Mark Cuthbert - Chairperson
Mark has worked in social and market research for 25 years and is also a non-executive director of two companies and an advisor to boards of charities in Scotland. Mark undertakes strategic development research for Governments and third sector organisations, and through this, has experience working in health, sports for development, social justice, education and career development amongst other areas of societal development. In 2010, Mark visited Tanzania to help YES! Tanzania determine how best they could help young people through sport. Mark was so enthused by the potential for YES! Tanzania that on return he was delighted to accept the role of Chairperson.
Alex Collop - Treasurer
Alex has been working in the voluntary sector in Edinburgh for 12 years. He currently works with the national family support charity Circle (SC 037181) managing Circle's Haven Project. Previously he worked as a youth development worker at the Muirhouse Youth Development Group (SC 028495) and has also worked for The Council of Europe's Youth Department as a freelance trainer. Alex visited Arusha in Tanzania in October 2012 to gain a better understanding of the needs and hopes of young people in Tanzania and so he could more effectively support the organisations work.
Robbie Wood – Board Member
From 2002 onwards Robbie became actively involved in delivering football/HIV education projects throughout Africa on behalf of TackleAfrica. In this capacity Robbie has delivered football for development programmes in countries including Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which Robbie first visited in 2004. An experienced community football coach with a background in sports / social inclusion initiatives, Robbie is employed as programme manager with Street Soccer Scotland in Edinburgh. Robbie plays football regularly and travels extensively as a proud supporter of Hibernian Football Club and the Scottish national team.
Lewis Patience – Board Member
Lewis is currently a PE teacher in Aberdeen. Lewis previously worked as a special needs academy in South East London, catering for children and young people with a range of special educational needs, before that he was a school sports co-ordinator in Edinburgh, as well as being involved in coaching projects in Australia and Georgia. After meeting Robbie Wood at an alcohol diversion coaching clinic, Robbie's passion convinced Lewis to visit Tanzania and volunteer for YES! and he became a trustee the following year and has returned to Tanzania to work on various projects every year since. Lewis remains passionate about the positive effects sport can have for all and the endless potential of the young people in Tanzania.
Debs Ball – Board Member
Debs has over 30 years’ experience in sport for development and particularly football for development. She spent 6 years as International Partnership Manager at the Homeless World Cup Foundation. She obtained a Certificate in Community and Youth Work, Youth and Community Development from the University of Leicester.
Michelle Herron – Board Member
After 17 years in pharmaceutical science looking at developing new drugs to improve health across the world, Michelle set up a consultancy business supporting businesses get the best out of their people, through training and coaching. She has been doing this now for 12 years. She has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles over the years, including befriending and coaching with young people who are carers in the Edinburgh area. She is currently the Chair of WHALE Arts, an organisation in Wester Hailes who support their community to enhance their lives thorough arts based projects.
Michelle Risinger – Special Adviser
Michelle has 10 years of experience in humanitarian assistance, social innovation and vulnerable populations specializing in conflict and post-conflict countries. She is currently serving as the Head of Innovation at Pact, a global international development non-profit. She is a former member of the Scottish National Water Polo team, Captain of the American University Swim team and owns her own fitness business based in Washington, DC.
Amalie Dalsgaard – Special Adviser
Born in 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark. From her earliest years, Amalie has been committed to practise sports both in Denmark and in the USA. In 2014/2015, she was selected to be a volunteer through Action Aid International for 5 months to Kenya and Tanzania. Amalie founded a boxing project for street children at the stadium in Arusha. In August 2015, the boxing project became part of YES! Tanzania’s Programme and has since then been expanding to new locations and with new initiatives. Amalie is currently based in Copenhagen, where she studies medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
Umoja Tanzania is our main partner in Arusha who are responsible for the delivery of the YES! Programme.
Its vision is to see vulnerable children and youth in Tanzania educated, empowered and living free from poverty, abuse and exploitation. It is working to achieve this through three key programme areas:
Education - Umoja offers a variety of educational options to children and young adults, including Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.
Health & Well-Being - To assist its young beneficiaries to gain the most from their education Umoja provides a range of health and welfare services.
Livelihoods - Umoja’s goal for all its young people is to be self-sufficient, employed and leading a dignified life.
Umoja Tanzania is responsible for the delivery of the YES! Programme in Arusha and employs a Programme Manager to liaise with the participating organisations and manage the various elements of the Programme.
Caroline Goody - Director, Umoja Tanzania
Caroline is from Australia and the UK, spending many years in both countries. The poverty and inequality she saw while travelling inspired her to study International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. In 2008 Caroline came to Arusha for a second time and, with friend Emma Wagner, conducted comprehensive research in the community. They discovered the need for a youth project and together they founded Umoja Tanzania Incorporated, which opened its doors to students in 2009 to provide young Tanzanians with the opportunity for a better future. Caroline has BIG dreams for Umoja and hopes the centre will be a part of the Arusha community for many years to come.
Huruma Sakafu - YES! Programme Manager
Huruma worked as a community development consultant with CASEC for ten years in different parts of Tanzania. Using sports as an entry point, he established a number of youth clubs in schools and out of schools for the purpose of creating awareness about HIV/AIDS, STDs and illegal drugs. He also established 40 school health clubs in Mbulu and Kilolo Districts, and 20 school health clubs in Arusha City Council and its peripheries.
Abida Bashir - Operational Management Coach
Abida previously worked as the Deputy Director of Finance for the Environment Agency in the UK. Following a period as a volunteer at Umoja, she is now providing coaching support for Huruma and other Umoja staff.