, information and knowledge management programmes and projects including client management systems, document management systems, websites and intranets.
* Various roles across the public sector advising on investment appraisal and value for money (VFM) assessments, managing strategic risk and establishing performance management frameworks.
* Management of UK and European evaluation and research programmes across skills, business and regeneration projects.
* Various operational roles that span programme management, information, knowledge, marketing and strategy disciplines.
She has a BA in International Relations and Italian, an MA in Knowledge and Information Management and a PG Dip in Information System Analysis and Design.

Abi Williams


The Main Committee 2019/20 is made up as follows:

General Secretary: Abi Williams.
Minutes Secretary: David Evans.
Treasurery Team: Dick Benn (Treasurer), Von Mathieson.
Membership Secretary: Gen Bolt.
Fundraising, Social Media and Publicity Team: Ella Sadler, Annie Bainbridge, Gen Bolt, Gillian Dale.
Website Manager: David Scarbrough.
Project Coordinator: Valerie Huggins.

Current Project Leaders
Inclusive Education Project (IEP 2) funded by SCCF:
Mark Smith, Ella Sadler and Rupa Chilvers.
Early Years Project: Valerie Huggins.
School to School Linking: Penny Pullen,
supported by Cathy Kiddie. 
Collective Sponsorship Project: Anthea Duquemin.
Water and Environment Projects: John Collier.

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

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